Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Smile! My Brace Experience

So from January 2013 until December 2014 I had a brace, my teeth were pretty bad as my mom said I looked like a chimpanzee because my teeth protruded forward. (she does love me... I promise aha) At the time I never thought my teeth looked too bad when I was younger, but now I am actually embarrassed that I never realised how it looked and how I never noticed at the time. The protruding teeth  was caused by always putting my top teeth over the top of my bottom lip therefore pushing my teeth forward. However now I have perfectly straight teeth, making me more confident to let my smile shine.


Before Brace: As I said before my brace, I had protruding teeth and as soon as I had lost all my milk (baby) teeth I was referred by the dentist to a brace specialist. I then found out I had to have two teeth out, one from either side on the top row, I was very apprehensive about it but on the day my dentist was 'super kind' I had four injections in both sides to numb the pain. The first one took longer than expected to be pulled out so when the dentist got on to the other side the injections had wore meaning the tooth hurt so bad to come out and made me feel ill with the pain therefore I had to go back at a later date. When I went back it came out in about 10 minutes with no problems

About two months later I went to the orthodontist so she could get to know what I needed doing to my teeth using an x-ray and then I had a play dough like substance put around my teeth for about a minute to get the shape of my mouth so I could get the appropriate wires and brackets etc. 

During Brace: On the 12th January 2013 I went to the orthodontist to get my brace put on I was very very nervous as I had heard how much it hurt and numerous stories of it breaking and how you can get cuts in your mouth from them but first of all I will say if you take the right care this will not happen! So the brace went on which probably took about twenty minutes and didn't hurt at all during the attachment process. I had the standard 'train track' brace which was on the outside of my teeth. Once the brace was attached my teeth felt achy for about a day or two and I just had paracetamol to get rid of it, I also tried to only eat soft foods due to my bite feeling weaker. A few days later I got used to the feeling and slowly felt more comfortable eating. Then sixth months after that I had my bottom brace on which hurt ALOT more but did go after a few days.

When the brace is on you are told to not eat certain foods so no chewing gum, hard foods, chewy things such as toffee and no sugary drinks as these can make your teeth more prone to rotting or make the brackets come loose. I tried my hardest to stick to this rules but I did break my brace once from eating a haribo. Oops! Then it fell off a second two times as my teeth had moved so when I bit down my top teeth pushed off my bottom brace so I had too have cement put on to make my teeth not touch which tasted disgusting but this rarely happens to the majority of people.

Cleaning Brace: When wearing a brace you are told to take extra care and brush your teeth three times a day, use mouthwash and use tiny teeny brushes to get everywhere a tooth brush can't reach. Personally I only brushed my teeth twice a day on a school day as being at school I found that it was awkward to fit in three times and I did not get a build up of plaque so this worked fine for me. I did use non alcohol mouth wash everyday as soon as I got home from school but I was advised not to use after brushing as it has a lower fluoride content than toothpaste therefore does not make effective brushing. I always forgot to use the small brushes but I did use them if I had ate something specifically bad for my teeth. I would also advise not to use any whitening products as although we all want those pristine white teeth it can mean when the brace is took off where the brackets were is darker than the rest of your teeth.

After Brace: In mid December I finally at long last got my brace took off, my mouth felt so empty but it was such relief for it to be over and the process of removing was pain free. Despite the brace being took off I still had to look after my teeth and I had to wear a retainer which is like a clear gum shield. After I had my brace off I had to wear it day and night for seven days and then every night since then, to start with it was a bit uncomfortable but now I am used to it, I would also recommend brushing it with toothpaste and your toothbrush every night to reduce germs. Every six months I have to have a check up to make sure they are not moving back. The retainer prevents this movement and if not worn especially in first five years then teeth will soon move away from being perfectly straight. I am determined to keep wearing my retainer whenever I can as the process of wearing a brace was so long and I really like the end result. 

Overall I think that the braces were defiently worth it despite the small amount of pain at certain times those few hours or days are nothing compared to the result which will last my life. I hope this has helped anyone about to get a brace, has a brace or even been enjoyable for any who may have read it for fun.

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6 comments:

  1. I'm actually getting braces next week so this post was really well timed! Unfortunately I'll probably have them on for prom which is super annoying but never mind :( Lovely post!
    francescaroseblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. aww thats such a shame! On me I couldn't see them too much just ask for clear or white elastics so they don't stand out too much on photos. Have fun at your prom!

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  2. This is such a lovely post! I have never had brace and I don't think I ever will. You look so pretty in this picture :)

    http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aw thank you so much. You are so lucky to not need braces!

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  3. I totally agree. Braces are worth the amount of effort and pain, for the end results are good for a lifetime. You can now smile without being self-conscious your teeth. A little sacrifice always makes things matter more in the end, right? Stay pretty, and thanks for sharing!

    Merle Wells @ GillumDentistry.com

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    1. They are definitely worth the pain, I am so glad I had them! Thank you,and glad you enjoyed my post x

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