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Category: My Braces at 30 experience - start to finish

  1. Braces and bridges at 30– Was it worth it?

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    The final results of my cosmetic dentistry experience

    It’s been just over two months since my last Braces at 30 update when I made the decision to have two bridges with false teeth.  A lot has been happening and I am pleased to say that after 2 years and 7 months of starting my braces and cosmetic dentistry journey, my teeth are finally finished!  I have my perfect smile!  Read on to discover what has happened at all the appointments to get my bridges fitted, whether I think cosmetic dentistry is worth it and to see my before and after photos.

    Braces bridges false teeth cosmetic dentistry before after


    What’s been happening?

    So I just tallied them up and I’ve had eight dentist appointments and one orthodontic appointment since my last update.  Phew!

    Here’s what the 8 dentist appointments were for:

    1. To pick up my whitening kit and learn what to do.  I used PolaNight for two weeks which worked really well and lightened my teeth several shades.
    2. The next appointment was around two weeks later so as they could colour match my teeth for the final bridge.  I had my teeth prepared for the bridges and it was quite a horrible experience!  After having the braces for 2.5 years I was used to having people working in my mouth, but this was next level.  I had no less than ten injections in my mouth to numb the whole top half of my mouth; including in that bit of skin that attaches the lip to the top gum in the middle – ouch!  I didn’t feel a thing with all this numbing, but they worked for almost two hours on my teeth filing them down to peg teeth. 
      My dentist then added a temporary bridge to the teeth which looked great, although a bit too white!  This was amazing though as I thought they might just put something in my retainer like they had before to cover the gaps.  It meant I could actually eat food, though not hard foods or foods that would stain, and not have to worry about the retainer or missing teeth or peg teeth.  I started to feel like I had my mouth back after all these years and began to feel confident about the bridges I had decided on.
      Once the numbness wore off from all the anaesthetic, I had swollen and bruised lips for days, right up to my nose.  Once that calmed down my whole upper gum became ulcerated and sore for a few days.  Finally it healed, just in time for them to do it again at appointment number 4, below.
    3. I had a check-up a few days later to check how my mouth was and to ensure I had no tooth pain.  It was also an opportunity to see what I liked and disliked about the shape of the temporary bridge.  I was able to really choose what I wanted my permanent false teeth to look like before they were made.
    4. We had hoped to fit the permanent bridges at this appointment, but instead my teeth needed preparing more.  This was a horrible appointment again as they had to hack off the first permanent bridge!  It was another 1-2 hours in the chair with what felt like a zillion injections of anaesthetic in my upper gum again to numb everything and more filing my teeth down!  My mouth had only just healed from the first time we did all this and so I went through it all again!  A second set of temporary bridges were fitted to my teeth and these were not attached so tightly so I had to be more careful when eating.  This was so they were easier to get off for the real bridge fitting.
    5. I did get a crack in these teeth and one was hanging off so I had to go back to have some adhesive to hold it in place until the next appointment!
    6. The big day came and I had my real bridge fitting!  I was a little disappointed by the shape and size of the teeth at first, but my cosmetic dentist is a perfectionist and he also wants it to be right for me so he spent time filing them down and reshaping until I was happy they were perfect for me.  More numbing and more hacking off the temporary bridge, but it was nowhere as near as bad as the last two fittings.  My permanent bridge looked great, but there were a couple of gaps between the canines (the end of each bridge) and the next teeth along.  He said not to worry and he’d do something about this.
    7. Another appointment to check the bridge and do some adjustments.  I felt the front teeth were too long and I prefer them closer to the length of the lateral incisors, so these were filed down to a length I was happy with.  The dentist had thought of putting veneers on the teeth next to my canines so it all blended in and covered the gaps that had been created, which I was very frustrated with after 2.5 years of braces and eradicating all gaps only to now have some again, but instead he did some cosmetic bonding to build those teeth up and cover most of the gaps.
    8. Another appointment a few days later to check everything and show me how to clean them.  I have to use interdental brushes and also super floss which goes over the false teeth and under the gum line which is taking a bit of getting used to!  Obviously you wouldn’t normally be able to floss under the gum line and over the top of the teeth!  Cringe!

