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5.5 months with my adult brace – 1 week after 3rd tightening

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I was sure it was about my 4th or 5th tightening, but only my third!  Good job I’m documenting it here so I know where I am!  Last Thursday I went for my third tightening and I write this one week and one day after.

The tightening appointments are always super quick.  The appointment time booked is 15 minutes, but I’m in and out much quicker than this.  Perhaps once I have my bottom brace fitted the appointments will be the full 15 mins.  I’m always surprised at how speedy and hassle free the tightenings are.

At my last appointment elastics were added for the first time to start moving the teeth into different positions.  The orthodontist was concerned it could be uncomfortable/painful so left them a loop loose.  I feel some pressure after my tightening’s, but after a couple of days it’s gone.  I told her this and said feel free to put the new wire and elastics on as tight as she liked!

My wire was changed for the thickest wire.  This is the last wire and my bite was already looking in the right position and the twisted tooth almost in the perfect position.  She said from now on it will be the elastics doing the work – pulling my adult canines back to where they should be (they were 2nd back instead of third!).

I could feel the pressure as soon as the wire was changed.  New elastics were put on without being loosened at all.  It all felt tight and ‘pulley’, but not agonising.  It’s a satisfying pain as you can feel something’s happening.

Oh, one thing I did learn is curry stains the elastics!!  My elastics are clear but as soon as I had a vegetable passanda last month, they turned bright yellow!  Almost neon yellow!  Ooooops!  So I either avoid curry this month or go for the crazy neon yellow elastics which are really obvious.  With the elastics clear, you can’t even see they’re there. To curry or not to curry?!

These elastics are really working!  One day after they were fitted my canine next to my peg tooth had moved around 1mm. I know this as the sides of the teeth were fully touching and now there’s a gap!  A week later it’s probably about 2mm.  Really obvious.  I’m still amazed at how quickly the changes happen.

One week after my tightening and I’m sure my other canine (the previous totally twisted one) is perfectly turned round the right way.  It seems to have moved along more, but the orthodontist felt it's getting stuck on my bottom canine.  Something that will be resolved once my bottom brace starts moving the bottom teeth (next month, eek!)

So much has happened to my teeth, but when I take a photo they still look blooming awful!!  I made Ben take some photos the other day and we looked at them together exclaiming ‘oh gosh, aren’t they awful!!’.  I’m going to look pretty hilarious soon once my canines are in 3rd place where they should be.  This is because I’m having 2 false teeth at the front (2nd back) and before this I’ll have an entire gap on one side (luckily there’s a little peg tooth on the other side to fill most of the gap!).  I’m going to look really gappy!  I just hope the brace part will be 18 months instead of 24.  If so I’m a third of the way through the brace.  Fingers crossed.

Watch out for next month’s update when my bottom brace is 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 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