Braces- I need info!

(35 Posts)
spudmasher Mon 07-Jan-13 19:13:55

So if your teen has braces....

1. How painful are they?
2. How willingly does your teen clean them?
3. How self conscious were they at first having them fitted?

Also, does anyone know if the ceramic/ clear braces would be a choice on NHS? DD qualifies for NHS treatment so can that offset any cost? DD age 14 is a working actor- would that be taken into account at al? ( predicting no- hard times etc)

spudmasher Mon 07-Jan-13 19:35:01

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WildThong Mon 07-Jan-13 19:54:10

spud
Ds 14 has just had his removed after 2 years. Initially there was some discomfort and soreness for 3 or 4 days, and he could only manage soft food like soup, porridge etc. After that there was 1 day of discomfort every time they were checked and adjusted/tightened. Ibruprofen and calgel were good for this.
He didnt feel self concious at all, so many of his friends also have them, and I think they all enjoyed choosing different colours each time. There was no alternative types offered (Scottish and all ortho treatments were free until recently but no invisalign just the standard kind)
I must say his teeth are beautiful, very straight and strong. You can buy little mini brush things for cleaning in between wires and teeth and in addition to that we paid for a couple of hygienist appointments to make sure they were cleaned properly, well worth it. HTH

spudmasher Mon 07-Jan-13 19:58:01

Thank you. That's great advice re. hygienist.
Cal gel also a good tip. I'm bracing myself for the complaining ( pardon the pun!)

Hi Spud DS1 is 13 and has had the train track ones since July. It's on the NHS, he does get to choose the colours but no alternatives offered.

He uses the Tepe brushes and my Waterpik to clean it, and Orthodontist says he's doing a good job. I have forgotten he's got them and to a certain extent so has he.

Biggest PITA is the 6 weekly adjusting, and trying to get the appointment without missing school.

Oh and he misses chewy sweets, crusty bread and uncut up fruit. sad

spudmasher Mon 07-Jan-13 20:05:00

Thank you Sparklingbrook......Waterpik???? The mind boggles.....I'm off to google that!

spudmasher Mon 07-Jan-13 20:05:43

Thank you Sparklingbrook......Waterpik???? The mind boggles.....I'm off to google that!

I have this one from Boots. It basically a jet that blasts anything out from between teeth. It has a head for braces. My hygienist was raving about them, it gets to places floss can't.

landofsoapandglory Mon 07-Jan-13 20:13:14

DS1(18) has had his fixed appliances on for over 3 years, but his were quite complicated. We are on the final stretch now. He has had very little pain. He has always accepted that if he wanted nice, straight teeth he would have to have a bit of discomfort to get them. He has never complained, or taken as much as a Paracetamol even when they have put the new wires in.

He is excellent at cleaning his teeth. He uses a child's toothbrush to do them, we did try his electric one but he preferred a manual. The Orthodontist has always been impressed with his oral hygiene. DS1 just gets on with it, he doesn't want to go through all this only to end up with cavities or gum disease.

DS1's braces are dealt with in hospital, but DS2 had braces done at an NHS Orthodontic practice. His were on just over a year. We were told the NHS only pay for the metal brackets. I very much doubt you would get anything else TBH, and I doubt the fact that your DD is an actors would make any difference either.

bruffin Mon 07-Jan-13 20:16:50

My dd got hers last august on nhs. She insists on black ones.
First week sore mouth, but sorted with abusol and wax.
Wires get changed every 6 weeks which are painful for a day or so.
We bought her disclosure tablets to make sure she cleans properly.

WildThong Mon 07-Jan-13 20:17:40

Also interested in the waterpik, you may have started something sparkling

spudmasher Mon 07-Jan-13 20:19:37

It really does look good doesn't it?
I quite fancy it for myself.....tell me, Sparklingbrook ( I shall rename you Sparklingteeth) what if your teeth are a bit sensitive, might it make them tingle? Is it a bit cold?

grin I was a bit sceptical, but once you get used to it, it is quite satisfying Wild. You would be amazed what gets blasted out even after teeth cleaning. And I did spray the bathroom a few times accidentally.

spudmasher Mon 07-Jan-13 20:20:47

Wax Bruffin??? A special sort I presume? Applied to gum/ lip or the metal itself?

bruffin Mon 07-Jan-13 20:21:49

Also its nhs or private you cant offset kne against the other.
We hsd to wait for ages to get dd seen. Ee offered to pay private for initial consultation. We were told if we did that we would have to carry on with private.

