This story is a very happy one for me. For the past roughly 10 years, I have had problems with dizziness. I have been through just about every test that I can handle. We didn't know exactly what the problem was, we only knew that it wasn't getting any better. I had been diagnosed with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) a few years ago, but we didn't think that could be it. One day I was talking to a friend who also had issues with TMJ in her younger years, she informed me that she had all the same types of symptoms that I was having. She was prescribed a mouth piece called a twin-block. So after looking into what it even was and what types of problems it could fix. We found that it could be a solution for me, now the difficulty was finding an Orthodontist that worked with the mouth piece and our insurance as well. The insurance is another story entirely.
I have always needed braces for the straightening effects, but now we were finding out that I also needed them for the TMJ. Through all of the searching we found an orthodontist about 20 minutes from where we live. He is awesome and does a really great job. I am so glad that we found such a great doctor.
A lot of my problems have been solved. About a month after I got my bottom braces on (I had to wait to get the bottom braces on for a couple of months after the top ones, because of my over bite), all of the dizziness was gone. Before the braces I was miserable, there were times that I couldn't even stand up and I was always so sick and nauseated. After the braces, the only time I am dizzy now is when I stay up to late.
Now for then before and after. Sorry I don't have any pictures from before the braces. I never liked smiling in pictures because I was embarrassed by my smile.