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Midweek Update

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a good week so far, I feel like I have neglected my blog a little this week as time has just run away with me so here is a little update on what I’ve been upto.

Monday

I had been having a problem with my brace where my wire arch that runs inbetween my two back teeth across the top of my mouth had started to dig in to the roof of my mouth. Now I have had this in for 18 months so I’m not sure what happened for it to suddenly start doing this but it meant I had to take time out of work to go to an emergency ortho appointment which was a pain. My orthodontist was off and so the one I saw initially tried to bend it down but my mouth was so sore from where the wire had dug in he couldn’t do it so he decided to drill the wire arch out!

I cannot tell you how nice it feels to not have a piece of wire sitting across the top of your mouth anymore! No more food getting stuck in it, it getting itchy and just generally feeling annoying! I remember the pain I was in when it first got fitted and how my tongue swelled up,I was swilling salt water for days and could hardly eat and now it’s finally out! It just feels kind of empty in my mouth now and I have to get used to this feeling instead.

Here is an example of the torture device I’ve had in my mouth for the last year and a half!

Monday night I did a HIIT workout with T before our burpee challenge then went to choir practise, we have another performance this weekend so we ran through a whole range of songs ready for that, it was really fun.

Tuesday

So after a walking Poppy a mile and a half before work, it was meant to be a quick walk but we bumped into another cockapoo called Piper and ended up walking a lot further than we meant to, and a busy day at work me and T went to see my friend Lisa to deliver her birthday present. She has recently acquired a tortoise called Sydney so we had a little hold of him before he went to bed too!

After getting home and T to bed I did an ab workout then crashed watching TV for an hour till bed time.

Wednesday

Burpee challenge completed this morning before school,we are up to 16 burpees while the other person completes weighted twists now, its tough!

Today has been equally as busy at work too, I’m in a stage at the moment where I just seem to keep creating work for myself but streamlining processes,and rocking boats, at the same time.

T has had her 2nd swimming lesson with the school, it seems like she had a great time and is really enjoying it.

This evening we walked Poppy, ate and are going to watch a film soon.

We may have walked Poppy to the chip shop to get chips to have with our chicken and veg but after eating really healthily all week and working out every day since Friday I think today is treat day!

Tomorrow will be a standard busy Thursday but with the added fun and games of getting one car dropped off for a couple of days which means Scott is my taxi for a little while! I’m looking forward to another good workout tomorrow evening though and also getting T one rehersal closer to her ballet show which is at the end of June.

I’d love to hear what you have been upto this week,

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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Adult braces- so no one told me this!

Another 8 weeks gone, Another ortho appointment rolls round. Today I was looking forward to my appointment as I always do lately, I’m just keen to get on with things and get it all done.

After a little telling off because my wires were pretty bent at the back, whoops, She got to work removing all my wires. Fine, standard stuff so far. She was really pleased with my bottom teeth and how the tiny gaps that were left had all closed up, I had been checking them every day in the mirror until they closed so I was very aware this had happened 😂 the wires she was holding looked different this time, and then she tried fitting them in, owww!! She was pushing and pulling towards my top back teeth and then gave up, asking the assistant for a different wire.

This was strange I thought, We never usually have a problem getting the wires in. The bottom teeth were also tough going to squeeze the wire onto which again I thought strange as I didn’t think they had moved that much.

Then she decided to file the ends of the wires down as I told her the last couple of days I have had sores and cuts in my mouth where the wire rubs at night. The filing itself wasn’t too bad but the water and suction were worse!

Altogether I seemed to be in the chair a long time today and my mouth was pretty sore after where it had been pushed and pulled about so much.

We aren’t closing the big gaps this time but next time we will be able to which I’m really excited about.

Then came the shock, I looked in my pocket mirror as I left the room as I always do and wow these wires are huge!! No one told me the wires get thicker as the treatment goes on! Well thinking about it my wires when I first started were really tiny because they had so many angles to bend round I guess but these are something else! She said the bottom wire is almost the thickest one and the top is nearly there too, I didn’t really understand what she meant until I looked at them, They are almost industrial!!

Ok the top wire is still white but because of how thick it is you can see a tiny bit of the back of the wire which is silver so it’s almost two tone! The bottom one is really really thick. At first I thought she did this on purpose so I couldn’t bend them eating tough food 😂But a quick Google and it seems the wires get thicker with treatment progressing!

Just another part no one tells you about until it happens hey! Just when you start feeling confident with how it all looks they go and switch it up, it’s like they do everything they can to not make you smile right up until you get your braces off then Bam! You hit everyone with this amazing smile, oh my god she does have teeth in there! 😂

So here it is, 1 year and 5 months in and here are my big strong wires for the next 8 weeks!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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A slow weekend but an exciting week ahead!

This weekend has been a slow one. The weather has been pretty wet and dreary and I’ve spent most of it feeling really ugh. Yesterday I ran some errands and spent time making a photo collage of Louis 18th birthday for his room then walked Poppy in the rain and spent the afternoon watching the rugby.

My evening was spent watching a Lord of the rings film while Scott was out. Today we again ran more errands then had lunch at a local garden centre because we were out and starving. I had a toasted chicken and bacon sandwich with seeded bread and salad it was so good and filled me up for ages!

Poppy was treated to a new bed for the living room today as she hasn’t had one in there for a few months and I think it went down pretty well.

We got T back about 3.30 today then headed over to my in-laws for dinner and took Poppy with us. My sister in law and her family were over and the kids all played nicely and enjoyed all taking Poppy for a walk before dinner. They even found two love rocks on their walk!

