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  1. Braces at 30 – Implant consultation results and a new consultation

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    Braces at 30 | Dental Implants Result and a New Consultation | 27 Months

    Welcome to my latest Braces at 30 blog post where I share my experience of wearing a brace as an adult with updates from each appointment.  I had my braces fitted when I was 30 years old.  I’m now 32 and have had braces on for over two years!  Below I share what happened at my latest appointment.

    Here’s my last update if you missed it:

    What happened at my private dental implants consultation?

    Braces at 30 – Implant consultation results and a new consultation

    Me with the retainer on and false tooth in retainer which you can't tell from a distance.  Bottom brace still on.

    Implant results

    So it’s been a while since my implant consultation and unfortunately the results weren’t what I was hoping for.  I was also waiting for the dentist to reply to me, but he’s totally ignored my two follow up emails.  It’s so frustrating when companies do this.  He sent me my results from the CT scan and x-ray.  He had thought one side looked too narrow at the roots for an implant root and he confirmed this was so.  This meant I could have an implant on one side (the peg tooth side), but not the other.  This other side would need a bridge.

    This was pretty frustrating as if I could have two implants then I could get these implanted, have a permanent bonded retainer and be done with it!  That was what I hoped for by going down the implant route, for it to be a permanent solution and to get on with my life with no more removable retainers and to pretty much have a normal mouth and teeth.  So it was disappointing to hear that I couldn’t have an implant on one side and that I’d need a bridge still anyway.

    I decided to just go for the two bridges seeing as it is a cheaper option for now and I’d still have to have the removable Essix retainer.  I emailed back the dentist I saw to say this and to ask a few questions, such as could I have my teeth whitened beforehand and how long did I have to wait to have the bridges since I need the peg tooth removed.  I waited a few days and then his assistant called to ensure I had his first email.  I said I did and that I’d responded and she said she’ll let him know.  A week later I still hadn’t heard anything so I forwarded my reply to check he received it.  I’m pretty sure they would have seeing as he received and responded to all my emails leading up to the consultation and his assistant now knew I had replied as we spoke on the phone.

    Ben said I should call again, but I’ve emailed twice and spoken on the phone to his assistant, so why should I have to chase them anymore?  I’m a paying customer and if they can’t be bothered to respond then I’ll not spend my money there.

    So I’ve just been this week to a different practice instead for a consultation and I’m pleased to say the ball is rolling and I have four more appointments booked next month.  I’ll share below what happened at my new consultation.

    A new consultation

    I went for a new consultation at a different practice this week and it was so much better.  I’m not sure what went wrong at the first practice.  It’s so bizarre for them not to reply.  I can only assume they wanted my custom for the implants only and not for the bridges which are considerably cheaper.  Otherwise why would you turn a paying customer down?  A customer who would continue to come back for appointments and check-ups possibly for life?

    Anyway at the new appointment I explained I wasn’t suitable for implants and that I needed my peg tooth removed sue to internal resorption (basically the tooth is eating itself and the body absorbing its minerals).  So I had decided on two bridges and wanted to know my options.

    They took a look in my mouth and made me keep biting my teeth together and sliding my bottom jaw forwards then left and right.  Another dentist was called in to check what they thought too.  I think perhaps the dentist I was seeing is fairly new as he looked very young, so perhaps he wanted to confirm what he thought.

    Here’s the plan of action for my top teeth:

