About the Book
Both of us had braces for over two years, right in the middle of our teenage years. Going through many experiences and decisions regarding braces, headgear, retainers, and everything in between, we tell you what to expect and prepare for when it comes to orthodontics. Between the two of us, we have almost five years of combined experience with different social situations, maintenance and care, and how braces and other orthodontic gear affect your daily life.
In the following pages, you will encounter information about the actual procedure of getting braces, headgear, spacers, retainers, and even wisdom teeth removal. Along with this, we have researched and provide information on different orthodontic or dental procedures you may encounter, from fiberotomy to the surgical removal of overbite.
We cover what to eat, how it feels, what to expect when interacting with people on a day-to-day basis, and the thought process behind every step of the way through your orthodontic journey. We share personal experiences and stories from our own perspectives, so you can get an idea of what it will be like in this day and age as a teenager with braces!
This book is an adaptation of our blog, Braces 101 for Teens by Teens. We have added new and improved pictures, some experiences from our Dad, and brand new material on braces removal, teeth overcrowding, fiberotomy, and frenectomy! We have organized and edited all of our posts in order to make the material clearer and more readable.
About the Authors
Erik Braun is currently in his second year of college. Having just completed an Associate of Science degree in Welding Technology and another in Mathematics/Physical Sciences, he plans to further complete a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Erik was homeschooled from the fourth grade through high school and was a competitive gymnast throughout this time as well. He enjoys playing the violin and working out in his free time.
Amanda Braun is in her first year of college. She is working on an Associate of Science degree in Welding Technology, and hopes to continue on to a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.