How long I've had braces!

Monday, April 18, 2016

After Braces - Retainer and Chipped Tooth update

Sorry, I haven't updated in awhile.  I did get my chipped tooth filled in February.  My dentist did a filling to fix it and said that it could chip again in the future and that I would need to get veneers for a permanent fix.  But I will hold off on that for awhile....at least until my braces are paid off.  He did an amazing job though, and you can hardly tell the difference. 

Since I started wearing my retainer I have had issues with my front tooth wanting to move in front of the other.  My last appointment my Ortho adjusted my retainer to try to fix the issue.  I decided to give it a bit of time to see if it would move back, but so far it hasn't and it's been several weeks since my last appointment.  I plan on calling tomorrow to see if I can get in and have her adjust my retainer once more.  My teeth look very uneven on the top because of this.  I hope that the retainer can fix the problem, because it bugs me seeing my teeth one shorter than the other.  If it finally does go back in place after another adjustment then my Ortho will smooth out my teeth to make them more even at my next scheduled appointment in June.

My bottom teeth are still shifting as well.  You can see in the photo they look like they are leaning.  I am hoping another retainer adjustment will fix that issue as well.  But, other than those slight issues, I haven't had any problems with my retainer.  I wear my retainer 24 hours a day, I only take it out to eat and to brush my teeth.  I'm used to wearing the retainer now and I don't feel like I talk too funny anymore with it in.  I'm thinking I may need to continue wearing it longer than the 6 months with the issues I keep having with teeth shifting....not sure though.  Hopefully they can get me in tomorrow and another adjustment to the retainer will push these stubborn teeth back in place.  I will try to do better and update sooner next time.