Has anyone ever asked to have their child's braces taken off early?

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by Karista, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. Karista

    Karista Mouseketeer

    Aug 16, 2001
    My oldest son has had his braces on for 3 years and is so ready to have them off. His teeth look beautiful to me, but I'm not trained and respect the orthodontist's opinion.

    Where the issue lies, is that her practice has become so busy that when she says "come back in 4 weeks" we can never get an appointment earlier than 6 weeks (and we're very accommodating about times, days, etc.). After this being the case for the past year or so, I'm convinced that this has pushed the treatment into being longer than necessary.

    Plus, I have been holding off senior pictures until the braces come off. Last fall, I mentioned this to her and she guaranteed me they would be off by spring - then it was late summer - now it's by the end of the year. We have a yearbook deadline so I'm not sure if I should go ahead and have the pictures taken with the braces (which my son is not too happy with), or just ask that they be taken off now and risk not having the end result be the best that it could be. The orthodontist's advice is to find a good photographer that can airbrush out the braces.

    Any suggestions? My friends say just to have them removed, but I just don't know if that's the best solution. I'm desperate for impartial advice.
  2. puffkin

    puffkin DVC Owner- SSR & AKV

    Apr 30, 2001
    If the teeth are in the correct position, the braces won't do anything more than continue to hold them there. You can get the same effect by wearing a retainer (which are a complete pain too, but at least removable for things like senior pictures). I would ask to have the braces taken off, but realize that you may need to wear the retainer for a longer time.
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  4. padams

    padams <font color=darkorchid>Hey, I've never posted on a

    Feb 9, 2001
    I had my braces taken off early because I was tired of having them after 4 years and I didn't want them on for my senior year. I wished I hadn't done it. My teeth shifted back (even though I had retainers) and are not straight. You would never think that I had spent 4 years in braces. I got caught up in thinking that senior year was such a big deal and I didn't want to have the braces as a senior (ortho had originally told me 2 years of braces). Now I'm an adult and I want braces to straighten my teeth. :rolleyes:
  5. Zandy595

    Zandy595 DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>The other day I f

    Nov 5, 2000
    Is there any way you could get another opinion, from a professional? Maybe call another orthodontist or ask your regular dentist? If his teeth are straight and there aren't any problems with crowding (that could eventually make them crooked again) it seems like they should be able to come off now.

    I wore braces for 3 1/2 years and then retainers for many years after that. It didn't matter how straight my teeth were with the braces, once they came off they started to get crooked again. But this was because I had too many big teeth in my small mouth. The ortho said he could pull a few teeth and put the braces back on to correct the problem. I was getting ready to go to high school at that point and the last thing I wanted to do was get braces back on again. It was a long painful road and I just couldn't do it again. I've never regretted not getting braces again, but I do wish my teeth were straighter. I may try to do Invisalign at some point.
  6. Sherri

    Sherri DIS Veteran<br><font color=deeppink>I never though

    Feb 2, 2005
    I'm feeling the same as you. My son has been going to the orthodontist since 3rd grade, he is now in 9th. He has seen his friends start later and end earlier. I learned my lesson and sent my daughter somewhere else. She is just about done and started less then two years ago.
    My sons orthodontist never runs on time and you can never get an appointment. If I want one at our scheduled time then I have to take him out of school during the school year. At first we heard at the end of the summer, then we are now being told Fall. I hope they take them off soon.
  7. hlbtimes2

    hlbtimes2 <font color=teal>Stretch that spine out big and ta

    Jan 29, 2006
    My first question- as an adult (37) who just got braces off after 2 1/2 years is- has your child done EVERYTHING they were supposed to? Have rubber bands been worn as directed, etc? I probably cost myself a good 2-3 months because I didnt wear my bands all the time.

    Second, are you willing to have spent all the time and money to not have the perfect? Since the 6 grand was coming out of my own pocket, not my parents, I was willing to wear them as long as needed. Why settle for a 1/2 done job?

