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      Okay, of all my phobias, going to the dentist is one of them (which isn't surprising for anyone, since I joined this forum). The last time I went to the dentist was late in 2005 (less than three years ago). I had a lot of tartar build up in my mouth. I didn't even know what that stuff was; I just though it was part of my teeth lol! Ever since that massive clean up, I've been looking after my teeth more carefully, but still, I can see small traces of decay on three bottom teeth. I'm not sure about my upper teeth.

      Now, the real problem; braces. Imagine you are facing me. From your point of view, my bottom left canine tooth is portruding at an angle outwards and it is pushing the tooth to its right slightly inwards. The rest of my teeth appear to be fine (although I'm not sure if they would classify as being "overcrowded"). This is the main reason why I never smile and show my bottom teeth in photos; I only show my upper teeth. The canine tooth isn't really bothering my mouth, but I'm worried that it may continue pushing itself further forwards and the other tooth inwards and I will start getting bothered by them. I think that canine tooth is screwed up because I didn't pull out the baby canine tooth in its place when I should have (pulling my own baby teeth back then was pretty daunting for me).

      So a few days ago, I mentioned to my mother that I was thinking of getting braces for the first time. She had already suggested that I should visit the dentist within these holidays, which conclude at the end of next week. My two best friends recently had their braces removed and now their teeth are perfect, but they said the experience was very painful. They each had four teeth pulled out before getting braces.

      I am willing to get braces for my bottom teeth only if I do not need to have any teeth pulled out. I am really hoping that I won't need to have any teeth pulled out, but from what I can see in the mirror, I may need to have either the canine tooth or the one that it's pushing inwards pulled out prior to getting braces. If one of the teeth are pulled out, straightening the rest of my teeth with braces should be no problem, and I'm sure of it, but there may be an odd gap left behind.

      I have had numerous dreams in my sleep where I encounter a genie that is willing to grant me three wishes, with one of my wishes being "Give me perfect teeth!" I'll be seeing the dentist some time soon.

      So can you guys help cure my current paranoic state?

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      I had to have 3 teeth taken out for braces also, but that doesen't mean everyone would have to. The only part of it that was really uncomfortable was the first week of having them on, because my mouth was really sore and hurting a little bit. After that I just got used to it and it was fine.

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      What pain are you worried about? Having teeth extracted? - because that should be painless during the procedure and any discomfort (some people have no discomfort) afterwards can be headed off by taking painkillers before you think you need them.

      Or is it discomfort and soreness while wearing them? I think you are only supposed to get mild discomfort just after the orthodontist has tightened the braces up lasting for a few hours maybe. It is not a constant pain or no one would get braces surely. I had the oldfashioned sort back in the 1970s and that wasn't painful at all...in fact going to the orthodontist frequently made seeing the general dentist far less scary....familiarity breeds contempt.

      Maybe see a different orthodontist from the one your friends saw if they are not recommending the experience.

      You could also look into Invisalign which is a different method but can't be used in all cases.
      A positive attitude can go a long way with all these issues...as you are already (probably unnecessarily) so self-conscious about smiling, then maybe getting braces done properly is the way to hit this on the head.
      Last edited by brit; 3rd July 2008 at 01:30.
      It's the 21st Century.......dentistry can and should be painless but we patients come unstuck because all dentists are not created equal

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      Default Re: Braces and having teeth pulled out

      A bit of both I guess, but I mainly don't want teeth pulled out, even if it hurts or not.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Wai View Post
      A bit of both I guess, but I mainly don't want teeth pulled out, even if it hurts or not.
      Buy why not? Try to work out why you are so reluctant? Are you afraid of needles? I had 4 removed under GA for my braces and then later on, a single tooth removed with just local anaesthetic and it was a positive experience honestly.
      It's the 21st Century.......dentistry can and should be painless but we patients come unstuck because all dentists are not created equal

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      Well, I guess I can only provide further details after my next visit! I'll probably have to get the two teeth with slight decay on it filled up before getting braces (if I end up doing so).

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      The answer to reluctance about dental treatment is invariably the same....find a dentist you like and trust...end of story in many many cases. Research well, don't just go along to any old practice....your main fear is probably 'fear of the unknown'.
      It's the 21st Century.......dentistry can and should be painless but we patients come unstuck because all dentists are not created equal

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      I really wasn't expecting to receive a placement on the day I requested an appointment in a public dental clinic. Anyway, that was yesterday. My dentist suggested that I should get braces, because the position of the two teeth make brushing more difficult. She also said that I've got a bit of overcrowding in my bottom teeth, but my top ones appear fine. My next appointent will be on the 24th of this month.

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      An update from me:

      I got an X-ray a few weeks ago to see where my wisdom teeth are (they haven't come out yet). Today I went to the dentist to have a look at the results and unsurprisingly, all four of them are screwed up. Three of them don't have enough room to come out while the fourth is actually laying on its side.

      What are the main consequences for not getting these four buggers out? I'm expecting to have them pulled out next year some time.

      Wai
      Last edited by Wai; 30th October 2008 at 08:51. Reason: Typo

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      Default Re: Braces and having teeth pulled out

      I had three teeth pulled for braces 20 years ago. When your teeth move back they'll fill in the gap...hardly anyone will notice.

      What I hate is the sound when they're yanking 'em out. I did a "time-out" sign with the dentist a few times!

      I need some out now, and I'm opting for IV.

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