How long I've had braces!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

11th Braces Adjustment * 14 1/2 Months in Braces

It's been a few months since I last updated.  Nothing exciting had happened.  I continued to get my coil readjusted to open up the space for the bottom tooth and continued to work on closing my top gaps during the last few months.

I just had my 11th adjustment yesterday 6-2-15.  Finally my bottom teeth have separated enough to remove the coil and put a wire on that bracket to move my bottom tooth forward.  My gaps are also almost completely closed.  At my adjustment the assistant removed my power chain and wires.  At that time she made the comment that she thought I should be able to get the wire on my tooth because it has opened up enough.  My Ortho told her to go ahead and do it.  So the assistant removed the coil and put the new wire on my bottom teeth.  My Ortho then came in to see the progress that has been made.  She said I was ready to start wearing elastics.  I had over heard her telling the person next to me that when you wear elastics you have to wear them at all times and only can take them off while you eat and brush your teeth.    Other than that you have to wear them while you sleep and all day long.  So when my Ortho started to tell me, I recited what she had told the other person lol.  Of course I will make sure to do so, I don't want to do anything that will delay my progress.  The assistant had to add a hook to my bottom tooth and added twisted wires to my canines to make sure they don't turn while wearing the elastics.  The elastics are to correct my overbite.  She then added my top wire and powerchain.  I chose light pink again.  So far its been my favorite color choice, so for right now I'm sticking with it. She went over how to put the elastics on.  She said to make sure to keep my mouth shut while putting them on because of how tight the elastics are, if I try to put them on with my mouth opened they may snap and break.  Its not too hard to put them on, but when I do change them, I can immediately feel the pressure from them. 

Once I got to the car I couldn't believe how my tooth had already moved some.  This morning I ran my tongue across the back of my teeth and they felt a lot straighter.  I asked my husband if he could tell and he was amazed at how much my teeth had already moved in less than a day.  As you can see in the photo below, I just took about an hour ago, my tooth has already moved next to the rest of them.  Crazy how fast braces work!!  My teeth were really sore last night and today.  I stuck with mashed potatoes and ice cream.  I haven't taken any medicine for the pain, its sore but tolerable.  My next appointment is set for July 14th.  I will update again if there are drastic changes or anything new happening.

Elastic size I have to wear