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I Used to Have Braces

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    For over five years..

    .got them in 3rd grade and didn't get them off until 8th. I called them budget braces, because the orthodontist was a family friend and gave us a deep discount. In hindsight, orthodontics are probably not something that should be skimped on...more than once, the orthodontist's...
    ShesAVeryKinkyGirl ShesAVeryKinkyGirl 26-30, F Apr 21

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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 the color of the bands. I mostly got neon green because that was my favorite color but I got neon pink, gold...
    cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 4, 2008

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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 it off soon, then I would move and the orthodontist would say otherwise. The first two years I hated the fact that it was going...
    BounceAround BounceAround 22-25, F Oct 21, 2013

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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 think i looked cuter with them than without. on top of that, i feel more pressure to be attractive now. it made me realize...
    delusionsofglamour delusionsofglamour 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 14, 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 in, and then i also had both my upper and lower jaws re-aligned lol!!! it was worth it in the end i think!!!
    cowshed123 cowshed123 31-35, M 3 Responses Jan 8, 2011

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    emjagrace emjagrace 13-15, F Aug 27

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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 to me. Now this was 30+ years ago. Back then they didn't have braces with various colors and that could actually...
    keithseeker keithseeker 51-55, M 8 Responses Jun 16, 2008

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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. Getting my braces removed, on the other hand. was beyond painful. My teeth are really sensitive to cold things, and the...
    IntenseCookie IntenseCookie 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 24, 2013

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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, boys, came to practice with strange silver tracks in their mouths, and could not blow properly. They had to leave the...
    oldtimer49 oldtimer49 56-60, F 7 Responses Feb 19, 2010

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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 told. at the age of 16 i had a jaw op where both jaw need to be pull and move and reset as my teeth and jaws sat the the wrong way around...
    chrisk77 chrisk77 31-35 4 Responses Mar 29, 2009

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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 for six years. It was hell for ten years. But now I have very nice teeth. One is bonded, but the surgeries were a sucsess. I had three...
    LonelySoul LonelySoul 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 10, 2007

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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 nervous about getting them. I remember it took forever to get them on. I was in the doctors office forever...
    superherojustin superherojustin 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 9, 2012

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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 stupid, but I got used to it.  I was happy when I got rid of them.  Don't think it's completely fixed my teeth...
    MeisterWolf MeisterWolf 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 18, 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 retainers at the age of 12 to train tracks,elastics,and finally-beautiful,straight teeth at the age of 15. It used to be...
    orangeblossom89 orangeblossom89 18-21, F Jul 22, 2008

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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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    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 is probably getting four teeth pulled right at the beginning. But I did resent not being able to eat apples with...
    jellibeanz jellibeanz 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 22, 2010

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    I've now had them twice.

    Due to breaking my jaw. First time I broke it was the first time I fell off a bike. DO NOT LET ME NEAR A BIKE. Second time last week.
    whattodo32 whattodo32 18-21, M Apr 29

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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 thought I might need surgery in the future to correct that, but thankfully that didn't happen. When I was nine, I had the extra...
    guitargirl92 guitargirl92 18-21, F Jun 14, 2012

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    Thats a pic of me in grade 7 with my nice

    Justin Beiber hair lol and my braces. My teeth before looked like someone ran over a fence with their car and then glued them in my mouth. But I cant find a clear enough picture on my laptop of them. Now I hate my teeth. They look so fakely straight and just bad. My smile...
    LandonS LandonS 16-17, M May 6

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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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    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 possibly given me a year or two off after having it, because I kept breaking it. Then, I got braces and had them for a few years. They really sucked...
    animallover110293 animallover110293 18-21, F Jun 7, 2013

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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 front teeth. My Orthodontist was this horrible, creepy old show pony with ironically rancid breath. He insisted on always wearing a bow tie for some reason...
    Pixie87 Pixie87 22-25, F Jan 7, 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 was younger and on the school bus, the kids on the back of the bus began chanting "beaver, beaver, beaver..." I...
    KittyFelix KittyFelix 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 30, 2012

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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 option was to have an operation where they break your jaw and reset it, and sometimes it doesnt work properly). so for about 4 years i...
    ElectroGirlie ElectroGirlie 22-25, F Jun 4, 2010

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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 told. at the age of 16 i had a jaw op where both jaw need to be pull and move and reset as my teeth and jaws sat the the wrong way around...
    chrisk77 chrisk77 31-35 Mar 29, 2009

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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 months into it and one unsettling discovery sunday morning, i had a lapse in judgement which caused me to  make an...
    chickenkiev chickenkiev 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 13, 2009

