The reason I hardly smile, I hate my teeth! - Brace journey

Did you see my Instagram story about a month ago? I went to an orthodontist that I'd been recommended to, to see if I could get braces. I've decided to document this journey for anybody who for whatever reason has thought about getting them too. 

 I've already had my first consultation done where we discussed my options and various types of braces. The orthodontist also examined my mouth and confirmed what my dentist as a child told me which I'll explain a bit later on. 

This is an extremely rare picture of me smiling. I was probably only smiling so much because my teeth we're almost growing back after being gappy! 

This is an extremely rare picture of me smiling. I was probably only smiling so much because my teeth we're almost growing back after being gappy! 

I had my second appointment on the 5th of September where the team took some pictures of my teeth, made a mould of them and did a 360 degree X-ray of my mouth then on, the 26th of September (tomorrow), I'll get my braces! 

The X-ray machine, it rotates!

The X-ray machine, it rotates!

This has been an ongoing issue since I was small. When I was growing up I asked the dentist for braces when I noticed my top adult front teeth hadn't grow straight, he said the reason for this was because my jaw was too small. He went on to explain that as I get older, my jaw will get grow and my teeth will then straighten out. This hasn't happened and now I'm left with a strong dislike for my them hence why I hardly ever smile in pictures or generally in life LOL. You probably just had an "ooooh" moment because it's not something I generally discuss but now you know the reason why I'm mostly straight faced, but not for much longer! 

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As you may know I'm getting married in 2019 and I refuse to feel uncomfortable smiling in my pictures. This reason I guess has given me the push I needed to get this ball rolling. I've chosen to get metal braces due to them working fastest and me being at an age that I don't care what people think. Luckily they're also less expensive than other methods such as the clear Invisalign braces which is another benefit. 

The moulds of my teeth.

The moulds of my teeth.

Originally I went there with the idea that I'd only have a brace on the top teeth however due to how the brace might move them, I've been advised that I may then need braces to move my bottom teeth back too but I'm hoping I won't. The dentist said that I may only need them for six to nine months and then we'll see where we go from there. 

I'm excited that I've finally taken steps towards doing this, I won't pretend I'm not anxious from all the horror stories I've heard about the pain and discomfort, the cutting of gums and mouth ulcers etc but hey, no pain no gain, right? 

 

If you have any questions you'd like me to answer please feel free to send me them and I'll add them to my next Brace post!

 

Talk to you soon,

 

KelilaJade xXx