I've been thinking about getting braces. 80% for cosmetic reasons, 10% because they feel very slightly annoying, 10% possible health benefits.
My free UK NHS dentist says I don't need them, it's an unnecessary risk and the treatment can go wrong. My private, fee paying dentist says it's a great idea if I can afford it, it's good for health too.
The money isn't an issue, but I really don't like the idea of spending a year or more in the docks.
here is a pic. http://imgur.com/HnecMVD.
Frank opinions welcome. Adjusted for English standards!
posted by molloy
on Feb 22, 2014 -
I am dressing up as Ugly Betty
for a friend's birthday party. I have everything sorted except how to create some fake braces for my teeth. I don't want to cause any damage to my teeth or gums, nor do I want to be impeded from drinking (it is a party after all!).
The only option I have been able to find so far involves paper clips and dental wax and appears to be somewhat painful looking. Any other ideas for how to make fake braces for a night?
posted by MT
on Oct 28, 2013 -
There is a spot in my lower teeth where there is a sharp(ish) bend between two molars. The arch wire in my braces keeps breaking at that point: 4 times in 4 months. It usually lasts about 4 days before breaking.
I pointed this out to my dentist (he is not an orthodontist) and he said we just have to keep replacing it each time because I'm not ready for a thicker wire. I've completed 4 months of having braces so far. During one visit, he said not to worry about the disconnected part because another area in my mouth was more important, and left it disconnected for about a month (it's my very edge tooth, so the remainder wire was thrown out). Now it's back to breaking-time.
I know little about having braces, but this seems way shady to me. I've already spent a lot of money, but should I switch to someone else? Or is this sort of thing normal?
Thanks for your insight!
posted by film
on Sep 20, 2013 -
His bones are all fine, but his on-the-small-side mouth is equipped with two less than the regulation 32 teeth: one pre-molar missing upper right, and one pre-molar lower left. (His last two milk teeth are still there, in their stead.) My question is: what are the typical options - or else what's a good resource for reading up on them? [more inside]
posted by progosk
on May 23, 2013 -
I have seriously messed-up teeth that make me absolutely despise the way I look and continue to make me increasingly unable to eat pizza, sandwiches, or any other food whose consumption requires front teeth that come within a quarter-inch of each other. A visit to the orthodontist has alerted me to the fact that I may require maxillofacial/orthognathic/corrective jaw surgery ($$$$$$$$$$$$) in addition to braces ($$$).
While I live in the U.S. and am lucky enough to possess fairly decent medical and dental insurance, I don't have very much money to throw at the problem. What should/can I do next? If you've had a similar experience, what did/would you do? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio
on Apr 11, 2013 -
I've always been unhappy with my teeth, and I want perfect, straight teeth. Here's a picture. http://i49.tinypic.com/w86a6b.jpg
I want to know the likely cost of the procedure, and also what option, (braces, veneers, ??) would be the best route. If braces are indeed the best option, I would have to choose the invisalign braces. I plan on going to the Dentist soon, but I just want to know what to expect. Thank you, kindly!
posted by AMWKE1984
on Mar 21, 2013 -
My orthodontist wants me to get rid of 4 premolar teeth before giving me braces. Googling tells me this is very common, but is it just an easy fix for them, or really a basic part of the process? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade
on Mar 4, 2013 -
When you had braces, did your orthodontist want to replace your wires a week before taking your braces off? Or is this a ploy to prolong treatment? [more inside]
posted by Sutekh
on Nov 1, 2012 -
Need advice on finding or making a practical, yet classy, pair of button suspenders. (Y or X style) [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel
on Sep 16, 2012 -
Our 10 yr old needs braces. Should we buy ortho insurance? What kind? Use medical reimbursement plan? Combination of insurance and medical reimbursement? Is AFLAC a good plan to go with? [more inside]
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes
on Apr 27, 2012 -
I have a severe underbite. I'm leaning toward not treating it but I don't like what I see in the mirror. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated
on Oct 20, 2011 -
What, if anything, do I say to my friends about their daughter's urgent need for braces? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 28, 2011 -
Getting braces tomorrow morning. What food/foods should I eat tonight... in terms of things I won't be able to eat for the next couple years? What did you miss eating when you had braces?
posted by RogueHolly
on Sep 8, 2010 -
So, I need some help with getting my teeth fixed. I know that there is bonding, veneers, braces, invisalign, retainers and whatnot.. But I need some comparisons. My question is two fold: What is the best option for my teeth; braces, invisalign, bonding, veneers? Second part of the question, what type of professional can I see that will give me an honest assessment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 30, 2010 -
I am trying to come up with a name for a braces website but for the life of me, I'm failing to come up with any good ideas. [more inside]
posted by SRMorris
on Jan 5, 2010 -
I'm experiencing tooth sensitivity and my two front teeth have slight stains. I have braces and I smoke pot. Should I be worrying? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 3, 2010 -
Dentist filter: How to manage being unhappy with the results of braces? Teeth not straight, discolored, and full mouth retainer causing panic attacks. [more inside]
posted by dejah420
on Sep 1, 2009 -
Speaking English causes bad teeth? Combined with chewing gum, leads to more kids having to wear dental braces? Help me research this one; would like stats and links... [more inside]
posted by querty
on May 11, 2009 -
I'm 40 years old. Is there any way to bend my bones into another position if they're malformed? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh
on Apr 21, 2009 -
All this metal is cramping our style: What foods work best with a new set of orthodontic braces? [more inside]
posted by debgpi
on Dec 21, 2008 -
How important is it for me to get braces as an adult? If it's critical, how much would they cost, and how could I afford them?
posted by anonymous
on Jun 23, 2007 -
Is there a significant difference in quality when it comes to getting your braces put on by a dental surgeon as opposed to an actual orthodontist? [more inside]
posted by mjao
on May 28, 2007 -
My wife has to choose between the classic metal braces and the new-fangled clear ceramic type. What to do? [more inside]
posted by lumpenprole
on May 16, 2007 -
SE Queensland Dentist Filter: I need a dentist. But I want a nice one, or at least a non-judgmental one—I've had mean dentists! Needless to say, this has stopped me from going for quite a long time. I have decided to get braces though, so I need to have my teeth given the all-clear before approaching an orthodontist. I also need a recommendation for the orthodontist! Brisbane / Gold Coast area. [more inside]
posted by mjao
on Apr 16, 2007 -
A friend of mine is 34 and just got braces. They're really hurting her, the inside of her lips are getting torn up and the canker sores are driving her nuts. I thought I'd ask the collective intelligence here if there is anything she can do... any ideas?
posted by Scoops
on Jun 23, 2006 -
My invisalign-type retainer has broken and I won't see my orthodontist for months! What should I do? [more inside]
posted by nervestaple
on May 15, 2006 -
After having my wisdom teeth removed, one of my previously braces-straightened teeth has turned out a bit. Man, does this bug me. [more inside]
posted by divka
on Nov 19, 2005 -
I have a slight overbite and a gap in my front teeth and am planning to get it remedied. [more inside]
posted by sk381
on Nov 17, 2005 -
Is orthodontal work (braces) cheaper outside the city? Physicians don't really like giving quotes as they discourage rate-checking. I've heard it is cheaper in the country. I don't want to believe 6 - 10,000 dollars is normal. [more inside]
posted by uni verse
on Feb 26, 2005 -