January 9, 2001    





Have you ever worn braces for your teeth?

No, but I need to get that done!

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

Yes, for three long years between the ages of 12 and 15 to correct a crossbite.

Jill, 60

Nope, I've been blessed with strong, straight teeth.

Laura, 35
, MA   USA


Karen, 21
, IA   USA

Yup! About two and a half to three years. The sad part is that I never wore my retainer and now my teeth have moved so I'm looking at spending the $ all over again to fix them. Luckily it's just the bottom few in the front. Maybe I won't have to get braces again....maybe I'll WEAR the retainer this time!!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City

No, I escaped that form of torture.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

Nope. Never had a cavity either.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

*sigh*... I'll be getting them soon. I guess it's not really that big of a deal (everyone has them @ this age) but sometimes I'm really self-consciousabout myself... (who isn't nowadays?) ... o well, it's a small price to pay for str8 teeth...

Jeremy, 13
Highlands Ranch

Yup. For five years. I had the most horrendous buck teeth. I hated it at the time, but I am so happy my parents made the investment.

Felicia, 34
, MA   USA

No, but I had a retainer in 2nd grade. That was pretty young for a retainer so I thought I was pretty cool. About 6 months after I got it, my brother stepped on it and broke it! The orthodontist never replaced it. I guess my teeth were straight enough by that point.

Susan, 32
, IL   USA

Yes, for two long years and it was horrid. But I guess it was worth it, I am  not a snaggletooth any more.

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA


Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

I was supposed to, and I had the spacers in, but I couldn't handle the plaster castmaking so they never finished it.

etoile, 19

Yes, for 4 years & I really hated it at the time, but now that I'm older,  I'm so happy my parents did that for me!

Heidi, 26
Fort Madison

i'm wearing them right now, argh, how i loathe them

Chris2, 15
, RI   USA

Yes, and it is not a pleasant experience!

Sarah S., 17
, NY   USA

Nope. Never.

A-Dog, 18
, OR   USA

Yes; for four years. Then a retainer for another two years. After that, we realized that my orthodontist had started going a little funny, shall we say, and my mother took me to another orthodontist, we got a second opinion, and I was released from all orthodontia.

Kim, 30
New York
, NY    USA

No I have not.

Stephanie, 25

chris stayed over last night--he found $38 by a pay phone, so he took me "in"--we went to the grocery store and the video place for dinner and a movie at my place. on the way back to my place, i found a candle, for romance, but we never burned it. it was nice--he cooked my steak and green beans and we watched the cell and bloodsucking freaks. today, after i volunteered at a save the gardens of the lower east side costume making workshop for a parade at the end of this month, we hung out for a little while. then he went to the bar and i went home and called chas. one of his roommates was waiting for a long distance call, so i'm going to call him back in a little while. but, that's it for today!

Trisha, 19
New York
, NY   USA


Alias Irrelevante

No, I have not. As a kid growing up, we did not even go to the dentist as my dad did not have dental coverage and my folks could not afford it. But as an adult, I have had the privilege of paying for braces on my son's teeth.

Janet, 42
E. Brunswick

I wore braces from 7th to 11th grade.

Kevin2, 18
, CA   USA

Yes. When I was in middle school and high school. And it was so painful. I hated them. Everytime I went to the dentist for a check-up, I knew I would soon be in pain. I was soooo glad the day they took them off. I was free! Free from the metal that enslaved my teeth!

Lisa J., 22

top and bottom for two years, followed by a set of retainers

Gemma Lynn

Ughhhh i have had the worst experiences ever when it comes to orthodontic gear!! i wore a retainer for all of second grade, a headgear for a year and a half starting in the third grade (only at nighttime thankfully), braces for three years (from third grade until sixth grade), and two retainers for a year afterwards. thank God thats all over with, thats nothing I'd ever want to repeat.

Karen2, 15
, MA   USA

Yes I wore braces for about a year and a half and hated every minute of it.

Sarah J.
Jones, MO  USA

Yes, I wore braces from 8th to 10th grade.

Eric, 18
Beverly Hills

yeah three years ago and i was 13


No but I wore a retainer for 8 months in the third grade. That combined with a hair wave accident, large red glasses, and a chubby body made for an UGLY kid. Poor me.

Amy, 24
New Orleans

I wore braces from 7th to 11th grade.

Kevin2, 18
Frazier Park

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