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Braces at 30: 9th tightening experience with false tooth impression taken

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If you missed last month’s brace-face blog post click to read all about my experience getting elastics top to bottom!

I have a brace.  I’m now 31 and I decided at 30 years old I wanted to get a brace to sort my awful teeth out once and for all.  I’ve documented my whole journey right from the original consultation right here in this very blog.  If you’re thinking about getting a brace then I’ll be sharing everything that’s happened to me at each appointment which may be very helpful in helping you make up your mind.  I struggled to find full experiences from other people when I was researching and deciding, especially with those having teeth removed and false teeth added.

This month marks 14 months of wearing a brace so I’m pretty used to the tightening appointments by now!  Still, it’s amazing to hear the progress and the next steps each time as this experience hopefully starts drawing to an end.

Here’s what happened at my 9th tightening appointment:

Took impression for false tooth

Yippee!  I’ve been waiting all year for this as my canine just wouldn’t budge for months, meaning the gap was never wide enough.  It’s at 6mm and so she took an impression.  It’s like a mouth mould filled with clay which I had to bite into for a few seconds.  This is sent off to some sort of tooth person who will create an acrylic tooth to wear with the brace.  The tooth is only temporary whilst I have the brace and will have a bracket attached to it to sit on the wire.  It’s not permanent so I expect I’ll have to be very careful with it and what I choose to eat.  Lots more mushy foods! 

The trickiest part was picking the correct tooth colour.  Picking the wrong shade means it will really stand out.  Though it can’t stand out much more than a 6mm gap!  I jokingly said ‘yellow?’ and she replied to say they actually look quite white.  I think she was being very complimentary! 

I feel like it’s so hard to keep teeth clean with a brace on, especially since having the bottom brace fitted as everything must just collect underneath the brace (TMI I know, gross right?!)

Elastics on top front two teeth

My top front teeth had parted a little and there was a small gap forming.  She put elastics just on these two and they closed within hours. 

Elastics from peg tooth

The peg tooth needs moving into middle ready for a veneer, so 5 elastics were added to the peg tooth and teeth behind it to pull this tooth over.  I’m sure we did this two appointments ago also, but it wasn’t redone last time.

Elastics at the bottom to close a gap

My front two bottom teeth have finally pushed together after she put elastics on these two only, but it means there are now gaps the other side of the teeth so these are being closed with elastics.

Elastics top to bottom

I still have to wear the dreaded elastics from top to bottom to improve my bite.  It doesn’t look like it’s moved at all and I can see this holding up the whole process.  These are the worst part so far as they give me a bit of a headache when I’m wearing them – it instantly disappears when I take them off.

Next time

I managed to bring my next appointment forward by two weeks so I can have my temporary false tooth fitted at the end of May!  I’m very excited as it’s a lateral incisor which I’ve never had before!  I never had any -  my canines were originally next to my front teeth!

I still feel a million miles away from perfect teeth, but I hope the addition of a false tooth next time will really change my appearance and help me imagine the finished result.


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