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4 months with my adult brace – my 2nd tightening appointment experience

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Today I went for my second brace tightening.  The wire was changed for a much thicker wire and I could feel this as it was put on, like a pressure and the teeth feeling pulled almost instantly.  I was told there is just one more wire size after this.

I also had elastics added today!

My orthodontist said she’ll see how the wire feels before deciding whether to add them today, but the wire felt fine.  She always asks ‘is it eye watering tight?’, but honestly, it’s nowhere near.  I could feel it’s tighter but it’s not unbearably uncomfortable or painful.  Instead, it’s almost a satisfying feeling.  So the elastics went on!

The elastics will start to move my canines further back into my mouth.  The right canine needs to move a whole tooth space as it’s where my lateral incisor should be.  I’m going to look really toothless for a while once it’s moved and I have a tooth sized gap at the front!  My gaps at the moment are where my canines should be so from front on it’s not that obvious.   My other canine needs to move back a bit to allow enough room for a lateral incisor shaped veneer to go over my random peg tooth!

The elastics are a stretchy row of loops which she wrapped around the brackets on my teeth to the back four brace brackets on each side.  Almost instantly, like with the wire, I could feel the pull, but just one hour later (now) I can barely notice it.  I think so far I’ve been very lucky with the each tightening.  They haven’t made my teeth very painful at all.  I wonder if I’ll notice a difference after a few days of the pulling.  

I expect the elastics will make eating a little trickier as food is sure to get stuck between the elastic and the brace!  Nice!  I may have to be more careful with what I eat now.  I’d been eating naughty things like very chewy dates even though I’m not sure I was supposed to.  It was always fine though, but I feel such snacks could pull the elastics off?  I forgot to ask my orthodontist, doh.  It makes sense to me that the elastics would be the reason chewy foods should be avoided.

Exciting news…

I’ve booked the appointment for my bottom brace to go on!  Eek!  I’ll be a full brace face.

I have one more tightening appointment in August, then just six weeks after I’ll have my bottom brace fitted along with another tightening appointment.  I’ve had a good transition into having braces as I’ve been eased into it.  I’ve had time to get used to my top one before having the bottom brace fitted.  Hopefully having the bottom brace fitted will be a breeze as I know exactly what to expect (touch wood!)


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 weeks until I get braces

Two baby teeth removed ready for adult braces

Top brace fitting

Braces at 30 - day 2

Braces at 30 - day 3

One week with adult braces

18 days with adult braces

One month with adult braces

What happened at my first brace tightening appointment

3 months with adult braces

4 months with adult braces and another tightening appointment

One week after my third braces tightening

Bottom brace fitting and biting blocks

5th brace tightening

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

18 months with a brace

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

Dental implants consultation

Can I get dental implants?

20th braces tightening appointment

Peg tooth extraction

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

My teeth whitening experience