    I dont see the big thing about senior pic's. Your child has spent much of their high school career with braces, why not capture that in the pic's?
  8. Allie322

    Allie322 <font color=green>And the health to wear it<br><fo

    Jul 28, 2002
    We have a friend who is an orthodontist and we discussed something similar one time. Braces not only straighten teeth but they also correct bites. So sometimes even though the teeth themselves are straight, maybe the bite isn't completely corrected yet. Could this be what's happening with your son? I don't know what effect taking them off early would have if there was a bite issue. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  9. CathrynRose

    CathrynRose <font color=brown>R.I.P. Possibly Un-PC Tag, R.I.P

    Oct 5, 2005
    Well - not my childs.

    I popped mine off early - I was tried of being told "one more month, two more weeks, wellll one more month"

    I figured once I'd popped them off, they'd have to go along with it and they did.

    You'd be suprised (honestly) how quickly they'll pop off with plyers. :rotfl:
  10. rbuzzotta

    rbuzzotta <font color=FF00CC>OKW until 2042<br><font color=t

    Sep 19, 2000
    Did you get a care plan or plan of treatment at the beginning of your son getting braces. I did for my DD. She is getting her off in 2 weeks............and one month early from the treatment plan!! She convinced (so she thinks) the ortho to remove them before school starts!!

    She did have issues with her jaw line. She wore braces for one year in 4th grade. A permanent retainer type object in her lower mouth, had a palate expander and now braces since 7th grade. She will be a sophomore!! She has had it with braces!!!
  11. Arielle22

    Arielle22 <font color=red>We have had spirits<br><font color

    Aug 6, 2000

    My dd,11, has the same treatment plan as your dd. She had upper braces for 1 yr (just completed 5th grade) and had them removed in June. Previously she had teeth removed. The dentist said her lower jaw was not growing properly due to her overbite so she needed the braces. She will have to have another full set in 2 years. She has the space holder for her bottom teeth and a retainer. She loves to get different color bands.

    DD had a very snaggle tooth look and she is thrilled with the improvement.

    OP, I can't tell from your post if your son has passed the time he should have them off and you just can't get the appt or if he needs more time in the braces.

    Personally I would not have them removed early for any reason. It has been too much time and effort to get this far to jepordize the results.
  12. almacdonald

    almacdonald DIS Veteran

    Sep 14, 2005
    I wanted my braces off so i could smile for my university grad pictures. The orthodontist told me they'd be off by then but they weren't. We compromised. He said he'd take the front brackets off my front teeth. He cemented a retainer behind my teeth and told me to come back in a week to have the brackets put back on. I agreed.... Until he took them off!!! It felt so good, my teeth were straight and big and shiney and white and there was no way he was putting those torture devices back on. Now, at this point it'd been 6 months or so where he didn't change the wires or anything, just check ups. Talk about dragging things on longer than necessary! Oh, and my smile was GREAT in my pictures and still is!
  13. HugsForEeyore

    HugsForEeyore <font color=coral>Heck with the rides, give me som

    Mar 26, 2000
    Personally I would do everything the ortho says. The orthos won the war a long time ago - every kid needs straight teeth, and you just got to do what the ortho says to finish treatment to ensure the child has a pretty smile. The ortho is god, you know! :)

    Being a senior in high school doesn't sound too bad with braces. I just got mine off after three years and 2 months, from ages 33 to 36. It's much worse being an adult in braces, going on interviews and trying to present yourself well to get ahead on the job! Being still a kid in braces isn't so bad in the big scheme of things! I was also suppose to get mine off at 2 and half years, but went 8 months over. I learned early on to never question a thing, and just accept the fact the ortho is in completely in charge.

    Must say, it was all worth it to finally have a nice smile for the 1st time in my pre-childhood life! :)
  14. Karista

    Karista Mouseketeer

    Aug 16, 2001
    I suppose you're right - in the grand scheme of things having the braces on for senior pictures isn't the end of the world. I guess I'm just frustrated but then again we've come this far......

    Thanks for the opinions. These darn firstborn kids - no matter how old they get everything is a new experience!
  15. Breezy_Carol

    Breezy_Carol Who needs doors when you can use windows

    Jun 13, 2000
    One of DD's friends had the front bands removed for her senior pictures then replaced after. Really it is only about the front 4 upper teeth that show.

