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Posted by: CJ | 2004/11/04

Q.

braces??

I feel my upper incisors have moved forward a bit over the years. I'm 28 and 7 years ago I had my wisdom teeth taken out before they fully developed because they were growing in the wrong direction.
I notices this from the change in how I pronounce "S", the upper incisors dont touch the lower onces anymore - but not buck-teeth, yet. Do I need braces? If so, what other options besides the traditional braces - I dont want those because they're apparrently painful and I feel I'm too old for braces.

Would removable onces - I can wear at night - make a difference? Are there braces attached behind the teeth?

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

You first need to find out the reason your teeth have "moved". If there is a loss of bone attachment of the teeth which resulted in the movement, that needs to be treated first.
You can have braces put on the "inside" of the teeth. Depending on the severity of the position of the teeth, remopvable appliances may or may not help.

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Posted by: New Look | 2004/11/17

Speak to Dr Flax
He specializes in lingual (behind the teeth) and invisilign (invisible - really!) braces. I am in stage 1 of my treatment. It is expensive (R35000)

Reply to New Look
Posted by: Nikki | 2004/11/16

Hi CJ,
Am in my thirties and got braces just a month ago. It ain't that bad, except for the social aspect - everyone kinda makes me feel guilty that its all cosmetic blah blah blah. It also has been quite a good conversation opener! I had the removable ones at 23. They don't work as well, and besides you'll find that you wear them less and less with time. go for it!

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