So it was that time again today, back in the chair. As much as I come to look forward to these appointments so we can move on with the treatment there is also a tiny amount of dread in my mind for what new device will be fitted to my teeth this time!
Today was fairly manageable in comparison to some of the appointments I’ve had over the last year and a month. There were two brackets taken off the bottom front teeth and two new ones put on in slightly different places. This will hopefully even my bottom teeth out as they are all slightly different lengths at the moment.
My coiled spring type device on the bottom was removed as the tooth that was so out of line last time is now right in line with the others which I’m really pleased about.
Along the top we are still moving my teeth into the gaps at the sides where my extractions were, the left side is moved enough but once the right side has moved she will start to align the front top teeth exactly where she wants them.
So this time there were no chain links on the front top teeth which means I can eat tomato soup and curry again 😁 the bottom teeth have no crazy wire covers or spring links on which means I’ve left the orthodontist today looking more “normal” than I have in months!
I’ve had quite a few problems with wire cutting my inside cheeks these past 6 weeks. Today it’s my bottom front lip that has a large sore part so I bought some wax from the ortho in a cute pink box to help me get over the fact that I’m still using the stuff over a year in!
A couple of people have commented over the Christmas period, mainly due to the amount of photos that are taken, but how much T is smiling with her teeth out now. This was one of the main reasons I started this whole process, my little girl was refusing to smile with her teeth out in photos because Mummy never did. Now I’m so confident in my teeth I’m already smiling with them out even though they still have braces on and so is she!
I would never have believed that would be happening if you had told me a year ago.
Keep on with your appointments anyone who is going through this because although it may be slow going it’s 100% worth it!
Exactly 1 year ago today I walked out of the orthodontist in tears. Yes I had chosen to have braces but I don’t think I had mentally prepared myself for how bad they would look on crooked teeth. 1 year on I’ve got the confidence to smile with my teeth out in photos, something I hadn’t done for years before this. I’m still only about halfway through my journey but I’ve learnt a few lessons along the way I thought I would share with you.
People don’t notice your braces– your new piece of mouth jewellery, the latest torture instrument your orthodontist just installed yesterday, the lovely coiled metal spring fixed to your bottom teeth you hate with a passion- nope none of it. Apart from when you first get them fitted your colleagues, friends and family will not even notice anything new, it’s part of your face now and they just expect it to be there! I know this doesn’t sound like a good thing but it is, who wants people staring at your mouth 24/7 not me!
Don’t eat curry- not unless you want to end up with fluorescent yellow bands you are desperate to get changed before you even look at another human being! (Thank you dental nurse for squeezing me in!)
No matter how much your mouth hurts it won’t be forever- the sores, welts, blisters and holes in your cheeks will disappear in a week or two and you will be pain free for another few weeks or until the next lot of movement happens with your teeth.
There are some foods you just can’t eat-
Apples, chewy chocolate bars, sweets, nuts, hard cookies or biscuits, chewing gum to name a few! Then there are the foods that I can’t eat or drink because they will stain my bands or ceramics, so there is no red wine, black coffee or tea, tomato soup or curry! (I have to say it’s not just to put you off, listen to your orthodontist because yellow bands after a curry do not look great!!) The one I miss most this time of year has to be mulled wine though, there is nothing like a glass of that with friends with a mince pie on the side… Ah one day!
It’s not worth eating infront of people without an interdent stick and a pocket mirror to hand- breakfast, lunch or dinner I’ve come to realise whatever you eat some of it will always get stuck in your braces so be prepared for it! The first thing I will do after eating is check a mirror and remove whatever got stuck! This could be at my desk at work, or in a separate room away from friends and family at home. This used to make me very self conscious but I can pretty much tell if there is something big stuck in my wires so I tend not to say much to people until I’ve had a little check and removed the offending object! Again no one cares you have to clean food out of your wires, no one watches, no one comments, even the little ones have got used to me doing it now and don’t even pass comment any more! This is just another thing that you get used to doing every day at regular intervals.
Always keep wax, bongela, and lip balm in a little rescue kit for when you need it– this week I’ve gone from no pain for the previous three weeks to having a deep groove on my inside cheek from where the wire has rubbed suddenly. It’s painful when I eat, suck a straw and I wake up in the night with the wire firmly pressed into this hole it’s created which is really painful! There is nothing for it, out comes the wax, load up with bongela and wait for it to heal! A good mouthwash will also help as will salt water but I’m trying to avoid that this time because I know it will sting!
