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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 Smiley Wink 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! 

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Thank you for your input, but doctors DO NOT always know what is best for their patients. It is important to get to know the patient-- their fears, goals, personality-- before thrusting an appliance onto them. What is simple for one person, can be traumatic for another, especially a child. I was very hurt by my orthodontic treatment, because NO ONE asked me what I wanted. The tongue crib was terrible. At the very least, it is an aggressive treatment, and I have heard other orthos say the same thing. I understand your point that  fixing the teeth are important, but so is psychological health. Do orthos EVER think about that????? Children have feelings and can experience shame and embarrassment too, especially when they can't speak. Please think about that next time. 


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Katzen--I couldn't agree with you more. My orthodontist wanted me to wear my headgear to school, not just at night; mind you, I was in 6th grade at the time. I flat out said no--I was at an awkward enough stage in my life as it was-- and that's when I found out I had a say in my treatment. Your comment is exactly how I felt then and how I feel about that experience now. Thanks for putting that into words.

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I'm glad you're not my orthodontist.  Assuming you even are an orthodontist.


If you are, you need to check your rudeness and condescension at the door, immediately.  Giving a professional opinion does not mean belittling patients or non-professionals.  You clearly think you're far more intelligent than any of us, but your terrible attitude won't encourage anyone to listen to your advice, no matter how qualified it is.  So "goodluck" to you finding patients who are willing to put up with your snide remarks.

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Couldn't have said it better myself.. I wish I could give this 100 hearts.

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I appreciate your informative speech intuition, but I talked to my orthodontist and I found an alternative that doesn't make me look and talk like a barbaric beast with a lisp Smiley Happy


If you're an orthodontist, what is your website?

I know you wouldn't be ashamed of promoting your business...

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Keep in mind that you have the right to say no as the patient- especially as a patient over 18.  Ask questions- lots of them. Any doctor who refuses to answer questions is one to be wary of.


I'm not a professional, but if you're questioning the treatment, that tells me that you need answers. Don't let them do anything to you without your informed consent.  Period.

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I would definitely advise you to go out and seek a second professional opinion (meaning another orthodontist). Your experience with braces depends almost entirely on your doctor. If more than one orthodontist says that this appliance is what you need to go through, then it is most likely true, sadly. I think I know how much comfort means to you (working in a professional environment, having weird metal things in your mouth - been there, done that, actually I am 6 months into my treatment plan)., although I haven't had a tongue crib), but sometimes beauty is pain.

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Hey girl, I just got my braces put on two days ago. I, too, have metal spikes that are on the back of my top 4 upper teeth. I am turning 27 in a month or so, and I am a freelance graphic designer. Talking to customers is 95% of the job!! Not only does it hurt, I sound awful. I have such an annoying lisp, I can't swallow anything correctly, and I'm just all-in-all uncomfortable. My orthodontist (who is a great family friend) told me we can take them out if it gets too bad, so I planned on taking them out on my next appointment. 


The thing is...I'm a tongue thruster, right? So, if I never train my tongue to stop pushing my upper teeth, then I will never have a permanent solution for my mouth. My mom has the same issue, and she's 54 years old. She said she would prefer braces and spikes over a lifetime of jaw and teeth problems. No one ever said it would be easy. Good things take work (and a lisp, I guess). So, I've decided to adjust my attitude. I look at it this way: it will keep me from talking too much, allow me to listen more, plus I'm on a juicing kick, which will promote healthy eating in the long run. Trust me, I highly prefer the spikes to be taken out immediately, but I'm going to try to stick it out as long as possible. Maybe giving it time will pay off in more ways than one. Good luck!! (to both of us)

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P.S. This is round #3 of braces for me.

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