I wanted to mark my 6 month braciversary with a post to update everyone who is absolutely gripped by the minute movements of my teeth.
Come on, I know you’re out there somewhere.
So, when I left you last time, my gap had totally closed and I was feeling great about my progress so far. I was also ready to hit the phase where nothing much happens and you get pretty bored with the whole thing.
And this is how things look now:
So what’s been happening in the last 3 months? Well, I’ve had two fittings, a mishap, and a finishing wire. Read on for the details….
The third tightening
In my last post, I mentioned how my teeth were moving so quickly that there was a lot of excess wire at the back of my end brackets that was getting to be such a problem that I went back in for a wire trim in between tightenings. Unfortunately my regular orthodontist was away on holiday (August problems…) so I was seen by one of her colleagues. This colleague did a great job and away I went again a few minutes later able to speak again without catching my tongue on these infernal wires every three seconds. No problem, I thought. How easy is this! I thought.
Four weeks later, I turn up to my tightening appointment and I’m a bit uneasy. A week or so earlier I’d noticed that one of my bottom teeth (the last one that the brace is anchored to) had been pulled forward so much it was now overlapping with its neighbour. I was sure that wasn’t right, but figured I’d just wait for my next tightening to mention it. So British.
I pointed it out to my orthodontist and she agreed it wasn’t right. I’m not sure if it was the fault of the stand in orthodontist trim (my orthodontist mentioned the wires had been displaced a little) or the fact that my teeth move so quickly that the force of the bands was too much. I don’t really mind either way, but it needed to be fixed so my orthodontist put the wire back with no figure of eight bands this time. I think the normal bands that just fit around the bracket and don’t join on to their neighbours exert less pull, so my tooth that had gone off-piste could get back to normal.
Other than that, everything was fine, and my orthodontist was pleased with the rest of my teeth. So off I went home, having learned two valuable brace lessons:
- If something doesn’t look right, don’t wait for your next tightening to get it fixed. Go back asap to get it checked. You don’t want your treatment being put back my any amount of time, because that’s mega frustrating. I now have to wait for that tooth to go back to where it was – given that wasn’t a tooth in treatment specifically, it’s a bit annoying.
- Always see your own orthodontist. I don’t know whether it was the stand in’s fault, to be honest it probably wasn’t, but it’s not worth taking the chance. You want continuity of care and someone who knows your teeth wherever possible.
The fourth tightening
Having kept a hawk eye on my teeth over the 6 weeks between the third and fourth tightening, I was pretty happy with how things were going and was hoping for a finishing wire this time. Success! My bottom teeth are looking great and are in their final positions so it’s a finishing wire for them. I’m not sure how long the finishing wire needs to do it’s job, but given my original projected finish date was January I’m hopeful for a fractionally early finish.
Unfortunately my top teeth weren’t quite on the same page, and my orthodontist wasn’t quite happy with the rotation of two of my upper teeth, so they’ve had some extra wire wrapped around the brackets so they can get it together. I’m hopeful they’ll sort themselves out asap, I’d like finishing wires all around please. Come on early finish!
In other news, I just received this in the post from my lovely swap partner and couldn’t resist showing off my loot. Cravings satisfied for the next, oh, day or so!
Thanks for reading, especially if you don’t care about other people’s teeth. Or Candy Corn.