You will come to look forward to your ortho appointments- who knew you would be so keen to get back in the chair but you will, the reason why is because it moves you on. It’s progression, which is all you really want with these things on isn’t it, to get ever closer to the end goal of nice straight teeth. Yes you will have pain for about a week or so and that first night after a tightening you will feel like you have been punched in the face and will live off of pain killers and soft food but it’s not forever. A week later you will forget you have even had them tightened, until You Start seeing those little changes the orthodontist told you would happen.
Be ready for the wow when you tell people how much they cost- of course you don’t have to do this but we are all adults, I don’t personally see the point in hiding my finances from anyone who wants to know. I did it for me and my confidence and people can judge all they want but I bet if they were all truly honest there would be something they would change about themselves if they were prepared to commit. How many celebrities have secret surgery and don’t mention it, mine is just stuck to my face for 2 years so I couldn’t help but tell people!
So one year in is it all worth it? Hell yes!
If someone said to me I had to get them taken off tomorrow I would be fine with that! They aren’t perfect yet, there are gaps to close and teeth to level up but for the first time since my baby teeth my teeth are all in a straight line on the top and bottom! I never knew how much confidence a nice smile could give you until I had one, so bring on year 2 and let’s get this over with! 😁
Today was my 8 week orthodontist appointment and I was quite looking forward to this one! (I had obviously gone too long between appointments, who looks forward to that chair?!) The reason I was looking forward to it was because my last remaining tooth had moved into the space made for it and was today being attached to the wire. When I look back at my day 1 photo 11 months ago it’s so hard to believe how many different directions my teeth faced in, some were infront some behind and all different lengths and angles. Now my top teeth are almost all forward facing and with this last tooth being brought forward my bottom teeth will be too.
But obviously this movement comes at a price and today the instrument of torture was a chain across my top 4 teeth to bring them back into my gaps. The chain is clear so it’s only slightly visible when you get close and most people won’t even notice it’s there I doubt. Once this moves my teeth into the gaps where my extractions were there will be small gaps at the front which my orthodontist will then work on closing.
On the bottom I have a “piggyback” link which is pulling my one remaining tooth forward into line with all the others and once this happens she will work on getting them all the same height.
So with these new devices all fitted and my orthodontist very happy with my progress off I skipped to enjoy my day! Now I’m getting used to the pain part and know I’ve got a good few hours before it kicks in so I got as much done as I could possibly fit in before said pain hit. I even had a friend round with her boys who had a play with T and ate tea at ours. It was all going well until they left and then bamm it hit me like a freight train! Maybe it was because I stopped and actually started to notice it but wow notice it I did!!
Right now the pain is travelling down my jaw and up across my face. Moments like this it have to focus on how far I’ve come in the last 11 months, my top teeth look amazing and I’m actually smiling with my mouth open at times, a complete no no for years before this.
So it’s been 8 weeks since my last visit to the orthodontist, I think because I have been pretty busy it seemed to go a lot quicker this time. So I knew today she wanted to get a few of the brackets on my top teeth taken off and repositioned to make the teeth all the same level. What I had forgotten about was the process of getting brackets put on as we are 9 months since I got them first fitted!
Firstly the existing brackets were taken off, So I had never been through this before so wasn’t expecting them to just literally snap off with one of their fancy tools! A few snaps later and then the cold water jets started, then my teeth were cleaned and cleaned again then new brackets were applied using the glue and UV light.
As it’s been a while since I had this done I somehow had forgotten about the wonderful mouth opening contraption you have fitted before this all takes place and also just how many people end up crowded right round your head with about a million different things happening at once! So the new brackets are in and also this time I have this coiled spring right infront of the only tooth that isn’t linked in the braces wire. This is to help make space by pulling the teeth back next to it and so hopefully I can get that one linked in next time.
I wasn’t expecting the beautiful spring section so it was a shock when i looked in the mirror but hopefully it’s only for 8 weeks and next time it should come off, I’m hoping anyway.
So time for a progress picture, the top is day one and bottom 9 months in!
I can’t help but feel happier when I look back at day 1 but have to keep reminding myself that these won’t be on forever when they don’t seem to be moving as quickly as I would like!
