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Braces at 30 | What happened at my 5th tightening appointment

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Gosh I seem to be flying through these tightenings.  They come around so quickly.  This was the fifth tightening for my top brace, but the very first tightening for my bottom brace.  It seemed the easiest yet.  In and out in around ten minutes, even though there were two to tighten this time.

My biting blocks had worn all the way down, so more were put in.  Goodbye biting teeth together again, well at least for a month or so.  I was given the choice of whether I wanted them, but as they can make the teeth move quicker then I’m happy to do it and put up with the awkwardness.  Especially as I’ve not really noticed much movement since the last appointment at the top and the gap for the false teeth isn’t big enough yet.

I’ve not noticed anything change with the bottom teeth, so hopefully now there’s a thicker wire things will begin to happen.  I can tell the wire is zig zagging and not perfectly straight like the top wire.

I’ve found my inner gums more affected this time round.  They are often quite sore and I do something weird in my sleep, like sucking my inner mouth towards the gum.  I can tell I’ve been doing it when I wake up and my gums feel funny like they’ve been rubbing on the brace all night.

One of the ends of the wire has also been left too long.  It’s sticking out a good 3mm or so and catching my mouth, especially if I try to smile.  It’s only 4 weeks between this appointment and my next, so I’m just going to bear with it until she changes the wire in December.  Hopefully there will be some big improvements next time when I have the third thickest wire.


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