Braces at 30 – another dentist appointment!
Just a quick update as I want to document my entire 'braces at 30' journey from start to finish. Yet again I had to go to my dentist as they were concerned that my orthodontist was not leaving enough time between the dentist removing two baby teeth and the orthodontist fitting my brace.
Read on to see what happened when I had to visit the dentist for them to check my baby teeth before they removed them. Totally pointless if you ask me!
But then again, I'd better get used to having a LOT of appointments now I'm going ahead with train track braces and cosmetic dentistry, It's going to be a journey for sure!
My braces at 30 journey- another dentist appointment
I'm am suddenly realising that it would be better to have chosen an orthodontsit and dentist in one place so they can work together! Mine are totally separate and even in separate towns. The dentist only does dental stuff and the orthodontist only does braces and so on. Perhaps I should have shopped around, but too late now!
I'd just gone on the recommendation of the dentist and kind of thought they needed to refer me, not that I could just rock up to an orthodontist on my own, but of course you can.
Anyway. Yesterday I went to the dentist so she could look at my teeth (again) and make sure I just needed a normal length appointment (20 mins) for taking my two baby canine teeth out. Luckily I do, so it sounds quick and easy! I think it was more the receptionist thinking it wouldn't be long enough.
So yeah, a waste of time and a waste of an appointment that someone else could have had.
The receptionist also seemed concerned I was only having the teeth out three days before the top brace went on. I was certain it would be fine as they're little teeth with short roots and the orthodontist had suggested only 3-4 days.
The dentist didn't seem concerned about this short time frame either, phew! I really didn't want to be walking around any longer with two teeth obviously missing and no brace on show, so this was a relief.
The orthodontist also wanted confirmation from my dentist of the size gap to create for my false lateral incisor. Lateral incisors are a little smaller than the incisors. My incisors are 8.5mm, so the dentist thinks 6.5mm for my lateral incisors.
I was surprised my peg tooth is 5.5mm as it looks tiny to me, but perhaps when in place and not overlapping teeth it will look different. I felt a little relieved that I'll only have a 0.5mm gap either side of the peg tooth once it's in place which doesn't sound too huge. So it's just the 6.5mm tooth sized gap on the other side I'll be conscious of for the duration of the brace!
I’m really keen to get going with the treatment now. Only 7 weeks to go until I get my brace fitted!
My entire braces & false teeth journey from start to finish!
First orthodontist consultation
Making the decision to get false teeth and braces at 30
Braces booking appointment and moulds
Dentist appointment to check teeth for removal
Two baby teeth removed ready for adult braces
What happened at my first brace tightening appointment
4 months with adult braces and another tightening appointment
One week after my third braces tightening
Bottom brace fitting and biting blocks
6th brace tightening and update
7th brace tightening and update
Elastics added to my braces from top to bottom
False tooth impression taken for my brace
Temporary false tooth on brace
Braces closing gaps and improving overbite
13th braces tightening appointment
22 months with an adult brace before and after
15th tightening appointment braces photos
2 year update with adult braces
17th brace tightening at 24 months with an adult brace
My last braces tightening appointment?
The embarrassing day I get my top brace removed
Essix retainer with false tooth - fitting and photos
20th braces tightening appointment
28 months - bottom brace removed!
12 reasons I hate the clear Essix retainer
Hawley retainer fitting appointment
The partial denture disappointment
5 weeks until I get my bridges and false teeth!
The final result of my braces at 30 and false teeth
Before and after braces photos