Thursday, 7 February 2013

Bottom braces + update!

I officially have bottom braces! WAHOOO! finally. I thought this day would never come. I went to the orthodontist yesterday, my ortho was away in Brazil teaching so I was stuck with the other one. I don't mind the other ortho, but I like consistency. At my last appointment we talked about all the things that were going to happen with this appointment, and when I have a different person she doesn't exactly know everything we talked about so I have to ask a million questions to make sure.

At this appointment I was supposed to get a bite plate which basically holds my jaw open so my teeth can move around without the top or bottom teeth interfering with the other. However, when they tried to put the plate in, it wouldn't fit! Grrrr. They tried adjusting it a million times with no luck, they said that they would have to put it in the next appointment. I was worried they were going to say I wouldn't be able to get bottom braces, but they said they could use something else to hold my jaw open. They put these funky blue dots of glue on the back teeth that prevent me from biting down on my bottom braces

(I am horrid at taking pictures of my teeth, my appologies)

Also, you can barely see it, but there is a power chain on my top braces on the left side where the gap is to try and pull those teeth over and fix my mid line. Also, there is a tightly coiled spring on the right side where they are trying to create a gap so that poor lonely tooth can come forward. So the four teeth in between the gap and the spring are all moving to fill in the gap. As you can see the four teeth are a lot straighter compared to my last appointment.

So with those two blue bumps this is as far as my mouth will close now. Now all my teeth can go about their business. Also, I'm not going to bite any brackets off. I have a lot of crowding in the bottom teeth, and it hurts SOOO bad, but I know it will be worth it.  

And there are my bottom teeth. They are so squared, once they arch out my under bite will be much more noticeable. And as you can see my molars really curve inwards.

SOOOOO.. in summary the appointment went well, my teeth hurt like mad and I'm on a soupy diet until the pain stops. My next appointment is March 20th, the process is so slow, but so worth it. Because I am nerdy, I love diagrams explaining everything, so here it is, all the movement thats happening in my mouth. 

Hope all my blogger friends are doing well, I love reading up on everyone and seeing everyones progress. So inspiring!! :) :)


  1. Hi Cassie, congrats on the progress. Your teeth are looking really good.
    BTW, as a fellow nerd, I'm loving the diagrams! :)

  2. Thanks so much Corrine :) It's taken forever to get this far (as you know) and every step is soo exciting! I do a little happy dance every time I get an adjustment

  3. I'm 24 and forcing myself to have braces!! The pink ones look good!!!

  4. It's never easy to have braces! It can be painful at times especially during the first weeks of having it. Every adjustment will hurt a little, but it means that your teeth are adjusting to their proper alignment. Bear the pain now and enjoy a set of well aligned teeth for a long time.

    -Avis Charland @ Eberle Orthodontics