I’ve had no end of dentist and orthodontic appointments recently. After having my peg tooth extracted last Monday, I then had both an orthodontist and dentist appointment last Wednesday! I’ve only just got round to sharing my update of what happened at those appointments. It’s been a busy working week and I was away camping at the weekend. Time is flying by! I’ll have another orthodontic appointment today too!
Welcome to my latest Braces at 30 blog post where I share my experience of wearing a brace as an adult with updates from each appointment. I had my braces fitted when I was 30 years old. I’m now 32 and wore braces for 28 months in total having had the lower set removed last week! Below I share what happened at my latest appointment.
Here’s my last update if you missed it: Braces at 30 | Peg tooth extraction | 28 Months
My latest braces at 30 update – No more braces after 28 months (but lots more dental work)
I am finally BRACE FREE after a whopping 28 months! Seeing as I was originally told 18-24 months and we assumed the 24 months was being over cautious, it surprisingly went well over this by four months!
What a journey it's been and there is still up to 9 months left until I'm finished!!
Here I am with the top clear Essix retainer on with one false tooth in the retainer to one side of my front top teeth and some composite to mask the other missing tooth on the other side! From a distance you can't really notice it at all. Close up it looks blooming awful!
And here is without my retainer on! AAAAAAGH! PIRATE!! The bottom teeth with brace finally off after 28 months. You can see the black triangles I need to have filled with composite bonding which I explain below.
Getting there! Some temporary solutions coming up for missing teeth, then proper false teeth in 6-9 months and I can't wait!
Here's the retainer I'm hopefully only wearing for another week or so until I get the metal one:
My orthodontist appointment
I spent one hour in the orthodontists chair whilst we looked at my teeth, removed the bottom braces, cleaned the glue off the bottom and a pesky bit that had been left on the top for a couple of months. The glue removal is pretty horrid! It’s removed with some whizzing mini power tool type thing that must sand it off really quickly. It seemed to take ages to get every last bit and I hate that feeling of something scratching on my teeth like that!
I also had a permanent bonded retainer added to my bottom teeth. This is a strip of wire attached to the back of the front six teeth which will remain in place indefinitely. It’s meant to be permanent, but of course something might pull it off one day. My brace never came off so I’m hoping this will stay in place too. It means I don’t have to wear a retainer in the day time on the bottom teeth. I just have this all the time, then wear a clear Essix retainer at night. I wear that every night at first, for around three months, then part time at night forever more to maintain the new position of the teeth.
After adding the bonded retainer we took moulds for both my upper and lower teeth. As well as a mould of how I bite together. This is for the clear Essix retainer which will go on the bottom and a new Hawley retainer that will go on the top. I will have tried all three retainers then, so I’ll have to do a comparison of them on the blog! As I’ve had a second tooth out at the top and now have both lateral incisors missing, I need a new retainer with two false teeth inserted. The dentist just popped some temporary filling into my existing plastic retainer. I really hate this plastic retainer so fancied trying the metal one. I’ll only have to wear that one in the evenings as I will be getting my denture soon. I’ll just have to wear the upper metal retainer in the day times also for one week exactly.
My dentist appointment
Later the same day I went to see my dentist. He checked my gum where I’d had the peg tooth extracted two days before and it all seems to be healing well. The temporary filling he’d put in my retainer had fallen down the plug hole, so he redid this and etched the sides of the retainer so hopefully it’s a stronger bond. It was just a temporary solution until I get my metal retainer and also a denture.
I had a scale and polish on my bottom front teeth as they were disgusting where the brace had been taken off that morning! Lots of calculus had built up in my front bottom teeth near the gums and also where I have gaps. Yes I still have gaps!!
I have some black triangles at the bottom of my front teeth which are so annoying! I was hoping to close all gaps and whilst the large gaps have closed and the teeth have come together, the sides of my teeth are worn away and not straight so it creates these black triangular holes. I usually get a build-up of tartar down there so I really don’t want the teeth to wear away any more. I’m going to ask if I can have cosmetic bonding on these teeth to cover these gaps and prevent the teeth from wearing away anymore and prevent tartar build up.
Before having the scale and polish I couldn’t even see the gaps, but afterwards as there must have been such a build-up of calculus, there they were!
My teeth felt super clean afterwards which was great.
We then took moulds of both rows of teeth in order to make a denture for my top teeth which will give me two temporary false teeth for now that I can eat with and wear in the day. I’m able to wear this denture all day long and just sleep in the retainer at night.
Then in 6-9 months’ time my gum will have healed from the latest tooth extraction and I can arrange my permanent false teeth. At that point I plan on having my teeth whitened, fill the black triangles with cosmetic bonding and having two bridges with permanent false teeth (well they may last 7-10 years, or hopefully 20 as some people claim!). I may either have a Maryland style bridge or the traditional bridge, but we’ll see nearer the time which is recommended.
Though it’s certainly not over yet and I don’t feel a big relief as I have two missing teeth at the front top, I look like a pirate, I am glad the brace is off! My mouth already feels lighter and cleaner, so much cleaner! No longer are bits of food getting stuck all over my teeth when I eat!
I am glad to be rid of the brace and pleased I’m on the home run to great looking teeth and a smile I am no longer embarrassed of.
Tonight I will be picking up both of my new retainers from the orthodontist, Essix for the bottom and Hawley for the top. In one week my denture should be ready to collect from the dentist! I am most excited about the denture as it means I can eat with two false teeth in place. At the moment I have to eat with two missing teeth and so I’m only eating in front of hubby and kids, or no one!