    So that’s all the dentist appointments to fit the bridge!  I have one more this week which I think is just to check how I’m getting on with cleaning and see how the gum is settling over the bridge.

    The one orthodontist appointment I had was a three month check after I had my bottom brace off.  It was to confirm my retainers were still fitting correctly and the teeth were all staying in place.  They all are and so I’m totally signed off from the orthodontist and don’t need any more appointments with them.  Woo-hoo!

    Is cosmetic dentistry worth it?

    Absolutely!  I am so pleased with the final results.  It’s been a long frustrating process, I’m not going to lie, but it has been 100% worth it.  I used to be hugely embarrassed of my teeth.  I would never ever smile and show my teeth.  In fact I pretty much hid from the camera altogether as I was so self-conscious of my face.  Ben was used to me snatching his phone and deleting photos of myself.  It just upset me so much to see my face and know what I looked like.  Even at my own wedding we chose to have a lifestyle photographer who took natural candid photos of people as I dreaded the thought of having to pose smiling – I’d not show my teeth smiling and always looked so awkward forcing my mouth closed to smile for a photo when naturally I’d be beaming with it open!

    At the start of my journey I had no lateral incisors.  I had my adult canine teeth next to my front teeth and my baby canines were still in place next to these!  It was a mess.  One of my adult canines was twisted so it looked like a fang!  I’d been called a witch and a vampire by cruel people, even in adulthood.  I know I should have ignored these comments, but it was so hard to not let it hurt me as I myself didn’t like my teeth.  If someone made a rude remark about my hair, for example, I wouldn’t have cared as my hair doesn’t bother me.  But because I felt embarrassed and self-conscious of my teeth every single day, if someone did say something nasty then it cut deep.

    I’ve always lacked confidence to even talk to people or address a crowd because I’ve been so embarrassed by my teeth and what others must be thinking.  It’s amazing now to not have to feel embarrassed with my own face when I talk to people.  For me, this issue went deeper than my teeth as I hated my nose too and I had rhinoplasty last April.  Having my teeth now complete is the last piece in my journey and it just feels so amazing to now be able to get on with my life without worrying about what my face looks like.

    I also have barely any photos of me and my children, which is one big reason I decided to go through this lengthy process of sorting my teeth out once and for all.  I want to treasure these memories whilst my children are young and not feel too embarrassed to pick up a camera and snap some photos of us all.  I’ve always avoided the camera, but I don’t want my children to not have photos of me.  If the awful should happen then they’d currently have barely any images of us together to remember me by.

    For me I also had a bigger reason to go through with it all as my baby teeth which were still in my mouth were becoming loose.  If they had fallen out then I would have had gaps.  It seemed silly to me to replace those with false teeth and go through all that hassle to replace teeth I didn’t like, so it started the whole process of me finding out what to do to get the perfect smile and rid of all the baby teeth once and for all.

    So yes, for me cosmetic dentistry has absolutely been worth it.  It’s stopped me from being embarrassed of my face every day, it’s stopped me being camera shy and creating memories for my children and it’s stopped me being self-conscious when talking to others.  It’s also allowed me to smile with my teeth on show – something I’d always avoid before!  It’s going to be a huge boost to my confidence and best of all I just feel normal.  I never felt like I had normal teeth or a normal face and now I do.

    If like me, your teeth massively affect your day to day happiness and confidence then I’d definitely recommend a free dental consultation to see what can be achieved and how much it costs.  My case was quite extreme and involved over two years of metal braces, tooth removal, bridges and cosmetic bonding, but most people with less complicated cases can achieve a perfect smile much quicker and with less intrusion.  Ben, my husband, is even thinking of improving his smile as his teeth are becoming wonky from his wisdom teeth pushing them together, but for him it would be a much simpler process simply to straighten the teeth.  It would be much quicker too!

