Well, I’ve now had braces for 6 months. I can definitely tell I’ve made some progress, while I also feel like I have such a long way to go.
One of the first things they corrected was a tooth on the bottom row that was basically 90 degrees turned the wrong way. That was corrected in my 6-week-that-turned-to-12-weeks-thanks-coronavirus adjustment period. I also had a small gap in between some top teeth, and that was closed quickly.
The next big step has been elastics, because I have quite a large overbite. I started those in my July appointment, and in my last adjustment last week we continued with the medium weight ones. In July, I also got a spring placed on the bottom row where we need to make a space for a tooth that I’ve never had (it never was there as baby teeth or adult teeth). Once the space is large enough, I’ll be getting an implant in ($$$$$) and a fake tooth placed along the braces line so it’s not as obvious while that heals in preparation for the permanent fake tooth.
You can see in the picture below the spring and the progress it’s made. I feel like the space is bigger in real life, but the bottom teeth still need some straightening overall. I’d say my top row is pretty straight, but it needs that overbite correction.
Still the same since last time with timelines – I still don’t know when I’ll be getting the implant or even the braces off as a whole. I feel like even wearing bands basically 20-23 hours a day, my overbite isn’t moving as fast as I’d like. But that’s what I get for getting braces as a 30 year old adult!
In terms of pain this time, this last adjustment wasn’t bad at all. I got a thicker wire placed on the top teeth and we kept the same wire on the bottom. I could definitely feel pressure across my top teeth all of last week, but nothing anymore. Even at the spring, I haven’t had much pain making that space since July/beginning of August. The biggest “problem” I have is remembering to put my bands back in after I eat.
My next adjustment appointment is right before we go on vacation, so here’s to hoping I won’t be dying in pain while on the beach – although I’d rather be in pain on the beach than in pain here!