Well, another 6 weeks has gone by and I’m officially 18 weeks into this journey of improving my smile and teeth. As I write this, I’ll be fully transparent – I’m in a lot of pain.
This week, I got both my rubber bands on to adjust my overbite AND a spring in between two bottom teeth. The spring is to help create the space where the implant needs to be for the tooth I’m missing, that I never had.
As far as timeline’s go, I’m not sure when I’ll be ready for the implant surgery. I plan on asking my orthodontist at my next adjustment in September, once this spring has time to work it’s magic. I’m not entirely sure how my dental insurance works, so I don’t know if it’s worth it financially to hurry up and get it in this year, when I’ve already spent alot of money… or if delaying to January is worth it. Obviously delaying will just mean longer in braces and such, but I can also have more money in my FSA to pay for the implant, since I’m told it will be just as much as the cost of my braces (around $3,300 out of pocket, since I went for the more expensive clear brackets).
Last adjustment I got a thicker wire on my top teeth, this time I have a thicker wire on my bottom. I didn’t have really any pain beyond the first two days after my adjustment last time, and I don’t feel like too much progress was made overall in these past 6 weeks. I’m writing this the evening after my adjustment, and definitely can tell my pain will be around for a bit. The good news is I didn’t pop any brackets off in the past 6 weeks, and no irritation on my gums. This appointment also only lasted about 30 minutes, which was nice to just get in and out quickly.
I know people tend to not wear their rubber bands as often as they should, but you best believe I’m wearing them constantly. I don’t want to have to wear these longer than I have to. We’ll see in September how much progress they’ve made, and maybe hopefully an idea of how much longer I’ll have to go with everything!