I Used to Have Braces

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 488 People

    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


    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
    22-25, F
    Jul 27, 2013

    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...
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    1 Response Dec 5, 2009

    I'm sitting in the chair waiting

    for them to tell me what to do next, because I just got them off. They scanned me and gave me a bag of candy and my mouth feels funny because I haven't felt my actual teeth for 3 years. Its strange... I almost feel like I'll miss them. Glad those little metal monsters are off...
    Rucbrar Rucbrar
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jan 16, 2016

    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
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Jan 8, 2011

    I just recently had my top braces removed

    and when my boyfriend saw me for the first time with them off, every time I wouldn't smile with my teeth showing he'd do this cute little grumpy face that just made my heart melt.
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    Jul 6, 2015

    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
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 30, 2012

    i used to have braces

    until last saturday, where i had to change it to retainers. my teeth are freaking small and wearing retainers makes me looks like i have lisp. haha, its very funny cause i cant speak properly. (i hope im not offending anyone, just so you know people with lisp are adorable! :3...
    deeyanah deeyanah
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 4, 2015

    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

    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

    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
    47 Responses Oct 8, 2010

    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
    Mar 29, 2009

    I no longer have braces!

    !! It's been 2 years, and it feels great not having them cut my lips... Now I have retainers, and they feel great... :)
    BloodFanatic BloodFanatic
    18-21, M
    7 Responses Apr 30, 2015

    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

    Braces R Not Fair

    jlautner88 jlautner88
    Oct 28, 2010


    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

    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
    22-25, M
    Apr 29, 2014

    The first time I had them it was only on my

    upper teeth, I think it was when I was nine or ten years old, to straighten them of course, but there was more behind it, I can't remember that far back in much detail though. The second time was when I was 18 to 19 I think, it was on both top and bottom and it was after six...
    JustSomeGuyontheInternet JustSomeGuyontheInternet
    22-25, M
    Jul 4, 2015

    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

    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.  I also had a gap in between 2 teeth that were toward the front of my mouth on the same side as the problem molar.  Toward...
    Morgause Morgause
    41-45, F
    Jun 16, 2008

    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

    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
    18-21, F
    5 Responses May 21, 2009

    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

    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
    2 Responses Aug 20, 2010

    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

    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
    16-17, F
    Apr 29, 2014

    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

    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, 2014

    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

    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
    18-21, F
    Jun 4, 2011

    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

    Thank god............

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    2 Responses Aug 2, 2015
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    1 Response Dec 30, 2014

    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

    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
    16-17, F
    1 Response Aug 13, 2014

    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
    22-25, F
    Jun 7, 2013

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 27, 2014

    I had braces until about 3 years ago.

    I wore them for 2 years, but I also am a heavy smoker, so I had to take extra care with my braces. Some of my teeth are yellow enough, though, that you can see where the braces were. But I hated wearing them, especially when they tightened them! Glad they're gone!
    html92 html92
    22-25, M
    Jan 22, 2015

    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
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Sep 24, 2013

    I had my braces for 7 years!

    !! they sucked, but I'm so glad I got them off last summer! :'D
    deleted deleted
    Feb 23, 2016

    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
    18-21, M
    Feb 5, 2014

    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
    3 Responses Mar 29, 2009

    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...
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    Oct 21, 2013
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