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Braces at 30 | 14th Tightening | 22 Months | Before and After Photos

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My last appointment was at the end of November so as we’ve had Christmas in-between it seems like a long time ago!

I was starting to feel really negative about the whole brace experience over my last couple of appointments.  At first it’s all exciting as it’s a new experience, albeit a sometimes painful or uncomfortable one.  When the brace first goes on the difference is clear to see.  But after a few months and especially coming up to two years, the differences between each appointment are so minimal and sometimes it’s hard to tell any at all.

That’s not because my teeth are perfect yet either.  There are plenty of gaps to close still.

But, luckily, this appointment was a lot more positive!

Here's my 22 month top row.  See the end of the blog post for a timeline.

22 month adult traintrack metal brace update false teeth peg tooth wire fix


I was also worried about my overbite before.  I’d been wearing the pain-in-the-bum top to bottom elastics, yet at my last appointment my overbite had increased!  It made me feel miserable as my least favourite part of the brace has been these top to bottom elastics and they weren’t even working.  This time, they have been.  My overbite is now at around 4mm from almost 6mm.  So I’m thankful they are working as they are so annoying!

Annoyingly though they have possibly moved my teeth too much to the left somehow as my centre line is now quite off centre!  So until my next appointment I’m only wearing one top to bottom elastic on the right hand side to try and pull them back over.  We solved one problem and created another!

Top teeth are almost ready

Aside from this on the top teeth, they’re ready!  She can’t see any more gaps to close and the space we have left for the false tooth and veneer are the right width now.

Bottom teeth aren’t far off either

The bottom teeth are close too.  They have a lot more gaps to close, so we’re going to have some close together appointments to try and achieve this by March.  I’m used to waiting anywhere from 7 to 10 weeks for an appointment, but I now have my next in just four weeks to change the elastics only and another appointment only four weeks after this too!  So two appointments before we hit the two year mark.

After this we have booked in an appointment to take a mould for a retainer!!

Then an appointment to remove the brace and put on the retainer!

We might be getting ahead of ourselves, especially with the bottom teeth and numerous gaps there seems to be, but she says it’s better to book the appointments now and then change them to tightening’s or elastics being changed if we’re not ready.

I have a new set of elastics on today and the wires have been tightened, so I hope this and 2 more elastic changing appointments is enough.  Then I can have them off!

Not the end of my journey yet…

That’s not the most exciting day for me though as I still won’t have my lateral incisors.  They’re the teeth either side of your two front teeth at the top.  So quite noticeable!  Once I’ve had the retainer for around 6 months then I can have my false tooth and veneer fitted, then I’ll be done. 

So fingers crossed I’ll be done in around 9 months!

Here's a timeline:

Before and after braces photos so far!

22 months brace timeline before and after photos adult experience wire trai


I’ve been recording my whole experience right from my first consultation!

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


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