Oh my. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The last official post I made was right after I got them on. I had another entire post drafted in May, just without pictures. Then, I got lazy. So I’ll do my best to round everything up in this post, without making it too long.
I’ve had my braces on for 16 weeks this week. It’s absolutely insane how time has flown by. I was suppose to go in April 22 for my initial 6 week adjustment, but thanks to Covid, that changed to a 12 week appointment on June 10th.
About a week after I got them on, my back most bracket on my bridge popped off while I was brushing. I was able to go into the office and get the wire snipped, since this was right at the start of everything beginning to shut down. Then a week and a half after that, 2 brackets over from the one that came off, the adhesive came loose and the bracket was just free floating on my wire. I made sure to just be very cautious around it until I had my 12 week adjustment.
At that adjustment, they placed two new brackets on my bridge to replace the other ones, and I decided to add on the bracket insurance to my payment, which means I’m not paying astronomical prices if it happens again. They put a thicker wire on and replaced my clear ties, and off I went.
I feel like my bite is getting closer in, which is good, but only time and my orthodontist can really tell that. I am noticing some spacing on the left side of my bottom front teeth, which is fine, but we ultimately need that spacing shifted to create a tooth sized space on the bottom front right where I’ll be getting the implant placed.
I know all these pictures aren’t from the same angle and you probably cant tell much progress. I can see in some individual teeth, but overall nothing insane. I don’t think I’ll ever have a crazy transformation, as it’s all been slight shifts I’ve needed. The only night/day picture will be once I get the implant and fake tooth on.
Pain: There was definitely pain during the first 12 weeks for a bottom left tooth that was turned basically 90 degrees. I had a rubber band on it, but I’d say by week 8 or 9 it was perfectly straight. Now, that tooth is free of a band and is normal. The new wire caused pain on my upper teeth for about a week, but since then I haven’t had any pain at all. I was also really suffering during the first 12 weeks with the back brackets irritating my cheeks, but *knock on wood*, that has gone away entirely now.
Eating: I’m eating basically everything as normal, except chips. I’ve tried to very softly and slowly eat tortilla chips, regular chips and it just isn’t worth the risk to me. Which in the grand scheme of things, is totally fine for both my braces and my diet. Anything harder, like pizza crust for instance, I take smaller bites and take time chewing it.
Other things: last post I mentioned I had a lisp, but obviously now my body has adapted and I’m talking normal. I carry a little zip pouch in my purse with dental flossers, a toothbrush and toothpaste, spare wax and tissues just in case I’m out and need to get the food gone. I will say, working from home has allowed me to take much better care of my teeth than if I was back in the office. I can just go right into my bathroom and Waterpik the food out and brush after I eat.
My next adjustment is at the end of July, where I’m sure I’ll get an even thicker wire and maybe some rubber bands. We will find out then!