    1. Remove the peg tooth in July.  This tooth has internal resorption and so needs removing.  I’ll then need to wait 6-9 months (gah) for the gum to fully heal and to have a bridge.  This was the most frustrating part of this appointment.  When I asked how long I’d have to wait for the false teeth after removing this peg tooth and he said ‘6-9…’ I thought he was going to say weeks and I thought that’s a long time.  So when he said months I was like eek!  I was hoping for this whole brace thing to be coming to an end and I might have another 10 months before I can get the false teeth.  So frustrating.
    2. Have another false tooth added to my Essix retainer.  As I’m having the peg tooth out it will leave me with another whole tooth gap next to my front teeth.  I’ll be missing both full sized lateral incisors – these are the teeth next to the front teeth, so very noticeable!  I already have one false tooth in the retainer to cover the gap when I’m wearing it, so the dentist will send my retainer off to have a false tooth added to the other side.  This will mean 24 hours of two teeth missing whilst my retainer is sent off between my appointments.  Let’s hope no one needs to talk to me and I can hide at home.
    3. Take impressions for a partial acrylic denture.  I was really disappointed about having to wait 6-9 months for the proper false teeth as I’m finding the Essix retainer a real pain.  I have to take it out to eat or drink which means baring my gaps.  This is fine at home, but not great when out and about as I’m too embarrassed!  I also have to brush my teeth before putting it back in.  So I can’t have a spontaneous day out say to the countryside with a picnic as I need to be able to brush my teeth after and put the retainer back in.  We love going for days out or to the countryside, plus we’ve just got a camper and want to go camping so it’s annoying I can’t think of doing all this as normal as I need to think about whether I can eat and brush my teeth wherever we are!  So I asked if there was anything I can do about this and the dentist suggested a temporary denture.  It is at a cost, but seeing as I may need to wait nine more months I thought it was worth it so I can kind of get on with my social life as normal.  I’ll go for a third appointment to take an impression for a partial acrylic denture which will fix to the roof of my teeth and back teeth and have two false teeth on.  I can wear this when I want to eat or go out for short periods of time as I can keep it in to eat.  I can’t wear it all the time as I currently need to wear the retainer full time for around six months.  But after this I can wear the denture all the time until I have my permanent false teeth.  It is an extra expense, but I’m so pleased I decided to do this as it means I can go out for meals again and food with family/friends, days out and so on without worrying that I can’t eat all day.  I can use it when I know I’m going out and then pop my retainer back in as soon as I am back.
    4. Acrylic denture fitting.  I’ll have a fourth appointment to pick up my denture and to see how to fit it.  It will take around 8 days to have it made.  Then I can enjoy meals again!
    5. Wait 6-9 months.  Then I have to wait 6-9 months until my gum has healed from the peg tooth being removed to move forward with the next stage of getting bridges and deciding which type of bridge to go for.

    Phew!  So my top teeth are going on and on and on.  Up to another ten months from now for them to be finished!

    I still have my brace on the bottom teeth, but I’m hoping to have this removed next week if ready.  I’ll update then.

    Braces at 30 – Implant consultation results and a new consultation

  2. Braces at 30 - What happened at my private dental implants consultation?

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    Last Wednesday I had my top brace off and on Thursday I picked up a clear plastic retainer which I currently have to wear full time.  My bottom brace is still on to close two more gaps and hopefully it will be removed in June.  Now I’ve had my top brace off I wanted to get the ball rolling with the next steps of my ‘braces at 30’ journey – the false teeth. 

    I decided to enquire about dental implants and had a consultation at a private dentist on Saturday.  My orthodontist’s surgery is just that – that is, they only do orthodontics, nothing else.  If I could start over I would probably choose somewhere that does that whole lot – braces, false teeth, the lot.  That way I think the whole experience would be smoother and they can easily consult with each other.  My experience has been a bit broken up as I go to the dentist for one thing and the orthodontist in another town for another!  It’s not very streamlined.

    I never knew this though and at the start I asked my dentist and they referred me.  I never thought about searching for somewhere that did the entire experience from start to finish in one place.  If you are thinking of getting a brace and will also need false teeth, then I’d recommend looking for somewhere that can do the lot.  If it’s just to straighten teeth then a standalone orthodontist is just fine.

    Braces at 30 | Dental Implants Consultation | 26 Months

    Welcome to my latest Braces at 30 blog post where I share my experience of wearing a brace as an adult with updates from each appointment.  I had my braces fitted when I was 30 years old.  I’m now 32 and have had braces on for over two years!  Below I share what happened at my latest appointment.

    Here’s my last update if you missed it:

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos

    Braces at 30 - What happened at my private dental implants consultation

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    My original plan was to have a veneer over the peg tooth and a bridge with false tooth on the other side.  I need false teeth for both my lateral incisors.  But when my brace was removed, my peg tooth was wobbly!  This got me thinking that perhaps implants would be the better option on both sides.  I should just have the peg tooth removed.

    Implants are a lifetime option.  If I have a veneer and bridge they will need replacing every 7-10 years, whereas an implant should last forever.  It would just be like having my own teeth!

