I was always one of those kids growing up being deathly scared of getting braces. I'm now turning 24 this year, and also going into my second year of having braces. I wanted to improve my confidence kind of like what some of us do with makeup. The braces really have improved my teeth, smile, and confidence over the past year which I'm very thankful for. They are also barely noticeable (clear ceramic) which is great for my profession right now, and wearing red lipstick So long story short, I went to get them tightened yesterday and to no surprise I'm told they will be adding something onto my teeth...a "tongue crib". Without giving me anytime to ask questions or think about this option, they placed the anchors into my back molars to get ready for the device next visit in June. Now, you guys maybe wondering what this tongue crib appliance is...It is basically an orthodontic appliance to resist the tongue from thrusting against one's teeth which causes an overbite and protruding front teeth overtime. After doing some pretty extensive research, I've found it to be a very impractical option for me. I don't have an overbite for one and my front teeth are not protruding forward. I work in a corporate environment and have to socialize with people often, which the crib actually gives you a horrible lisp (which I already have a slight lisp as is). They said I would have to wear it for 1-2 years. I'm just so frustrated right now and don't really know what to do. I already feel like a 12 yr old in a suit with braces on, but adding a tongue crib that has metal spikes in my mouth will make me now talk like a 12 yr old. Ugh! Does anybody have any advice or has experienced orthodontic appliances as an adult?
I took a pic of the crib at my orthodontist yesterday. It looks like something out of a horror movie!
Congrats! What a great smile! I had braces for 2 and a half years between 5th and 7th grades. I remember constantly sliding my upper lip over my top teeth when I got them off. I'm sure I looked like a freak.
It definitely was worth the time and effort. Enjoy your new smile!
Today was the day!!! I got those suckers off. Here's a pic of afterwards. Just got out of shower and used the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate followed by Tarte's Maracuja oil as my moisturizer. No makeup just my fav lippie atm Clinique Intense Chubby in mightiest maraschino.
yes indeed! I can't wait to eat sushi without rice getting stuck in them or lettuce from a burger, but most importantly NOT getting dark lipstick smeared onto the wires!!!
Ooh yes, I still have a wire behind my teeth (been there for 6 years?) that gets stuff stuck in there. Your mouth must feel spacious. Enjoy it and show it off with some fabulous lipstick.
What you need to do is tell the orthodontist no. They can't do anything without your permission. Have them take it off. It's as simple as that. Also I had braces for 6 years and never had a crib, despite my overbite. I'm not so sure this thing is necessary for anyone.
I'm thankful I found this thread. I'm turning 25 in September and I have a pretty bad overbite..... And am planning to get braces next year as soon as I save enough money for a down payment.
This is such valuable info! I'm always weary of walking into doctors offices and having them recommend such things to be because you never know if they've partnered with a drug company ... Etc...