    It’s all over

    I can’t believe it is all over, well I think it is!  I do now have a permanent retainer on the back of both sets of teeth and I have plastic retainers which I have to wear every few nights.  If they start feeling really tight then I just have to wear them for a little longer.  Hopefully the bridges, which cover 6 of my front teeth and the bonding on the next two teeth along from that, will last for a decade or more and I won’t have any issues.  Perhaps if I do I will update you, but for now I think that’s the end of this chapter of my life.  It definitely is for the braces anyhow.  Adios braces!

    Before, during and after photos

    In case you’ve not been following my story, then here are some photos during the brace process:

    -1 month to 22 months with traintrack brace

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

    Final results comparison 

    Adult braces, train tracks, bridges, cosmetic bonding, whitening, before af

    Adult braces, train tracks, bridges, cosmetic bonding, whitening, before af


    Braces bridges false teeth cosmetic dentistry before after

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    Braces and false teeth at 30– My teeth are done! Was it worth it_

  2. Braces at 30 experience - only 5 weeks until I get my bridges!

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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 wore braces for 28 months in total having had the lower set removed two weeks ago!  Below I share what happened at my latest appointment.

    What’s been happening in August

    It’s been one month today since my last update, quite a break as I had so many appointments in July including having the bottom brace removed, a fixed bonded brace to the lower teeth, a tooth removed at the top, a partial denture made and more!  I had a whole stack of appointments in July.

    In August I’ve just had two.

    I explained my disappointment with my NHS denture in my  last blog post and had decided to go back to a cosmetic dentist.  You may remember me previously going for an implant consultation and then saying in this article that I was going to a new dentist as the implant dentist never got back to me!

    Well, I sent two emails and spoke to someone on the phone and never got a reply, which is why I went back to my normal NHS dentist.  I then got an email from the private (implant) dentist inviting me for a consultation!  I replied saying I’ve already been for the consultation, emailed twice, phoned once and never had a response to my queries.

    The woman could not have been more apologetic.  She said this never happens and is so sorry it happened to me.  She found my emails and record of phone call and confirmed there had been a mix up with communication and I’d accidently not been responded to.  If I wanted to return they’d offer a discount.

    At that point I declined as I had already gone to my old dentist.

    But then, as you may have seen, my denture was awful!  Tiny little teeth pretty much identical to the baby teeth I had removed 2.5 years ago at the start of this whole journey!  I definitely didn’t want them doing my bridges if this was the type of work to expect!

    Braces at 30 experience - only 5 weeks until I get my bridges!

    I have a clear Essix retainer with two false lateral incisors placed in it.  Can you tell?

    My options for false teeth at a private cosmetic dentist

    So I did return to the private cosmetic dentist and he took some moulds.  Today I returned to see all my options and the prices, etc.  For reference, if you haven’t been following, my braces are now all off and I have missing lateral incisors (the two teeth next to your top front teeth).  I still need to wear retainers for a while too.

    The options were:

    • ·         Traditional 3 point bridge on each side
    • ·         Maryland bridge on each side
    • ·         Composite bonding
    • ·         Implant on one side and one of the above options on the other (the space between my roots is too narrow on the other side)

    My decision

    The problem with the Maryland bridge is that my teeth are quite thin so the metal plate that holds the false teeth, which is attached to the back of the surrounding teeth, may make my teeth look grey.  So I ruled that one out.  A waste of over £3000 if it discolours my teeth and I have to choose another option anyway!

    The composite bonding was the cheapest at £650 per side, but it would stain and discolour so need replacing every 2-3 years!  So I ruled that one out as that’s quite an ongoing expense and I wouldn’t want the staining.

    I ruled out having an implant too.  Unless I can have them on each side I figure I may as well go for the first option which is…

    Traditional 3 point bridge on each side!  Scary stuff!

    So in effect I’ll have 6 false teeth in a row!

    They’ll file down my front teeth and canine teeth into peg teeth, then create the bridge which has a false tooth in the middle and a hollow crown either side which fits over the peg teeth they create.