    The other positive is I can then have a permanent retainer bonded to the back of the teeth.  Something I can’t have with a veneer and bridge.  This means I can have the implants and bonded retainers and be done with the whole experience!  I’d have my mouth back and wouldn’t need to even use the removable retainer again.  It’s the ideal option.

    So I had a consultation with an implant specialist to see if I am suitable.  I’m glad I went as he did an x-ray of my teeth and discovered why my peg tooth is wobbly.  It’s actually eating itself from the inside out, also known as internal resorption.  My body is basically eating the minerals from the tooth and now it’s wobbly.  It will definitely need to come out.

    The peg tooth side (left side) is absolutely suitable for an implant.  That’s great news.  But he’s not sure about the right side where I already have the entire tooth sized gap.  Though the gap we can see for the tooth is the right size, the roots in the gums are not in line.  They actually both bend towards each other leaving a much smaller gap for an artificial root to be placed.  The implant is around 3.5mm and my gap is approx. 3.7-3.8mm.  Eek!

    If the implant touches the surrounding teeth then they can become damaged and have to come out too!  Not ideal!

    It’s very close so to get a better idea he took a CT scan (nice questionable dose of radiation there for me) and he’s going to properly investigate my images to see if it’s a possibility or not.

    I’ll find out what he thinks today or tomorrow so I have all fingers crossed that he can do an implant for both teeth.  Otherwise I’ll still have to have a bridge on one side and the removable retainer which isn’t the most perfect option.

    Braces at 30 - What happened at my private dental implants consultation_

  3. My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos

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    After the shock of having my brace removed on Wednesday and seeing my huge missing teeth gaps for the first time in almost two years, I was pretty down to say the least.  I felt embarrassed and vulnerable without my brace and false teeth hiding them.  My teeth looked weird and I felt so ugly. 

    I know it was only 24 hours before I got to pick up my retainer, but it still meant the embarrassment of two school runs.  I just prayed no one spoke to me and tried to get in and out as quickly as possible, but typically as does always happen in situations like this, another mum did speak to me!  I had to text her afterwards to say sorry if I was awkward and explained I have missing teeth temporarily so felt too awkward to talk!

    Luckily I returned to the orthodontist yesterday, exactly 24 hours after, to pick up my retainer.  In this blog post I’m going to share my first impressions of the clear plastic Essix retainer.

    Braces at 30 | Essix Retainer Fitting Appointment | 26 Months

    Welcome to my latest Braces at 30 blog post where I share my experience of wearing a brace as an adult with updates from each appointment.  I had my braces fitted when I was 30 years old.  I’m now 32 and have had braces on for over two years!  Below I share what happened at my latest appointment.

    My not-so-joyous experience of getting my braces removed

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos with False Tooth Peg Tooth

    I wonder whether it is slightly good that my bottom brace wasn’t ready to come off yesterday.  It means I can gradually get used to the retainer.  By the time I need the bottom one I’ll know what to expect.  Though I am also considering a permanent retainer for the bottom, but need to discuss with my orthodontist.

    The appointment was a five minute job, if that. I sat in the chair and was shown the retainer.  It was pushed on by the orthodontist and removed as she explained how she was pulling it out. Then she handed it to me and asked me to do it without looking in a mirror.  I did it just fine, so that was that.

    I did want to ask a couple of questions, but as soon as I started I couldn’t speak very well!  So I think I flushed a little, asked only one question and left.  She did say it will take around 48 hours to get used to the retainer.

    Here are the things I’ve noticed in the first 22 hours of wearing the retainer:

