I had braces when I was 8-12 to correct seriously crooked teeth from thumb-sucking, but was told jaw surgery would be required to fix my open bite. Over the years, I just never got around to it. Once my youngest was out of braces, I had a conversation with her orthodontist and he persuaded me to try a new technique, as he felt confident we could achieve a 90% improvement with a less invasive technique involving plates, hooks and elastics. Two and a half years later, I have a 95% improvement. My bite is closed for the first time since I lost my baby teeth. It's not just the appearance that is improved. I can eat so much easier, and my diction is 100% better. Over the years, one learns to compensate for a defect, so it was amazing how many ways my functioning improved. Cosmetically, the entire profile and lower part of my face changed for the better. I would do it again in a heartbeat ... and wish the technology had been there earlier.
7mm Open Bite, Fixed at Age 53 - Pembroke Pines, FL
I had braces when I was 8-12 to correct seriously...