    I’ll have this on both sides, so 6 false teeth in a row!

    At a staggering cost of £3135 which included a 5% discount and they’re throwing in tooth whitening for free as a goodwill gesture due to not responding to me three times before!

    The benefits of a fixed bridge for me

    So why did I choose the fixed bridge?

    • These should last a good 7-10 years, so no worrying about anything in a couple of years.  I’ve seen people say theirs have even lasted 20 years from private dentists.
    • They don’t stain or discolour.
    • I’ll have six teeth in a row created for the top front of my mouth, so they can be created as perfectly as possible!  Cosmetically, these will look the best.

    Click here to see exactly what a fixed bridge is.

    The disadvantages of a fixed bridge for me

    • I have to have four teeth made into peg teeth.  Terrifying.  But I will get something to wear for the 2 weeks in-between this happening and getting my bridges!
    • They might fall out!  As with any of the options presented to me, it will fall out at some point.  Eek!  But at least I’ll have a new clear Essix retainer made to hold my teeth in place and I’ll be able to simply pop the fallen out teeth in this and it will cover the gaps until I can have one made.  Going private means I can get appointments very quickly.
    • The cost.  It’s over three grand and I may have to pay this every 7-10 years, but hopefully it will last a lot longer.

    What’s next?

    So next week I have the whitening.  Then two weeks after I have my teeth prepared (4 peg teeth made out of my front teeth and canines), then two weeks after that I get my fixed bridges!

    In just under 5 weeks I will have my permanent false teeth!

    I can’t believe it as the other dentist was possibly going to make me wait until next March!

    So happy I will have teeth by Christmas.

    This whole process from the start of my braces journey has been three years now from my first consultation!  26 months of wearing braces.  Nearly three months of having two missing teeth at the top front and not being able to eat in front of people or go out with friends for food.

    SOOOOOOOOO ready to have my mouth back!


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    12 reasons I hate the clear plastic Essix retainer

    Braces at 30

    Braces at 30 experience - only 5 weeks until I get my bridges! (1)

  3. Braces at 30 – the partial denture disappointment

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    Arg.  I feel totally deflated after picking up my denture today.  This whole braces journey has been a total rollercoaster of emotions.  Up on a high after one appointment with potential amazing plans, then down on a low after another where these plans are no more such as not being able to have an implant or having yet another tooth extracted so no veneer option.  Today was a day I had been looking forward to for six weeks since this dentist appointment where we had a plan to extract my peg tooth and then have a denture made so I could eat without embarrassment in front of others for 6-9 months until I get my bridges.  Well today was finally the day I picked up my denture, but it wasn’t as exciting as I had anticipated.  Read on below to see why.

    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 wore braces for 28 months in total having had the lower set removed two weeks ago!  Below I share what happened at my latest appointment.

    Braces at 30 – the partial denture disappointment

    Braces at 30 – the partial denture disappointment

    Braces at 30 – the partial denture disappointment - denture with false late

    If you’ve been following my braces at 30 series then you’ll know I couldn’t wat for today as I was so eager to get this denture which I thought would blend in with my teeth and not be noticeable, plus allow me to eat food out and about without embarrassment.

    As soon as it was fitted and he passed me the mirror I was disappointed.

    Both teeth are tiny!  The right one must be 2mm shorter than my front tooth.  It’s dinky.  I didn’t know if I was over analysing, so when I got home I asked Ben and his face said it all! 

    I had two baby teeth removed at the very beginning of this journey – I certainly don’t want false baby teeth added back in at the end!!

    So the one tooth is super small and short.  The other tooth is better in length, still a bit too short, but it really sticks out.  It’s not flush with my teeth.

    I can’t believe s tooth artist made these teeth and thought they looked good.  They must have just thought ‘meh, they’ll do’.

    Which is why I am now going to go to a proper cosmetic dentist who costs an absolute fortune, but I am certain he would not be happy with this denture and will be able to get me a much better result.