    • I have a lisp!  It’s really hard to pronounce Ts and Ss, but even since yesterday I think my speech has improved, so hopefully it’s only temporary.
    • It feels really bulky.  It’s like a plastic guard over the teeth, so it feels hard and bulky.  Again, this feeling might go away as I get used to it.
    • My tongue is swollen.  I ate my dinner fine last night, then I had a smoothie for breakfast today and I’ve just sat down to eat lunch which was really tricky!  I realise the sides of my tongue are quite sore and feel swollen.  It must be where they are rubbing on sides of the retainer, especially the top edge where it’s quite sharp.
    • It’s disgusting to take out to eat.  I have to take it out to eat or drink anything other than water.  When I pull it out it’s covered in saliva which strings from my mouth.  Nice huh?!  So I rinse it and leave it in a pot.  Then I obviously have to eat with gaps galore.
    • Eating out is going to be a pain or impossible.  After eating I have to clean my teeth.  It will damage my teeth if there is any residue of food left on them and I put the casing on top.  Obviously without the retainer the food will wash off, move and be swallowed throughout the day after a meal.  By putting the retainer over the teeth it keeps any food and acid there, causing damage.  So after every meal I need to brush my teeth and make sure they are thoroughly clean before putting the retainer back on.
    • It’s simple to fit and remove.  It simply slides over the teeth.  It felt tight the first time, but already it doesn’t feel tight.  To take it off I clasp it and slide two fingernails underneath the top opening and pull straight down.  It’s really easy to do.
    • I won’t snack as much.  As it’s such a pain to have to brush my teeth every time I eat, I will not snack as much.  I’ll just stick to my three meals a day to save the effort of having to constantly brush my teeth.
    • My teeth look much better.  They don’t look perfect and close up you can see the false tooth in the retainer isn’t the best fit, but that’s only temporary.  I also have the gap next to the peg tooth, but it’s a bit less noticeable with the retainer on.  From a short distance it even looks like my normal teeth and I can begin to see how my teeth will look once the retainer is off and I have two false teeth.

    So far the retainer experience is OK.  Eating is a bit of a hassle and there’s some discomfort, but the pain and awkwardness should disappear as the brace settles in to my mouth.  I feel a lot more positive today and moving forward with the next steps.  I have two appointments booked to find out about dental implants and I hope I can get the ball rolling with this.

    Fingers crossed I’m about six months away from the whole experience being over.  It’s been 26 months this month and I’m ready for it to be over now.  I’d like my mouth back!

    Photos

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos 4

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos 3

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos with False Tooth Peg Tooth

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos with False Tooth

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos 1

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos 2

    22 months brace timeline before and after photos adult experience wire trai

  4. My not-so-joyous experience of getting my braces removed

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    So today was the day - the day I expect most people are very, very excited about, but not me.  I did try to build my confidence up and thought I would be OK and it wouldn’t look too bad, but I was wrong.  Driving home after the appointment the tears started.  I composed myself, but as soon as I saw my husband Ben they flooded out of me again.

    The poor orthodontist is probably used to her clients being so excited and ecstatic on their brace-off day and thanking them, but as soon as I saw myself in the mirror I put it straight down and shuffled out of there as quickly as I could.  The look of embarrassment and disappointment was clear to see on my face.  I couldn’t hide it and I didn’t want to speak to anyone else with my teeth on show.

    At least one good thing will come out of this – I’ll not want to eat in public for a long while so we’ll save some money by not eating out!  Or at least I will.

    Braces at 30 | 19th Tightening and Top Brace Removal | 26 Months

    Welcome to my latest Braces at 30 blog post where I share my experience of wearing a brace as an adult with updates from each appointment.  I had my braces fitted when I was 30 years old.  I’m now 32 and have had braces on for over two years!  Below I share what happened at my latest appointment.

    Click here for my last appointment update in case you missed it.

    My not-so-joyous experience of getting my braces removed (1)

    So today was a big day.  After 26 months of continuous wear, I had my top brace removed.  We were hoping the top and bottom braces would come off today, but there are still  two gaps that need closing at the bottom.  I have an appointment booked in four weeks which should be the removal of the bottom brace.  So for the bottom today, it was simply tightening the wire and adding new elastic loops over the whole lot to close these final pesky gaps.

    I knew the top brace was ready to come off this time.  It was the third appointment we had arranged to remove it.  The last two times it wasn’t ready and I knew it wasn’t ready.  I obviously knew I was going to have 24 hours after with a huge gap next to my front tooth and I thought I'd be OK with it.  I’ll be having a bridge with false tooth here eventually, but only after about 6 months of wearing the retainer full time.  The retainer will have a false tooth within it, but I can’t pick up my retainer until tomorrow.  So one whole day with a huge gap.

    Not only that gap, but there’s a 3mm gap next to my peg tooth on the other side of my front teeth.  Those who have been following will know I never had any lateral incisors.  These are the teeth either side of the top front teeth. Originally I had a peg tooth overlapping one of my front teeth and on the other side my adult canine was there, in the wrong place, all twisted.