So today I had my 6 week tightening and at first it all seemed like it was going fairly straightforward but then my lovely orthodontist started taking an awfully long time to look at my top teeth. She was swivelling her chair from behind me to the front and back, moving my lips up and down, getting me to bite and open again and again.
She eventually decided to add a chain link across my gap on the right side to pull my tooth across into the space. She told me I might see a small gap appear from where the tooth moves from but not to worry as she will sort it.
She was pleased with how much my bottom teeth had moved forward but still can’t include my last bottom one that isn’t in the wire, fingers crossed for next time!
Also next time she is going to take off a couple of brackets and move them to a slightly different position as she wants to pull the teeth straighter. I’m a little nervous about this as I’ve not had a bracket off yet, I’m hoping they will just use the same light they used when they put them on and they will pop right off! The only thing is if she has to move a bracket she will have to put a soft wire in for a month as new brackets won’t be strong enough to hold a stiff one. This basically means my treatment is on hold for a month until the brackets are ready to start getting pulled all over the place again. It’s a bit of a frustration but if that’s what it takes to get my teeth as straight as possible I know my ortho will know what is best.
So after a slightly longer appointment than normal there should be some more movement by the next time and more chain links to come over my other gaps so they will start to disappear too. It’s a slow process but the small differences I see each time is what keeps me motivated.
So a couple of days ago I shared how I had a loose wire at the back of my mouth which kept coming out of place and digging into my cheek. Well after 2 days of being uncomfortable and struggling with it I booked an emergency appointment at the orthodontist. This was much easier than I anticipated and she was just happy to help get it fixed. She was so happy to help she actually did a full wire change and tighten!
So really it was like a free appointment and I’m now moving along slightly quicker as a result! The downside is I am not used to going straight to work after an appointment and with the full afternoon training my mouth quickly became very sore. Wax was applied as soon as i got home but then as usual the pain started to travel down my jaw line on both sides of my mouth. This again was managed with pain relief and wasn’t too bad.
Until the standard morning after tightening waking up feeling like you have been hit by a bus. My whole face aches and now I have to go to work and take an important call from a new customer testing our system. Normally after an appointment I have a day off because there is no way I want to be in work like this so today will be a challenge.
I just have to keep in my mind how pleased with my progress my orthodontist was and this will be so worth it in the end,(while I eat soup and drink tea at work.)
Have a good day guys I hope it’s better than mine!
So a couple of days ago I shared just how pleased I was after my trip to the orthodontist meant that a couple more teeth could be included in my wires which meant they are that much closer to being lined up all nice and straight. Well today I am fed up. Fed up of being in so much pain! It seems my teeth were a little sore when I first left but talk about a delayed reaction! The next morning after my appointment I woke up with an ‘owww!’ My mouth was in agony. Not only did my teeth feel kind of numb and sore but my jaw also started to ache on the top and bottom. To go with this every time I touch my teeth together I get a shooting pain through one of them!
Now I knew this would be a painful process but I wasn’t expecting to be midway through a sentence and suddenly have to stop talking because my teeth had touched and I was in such excruciating pain it drove me to tears!
So several painkillers later and yesterday was done with but I expected to wake up today fresh and hopefully clear of this pain. Not a chance,again my first word was ‘oww’ and again my breakfast was painkillers. Now there is no way my first tightening was this bad so is this just something that gets worse every time as they link more teeth in?
So I managed my dinner tonight but it just took me a while longer and my teeth just hurt so much after any meal it’s almost just a necessity eating because I’m hungry, it’s not like I’m enjoying food at the moment. Which brings me on to cleaning,my god it’s painful to brush my teeth right now! The first night I couldn’t even brush them at all and every time since I’ve not managed the full 3 minutes because they are just too sore.
I’m trying my best to clean them but with being in this much pain it’s really not easy. I’m just hoping this has eased off tomorrow or work is really not going to be fun!
Does anyone have any advice or braces tales they can tell me?
So I’m nearly 4 months in now and I’ve noticed my teeth changing. My top teeth aren’t so pronounced and the one that used to really be almost sideways on has turned slightly already. My top gaps are nearly closed from my extractions and overall I’m really pleased with how my top teeth are moving.
My bottom teeth are moving slower onto the spaces as I’m told the bone is harder at the bottom so it takes longer for the teeth to move into the gaps. Because of the angle of some of my teeth not all of them are included in the wires yet so I’m waiting for spaces to be made so they can be added in. This said I have noticed some movement and now I’ve noticed something I don’t like, I have a wobbly tooth!!
