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I Used to Have Braces

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    Four Long Years... - I had to get my braces on early. As soon as I lost all my baby teeth, it was time for my braces. Since I do not have two of my teeth, false teeth were attached...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 20, 2009

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    I Hated My Braces - When I entered secondary school, age fourteen, I joined the school orchestra and begin learning clarinet. In the second year, two of the other clarinetists...
    oldtimer49 oldtimer49 56-60, F 7 Responses Feb 19, 2010

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    Immaturity - I went through many years of orthodontic work, and now I feel like my teeth are moving. I stopped wearing my retainer a few ears ago when I was a little less mature...
    animallover110293 animallover110293 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 27, 2013

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    I Did - Horrible braces. I dislike them. I'm not going get anymore braces. Yuck...
    mother1983 mother1983 26-30, F Feb 12, 2011

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    Had Braces!!! - yes, i used to have braces!!! i hated them at the time, but im glad i got everything done!! i had my wisdom teeth removed, then a couple weeks later i got my braces...
    cowshed123 cowshed123 31-35, M 3 Responses Jan 8, 2011

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    Forking Impossible - I had braces once.i also had to wear this headgear at night that caused so much sensitivity and pain from the pressure it made me nuts that after maybe 6...
    chickenkiev chickenkiev 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 13, 2009

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    I Wore Braces For College... - ...for BOTH sets of teeth (top and bottom). My dentist was also the wife of my cousin in law's brother (I'm quite close to my cousin in law), and...
    sodancewithme sodancewithme 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 7, 2010

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    Hated It. - I had a pretty bad over bite so that plus braces made it look as if I had huuuge lips, not the attractive kinda either. But later when it was time to get them off(two...
    Unique19 Unique19 18-21, F Dec 7, 2011

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    I Sure Did! - On balance, I'm really very, very glad. Before I had braces I had a terrible malocclusion (a poor bite) & slightly bucked frontĀ teeth. My Orthodontist was this...
    Pixie87 Pixie87 22-25, F Jan 7, 2011

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    I Had Braces For 18 Months - Because there was a problem with two teeth.  They decided I needed full braces, not just top braces.  So at first my speaking sounded...
    MeisterWolf MeisterWolf 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 18, 2009

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    Braces and Headgear the Full Thing - hi i had braces and headgear when i was a lot young at the age of 13 and went back every three weeks or so for check at all was good so i was...
    chrisk77 chrisk77 31-35 Mar 29, 2009

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    3 Years of Worthwhile Pain - When I was young,I used to have buck teeth,and my dad decided to send me to an orthodontist where he worked,who put me through 3 years of...
    orangeblossom89 orangeblossom89 18-21, F Jul 22, 2008

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    Not Anymore!!! - i wore braces for 3 and a half years. i am SO happy they are gone!!!
    HisDepartureAug302010 HisDepartureAug302010 16-17, F May 20, 2010

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    It's Finally Over - I've had my braces on for about two years, and my teeth would get a little bit sore when I got the wires tightened, but it was nothing that I couldn't handle...
    IntenseCookie IntenseCookie 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 24, 2013

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    I Went Through the Works . . . - I had headgear for a few years, then this thing that was supposed to help my open bite, I had two oral surgeries, and had a full mouth of braces...
    LonelySoul LonelySoul 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 10, 2007

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    Wore Them For 2-1/2 Years - I had braces in my mid 20's.  It was to straighten out a molar in the back of my mouth which also hadn't fully grown in plus fix an overbite. ...
    Morgause Morgause 41-45, F Jun 16, 2008

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    But Did Anyone Know? - I remember being so excited that my braces were coming off early (only a year and a half instead of the full two). But, annoyingly, when I finally got them...
    ohsovery ohsovery 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 19, 2008

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    Hated Them - I had braces when I was in primary school. I honestly looked like Betty Swarez in Ugly Betty except my hair was shorter than hers. Now that I don't have the braces, I...
    TheatreGirl TheatreGirl 26-30, F Jul 16, 2008

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    Not To Straighten My Teeth - i had braces put on in high school, but not to straighten my teeth (they already rocked!) i got them put on to correct my crooked bite (the other...
    ElectroGirlie ElectroGirlie 22-25, F Jun 4, 2010

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    Teeth Tales - I had braces when I was in High School for just under 2 years. Thankfully I wasnt teased or had any sort of trouble with them. The one of the worst things I remember...
    jellibeanz jellibeanz 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 22, 2010

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    Braces Suck - As I entered High School, I had a brand new set of braces on my teeth. My mom and ortho talked about the importance of straight teeth and how this will be beneficial...
    keithseeker keithseeker 51-55, M 8 Responses Jun 16, 2008

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    I Am a Dork - I was a fan of the backstreet boys and when they came out with their "black and blue" cd I got black and blue bands. I liked the part where you could choose...
    cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 4, 2008

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    Braces - When I was 10 years old, I got my braces on. Before I got my braces, I thought about how cool it would be to have braces, but once I got them I was wrong. I was pretty...
    superherojustin superherojustin 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 9, 2012

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    A Complete Transformation - Let me tell you about my teeth. They have a long history. I have huge teeth. And I'm a little girl.  When I talk to other people look like they...
    EternalGirl EternalGirl 26-30, F 1 Response May 4, 2010

