Braces at 30 – Booking Appointment & Moulds
I’ve gone and done it. I’ve booked a date for my braces to be fitted. Eek!
I went for an appointment last week to have my moulds taken. It’s a fairly quick appointment of around only 15 minutes to take the moulds. A plastic template with the softened mould material was pressed to my bottom teeth first, then another to the top. The orthodontist pressed firmly for a couple of minutes until the mixture had dried, then took them out. I also had to bite down hard on a hard gel like substance so she could see how my teeth fit together, my ‘bite’. You definitely want to check your face after the moulds are taken - a blue substance was used for mine and there was a lot of residue around the corners of my mouth!
The orthodontist took the opportunity to take another look at my teeth. She’s hopeful the braces will take 18 months so I have my fingers crossed it won’t be any longer. The retainer may be needed for a little longer though; perhaps 9 months instead of 6, but we’ll see nearer the time. It’s possible I’ll have an old school metal retainer, but it could be the newer clear ones. As I’ll have a tooth missing at the front and two gaps either side of my peg tooth she’ll fit some sort of false teeth to the retainer – phew! Really worried about having no visible brace and gaps, especially if for 9 months!
I’ll be having my top brace fitted on 10th March. I didn’t realise I’ll not get both braces fitted at the same time. They’ll come off at the same time and there’s a lot more work to do at the top. I should have my bottom brace fitted after about 6 months, by which time I'll be an expert at brace wearing if there is such a thing!
The orthodontist advised taking my two baby teeth out 3-4 days beforehand, so I made an appointment with my dentist to do this on the 7th. The receptionist thought I needed a week between having the teeth out and brace fitted so I’ve now got an appointment to see the dentist too… again! I wish she could have looked and told me this at my last consultation appointment which was only in October. I feel like she should have really. Ben has to take time off work to look after Reuben so I can go to all my appointments, so it’s a tad annoying the dentist didn’t think to look at my teeth last time or discuss this. As they are baby teeth they won’t have big roots, so I hope she says three days is enough. I really don’t want to go in any earlier as it’s Reuben’s first birthday on the 5th, so I really don’t want a sore mouth or teeth missing whilst we have lots of friends and family visiting! I also don’t want to face walking around for a whole week with two teeth missing and no brace on!
I’ll know more once the dentist receives the letter and X-Rays from the orthodontist and whether my next dentist appointment goes ahead at the end of January. Otherwise I’ll be having my baby teeth out on the 7th and top brace fitted 3 days after.
It seems so real now! Still time to change my mind, but if I want beautiful teeth then I have to do this.