Damon Braces - Adult

I will be turning 40 this year and have always...

I will be turning 40 this year and have always wanted to have my smile corrected. I always hated close up pictures because of my teeth. My insurance changed this year and now it will cover adult braces so I jumped at the chance. I am happy that I took the time to do this for myself. The first few days my teeth were a little tender when I would eat. Other than that I haven't had any pain. For me the biggest "problem" is learning how to eat. My expected treatment time is 2 years. As the time got closer to have them put on I was getting nervous. It is typically teenagers that get braces so to be 40 and getting them was a little scary. The brackets are clear and you can hardly notice the braces unless you are close up. I will try to make updates and show pictures of my process.

Bottom Brackets

6 Months

I was given bands at my last appoint. I was told to wear them all the time except when eating and brushing. The first few days were a little uncomfortable but nothing real bad. By the 4th day it didn't bother me any more. I have to change them out 3 times a day. I usually change them after each meal since I have to take them off anyway.
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So what are the bands addressing?  And also, WOW, the difference is already stunning from your first pic!
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The bands are to correct my overbite. I'm not sure how long I will have to have them. I know it is amazing how much they have changed in 6 months. I'm supposed to have them for another 18 months but I'm hoping it will be shorter. :) I see him in two more months I will have to ask him then.
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Hi!  How are things going?  You've had at least one adjustment since your last update, I think?  How did it go?  I want to see your progress! :D
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Everything is going good. I had an adjustment in April and go in for another one next week. I can't believe it has only been 4 months. I had my first regular cleaning last month. That went well. No cavities. :) After my next appointment I will try to post some pictures.
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Yes, please, and thank you :D!

You can't believe it's only been four months because you results are so good?  Or because time is creeping so slowly? LOL!
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I am 45, I had braces at 19, I had congenitally missing molars both sides lower teeth. The orthodontist back then opened the spaces to make room for bridges. Well I grind terribly and I can't seem to keep a splint in my mouth at night to stop it. Well one of the bridges popped off and wasn't notice until tooth decay occured. So one side I have 2 spaces. I do have some bone atrophy and I am aware that moving a tooth into this space is risky. However I am on Growth Hormone injections that will help with quick bone growth( I have researched). I want to move the remaining molars forward and I need help on which braces are gentle and will minimize the damage to my roots. I also have very short teeth and was wondering if they can be pulled down a little to brighten my smile. I must do something about the grinding and I feel that I'm grinding because I have a poor bite. I bite on my left side and continually bite my inner lip when chewing.. very painful and sudden... :( Connie
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Thank you for the new picture!!!  They are so clear, even on the bottom!  I'm so used to seeing regular silver brackets on the bottom!
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Most people don't even notice them at first. It has almost been 3 months since I've had them . I go in for another adjustment in 3 more weeks. Can't wait.
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I look forward to the update!  Our Damon community is so small--you may want to look in our regular braces forum for support.  We have a number of people who are active in the braces community.
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Just checking in to see how you're doing! :)
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I'm doing great. I have had one adjustment so far. No pain so that is great. I can tell my teeth are moving. It isn't really noticeable but it hasn't been 2months yet.
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Oh, great to hear that you're not feeling pain!!!! :D  How are you dealing with cleaning your teeth?
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That can be challenge sometimes. I bought a water pick so that gets what is missed when brushing. Which is more than you would think. Flossing also takes longer.
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My husband had Damon and it took him half an hour to floss, three times/day.  Plus he bought a waterpik too.  He still got three cavities during his treatment :(, but I think he hadn't quite understood how you're supposed to floss--like he thought he was supposed to saw front to back instead of up the sides of each tooth.  Bizarre.  Hopefully you'll get no cavities!!!
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Do you have top and bottom clear?
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The top are all clear except the very back one. The bottom 4 in the middle are clear. All the other ones are metal. You can't tell even when you smile. I will post some new pictures soon so you will be able to see.
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Thanks!
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Congratulations and thank you so much for starting your story here on RealSelf!  You are a beautiful woman, and soon your teeth will match :D.  I'm so excited to see your progress!
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