But I’m ending the evening still feeling bloated and rubbish and with a broken wire on my braces! Emergency call to the ortho tomorrow will sort it but it’s just a pain I didn’t need.

Remaining positive, this week promises to be a good one with pancake day Tuesday, Valentines day Wednesday and our40 Random Acts of Kindness starting the same day!

It’s also half term this week so when I am finished work on Wednesday there will be no overtime this week and instead fun times will be had with Scott, T and our friends.

For now I am snuggled underneath my cosy dressing gown with a cup of tea and hoping tomorrow will be a better day!

Have a good week everyone,

Lou x

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Adult Braces- first check up of 2018

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!

Bye bye nasty coiled spring device on the bottom row!

Hello relatively normal looking teeth!

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The New Mrs M makes a year! 

Wow I can’t believe I made a year! When I started this blog it was as an outlet to share my experiences with braces as an adult and to hopefully learn from other people’s journey also. The thing is it’s turned into much more than that! I’ve learned I love to document my life! Sharing experiences, hobbies, days out, trips away, special moments gives me real enjoyment and it’s the lovely comments and likes I get from readers around the world that keeps me writing. I have written about so many things in the last year from my experiences as a step parent to buying our puppy last year. I’ve talked about my love of being married and the happiness it brings to my struggles of trying to progress a career while still being a present parent. I’ve continued to document my experiences with braces and will keep on doing so in the hope that they help others deliberating whether or not to take the plunge or are already on their journey. My new found love of walking/hiking has been a hot topic over the summer months this year culminating in a walking challenge which saw me walk over 80 miles in a month!

This blog has been like a journal at times being the first thing I want to do when I’m going through a tough time and a way to vent my frustration while also sometimes allowing me to see my opinions in a different light.

Reviews of places I’ve been have almost become a part of the experience now and it’s a given to my husband that some of the many photos I take will be specifically for my blog. If I can show someone how great a place was or how dog friendly somewhere can be and they can enjoy it as much as I did then my writing is all worthwhile.

There are plenty of mum blogs out there and I don’t just write about my experiences as a Mum but this has also been a huge part of my blog. Again if I can show someone else what we get up to and they enjoy doing it then why not!

Whatever my chosen topic is I would just like to say thank you to everyone that has taken the time to read my posts, like them and leave a comment. Without your interest I wouldn’t have continued to write and had 2 pieces published, something I would never even have attempted to do before this!

My plan for the future is to keep blogging, sharing my happy times and my sad times too, hopefully helping others with my braces experiences and reviewing everywhere I go!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey so far and here’s to the next year!

Lou x

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Adult Braces- 8 months in

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.

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Adult Braces- loose wire the update

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!

Lou x

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Adult braces- 7 months in and a loose wire!

So I can’t believe it’s coming up to 7 months I’ve had these things fitted to my teeth now and it feels like I’ve never been without them! I’m pain free, I have a way of eating where I can mostly manage everything I want but I know what should and shouldn’t be eaten in public to avoid awkward food in brace situations and I’m even smiling in some photos with my braces out! 
So it was all going so well until a couple of days ago I felt a sharp pain while I was eating and realised a wire had come loose at the back of my mouth! It hasn’t broken and I can pop it back in with my finger but now it mostly does this every time I eat which is very annoying!
I’m going to see how long I can last without booking an emergency appointment at the orthodontist because that’s just a pain but it is so sharp on the end!
Has anyone else had this?

Overall I’ve seen so much movement in my teeth I’m so happy with the process especially the ones that have been fitted recently into the wire, I can’t believe that in just a month they are now almost aligned with the others!

The difference in my teeth so far is amazing and I’m so excited to see what they will look like once this is all over, hang on in there guys it’s worth it!

Before braces!
7 months in!

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Adult Braces – progress and pain

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?

Thanks for reading 

Lou x

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Adult Braces – progress 

So today was my 6 week appointment at the orthodontist. I’ve been looking forward to it as I get a shiny new white wire on my top teeth which helps me feel as confident as I can in these things(the old wire loses its coating as you brush your teeth and ends up silver by the end of a month.)
Today my orthodontist had planned to extend my brackets to my back teeth. This meant I had to have the cheek and lip extractor in place again, I don’t know how but I had forgotten that part, also the jets of ice cold water followed by suction and mirrors and little beams of light shone at your teeth to bind the brackets on! I got told off by my orthodontist because I wasn’t relaxing my tongue enough, sorry but it’s a little hard when you have so many different impliments in your mouth at once! I was better once I had closed my eyes to take myself away from it all.

To add to the fun one of the brackets came off after she tried to attach the wire so she had to put it back on again, back in went the extractor and we started the whole process again!
That all said and done today I’m excited because my teeth that were set back a little have finally been included in the wires to be brought forward!

Slight set back though after I sat in my car I felt a band ping off my top tooth! More money in the car park machine and off I went back in to get it fixed back on!

I must give credit to the profession though the bands,brackets and tools in general that they work with are tiny! How they place everything so exactly with just the right amount of tension I think is a real skill, I know they get paid handsomely for their trade but it really is an art so hats off to them!

Today I’ve left  my appointment feeling that real progress is being made so I’m happy, this will all be worth it one day I’m sure!

You can read my other blogs on adult braces here!

Adult Braces – the wobbly tooth 

Adult braces- the first tightening 

Adult braces – the wax

Beautiful with braces

Adult braces – first day with no pain!

Braces 2 days in

Adult braces- here we go!