    I know this denture is not permanent, but some people do use them as their permanent solution and the lab that made it had no idea this is only temporary for me.  So someone could be expected to walk around with this all the time!  It looks blinking awful!

    I haven’t spent thousands on having a brace for over two years to end up with substandard false teeth at the front of my mouth.

    This was on the NHS.  Obviously paid for under their band 3 charges so just shy of £260 I think I paid, but still, you’d think the quality and appearance would be better.  I guess they only pay for functioning mouths and not cosmetic.

    I was originally going private, but surprisingly at my last appointment he said I could do it on the NHS.  I think because I ended up with a problem with my peg tooth and had to have it extracted it then made my treatment necessary and not just cosmetic.

    Of course I thought this was brilliant as it made it all so much cheaper, but now I have totally changed my mind.

    The only great thing is that I decided to have the denture as I can now see how shoddy the lab’s work is.  I almost didn’t go for the denture and was just going to put up with the gaps and never eat out for months, but I’m glad I did as I’d never have known and could have ended up with two bridges with teeth as awful as this!

    Now it will cost me thousands again, probably as much as the brace, but fingers crossed I will get a more realistic result and that will also be the private cosmetics dentist aim to give me a beautiful smile as well as functioning teeth.  I hope we can work together and he will listen to how I want my teeth to look, not just bosh something in that sort of fits the gap.

    I’m also finding the denture a nightmare, but I know I shouldn’t really comment as I’ve only had it in for six hours so far.  It feels as bulky and uncomfortable as the Hawley retainer which I wrote about here just this morning.

    I’m meant to be able to eat with this in but I can’t even bite my teeth together!  My bottom teeth just hit the plastic behind my front teeth.  With the plastic on the roof of my mouth I gag as I try to eat and swallow and my tongue hits it.

    Speaking is a nightmare!  SO hard!

    I know it can take a few days to get used to it, but I don’t see how eating can get much better if I can’t even bite properly.

    We’ll see.  Maybe it will all get easier.

    I have actually booked an appointment with the orthodontist tomorrow to have a new Essix retainer made for my top teeth with two false teeth in.  I may just wear that and not eat out for months, unless I’m only with Ben, and scrap this denture if it doesn’t improve.

    I’ve also emailed a private cosmetic dentist and hope for an appointment there to discuss having a bridge with them and not my NHS dentist.


    Related blog posts

    12 reasons I hate the clear plastic Essix retainer

    Braces at 30

    Braces at 30 – the partial denture disappointment

  4. Braces at 30 - upper Hawley and lower Essix retainer fitting appointment

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    Yet another appointment for my teeth!  I had four teeth appointments within one week just recently.  The last of the four was to pick up my metal Hawley retainer for my top teeth which is a different style to the one I already have.  I also got my first retainer for my bottom teeth which is the clear Essix style retainer.  In this blog post I will share my first impressions of the new retainers.

    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 wore braces for 28 months in total having had the lower set removed two weeks ago!  Below I share what happened at my latest appointment.

    Here’s my last update if you missed it: My latest braces at 30 update – No more braces after 28 months (but it's not over yet)

    Braces at 30 - upper Hawley and lower Essix retainer fitting appointment



    Braces at 30 - Hawley and Essix Retainers with false lateral incisors teeth

    Hawley on upper and Essix on lower!

    Braces at 30 - what does a metal hawley retainer with false teeth look like

    Braces at 30 - photo of hawley retainer with false lateral incisor teeth

    Braces at 30 - metal hawley retainer with false teeth and roof of mouth pla


    Braces at 30 upper Hawley and lower Essix retainer fitting appointment

    So if you read my recent blog post titled 12 reasons I hate the clear plastic Essix retainer then you’ll know I really detest this plastic retainer!  It’s starting to split and as I had my peg tooth extracted, I needed a retainer with two false teeth instead of one.  The dentist simply added some filling material to the retainer but it’s not fixed in and only temporary.  I find the clear retainer really disgusting in the day to wear as it fills with spit and gives me bad breath, among other things, so I thought perhaps the metal Hawley retainer would be better.

