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Anonymous_1092
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What are your experiences of being on this list? I’m currently in year 10 and I’ve been on the list since year 7. It’s quite annoying seeing everyone that were on the list way after have braces before me.
Is it normal to wait so long? I know, given the circumstances now, braces aren’t my top priority but it is quite annoying. I’ve tried following it up quite a few times but keep getting told that I’m on the list and I still need to wait. :/
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i only waited 6 months for my braces, if you arent top priority i wouldn't get so annoyed, it really depends where you go and now due to the global pandemic i wouldn't be stressing about your teeth, orthodontists will now only see people for emergencies I'm pretty sure.
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wasn't on the list until about yr 10/11, then it told had to have baby teeth removed, which I refused, so had to wait. lost them both, orthodontist got outbid for a license so waited a year for a new one, went, the orthodontist was extremely rude, so I refused braces.

constantly got told Its my last chance (due to age). so yeh not the best experience of that system.

I do know plenty who got braces by year 9 tho and were fine, it may just be your in a particularly busy area?
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They’ve tightened the restrictions a lot now for braces so if your teeth are okay ish then you’ll be towards the bottom of the waiting list and people who’s teeth are considered a lot worse will be higher up even if they are put on after you. I had braces about 5 years ago now and since then, if your teeth are not proper bad then you’ll be on the waiting list for a while. I know it’s annoying but you just have to keep waiting I guess
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I suggest you switch dentists and go somewhere else - other dentists/orthos might be more lenient. I know someone who was refused braces, then they switched dentists and then got the proper referral etc and then eventually got it in year 11
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They’ve tightened the restrictions a lot now for braces so if your teeth are okay ish then you’ll be towards the bottom of the waiting list and people who’s teeth are considered a lot worse will be higher up even if they are put on after you. I had braces about 5 years ago now and since then, if your teeth are not proper bad then you’ll be on the waiting list for a while. I know it’s annoying but you just have to keep waiting I guess
My teeth are very very bad. I have an overbite and multiple teeth issues that are a pain.
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(Original post by bambi1425)
wasn't on the list until about yr 10/11, then it told had to have baby teeth removed, which I refused, so had to wait. lost them both, orthodontist got outbid for a license so waited a year for a new one, went, the orthodontist was extremely rude, so I refused braces.

constantly got told Its my last chance (due to age). so yeh not the best experience of that system.

I do know plenty who got braces by year 9 tho and were fine, it may just be your in a particularly busy area?
But people around me on the same list has gotten them before me and my teeth are much worse!
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But people around me on the same list has gotten them before me and my teeth are much worse!
if that's the case I'd recommend speaking to your dentist when you can to see about how long it may be, and maybe what they can do to help however, now I'm sure there'll be even more of a backlog, which is unfortunate.

I hope you don't have to wait too much longer!
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(Original post by bambi1425)
if that's the case I'd recommend speaking to your dentist when you can to see about how long it may be, and maybe what they can do to help however, now I'm sure there'll be even more of a backlog, which is unfortunate.

I hope you don't have to wait too much longer!
Yep. Thank you so much though. After all this blows over, I’ll definitely follow it up
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