I used cold water once spud it was awful. Warm water is the way to go.

saycheeeeeese Mon 07-Jan-13 20:22:59

Im currently undergoing invisalign treatment but im not a teen grin

Happy to answer any questions about those smile

NatashaBee Mon 07-Jan-13 20:23:02

DSD has one and uses the waterpik to clean too. She finds that they're painful when she gets new wires put on/tightened so now takes an ibruprofen beforehand to minimize pain.

these:

www.walgreens.com/store/c/plackers-dental-flossers/ID=prod6016289-product?ext=gooPersonal_Care_PLA_Dental_Floss_ampersand_Tape_prod6016289_pla&adtype={adtype&Kpid=prod6016289&sst=31753796-0272-5de9-fa85-0000733229d2}

are also good for flossing since you can't easily get the standard floss strings around the wires. She doesn't seem to mind the braces too much, i think most of her friends have them and she was keen to get them over and done with before she starts high school so has been pretty good about looking after them. She did have to have a couple of teeth removed to make room before getting started. That was far worse than the braces... it was bad enough just having to watch it sad

WynkenBlynkenandNod Mon 07-Jan-13 20:24:09

DD had a functional appliance for a year which was very hard going at the beginning. She's just turned 14 and now has train tracks since September ( off for tightening tomorrow) which are a walk in the park.

I think she rather likes them now and they don't effect her speech as the others did. She's in a routine with her brushing and she's not self conscious as lots of people at school have them. A fair bit of pain with the functional ones but not a lot with the train tracks. Am also interested in the Waterpik!

bruffin Mon 07-Jan-13 20:24:11

Its dental wax you put on the metal to stop the metal rubbing on the inside of the cheeks.

spudmasher Mon 07-Jan-13 20:25:05

Thought so Bruffin. DD is pretty devastated as it will mean no work probably for as long as she has the brace. I have suggested she uses her earnings to pay. She has suggested that will mean she will have to live at home for longer as she will have to save longer for the deposit on a flat.........oh god. Train tracks it is bless her.
And a Waterpik!!!!!

spudmasher Mon 07-Jan-13 20:27:32

Natashabee, DD also has to have teeth out- 4 altogether. How soon after extraction did they fit the brace?? Sending DH for that appointment. I will stay at home and rock gently in a corner.

spudmasher Mon 07-Jan-13 20:28:43

Wynken, good news that they don't affect speech so much. Will tell DD as that is something she was worried for- she may still get the odd VoiceOver!

DS1 had two teeth out, he is a bit of a stresser at the best of times but he was fine. The worst bit of the whole thing for him was having the impressions/mould taken, he said it felt like he was gagging and couldn't breathe. sad

purpleroses Mon 07-Jan-13 20:52:06

DSD2 (12) has had hers for the last year. She was v anxious beforehand but they've been fine. She does need reminding/nagging to clean them though. DP paid privately for his DD1 to have the clear type of brace (her teeth were less bad than DSD2 so she didn't qualify under NHS). He was prepared to do the same for DSD2 but was told the clear ones weren't actually as effective.

NatashaBee Tue 08-Jan-13 00:29:03

spudmasher we were told to allow at least 2 weeks between extraction and braces fitting to allow healing time. That seemed too little (and I could still see the open wounds where the teeth had come out after 2 weeks), we left it a month.

amumthatcares Tue 08-Jan-13 10:20:08

My DD had a brace fitted at 14, for a year. When she was told by the Ortho that she would need one she was distraught - 'I don't want to wear that' 'I will look hiddeous' 'Everyone will take the mick' etc, etc. To be honest she really made us feel guilty and pleaded with us to have the clear ones, but there was no way we could justify the cost. So, train tracks it was. Oh, then when they were fitted she admitted suddenly realised so many of her friends had them! She had the initial discomfort/rubbing/soreness but it does ease off and the end result is most definitely worth it grin

DD2 will be having braces soon - we have an appointment with a reconstructive dentist (?) next week to discuss exactly what they want to do (she has submerged molars, so there are various options, all of which have different braces apparently). She's not fussed as so many of her friends have or have had braces.

DD3 will also need braces at some point, but her teeth aren't bad enough to qualify for NHS treatment, so I need to save up a bit for that wink.

saycheeeeeese Tue 08-Jan-13 10:39:37

Just make sure they all wear their retainers afterwards. ...otherwise they msy end up in my position 15 year's later having to get braces all over again!!

bruffin Tue 08-Jan-13 12:01:49

My dd has an adult tooth that may be impacted ISWM. They removed the baby tooth and are currently maintaining the space with the brace and havny decided yet what to do.

spudmasher Tue 08-Jan-13 18:55:22

Thanks so much everyone. so much useful advice here.

Good luck with it all spud. DS was upset when he found out he was having a brace (we had tears all the way home from the orthodontists) and two years does seem like forever, but suddenly we are 6 months in. He is having the bottom brace applied at Feb half term so don't know how that will affect things. I just keep focussing on the end result.

spudmasher Tue 08-Jan-13 19:12:11

Thank you Sparkingbrook. I woke up feeling really stupid this morning- I am the one meant to be supporting DD and I'm more fussed about it than she is at the moment!!!!
Anyway, armed with information and positive stories I feel better equipped to support her now.

I had many a thread going about it in July, I was really stressing. MN made me feel better, but it is a big deal, and a commitment. Nobody likes to see their child getting prodded and poked. I actually watched the extractions. sad

But it's all ok, and I forget he has it now. smile

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