of Jo from the UK
is 36. She has had full braces for about 8 weeks, with upper
ceramics and lower metal.
Jo says, "I had
orthodontic treatment as a child with 4 permanent extractions
(lower canines and upper lateral incisors) and braces. I have
a very small jaw, and after my wisdom teeth erupted everything
got crowded again. I have lived most of my adult life hating
my teeth, and hiding my mouth behind my hand and rarely
"My confidence and
self-esteem have always been low, and I always thought people
wouldn't like me because of my teeth! I looked into cosmetic
dentistry years ago and decided that if I ever won the lottery
then that might be an avenue to follow! I then looked into
orthodontics and decided against it due to cost.
"When my 15 year old son
started seeing a local orthodontist, I broached the subject
with him, he told me if I could get my dentist to refer me, he
would happily treat me. (although he did point out that
because my treatment as a child wasn't carried out properly I
would pose a challenge and there would be no ideal solution!!)
The rest is history, I had 4 more extractions at the beginning
of April (upper and lower first bicuspids) then full
"My treatment time is
going to be approximately 18-24 months and I will need
permanent retainers. As I have said before in posts on your
forum I have never seen pictures of anyone's teeth as awful as
mine, so if they can treat me, they can treat anybody!"
couple of days before the braces went on, after extraction of
weeks into braces and there has been some improvement already!
The bottom 4 are almost straight and the gap on bottom left is
now about 1mm. I have noticed my top front tooth has moved out
a bit as well. First adjustment is looming this week, so my
fingers are crossed that my ortho is as pleased as I am!
months later, Jo's smile is looking terrific! Jo, soon you'll
have that beautiful smile you always wanted!
Jo says, "Progress-wise,
I have now got a rectangular wire, with cream power chains
(that stain a lovely green/yellow after curry, but I find it
so hard to abstain!) [Editor's note: Jo, try smoke coloured
power chains and ligs; they don't show the curry stains as
badly!] I have tooth coloured ligs on top and baby pink on
the bottom. My most recent adjustment held a massive surprise,
that although I thought I had another year to go (they have
only been on 11 months), my ortho said I was nearly done, and
providing my gaps continue to close as quickly as they have
been then I will have 1 more normal adjustment in May and the
next one after that will be the bonded retainers then the
removal (HOPEFULLY looking at around July, all being well)
"I am so pleased, and
when I look at the first picture taken of me in April 2003
after my extractions, just before my braces went on and then I
look at my recent ones, I can hardly believe it, and can
hardly believe I left it so long!
Also, my son has his bonded
retainers fitted next Wednesday, then April 1st he has his
braces off, I will be with him for both appointments watching
with great interest! Our Ortho said he may play an April fool
on my son, because apparently my son always bites the ortho’s
finger at adjustments!!!"
THE BRACES COME OFF!
is a comparison of Jo's smile before and after her braces were
removed. Wow, what a wonderful change! Congrats on your
beautiful new smile, Jo! Your teeth look like those of a movie
Jo's Braces Removal Story here.