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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, somewhat out of rebellion against the place where I got my teeth straightened out, because I didn't want to go...
    animallover110293 animallover110293 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 27, 2013

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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 had them taken off yesterday. It wasn't so bad at first - just clipping the brackets off with some metal plier device that may or...
    musicspirit musicspirit 16-17, F 5 Responses May 21, 2009

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    Me Too

    Had braces between the ages of 10 and 14. I remember the pain of having them fitted.
    yfronts36 yfronts36 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 1, 2012

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    Technically I still have them,

    but by the time a lot of people would read this they'll be off :) I'm getting them off in 2 hours time!!! I've had them since August last year and I wasn't meant to get them off until August this year, but my teeth "shaped quicker than planned" or something like that. Oh well, I...
    NTC123 NTC123 13-15, F Apr 29

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    Braces R Not Fair

    WHAT DO I DO WEN I GET HEADGEAR? HELP ME! WILL I BE A FREAK? WILL PEOLE THINK IM WIERD?
    jlautner88 jlautner88 13-15 Oct 28, 2010

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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 I didn't think anyone would except me for the way I was. My mom was a single parent and couldn't afford to get me braces. In...
    jeanniemarie jeanniemarie 26-30, F Dec 9, 2007

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    Got them in grade 6 and had to get them off

    early in grade 7 because they went through my lip. I was walking with my friend and he got into a fight with this random older kid and the older kid ripped out his earing and so I tryed to push him away from my friend but he pushed me into a wall and my braces went thru my lip...
    QuinnMac12 QuinnMac12 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 13

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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 to my wires and they needed to create a space for the teeth. So I had to have springs on my braces for about eight...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 20, 2009

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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 years and a half) they grew on me. Well I have innet bottom braces ( to make sure they stsu in place on one...
    Unique19 Unique19 18-21, F Dec 7, 2011

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    In fact, I still have a single wire behind my

    top teeth because they wouldn't behave after the normal braces. I sometimes think I'll have it on until my teeth fall out from old age :s
    papercastles papercastles 22-25, F Oct 10

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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 four wisdom teeth pulled (under sedation, mind you) that weren't even grown in yet. Leaving four "pits" that made the inside of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 5, 2009

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    My braces are gone and

    now I have a perfect white teeth :) It's so smooth now, can't stop my tongue from moving over it :D
    Quelessir Quelessir 16-17, M Feb 5

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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' jokes while I had them.
    vivalagloria vivalagloria 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 27, 2008

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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 she gave my mom a HUGE discount (we didn't even pay half the real price, I think ^_^). The only catch? She usually chose the...
    sodancewithme sodancewithme 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 7, 2010

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    Huskyforders Huskyforders 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Frendo Obiectum

    Its drawing to a close now. That part of my life. I will miss them in a strange sort of way. Surely not how they look, I am quite vain, but the lesson they taught. Have I fully learned it? I never had any shame before, but I have a certain level of pride now. Of a victory hard...
    theologian theologian 18-21, M 95 Responses Oct 8, 2010

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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 have tiny baby teeth but then I realize I just have large teeth.  I had tiny baby teeth as a child, and then my large...
    EternalGirl EternalGirl 26-30, F 1 Response May 4, 2010

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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 off no one noticed! I went around all day grinning at people like a maniac, to no avail...
    ohsovery ohsovery 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 19, 2008

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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 months I got an expander (which hurt like HELL). Had that for 6 months and then had it removed. When I was about 15 I...
    Melody08 Melody08 18-21, F Feb 11, 2008

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    I wore braces because my two incisors next to

    my upper front teeth were rotated giving the startling appearance of fangs. This, combined, with my deathly white skin, dislike for bright sunlight, and pale eye colour, brought about much talk that I was a vampire. They then got straightened out so I can fit better into society...
    AngelofPink AngelofPink 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 27

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    What I Had

    so i had braces a year, and then got them off. after the school year in the summer we went back-the summer after they came off-the orthodontist said i needed to get them again and possibly headgear. it took a while to get the headgear but i had high-pull headgear. i then after a...
    massiekurr01 massiekurr01 13-15 1 Response Aug 20, 2010

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    Does anyone know where you can buy the wax you use to cover the bits the hurt? Used most of mine and need some more...
    NobodyCaresOkai NobodyCaresOkai 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 27

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    I HATE my braces. I can't wait to get them off next year
    Paula98665 Paula98665 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 14

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    I have gotten used to mine, but when I go in for an adjustment they bother me for a few days. 1 more year and hopefully I will be done with them.
    jerseyjade jerseyjade 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 14

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    CollinDawg CollinDawg 13-15, M Oct 12

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    Chain elastics. Nightmate!
    h4ll h4ll 22-25, F Oct 12