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I have a friend who is getting braces in a few months and he is 26. He wants to know a few things. If someone has had braces as an adult could you tell me how they felt to wear, could you eat easily, does it take a lot of effort to keep them clean and how often did you have to go adjust them at the dentist.<br><br>
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My daughter had them in her mid twenties. She had the invisilines. They were a nuisance, especially when going out to eat. She would have to remove them, go to the bathroom after eating, brush her teeth then put them back in. I don't think she minded though. She wore them for about two years and had check ups every couple of months or so. I don't really remember. I know a woman in her forties who had the regular wire braces. I think they take some getting used to, you do have to brush frequently and carefully and watch what you eat.
 

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I wasn't an adult, but I had them for six years and got them off about four yeard ago, so I think I'm qualified to reply.<br><br><br><br>
It hurts like you wouldn't believe when you first get them and whenever they're tightened. However, especially as an adult, it's not too hard to bear. You just have to eat soft foods and take a lot of ibuprofen. After the first couple tightenings you get used to it. I had a palatal expander and headgear (not to mention the jaw surgery) and plain old braces are nothing compared to that (although that wasn't unbearable either).<br><br><br><br>
If he has wire braces, there are some things he can't/isn't allowed to eat. I would definitely avoid sticky things like taffy and gum (I'm pretty sure I broke a bracket on gum once). You're not supposed to have popcorn, but I was all right with it, although it was a little hard to clean my teeth afterwards. Some foods are really difficult to bite, like whole apples, corn on the cob, and large sourdough pretzels. Everything gets stuck in them, so it's good to carry around a toothbrush and clean your teeth after every meal. Usually a simple brushing is all you need. Sometimes it helps to have a toothpick or a braces pick (don't remember what they're called) to poke food out from under the wires.<br><br><br><br>
I was at the orthodontist/dentist/oral surgeon's <i>a lot</i> the last two years I had them, but obviously I had some serious mouth issues. Before that I went in every couple of weeks to get them tightened.<br><br><br><br>
Tell your friend I said good luck! It's not fun, but braces are definately worth it in the end.
 

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I've had braces twice. Once when I was of "normal" braces age, then again when I was 19, on the bottom only; and had a retainer for the top.<br><br><br><br>
Cleaning them sucks. I believe adjustments were once a month. I've had them off for 4 years or so. They didn't have to stay on long the 2nd time. I still wear retainers to bed, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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i had them two years and cleaning htem is a pain, carry a toothbrush and toothpaste and FLOSS!</div>
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Yuck, flossing braces is the biggest pain in the world. Every so often I'd try, get a couple teeth done, and give up.<br><br><br><br>
I can't believe I never got any cavities (there, now I've jinxed myself).
 

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My bf had invisialign for about 18 mos, then they still couldn't fix everything, so he got regular metal braces for about 3 mos or so to "fine tune." He had them as a kid too but everything shifted. He didn't mind too much unless he had to trade out sets of invisalign or when they adjusted his braces he hurt for a bit and had to take some tylenol. Towards the end of the invisalign he sort of got tired of them and only was putting them in at night which made it more painful because they were shifting. I think it would have been easier on him to just do the metal ones the whole time. He's a snacker :p
 

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No jerky (like the veg*n kind of beef jerky) --I pulled wires out in the back by doing that in the 10th grade. And no ice eating. I found the metal ones cut my lip in one place but a little wax solved that. I wore mine as a teen but there is a lady whose kid is in my class who has the metal ones.
 

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my boyfriend has braces and he is 21. The wires cut his mouth until he built up a callus on the inside of his cheeks, and they're sore after they're tightened. There is stuff he isn't supposed to eat, but he eats most of it anyway (chips).
 

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rc..could I ask what sort of work the invisalign were designed to do, for you bf? That is, were his teeth just crooked or too crowded, etc. I've been thinking about trying to save up some $ for these, but I'm not sure that they would work on my bottom teeth. The Invisalign website makes them sound wonderful, but there's a pretty big mess there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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rc..could I ask what sort of work the invisalign were designed to do, for you bf? That is, were his teeth just crooked or too crowded, etc. I've been thinking about trying to save up some $ for these, but I'm not sure that they would work on my bottom teeth. The Invisalign website makes them sound wonderful, but there's a pretty big mess there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></div>
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One of his top front teeth overlapped the other top front tooth.. that was the main thing I noticed. Other than that, like one would be pushed too far forward or the next would be too far back a little... It's funny I can't really remember too much except the front teeth.. lol. If I asked him he wouldn't know either.<br><br><br><br>
he wasn't wearing them 100% as he was supposed to either after a while since you can only drink water with them in, etc.. etc..
 

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Only drink water...eek. I suppose it would be good for me in the long run though. Thanks for the info. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Only drink water...eek. I suppose it would be good for me in the long run though. Thanks for the info. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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You CAN drink other things, you just have to take them out, then brush your teeth before putting them back in again :p
 

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My lower retainer is like an invisalign. My top is a standard nerd wire.<br><br><br><br>
I do remember breaking brackets a couple times. No ice chewing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"> and I pulled a wire out of the back band by chewing on a peanut butter snickers.<br><br><br><br>
On a happy note, you get to pick neat little colored rubber bands for them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Ohhh! Those of you who've had them, do you remember the rubberbands you had to use (some of you) that were attached to the top braces and stretched down to the bottom braces. I think it was to align your jaw or something. Those were fun. Especially when they snapped.
 

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Ohhh! Those of you who've had them, do you remember the rubberbands you had to use (some of you) that were attached to the top braces and stretched down to the bottom braces. I think it was to align your jaw or something. Those were fun. Especially when they snapped.</div>
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I loved those. I'd snap them on and off all the time. I used to use them to tie off my braids too, but that was a bad idea. It wasn't so good for the hair.
 

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I never thought they would be that bad, i've heard a few bad stories before but not this. I wish there was a way around this because his mouth is in such bad shape already. This will just make it worse <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Carried, so many people/kids get braces. I don't think it's a big deal. I think the biggest issue would be superficiality. Would he care about being a brace-face for a couple/few years? Other than that, they're totally worth it. Not much is hotter than a nice smile. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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No, they're not that bad. Honestly, I was upset when I got mine off because I loved them so much (after six years you get attached to things). They only hurt for a day or two after each tightening, and you have to take special care not to walk around with food in your teeth, but other than that they're great.<br><br><br><br>
I just went on and on about them because, you know, I had them for six years and I became a little obsessed with teeth. But really, he'll probably forget he even has them between tightenings. Braces are not a big deal at all anymore.
 

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His mouth is in very bad shape as it is, its not because he won't like the look of them. I'm pretty sure that is the least of his worries, his mouth is bleeding a lot and is already hurting as it is. It just seems like the braces are going to make it worse, I just hope its worth it.<br><br>
Thank you all for responding, I didn't think many people would <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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Is his mouth hurting because of pre-braces orthodontic work? I had these rubber spacers in my mouth to make room for the braces, and maybe it was just because that was the first orthodontic work I had done, but in my memory those were the most painful of all. So it can only get better from there.
 
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