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I am getting Twin Block braces I will like to know do you have to wear them for 24 hours, for example, I don't want to wear them during school also how was your experience I would like to know every detail of it, please.
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I had them for 9 months a couple of years ago, so here's my experience with them:
They will not work if you don't wear them to school. Eventually your orthodontist may let you wear them only at night, but at the beginning, in order for them to work, you will need to wear them pretty much all the time (take them out when eating and brushing your teeth). I know it's very easy to feel self conscious, but I had quite bad teeth in the beginning anyway, so I saw it as a means to getting a better smile, so stick with it if you can.
It'll take a while to get used to speaking with them in for a while - practise as much as you can at home, but don't worry you'll get past it, although I personally took them out for my GCSE German oral, just because German can be tricky enough to pronounce usually!
Are they the most comfortable thing? Not really, but neither are regular, fixed braces, but I guess it's worth anticipating - it will feel painful, especially when you expand them (I had a little key which I'd turn in the brace every so often which widened them gradually, which is the purpose of the brace!)
Make sure you always have a case handy, especially if you're going out to eat, and make sure you clean them! (I used Retainer Brite, you can get big packs on Amazon).
I won't lie and tell you they're an absolute breeze, because they can be quite annoying, but I felt it was worth pushing through the pain of it for the sake of having better teeth down the line in a few times. You'll probably hate it at first, but if you stick with it, you'll see a result pretty quickly. Hope this helps!
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But how long did it take you to speak clearly with them, full time?
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Probably about 4 or so days
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Hmm my memory is a little blurry as I had them on a couple of years ago but I wore them pretty much all the time- you just get used to wearing them at school (even if you do have a bit of a lisp for a while) and they're not so bad. Think I took them out for eating only and I don't think I was even supposed to do that. Another girl in my class had them on at the same time as me so I guess that's why I didn't feel so self conscious of them, but in time you won't even have to think about them.
Also, I thought my jaw looked really weird and large with them in at first but after getting used to them I thought my jaw looked weirder without them, so don't worry about appearance because it's all in your head.
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How to you improve your speech in order for it to sound clear.
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trust me they will not work if you don’t wear them at school. You can learn to speak normally in them so that not an issue but for the first few days and getting them tightened or whatever you will be in a lot of pain. I recommend wearing them for however long your orthodontist said- any less and you’re wasting your fine even trying to get an effect- and remember some paracetamol for the first few days
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My orthodontist said that they need to move my bottom jaw back to align the jaws but what is the difference between elastics and twin block braces. Don't they do the same thing
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(Original post by samira_1232)
My orthodontist said that they need to move my bottom jaw back to align the jaws but what is the difference between elastics and twin block braces. Don't they do the same thing
elastics are only for slight overbites- they won't work for those over a certain distance
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They are horrific . My mouth is full of ulcers. Im not sure if your dentist will give you dental wax , mine didn’t, but if any of your friends have braces ask them if they have any spare wax that you can use . You have to take them out to eat and you can only drink cold water with them in . They give you a lisp , and my dentist told me that i can take them out at school , because the teachers won’t understand me . I wear the bottom one to school , it still gives me a tiny lisp , but i can still feel a difference. When you are at home , practice reading things , preferably things with lots of “s” . After a while , your speech will improve
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The first day you get your block's: Wax your blocks ONLY if they hurt, Try keeping your mouth closed when doing this because your blocks can be a little slippy but not painfull, only do this the first day you get your blocks and odnt forget to make sure your wax is wet. You can also use vasiline. The second day you get your blocks: The best solution for the second day is keep busy and occupied and your mind should just forget about the blocks for eg play some xbox or go on a walk.The third day AND The fourth day: Your blocks should be starting to get less painfull and more comfortable but your probaly just thinking about how you talk at school, dont worry there is a solution to this. Throughout the third day keep saying the letters S and T and Z and C (In capitals) until you can say them all right, this can be boring but it is the only solution for if you REALY dont want people to see you speak odd at school. When you get your blocks tightened: If they are hurting when they are tightened dont wory there is another solution to this, For the first day wax your blocks like you did on the first day and only wear the top block and the next day wax them again and wear both. When you get your blocks removed: Hurray
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honestly, i hated them. when i wore them to school all my friends took the mick out of me and i cried about them all the time so i stopped wearing them
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(Original post by samira_1232)
I am getting Twin Block braces I will like to know do you have to wear them for 24 hours, for example, I don't want to wear them during school also how was your experience I would like to know every detail of it, please.
honestly, i HATED THEM. i didn’t want to wear them at all, let alone at school. when i did, my friends took the mick out of me so i never wore them again. i tried wearing them at night but for some reason they just made me feel really sick.
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(Original post by samira_1232)
I am getting Twin Block braces I will like to know do you have to wear them for 24 hours, for example, I don't want to wear them during school also how was your experience I would like to know every detail of it, please.
i didn’t want to wear them to school, i got picked on so i took them out and never wore them again
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jesus, it’s been like 4 months and I’m still lisping
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i hate mine so much, i cant even keep them in my mouth because they hirt so and i cant eat talk sleep and i look terrible with them. i havent been to school yet but i really dont want to
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i am 14 and have them on the nhs. at first i HATED them and i refused to wear them to school so i told my dentist. what is do now with them is wear them all the time but at school and i will take them out to eat. my treatment went even faster than expected without 24 hour use. so if you dont want to wear them to school then it is fine just wear them as soon as you get into the car. i wish you luck and you will be fine!
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I got mine I’m going to school in about a month or two or actually maybe not because second wave is happening in my country I dint want to either but apparently in a month I’ll look better and less weird with them in and my lisp should go down while I’m wearing them so I’m pretty chill now also a girl in my class has them too and at first she looked weird but now she looks normal with them and can talk fine
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I'm getting them, I am nearly 14 and absolutely dreading it but this thread has made me feel a bit better (slightly) that there are other people in the same boat as me.
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i have them im so self conscious about going to school with them cause everyone takes the mick and i can’t speak and no one has these i’m just really anxious
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