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Braces at 30 - brace tightening experience

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Are you considering getting braces?  I took the plunge as an adult in my 30s and am sharing the entire journey on my blog.

It's a place for me to document the progress and for others to know exactly what happens.

Read on to see how I got on at my latest tightening appointment.

My appointments absolutely whizz round!  It only feels like I just started my brace, but I’m over 10 months in now, heading towards a whole year already.  Which means I could have only eight more months with my brace if the lesser 18 months prediction is correct.  Fingers and toes crossed I’ll have my braces off by the end of this year, or even sooner!  I will have a retainer for at least 9 months after, before I can get my two false teeth, but it will still be amazing to have the brace off!

Today was my 7th tightening at the top.  That sounds like loads!  I do feel like a regular there now.  The receptionist no longer asks my name and just says to take a seat.  The orthodontist asked how long it had been as she felt I’d been going for ages!

Unfortunately there’s not really any difference since my last appointment.  Rubbish.  So here’s the plan: 

  • I said before they want to make a temporary false tooth to go top right next to my front tooth, but the gap needs to be 7mm and it’s stuck at 5mm for two appointments. Grr!  My top canine needs to move back and my bottom canine needs to move forward, but they’re getting stuck on each other.  So my biting blocks were topped up lots today to try and stop this!  So right now I can only eat on one side of my mouth using one biting block and the tooth below it.  It’s gonna be a pain for a few days, but worth it.
  • The bottom gap has not budged either.  There’s a sizeable gap between my bottom two front teeth.  Elastics were added last time, but because my teeth are getting stuck on each other it could be affecting this.  If it hasn’t closed by next time then she’ll do it in stages.  At the moment the elastics are on 6 teeth to move them all together at once.  If no change next time then she’ll move the front two, then the next two, then the next two.  Hopefully the biting blocks will work and the gap will swiftly close now so we don’t have to take time doing it in stages!
  • The bottom wire could not be changed for the thickest stainless steel wire as they are not correctly aligned yet.  A bracket was added onto my very back tooth (they’d not ever been put on my very back teeth before) to try and aid the alignment.  So I had the same size wire tightened.  Come on teeth, get into position!

So the same wires, the same elastics and more biting blocks.  No elastics from top to bottom and no false tooth impression.

Hopefully there will be some progress by the next appointment in around 8 weeks.


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