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  1. 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

  2. Coming to the end of my adult brace experience: Retainer fitting appointment rebooked

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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 this month marks my 2 year brace anniversary!  Some people are lucky enough to have a brace nowadays for only six months or so, but my teeth had so many issues I needed the full on train track braces with an estimated length of 18-24 months.  I passed the 18 month mark a long time ago, so knew it was more than likely going to take 24 months and now it's taking slightly longer, but the end is finally in sight!

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

    Coming to the end of my adult brace experience_ Retainer fitting appointmen

    Braces at 30 | 17th Tightening | 24 Months

    It's not been long since my last update as my last appointment was at the start of March.  We thought my teeth would be ready for a top retainer in a few weeks so I just went for an appointment this week to have a mould taken, but unfortunately my teeth weren't quite ready.  There is a 0.5mm gap to close where my false tooth will go.  I'm having a veneer on one side over my peg tooth and a false tooth on the other side (lateral incisors next to my top front teeth) so the orthodontist wants to get these gaps to the exact same size.  It was slightly frustrating as I'd geared myself up for a whole day without a brace and the embarrassment of a huge gap at the front of my mouth, but on the brighter side we are on holiday soon and I'd rather get used to a retainer and eating with my massive gap on show when I'm at home and not surrounded by other people.

    Here’s what happened at my appointment:

    Top teeth

    There is still a 0.5mm gap to close.  It hasn't budged, but as soon as the new elastic was put on it looks like it's closed instantly.  Hope it stays this way for my next appointment.  We have booked an appointment mid April for the top brace to come off and a mould to be taken for a retainer and false tooth.  I'll then wear the retainer for approximately six months before getting my false tooth and veneer fitted.  I'm also considering having my teeth whitened once the brace is totally off and pre false teeth.  It seems like a good idea after coming so far with my teeth.  it would be nice to have them as perfect as possible.  I know it's not very natural beauty of me, but perhaps I'll make one allowance for my teeth each year to be whitened.

    Bottom teeth

    There are still some pesky gaps to close so the wire was refitted and new elastics put in place to move the teeth together.  My front teeth are worn unevenly on the sides so were filed back a little to close the gaps at the lower parts of the teeth.  It's a pretty horrid experience, like nails down a blackboard, but worth it to get the teeth together.  I imagine a few more appointments to get these teeth totally together with no gaps.  I get a build up of tartar at the front bottom teeth so I'd really like no gaps there at all to help with cleaning.

    I may be able to have a bonded retainer on the bottom teeth when they are ready.  This is a permanent piece of wire fixed to the back of the teeth which will save the hassle of putting a removable retainer in and out constantly.

    Before and After Photos

    Today's photo:

    Coming to the end of my adult brace experience - Retainer fitting appointm

    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

  3. Life with orthodontic braces as an adult: What happened at my latest 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 this month marks my 2 year brace anniversary!  Some people are lucky enough to have a brace nowadays for only six months or so, but my teeth had so many issues I needed the full on train track braces with an estimated length of 18-24 months.  I passed the 18 month mark a long time ago, so knew it was more than likely going to take 24 months.   I will be having my top brace removed this month and the bottom will stay on for a while to close gaps and try to lift a tooth up.  But, the end is finally in sight!

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

    Life with orthodontic braces as an adult_ What happened at my latest tighte

    Braces at 30 | 16th Tightening | 24 Months

    I’m so amazed it’s been two years already.  It’s flown by.  One of the scariest things about getting a brace is the duration.  At the beginning two years sounds like such a long time and it could even be off-putting for some people, but the sooner you make that decision and get started, the sooner it will all be over and hopefully you’ll think it was worth it!  I know both me and Ben are dying for my brace to be removed now.  Though two years has flown by, it has also felt like this brace has been on forever and I can’t imagine brace-free teeth!  They’ll feel so different.

    I won’t get too excited though as I need to wear a retainer full time for a while and have my false teeth fitted after six months. 

    Here’s what happened at my appointment:

    Top teeth

    Last month one of my canines had started twisting so I had to go back a wire to twist it.  Luckily this had twisted back into the correct position and my wire is now the thickest stainless steel.  I just have a tiny 0.5mm gap to close where my false tooth will be to reduce this overall gap and this should be done by my retainer mould appointment!  I go back on the 20th of this month to have  the top brace off and a mould taken from my top teeth for a retainer, all being well.  Very exciting.  Then I’ll have a fitting for the retainer the next day.  Let’s hope nothing major goes wrong with my teeth beforehand and I can stick to this plan.

    Bottom teeth

    I’m sure my bottom right lateral incisor is leaning in and not perfectly upright.  It’s causing it to look much shorter than the other teeth, but I’m certain this is because it’s on a slant.  For this appointment the wire was just tightened and more elastics added to close gaps.  We were just closing the front four teeth after filing away some of the sides of my teeth to straighten the edges and bring them together, but now more elastics have been added to bring more teeth together.  Where the front four had closed more, it had created a big (couple of mm) gap next to them so this all needs closing.  I think it will be a few more appointments to close all these bottom gaps, file the teeth and get them as perfect as can be with no gaps or leaning teeth.

    Hopefully by the time the bottom brace is ready to come off, I will already have had the top retainer on for a while and be ready for my false teeth.  My orthodontist predicts 6 months of the retainer at the top before I can go ahead and fit the false teeth.