    Oh how wrong I was.

    I hate this metal retainer even more!

    It feels giant in my mouth!  It has a plastic plate that goes on the roof of the mouth, but the front part which is behind the teeth curves downwards instead of upwards, which seems illogical to me.  So it doesn’t fit the shape of the roof of my mouth.  Instead it is constantly on my tongue so it’s impossible to talk.  I sound ridiculous! 

    The false teeth are also crap.  I know they don't custom make them when it's just for a retainer, they just find the closest size they can from what they have in stock, but these are so jagged they look like broken teeth in my mouth!  They look ridiculous.

    It also doesn’t feel as tight as the clear plastic Essix retainer.  I’ve been wearing the metal one at night times only and then changing into the plastic one in the morning and that feels tight.  So I’m sure the Hawley one is too loose.

    I’m going to the dentist today to pick up my denture so I’ll ask if I can order another clear plastic retainer with two teeth in from them, but I may have to go back to the orthodontist to order one.  They cost £100 to replace.

    I do find the plastic one really grotesque, but at least it’s comfortable to wear and I can talk properly!

    So at the moment here’s what I’m wearing:

    • Day time: plastic retainer on top, permanent on bottom
    • Night time: metal on top or plastic, plastic on bottom over the permanent retainer

    Once I pick up my denture today, providing it fits and looks OK, then I’ll be able to wear that at the top in the day times and finally be able to eat in front of people! Woohoo!  Fingers crossed it all looks good.


    I’ve been documenting my entire orthodontics journey with train track braces, retainers, consultations and tooth extractions for over two years.  Find my entire journey here: Braces at 30

    Braces at 30 - upper Hawley and lower Essix retainer fitting appointment

  5. 12 reasons I hate the clear plastic Essix retainer

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    I had my top train track brace removed after 25 months of continuous wear in May and I just had my bottom brace removed last week.  What would usually be a momentous and exciting occasion for most brace wearers was not so for me.  I have a lateral incisor missing at the top and once the brace was removed I had to have the other removed, so now I have two teeth missing right next to my top front teeth!  Obviously with the brace on I had a false tooth attached to the wire so no one knew I had any teeth missing. Now the brace has gone the gaps are there for all to see!  This has probably made my experience of the retainer worse than for others as when I remove it to eat I have missing teeth.

    As I’ve only just had the second tooth out I now have to wait 6-9 months to get my permanent false teeth in the form of bridges (either Maryland or traditional).  Until then I will have my clear retainer with one false tooth and filling material to cover the gaps.  I did pick up a Hawley retainer with two false teeth this week, but it may even be worse than this Essix retainer so I’ve only been sleeping in it so far.  Plus I think it’s moved my front teeth in only two nights of wear, so I may just stick with the Essix retainer even though I detest it!

    I’m getting a denture next week which I am praying looks normal and I can eat without embarrassment in the day and have my social life back.  I have friends that are keen to go out for a meal and I have to keep putting it off as I don’t want to have to talk and eat in front of other people with two teeth missing at the front!

    The brace journey certainly isn’t over once the brace is removed, but it is one step closer.  I’ve had to wear retainers full time for three months and then I have a review.  Then hopefully retainers will be part time at night only.  I now have all three styles of retainer: metal Hawley, clear Essix and permanent bonded retainer.

    I’ve had the clear Essix retainer on the top teeth for two months already (full time) so I feel qualified to give my experience of this brace.  Whilst it’s great it is clear and from a slight distance you can’t even tell a brace is being worn, it also has lots of negatives too.  I can’t wait to only have to wear it part time at night!

    NO MORE BRACES AFTER 28 MONTHS (BUT ITS NOT OVER YET) - orthodontics at 30

    At least you can't see my two gaps when I have this on.  The two teeth next to the front top teeth are missing.  This Essix retainer has a false tooth to cover one gap and some filling material from the dentist to cover the other.

