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  1. Follow my adult brace journey here as I reveal my experience with fixed app

    (Teeth Envy. Pic from Pexels)

    I was sure it was about my 4th or 5th tightening, but only my third!  Good job I’m documenting it here so I know where I am!  Last Thursday I went for my third tightening and I write this one week and one day after.

    The tightening appointments are always super quick.  The appointment time booked is 15 minutes, but I’m in and out much quicker than this.  Perhaps once I have my bottom brace fitted the appointments will be the full 15 mins.  I’m always surprised at how speedy and hassle free the tightenings are.

    At my last appointment elastics were added for the first time to start moving the teeth into different positions.  The orthodontist was concerned it could be uncomfortable/painful so left them a loop loose.  I feel some pressure after my tightening’s, but after a couple of days it’s gone.  I told her this and said feel free to put the new wire and elastics on as tight as she liked!

    My wire was changed for the thickest wire.  This is the last wire and my bite was already looking in the right position and the twisted tooth almost in the perfect position.  She said from now on it will be the elastics doing the work – pulling my adult canines back to where they should be (they were 2nd back instead of third!).

    I could feel the pressure as soon as the wire was changed.  New elastics were put on without being loosened at all.  It all felt tight and ‘pulley’, but not agonising.  It’s a satisfying pain as you can feel something’s happening.

    Oh, one thing I did learn is curry stains the elastics!!  My elastics are clear but as soon as I had a vegetable passanda last month, they turned bright yellow!  Almost neon yellow!  Ooooops!  So I either avoid curry this month or go for the crazy neon yellow elastics which are really obvious.  With the elastics clear, you can’t even see they’re there. To curry or not to curry?!

    These elastics are really working!  One day after they were fitted my canine next to my peg tooth had moved around 1mm. I know this as the sides of the teeth were fully touching and now there’s a gap!  A week later it’s probably about 2mm.  Really obvious.  I’m still amazed at how quickly the changes happen.

    One week after my tightening and I’m sure my other canine (the previous totally twisted one) is perfectly turned round the right way.  It seems to have moved along more, but the orthodontist felt it's getting stuck on my bottom canine.  Something that will be resolved once my bottom brace starts moving the bottom teeth (next month, eek!)

    So much has happened to my teeth, but when I take a photo they still look blooming awful!!  I made Ben take some photos the other day and we looked at them together exclaiming ‘oh gosh, aren’t they awful!!’.  I’m going to look pretty hilarious soon once my canines are in 3rd place where they should be.  This is because I’m having 2 false teeth at the front (2nd back) and before this I’ll have an entire gap on one side (luckily there’s a little peg tooth on the other side to fill most of the gap!).  I’m going to look really gappy!  I just hope the brace part will be 18 months instead of 24.  If so I’m a third of the way through the brace.  Fingers crossed.

    Watch out for next month’s update when my bottom brace is fitted!

     

     

  2. Reuben 14 15 16 months development update toddler baby

    Reuben 14-16 months

    Oh gosh!  Just found this unpublished blog post in my Word documents.  OOPS.  Things have been busy with summer hols, etc.  Reuben is now 17.5 months, but here’s what he did between 14 and 16 months.  I’ll make sure I add a new one soon as lots more exciting things have been happening.

    • Crawls around with a pouting face constantly
    • Never played with his ball pit in his bedroom.  I’ve moved it to the living room and he loves to climb in and just sit in the middle!
    • Can feed self pretty well with a spoon.  When he wants to! Still refuses for us to help unless it’s his favourite fruit pot.
    • Says mama, Bella, hiya and lots of where and gah noises
    • Had his first hair cut!  The fringe and by his ears was getting quite long so I tried to cut it.  It looked awful (!) so Ben got the clippers out once home from work and we cut his baby hair for the first time.  He’s beat Bella to a hair cut!  Hers grows so slowly.  Reuben now looks like a proper boy and even less babyish!
    • Reuben isn’t walking yet, but has stood up in the middle of the garden by himself and taken a few wobbly steps!  He wants to walk around constantly holding onto one of our hands, so he’s definitely got walking on the mind!
    • He loves tumbling around with us on the floor!  I don’t remember Bella doing this so much.  If I lie down you can guarantee a Reubs will immediately crawl over head first into me for a little rough and tumble play!!  He’ll also just climb on and start jumping up and down.
    • He’s still so cuddly which is simply lush!  He’s very good at getting on with playing by himself for a long time, but every now and then will come over for a cuddle. 
    • He’s also come out of the mummy’s boy stage a little more and won’t want me instantly when I enter a room.
    • Favourite foods are pasta & Organix blueberry fruit pots by far.  But he loves scrumptious home cooked comfort meals such as spaghetti bolognese (veggie)  jacket potato and lasagne.  He’ll wolf down all three!  & he does love pizza.  He nearly jumps out of his high chair when he sees it coming to the table on a Friday evening!
    • He’s cut a new tooth!  One at the back on his right. It looks like it’s nearly all the way through.  I thought it was a bit of food, then realised it’s a tooth!  It’s so hard to get in his mouth to look, so I had no idea.  So, unless there’s any more I’ve not seen, that’s 7 teeth!