    Before and After Photos

    Here are some before and after photos to show the progress:

    teeth braces march 2018 before and after photos 2 years

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

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

  4. Braces at 30 | 15th Tightening | 23 Months | Before and After Photos

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    It has only been four and a half weeks since my last brace tightening appointment, but it’s amazing how much can change in such little time. Unfortunately for the worse this time!

    Peg tooth & space either side for veneer

    I hadn’t even noticed, but my peg tooth had moved from the middle of the gap created for a veneer, all the way to the side and next to my front tooth!  Pesky peg tooth!  So we need to move it back into the middle.  This is so the veneer will sit on the tooth properly.

    Twisted canine

    My canine that was untwisted right at the start and then moved back to third position from second had started twisting itself again!  I’d only been wearing my top to bottom elastics on one side to try and nudge the centre line, so this could be why.  So I’m going to have to settle for an off-centre centre line or my teeth may start shifting and the whole process could go on forever.  So I’ve moved back down a wire to get my canine untwisted.  Again.

    No top to bottom elastics

    As the thickest steel wire has been removed from the top teeth I can’t wear the top to bottom elastics.  I’m not complaining as I hate those things.  But I do keep feeling like I’ve forgotten to do something as the usual pressure is gone from my mouth.

    Filing down my teeth

    There are still gaps between my bottom teeth in two places.  It’s where the teeth are unevenly worn down on the sides, so the tops of the teeth touch, but the rest doesn’t.  The orthodontist filed down some of the teeth to help them come together straighter.  CRINGE!  It was like nails down a blackboard and I had to just deal with it.  I hate the feeling of filing.  I can’t even file my own nails!  So imagine having your teeth filed.  Arg!

    Getting there

    I have another appointment booked for the start of March for a tightening and then we were hoping to remove the brace at the end of March, but I think that may be delayed.  It still seems like there is quite a bit of tweaking to do and now we’re even redoing things we’ve done before as the teeth have moved position or twisted.  Frustrating!

    I am SOOOOOOO ready to have my mouth back now and the brace off.  Though I’m not ready for the massive gaps I’ll have before I can get my two false teeth.  I’m just ready for the entire thing to be over and ready to feel confident smiling!

     

    I’ve been recording my whole experience right from my first consultation.  Find my entire journey here: Braces at 30

    Braces Timeline:

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

     

    And here's a photo today, 2 days after my 23 month tightening.  The peg tooth is already moving back over to the middle:

    Braces at 30 15th Tightening 23 Months Before and After Photos

     

  5. Braces at 30 | 14th Tightening | 22 Months | Before and After Photos

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    My last appointment was at the end of November so as we’ve had Christmas in-between it seems like a long time ago!

    I was starting to feel really negative about the whole brace experience over my last couple of appointments.  At first it’s all exciting as it’s a new experience, albeit a sometimes painful or uncomfortable one.  When the brace first goes on the difference is clear to see.  But after a few months and especially coming up to two years, the differences between each appointment are so minimal and sometimes it’s hard to tell any at all.

    That’s not because my teeth are perfect yet either.  There are plenty of gaps to close still.

    But, luckily, this appointment was a lot more positive!

    Here's my 22 month top row.  See the end of the blog post for a timeline.

    22 month adult traintrack metal brace update false teeth peg tooth wire fix

    Overbite

    I was also worried about my overbite before.  I’d been wearing the pain-in-the-bum top to bottom elastics, yet at my last appointment my overbite had increased!  It made me feel miserable as my least favourite part of the brace has been these top to bottom elastics and they weren’t even working.  This time, they have been.  My overbite is now at around 4mm from almost 6mm.  So I’m thankful they are working as they are so annoying!

    Annoyingly though they have possibly moved my teeth too much to the left somehow as my centre line is now quite off centre!  So until my next appointment I’m only wearing one top to bottom elastic on the right hand side to try and pull them back over.  We solved one problem and created another!

    Top teeth are almost ready

    Aside from this on the top teeth, they’re ready!  She can’t see any more gaps to close and the space we have left for the false tooth and veneer are the right width now.

    Bottom teeth aren’t far off either

    The bottom teeth are close too.  They have a lot more gaps to close, so we’re going to have some close together appointments to try and achieve this by March.  I’m used to waiting anywhere from 7 to 10 weeks for an appointment, but I now have my next in just four weeks to change the elastics only and another appointment only four weeks after this too!  So two appointments before we hit the two year mark.

    After this we have booked in an appointment to take a mould for a retainer!!

    Then an appointment to remove the brace and put on the retainer!

    We might be getting ahead of ourselves, especially with the bottom teeth and numerous gaps there seems to be, but she says it’s better to book the appointments now and then change them to tightening’s or elastics being changed if we’re not ready.

    I have a new set of elastics on today and the wires have been tightened, so I hope this and 2 more elastic changing appointments is enough.  Then I can have them off!

    Not the end of my journey yet…

    That’s not the most exciting day for me though as I still won’t have my lateral incisors.  They’re the teeth either side of your two front teeth at the top.  So quite noticeable!  Once I’ve had the retainer for around 6 months then I can have my false tooth and veneer fitted, then I’ll be done. 

    So fingers crossed I’ll be done in around 9 months!

    Here's a timeline:

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

     

    I’ve been recording my whole experience right from my first consultation.  Read my entire journey here: Braces at 30