Why? Because my teeth are crooked, crowded, poorly aligned and they've been shifting and getting worse in recent years. It's not just a cosmetic thing, though. I've got a substantial overbite ("deep bite", technically) that's causing wear and tear on my bottom front teeth (they ache a lot too). I also have intermittent TMJ issues on the left side which are likely caused by my jaw having to pull inward and leftish for my molars meet up.
To correct these problems, my teeth have been sentenced to 18-20 months of hard labor in traditional metal braces. With the overbite in play, I can't get the bottom braces on right away (top teeth would whack into them), so I'll be getting the top ones later this week and the bottom ones in a few months. And then there will be "elastics" to pull my upper teeth in. bleh. Not looking forward to having rubber bands in my mouth. But if I do what the orthodontist tells me and my teeth behave themselves, they could get released to a retainer in a year and a half. That's not so bad.
I'm excited to be getting started and a little bit scared. I think I have a pretty good idea of what to expect, though. I've talked to quite a few people who've had braces, read lots online about braces, watched a million youtube videos and asked the orthodontist as many questions as I could think of ahead of time. I already have more questions, but they mostly pertain to what exactly the step-by-step goals are.
The deep bite is caused by my center top teeth hanging too low (Bugs Bunny teeth) in addition to my upper jaw just sticking out too far, I guess. So to me, it seems like they need to push the carrot chompers upwards, straighten the top front four teeth, pull the upper jaw inward a bit, broaden my entire lower palate and straighten, um, pretty much all my lower teeth. Or something like that. Anyway, I'm intrigued about how it'll all play out.