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    Buck Teeth - I used to have such horrible buck teeth but got braces when I was 12 and by the time I was 14 (I think) my teeth were nice and straight. I did get the odd 'traintrack...
    vivalagloria vivalagloria 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 27, 2008

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    Brackets, And Wires.......oh My - From the ages of 19 to almost 22 I wore these dreaded things. my teeth were so bad, I was surprised they weren't all pulled out. I had to have...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 5, 2009

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    3 Looooonnggggg Years... - and after that, surgery to reduce and re-align my lower jaw...The dentist then had to redo fillings to match my new bite. Not sure now if I would have...
    allycat419 allycat419 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2008

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    Braces and Headgear the Full Thing - hi i had braces and headgear when i was a lot young at the age of 13 and went back every three weeks or so for check at all was good so i was...
    chrisk77 chrisk77 31-35 2 Responses Mar 29, 2009

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    I'm Not Afraid to Smile Now. - It's funny how people take having a beautiful perfect smile for granted. I had the most hideous crooked teeth and I never smiled. I felt so ugly and...
    jeanniemarie jeanniemarie 26-30, F Dec 9, 2007

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    Grateful To Have Had Them - I had braces between the years of fourteen till seventeen. (In those years I lived in three different countries) every year they would say I would have...
    BounceAround BounceAround 18-21, F Oct 21, 2013

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    Seemed To Go On Forever! - When I was a kid my teeth were quite crooked, and there were a couple of extra ones that shouldn't have been there. I also had an underbite, and they...
    guitargirl92 guitargirl92 18-21, F Jun 14, 2012

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    I Went To The Orthodontist For Over Ten Years... - I started out with a retainer really early. I'm not sure if it really helped or not. It's hard to remember, but they might have...
    animallover110293 animallover110293 18-21, F Jun 7, 2013

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    Long Time - I had braces for nearly 4 years. My teeth were pretty bad. Kids at school used to ask me how I chewed my food. So I got my braces when I was 12, then after a few...
    Melody08 Melody08 18-21, F Feb 11, 2008

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    My Teeth Weren't Even That Bad - It was one tooth more or less. Heh, oh well, the braces are out now, so I can't complain. Well, actually I can and will do so now :P I...
    musicspirit musicspirit 16-17, F 5 Responses May 21, 2009

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    From Ages 18-20 - for the most part they didn't bother me, but towards the end i was really anxious to get them off. now that they're gone, my smile just seems...odd. i almost...
    delusionsofglamour delusionsofglamour 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 14, 2011

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    Over Bite - When I was younger I used to have a horrible over bite. ...and wanted to share a memory that's haunted me (not sure why) and that I've never shared before. When I...
    KittyFelix KittyFelix 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 30, 2012

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    Old Times. - I actually loved them. I felt special, lol. It was kinda strange when I removed them. I had my first kiss when I had braces it was funny. :D
    watermellonsmile watermellonsmile 16-17, F Jun 4, 2011

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    I've had my braces on both jaws, upper & lower for about 11 months, and i'm taking it off in two weeks from now ! I can't tell you how excited i am šŸ˜!
    Loyalty91 Loyalty91 22-25, F Mar 25

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    Getting my braces off tommorow :D
    Stimpy101 Stimpy101 18-21, M 5 Responses Apr 3

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    I got my braces today (14/4/14). Any ideas what I could eat when it hurts?
    KaydieKay KaydieKay 13-15, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    I have my braces for almost 4 years :)
    whoknowsme21 whoknowsme21 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I haven't been diagnosed with Hemi but I'm pretty sure I have it. I'm a 17 year old girl and I do pay attention to my body a lot. About a year a go I really started to notice how...
    thaliatjan thaliatjan 16-17, F 9 hrs ago

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    My first college crush have braces :) and he talked to me for the first time because we had the same color of bands
    whoknowsme21 whoknowsme21 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Ugh it totally ruins me! IDE be soooo much hotter w out it! I also have braces.... Maybe it's gods way of keeping me from getting preggers cuz I tots can't handle a baby lol
    casssss casssss 13-15, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I recently ended a relationship with someone and they used my weaknesses about myself against me. The words used have hurt me beyond belief and I dont know how to get them out of...
    mdvettech mdvettech 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    I am getting my braces put on at the age of 35 on Tuesday the 8th. This is something I have always wanted to do since I was 14 and my parents couldn't afford to get braces for me...
    bluefireball4949 bluefireball4949 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 6

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    My boyfriend had recently gotten his braces off and oh god I'm more in love with his face because nows it like a manly cute but with his braces on he was a boyish adorable it was...
    Noodles9000 Noodles9000 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    I miss my braces :( I'm now wearing retainers but I miss my braces :(
    Thatssoawesome Thatssoawesome 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    Just got my braces , hopefully they don't hurt to and later. I was told I have calcium re absorption so can't have then in too long but they failed to mention this to me till right...
    uniqeuliv uniqeuliv 31-35, F Apr 3

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    I am a stay at home mom that was by my husbands side before we had anything at all. We were once sitting in a park eating out of plastic disposable containers with our kids asking...
    linda233 linda233 36-40, F 5 Responses Apr 1

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    I'm in my 30s and I need braces should I get them?
    uniqeuliv uniqeuliv 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    For some reason I think girls with braces are cute same with glasses why is that is it because of sympathy idk I just love it ^-^
    Fwizzy Fwizzy 13-15, M Mar 28

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