    DD was going to be in her cousin's wedding. Her braces were to come off a year before then but it kept getting pushed back and I kept reminding the ortho of the deadline and they were off in time.
  16. PrincessPatty

    PrincessPatty Love ya Black and Gold!! Go Steelers!!<br><font c

    Jul 21, 2005
    This is exactly what my ortho did. I had an appointment a day or so before my senior pictures (took off 6 brackets from the top) and a day or two later went back to have them put back on, in fact my ortho asked me if I would like for him to do that. It looked much better, but my hair was another story :scared1:
  17. texasthree

    texasthree DIS Veteran

    Feb 5, 2006
    I wore braces for 3 years until I finally demanded they be removed. My teeth are still perfectly inline. I had an underbite that was corrected and everything went fine. I had them removed before senior pictures. They are an important part of graduation to a senior. If his teeth are fine I would certianly talk to the dentist about going ahead and removing them.
  18. drgnfly30

    drgnfly30 <font color=deeppink>Take my advice, never pay ful

    Apr 14, 2002
    Another vote for keep them on!!! I put my complete trust in the orthodontist, he's older than dirt....I have friends that have older siblings that went to him!

    My DS16 just got his lower braces off & a permanent retainer installed, which he'll have for about 5 yrs; his uppers came off about 3 weeks ago with a removable retainer (about 2 yrs for that)... I know it's torture, rubber bands, no rubber bands, one side, the other side, 4 weeks, 2 weeks...but hang in there.... it was 4 years for him!
  19. Hedy

    Hedy <font color=blue>I'm <s>22</s> 27 and I still kind

    Mar 14, 2006
    Honestly, it seems pretty shallow to take them off just for grad pictures, just airbrush them out if they're that important.
  20. Caradana

    Caradana Miraculously, Refreshingly Marooned in Anonymity

    Mar 15, 2005
    I don't think it's shallow at all -- I think your orthodontist isn't really focusing on your particular case, and that's inexcusable - you should leave and find a new ortho. This is a mid-four-figure investment and you deserve mid-four-figure service. Here's what I always recommend: somewhere in your area, there is an amazing pediatric dentist, and that guy knows the name of the best orthodontist within 100 miles, because he makes referrals and sees all of the results. The key is to find the right pediatric dentist to ask the question. There are a few methods. One, ask your kids' friends' parents. Two, ask the school nurse at their school. Three, check your area magazines for a "Best Doctors and Dentists" survey. When you find the right guy, call him and say you've heard amazing things, and you have just one question - who is the best orthodontist in the area? Don't be afraid. This guy won't mind having a conversation with an intelligent person asking an intelligent question.

    Generally he'll immediately give you the name and offer to make the referral for you. You'll be in that office within a week.

    The whole key is to wear the retainers every single night. I started out with a stage 4 underbite and pronounced buck teeth, to the point that when my mouth was closed, my bottom teeth were cutting the roof of my mouth and my top teeth protruded over my lower lip. Braces were a medical necessity. One outstanding orthodontist and six years of night retainers later, here are my teeth.

  21. Alex2kMommy

    Alex2kMommy <font color=purple>I'm going a little nutso myself

    Feb 8, 2006
    My (adult) friend had her braces removed for her wedding and honeymoon, then put back on afterward.

    I had them as a kid for 2.5 years, and just had them removed after having them as an adult for nearly 2 years. I would definitely follow the ortho's advice unless you have lost confidence in him/her. Then you might consult another ortho for a 2nd opinion.

    Just as a note, I thought this 2nd round of braces would be off after 9 months to 1.5 years, but needed them for nearly 2 years. I know it wasn't to extend out payments or anything because the contract stated that the cost was the same regardless of how long it took. He did caution me that the timeframe they gave me is an estimate, because it varies greatly by individual, and also their commitment to following instructions. I followed everything to a 'T', and it still went longer, so sometimes it just takes longer.

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