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!