    The final plan is to add a bridge and false tooth to the one side with the big gap.  The plan for the other side was to add a veneer to my peg tooth to create the other lateral incisor, but that might not happen now.  My peg tooth is now wobbly.  Like really wobbly.  It feels like it’s going to fall out!

    So now I may need to have it removed, if it doesn’t fall out, and just have two false teeth either side.  Two bridges.

    That will all be fine in the end, but right now it means massive gaps for today.  Once I have the retainer tomorrow, which is see-through, I’ll have the gap  next to the peg tooth on show, but a false tooth hiding the other gap.  Hopefully that won’t look too awful and I’ll feel a bit better.

    I will need to remove the retainer to eat and so the gaps will then be on show.  I’m going to be too embarrassed to eat in public as it just looks awful.

    Right now I feel SO gappy and my teeth look ugly and strange.  The front teeth look humongous and very yellow.  Probably as I haven't seen them for over two years.  Also emphasised by the fact there’s a gap either side which really makes them stand out.

    My peg tooth is super wobbly and I can’t see it staying in or settling so I’m paranoid that’s going to fall out at any moment.  I basically just feel really down and upset right now.  I want to hide at home.

    I hope I’ll feel better with the retainer tomorrow, but I’m aware there’s going to be the gap by the peg tooth on show for at least six months.  Even with the retainer.  The retainer is totally see-through so it just looks like normal teeth to other people.  At least with the brace there was wire, brackets and elastics hiding and disguising the gaps.  The brace showed the reason for why gaps were there.  I'm worrying the retainer obviously won't, so I'll just look like I have massive gaps and missing teeth for six months.

    The happiest day for me will be once I have the false teeth in place.  I cannot wait.  But it may be another six months away.  Arg.

    I'm so over this experience now and ready for it to all be over.

     

    Are you ready for it?...

    I kind of feel like my face is back to the beginning!!

     

    My not-so-joyous getting my brace removed experience

     

    Here's a timeline of my brace journey:

     

    22 months brace timeline before and after photos adult experience wire trai

  5. My last ever braces tightening appointment?

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    Welcome to my latest Braces at 30 blog post where I share my experience of wearing a brace as an adult with updates from each appointment.  I had my braces fitted when I was 30 years old.  I’m now 32 and have had braces on for over two years!  Below I share what happened at my latest appointment.

    Click here for my last update in case you missed it.

    My last ever braces tightening appointment_

    Braces at 30 | 18th Tightening | 25 Months

    This was another appointment where we thought I may have my brace removed and retainer fitted tomorrow, but not the case, again.  Third time lucky in May!  I’m sure in four weeks we’ll be ready to roll!  I’m pretty certain this is my last tightening appointment.  I knew they weren’t ready to be taken off today, but the changes left to make are so minimal it has to be ready to come off next month!  I’m not so excited for the coming off though as the false teeth day will be most exciting for me.  I need a veneer and a false tooth either side of my top front teeth, so this will be the exciting day for me in around seven months.

    Here’s what happened at my appointment:

    Top teeth

    All the gaps are closed, woohoo!  But my right canine has twisted slightly so we’ve gone back down a wire to untwist it.  Doh!  That pesky tooth just wants to stay twisted!  Hopefully nothing else will move out of place in the next four weeks.

    Bottom teeth

    There are just some minor gaps between my front teeth in two places.  These are caused where my teeth are uneven on the sides so my teeth meet at the top, but don’t line up evenly.  We’ve filed a little more off the top sides of the teeth and hopefully these will close perfectly now by the next appointment.  All other gaps are closed.  There’s also a tooth much lower than the rest so the wire has been twisted to try and raise this tooth by the next appointment.

    A few minor adjustments over the next four weeks and I should be able to have the brace off. Eeek!  Terrifying as I’ll have gaps and eating around people will be awkward as I’ll have to take the retainer with false tooth off to eat, but exciting as closer to getting the false teeth and end result.

    Progress Photos

    Today:

    My last ever braces tightening appointment

    Pre brace to the start of this month:

    teeth braces march 2018 before and after photos 2 years

    teeth braces march 2018 before and after photos 2 years (1)

    A brace timeline to really show the progress:

    22 months brace timeline before and after photos adult experience wire trai

    22 months brace timeline before and after photos adult experience wire trai