    Here are 12 reasons I hate the Essix retainer:

    Bad breath

    Yep it gives me stinking bad breath.  Really gross.  Probably because all the spit just collects in it all day long and doesn’t flow through the mouth or get swallowed.  I’m brushing my teeth after every meal so more than ever, sometimes four times a day and using mouthwash, but it still stinks.

    Can’t eat with it in

    I can’t eat with it in.  This probably won’t be a problem for those who have no missing teeth, but for me it’s meant I have to reveal my missing teeth whenever I eat or drink anything other than water.  This has meant avoiding any social situations where I need to eat, drink and talk to people.

    Love life killer

    It’s like wearing a mouth guard so it’s hard to kiss, plus I’m conscious of the bad breath, missing teeth and spit that is visible within it.  Any love life I did manage to have whilst wearing braces (and feeling gross with those) is now totally out of bounds.

    Disgusting in the morning

    The morning is the worst!  A whole night of sleeping with spit and bacteria accumulating!  So most people get morning breath, but aplify that by a billion and you can imagine how it is.  It tastes and feels gross first thing, but just wait until you remove it to brush your teeth.  It’s like all the bad air, taste and smell is released from its protective case (being the retainer) and it’s oh so disgusting…  Luckily this is only for a moment as teeth are brushed right away to rid this awfulness!

    Spit when I talk

    I spit when I talk.  It’s so embarrassing.  If I’m talking a lot to a friend then it’s next level.  If I drink some water whilst talking then I’m just showering them. 

    Can’t snack

    Well I can, but then I’d have to take my retainer out just to have a nibble and then clean it and brush my teeth before putting it back in… too much hassle.  Good if you’re trying to eat less though!

    Have to brush teeth several times per day

    After taking it out to eat then you have to brush your teeth and clean the retainer.  Believe me, you’ll want to as well!  A couple of times I’ve been on the go and just popped it back in and heaved in the process!  It’s so gross.  It smells bad, tastes bad and looks bad.  It’s really not nice putting it back in without being able to clean it.  This means taking toothpaste and a toothbrush everywhere and trying to avoid any situation where I can’t brush my teeth after eating or drinking.

    Can‘t lick spoons or knives

    I never before noticed how often I do this!  When making the kids lunchboxes or breakfast I often just eat what’s left on the knife or fork.  Even when cooking or baking and trying the food.  With a retainer in there’s no eating or drinking anything other than water.

    Breaks easily

    It’s just plastic so it can break.  I’ve been really careful to look after mine, but it’s already split at the front after only two months.  I think it’s OK for now but it will probably get worse.  I’ve since read online they can only last six months which isn’t long when they cost £100 to replace.

    Can’t bite natural teeth together

    I couldn’t with the brace either as they put biting blocks on my teeth to prevent me biting together, so it’s frustrating I still can’t bite together now!  No biting nails (maybe a good thing for some), Selotape, thread and so on.

    Always covered in spit

    I really hate spit.  Ask Ben, my husband.  I hate even using a spoon as I hate when the saliva is dragged all over it… it’s something I’ve always hated.  I’d always use a fork if eating cake and never a spoon.  I hate people who spit in public too.  Spit and saliva are just eew to me.  This thing is a spit machine!  It fills with spit which are always on the teeth.  The spit is visible close up as it’s see-through.  When I take it out there is loads of stringy saliva hanging off.  It makes me feel disgusting.

    Lisp when I talk

    When I first put it on I could barely talk at all and was lisping terribly.  I’m much better now, but there are some words I can’t say and Ben keeps mis-hearing me (though I just swear he’s losing his hearing sometimes…)  Either way, it’s frustrating sometimes.

    So there we go.  All the reasons I do not like the clear plastic Essix retainer.  At least with the brace I had a false tooth and could eat on the go without all the grossness of having to remove it and worry about being able to brush my teeth right away.  Plus there was no spit.


    Read my entire braces at 30 journey here: 

    12 reasons I hate the clear plastic Essix retainer