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« on: May 17, 2007, 08:35:19 AM »
I have pretty healthy, white teeth with a gap in the front.  I hate it, of course, but more or less have resigned myself to it.  I had a retainer when I was younger for a year, which worked but only as long as I wore it (my parents didn't have a lot of $ then and frankly I think they were cheated by an unscrupulous dentist).

So, all of a sudden I wake up after 20 years and - fuck! everybody and their dog is wearing braces.  Like, people my age! Or, they're getting veneers and things.

I'm torn.  I'm almost 40, and it feels vain to think about this.  It's not the biggest gap in the world, but I think it's noticeable.  

I'm sort of attracted to the idea of veneers, but I REALLY hate the idea of having my actual teeth filed down to accommodate them.  My stomach hurts just thinking about it.  As for braces, I'm not entirely sure they will work - I understand that repairing gaps is hard.

Anyone get cosmetic dental work done as an adult, and willing to admit to it?   :twisted:

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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2007, 08:48:08 AM »
I love gaps.

When I was 34 I had braces for a very slight overbite. Did ev they said for years. Overbite came back.

My best gf's x just got braces on the advice of his much younger lover. He is soon to be 56 and looks ridiggulous.
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2007, 08:54:41 AM »
I had TMJ when I was a teenager, malocclusion due to a fall on my head. My dad had just retired, so we didn't have dental insurance anymore, but the ortho was strongly recommending braces to fix the TMJ. However, my teeth are about as straight as they come, and I felt I was past the age to wear braces - all my friends who'd had them, didn't anymore.

So I refused. I got a dental thingy (prosthesis? can't remember the name) that I mostly wore at night to try and correct the alignment. But it was my osteopath that finally fixed me. I'm *so* glad I didn't get braces...I strongly doubt they would've worked and probably they would've caused more harm.

But a gap is different, of course. I don't know if braces can fix gaps, I thought they were to straighten teeth. It might be painful, and I always thought gaps were charming anyways.

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2007, 08:54:44 AM »
I have a gap. I had a retainer as a kid which took care of the fangs, but when I was 13, they told me that to really fix my teeth I'd need dental surgery. It wasn't covered by my mom's plan, and I was a bit skeert, so I didn't do it. I'm OK with my gap now, although if I could afford and find the time, I'd consider getting something done about my slight overbite. That's not a cosmetic thing (it's not really noticeable), that's a better-equipping-myself-to-eat-artichoke thing.  8)

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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2007, 09:00:54 AM »
I'm too lazy to look, but I think it was George Burns who said: 'If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of my teeth.'

I wouldn't do anything that might compromise the health or strength of my teeth. I want them to be with me til the end.

Besides, gaps are cute.

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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2007, 09:06:30 AM »
I never noticed it.  Anyway, braces would probably look awful for the time you were wearing them.

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2007, 09:12:05 AM »
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2007, 09:37:42 AM »
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I had TMJ when I was a teenager, malocclusion due to a fall on my head. My dad had just retired, so we didn't have dental insurance anymore, but the ortho was strongly recommending braces to fix the TMJ. However, my teeth are about as straight as they come, and I felt I was past the age to wear braces - all my friends who'd had them, didn't anymore.


I had/have very bad TMJ as well.  Like, when I was younger I couldn't open up my mouth while laying down.  It just locked.  I had to hold my chin while yawning and apples were definitely forbidden.  Lots of pain and locking, etc.  There are still lots of things I shouldn't do...

Braces were part of my treatment because my bridge was very narrow.  They couldn't really go ahead with any of the other work until that was fixed.  But, my specialist was lovely.  He unexpectedly put them on me about two months before my highschool formal.  I didn't know it would happen that appointment, and he didn't know about the formal.  He took them off just before and put them back on afterwards, for free.  My teeth still aren't perfectly straight, as he only kept them on long enough to fix what needed to be fixed for the rest of the treatment to go ahead.  

There was a lot of other work, including something like a barbed wire fence behing my bottom front teeth.  That was to prevent me from resting my tongue there (apparently part of the reason everything was out of alignment and causing problems).  Unfortunately, my parents split up in the middle of all this, everything got crazy, and there was no longer time/money to take me to a specialist.

But, I can almost open my mouth normally now, so I'm glad I went through it all.  That said, there was a lot of pain and awkwardness involved.  I definitely wouldn't do it for cosmetic reasons.

My mum is missing half of one of her front teeth.  The beautiful, shiny replacement has fallen out twice.  Can that happen with veneers?  I don't recommend it!!  She always takes the day off work and won't leave the house until she can get an appointment to have it replaced.

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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2007, 10:11:28 AM »
Wow, my TMJ wasn't that bad. Just constant clicking, some pain and noticeable misalignment (to me). I didn't chew gum or anything chewy for years because that just made it worse.

It turned out to be just another thing that my osteopath fixed for me...

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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2007, 10:27:58 AM »
I might try the osteopath thing.  I'm still not back to normal.  I have a hard time imagining it ever being 'normal'!

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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2007, 11:39:54 AM »
Aw, thanks everyone!  Especially the gap lovers  :)

Part of it too, aside from cost and pain, is whether I really want to change my appearance at this point in my life.  Like, this is my face, my smile, you know?  But lately it seems like everyone's getting their teeth perfected.  Gah, I know - sooo frivolous.  My teeth are healthy and I have coverage to keep 'em that way - I'm lucky.

Anyone else have nightmares about teeth cracking/ falling out?  It's my one phobia - I'm terrified of it.

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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2007, 11:42:52 AM »
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Anyone else have nightmares about teeth cracking/ falling out?  It's my one phobia - I'm terrified of it.


This is a constant nightmare for me, and it always seems so real.  I've been told it means you can't let go of something from the past (if you believe in that kind of thing).

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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2007, 11:54:39 AM »
Ha, well that's interesting, the letting go of something in the past thing.
I would think that since I am a carnivore and use my teeth to tear and chew and in the old days, remove beer caps  :oops:  perhaps a current situation needs more assertion. I guess I think of teeth as a could-be weapon too  :oops:

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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2013, 11:00:10 PM »
I don't know why, but I feel like reviving this really, really old thread to say that about six months after I posted it, I (well, and my hubby and parents  :p ) got myself Invisalign braces for my 40th birthday.  They hurt like hell and made it tough to lecture.  I wore them for 18 months.

Now I can't even remember what my teeth used to be like even though I had them for most of my life.

My Mom has Alzheimer's now and when I visit, 4 times out of 5 she will say "You have such nice teeth!"  I think maybe somewhere deep inside she remembers the gap and is trying to make sense of it all.

I hope everyone has a lovely long weekend and whatever else you may be celebrating. :grouphug
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2013, 11:16:12 PM »

My Mom has Alzheimer's now and when I visit, 4 times out of 5 she will say "You have such nice teeth!"  I think maybe somewhere deep inside she remembers the gap and is trying to make sense of it all.


Aww that's so sweet pookie. My mom also Alzheimer's and when I called her today to see how her awful head cold was doing, I wanted to know if she was over it coz she's 2 days ahead of mine, and she said "i've had it since yesterday'. I had to tell her no ma, your cold began a week ago when I was up and now I have it'.


I've lost the hearing in one ear now, it sux. But this Alzheimer's thing, I don't know why, but so far I find her absolutely sweet and divine and very MARA in the old prophetic sense of Magdalene.
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