Now I know this is normal as it happened with one of my upper teeth a few weeks back and it is now all fixed and solid again. This doesn’t stop the feeling of dred when you start to brush your teeth and realise one is moving! Especially when it’s one at the front! I’m hoping if I give it a few days it will have moved as much as it needs to and will start to feel a bit more solid again. All part of having braces I guess, just another thing they don’t put on the advertising! 😄
Here is an update of how my teeth are looking now.
So today I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be until about an hour before the appointment, I guess I have being busy at work to thank for that. Sitting in the waiting room I saw the same nice dental nurse take a woman upstairs for her appointment that I had when I had my braces fitted. This calmed me slightly as she really couldn’t have been nicer at explaining the whole process to me when I was slightly emotional at my new look. 10 minutes later she came and collected me, Scott was with me today because he had a day off and plus he likes to see how it all works, I guess it’s interesting when it’s not happening to you 😉 After apologising for leaving in a bit of a state last time, which they were all so nice about, we got down to business.
First some wires were cut off in little pieces and dropped on the tray and then the main wire came out on the top. As soon as she started attaching the new wire I could feel the tightening, I was immediately remembering the previous appointment and the pain that came after and just thought ‘oh god here we go again!” Each section was tightened and reattached to each individual bracket, cue repeating the process on the bottom teeth and we were done!
Well I say done, as I sat up I asked if my lower front tooth was included in the braces wire this time as this is where I have to place wax every night to stop it cutting my mouth to pieces. (I’m not just talking a tiny cute little ball of wax either, no I look more like a rugby player with a gum shield on! Good job I’m already married because this process is not attractive at the best of times!) So my orthodontist stops the chair from moving up and tells me there is a rubber coating you can have fitted to the wire to stop it cutting your cheeks so much and that shouldn’t be happening so before I know it back down I go and on it pops! It really doesn’t look great but it’s only on a very small section at the bottom and I’m hoping next time I will be able to have it off. That particular tooth can’t be included in the wires just yet as there isn’t a big enough space for it apparently.
So now I’m home and I attempted some soft food, ran my tongue round the edge of my mouth and oww there is a sharp piece of wire right at the back of my mouth which cut my tongue! Out come the nail clippers and I try to cut it off but it’s not budging so I will just have to try and avoid it from now on!
One thing I am pleased about is my white wire is back along the top ☺ with all the brushing the coating had come off to leave it silver but it looks so much nicer white so that makes me happy. Now I’m just waiting to see when this tender feeling will wear off whenever I bite down again. I’m currently cooking the most delicious looking chicken dinner so fingers crossed I can eat it ok!
Here is a progress picture from day 1 until today with my first tightening at almost 3 months in.
Thanks for reading I will keep you updated!
So its been nearly 2 months since I has my braces fitted and the little strips of wax have been my lifesaver. At first I had to use it during the day as my mouth was so sore all the time but gradually I moved to just after work and now it’s only overnight. So there are two types of wax I’ve found, this first type which is what I was given from the orthodontist.
So this ‘wax’, I use the term loosely because it looks nothing like any wax I’ve ever seen, is basically useless. It comes in a cute little glittery pink case and that’s about the best thing about it! It either comes in a long strip or little cubes, neither of these roll into a ball or mould to your teeth like the YouTube videos show you! All this does is stick, lightly to your tooth in a square shape and when you open your mouth to speak the possibility of it falling out is a big one! Also because this wax doesn’t mould it makes your mouth stick out in the area you’ve applied it so you look like you’ve had a tooth out all the time it’s in!
The other type of wax is this;
This wax comes in little strips and you can actually pull off a section, roll it into a little ball and press it down onto the bracket that rubs your cheeks. It stays in the same place until you pick it off, doesn’t make your lips stick out and if you apply it thinly, ie a small ball rolled flat, you can hardly notice it when you talk. I now apply this wax every night in the same two places because otherwise I end up with deep lines in my mouth where the wires rub.
The thing with braces though is your teeth are always moving so you get in a little routine which works and then bam your teeth move and you start to get pain somewhere else. Now my teeth along the sides seem to be getting attached to my braces in the night and I’m waking up with big sore lumps on the inside of my cheeks. Also I think the wax contributes to the nasty taste I have every morning I wake up but that may just come with having braces.Next step the first tightening!