I decided that it would be nice to document my time or 'journey' with braces so I can monitor the progress that I am making and one day look back from the start! Plus, I'd like others who are thinking about getting braces to get an insight into how things work and help them make a decision. I'm not going to go into great detail about adjustments etc. but I'm going to post a few pictures every now and then and discuss how I think things are going.
I have the standard metal braces on the top and bottom, which I was have for 18 months approximately. My teeth aren't REALLY crooked (I have a few overlapping teeth on the bottom), but I also have an overbite to be fixed. My orthodontist did say that if he were me he probably wouldn't bother with braces because my teeth aren't causing me any significant problems, but I really felt it was something I should just go for, I'm sure I won't regret that decision!
The day of my 'bonding' appointment came after having 3 extractions and spacers (for around 3 weeks). Everything went pretty smoothly and I was quite surprised at how fast they were put on. I didn't experience any pain per se, but felt instant pressure on my teeth. Over the first few days rather than pain, I felt an aching sensation, along with some horribly chapped lips (which unfortunately I still have). I also found it annoying having to brush after every meal, it became really tedious, but I'm now getting used to it. I'm not doing too bad when it comes to eating, I'm still eating pretty soft foods. It's not really because it hurts, but I'm afraid that I break something! My teeth are also a little loose too, I guess they have to be in order to actually move!
I currently have two pictures, the first picture being day 1 and the second picture, day 5 - I'm actually surprised at the slight (very slight) movement already. It could just be me seeing things though...
So it's been 5 days and I'm starting to get used to them now, the pain has subsided and they're no longer feeling 'alien' to me. I have no regrets in my decision to get braces and I'm really excited to see the changes and movement over the coming months!
I guess that's all really! I'll keep you all updated...
Brace-on date: 2nd July 2012
Estimated debrace date: 2nd October 2013
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