I thought I’d just stop by for a quick Incognito lingual braces update because… the gap has gone!
It’s no more! Totally closed!
Alright, when I last left you I had just had my first tightening and I thought I could see the gap shrinking slightly.
Thereafter, things were pretty uneventful. I had grown fairly used to talking with the braces and the first tightening only required a small adjustment to that. I liked the new elastic bands on my upper teeth, which were sort of in an infinity sign formation, because I felt like the brackets rubbed on my tongue less when they were there.
The 6 weeks between my first and second tightening passed really quite quickly, with no major incidents. I did think I could see my gap shrinking and it was pretty exciting to note.
The second tightening
I arrived to my appointment and my orthodontist seemed quite surprised (and very pleased) by my progress. She told me that if things move faster than predicted, there might be the opportunity for me to get my braces removed a little earlier than forecast. I’ve got everything crossed!
She performed the same routine as the first tightening – remove bands, remove wire, give it a quick clean, give my teeth a quick clean, put everything back with new bands.
At the second tightening I got the extra infinity shaped bands on my lower teeth as well as my upper ones, and I think these bands exert more of a force as my teeth felt sore for a little bit longer after this tightening than the one before. Nothing a few Ibuprofen and Paracetamol couldn’t fix, though.
And my teeth started to move right away after this appointment. These photos were taken just over a week after the second tightening – and the gap has gone!
In fact, my teeth moved so fast that I had to go back in two weeks after my tightening to have the excess wires trimmed.
You see, with Incognito lingual braces, when your teeth move closer together the brackets also move closer together along the U-shaped wire that connects the brackets, which means some of the wire ends up sticking out of the back of the last bracket. I’m not sure I’ve explained that very well… All you need to know is I had a good few millimetres of wire poking into my tongue every time I talked. Not good.
Still, I got a short notice appointment with a different orthodontist at my clinic who was excellent, and trimmed the wires in no time. I was in and out in under 20 minutes.
Here’s the standard photo of me utterly failing at trying to take a decent picture of myself. Such a dufus.
In general, I’m really pleased at how things are going. I’m glad I didn’t chicken out after the first month, like I nearly did! The main thing now is that I think my two front teeth are in a slight v-shape. I imagine that’s because the bases of my teeth take longer to move, and that it’ll fix itself after a little while longer. I’m not worried at this stage.
Reactions from friends and family to my gap vanishing have been varied – some haven’t noticed, some have shrieked in delight, some have found the change too freaky to deal with. Me, I’m delighted. Gap begone!