If you have read Part One and Two of my blog, you will know I am a dentist at Straight Teeth Suite, who has treated thousands of patients in Nottingham, and I have now decided to have braces to straighten my own teeth.

Damon Braces

I decided to delay having my upper brace fitted until after my baby was born.  Little did I know how difficult it would be to find an hour for myself with a newborn baby in the house.  At last, I found time and have had the upper Damon braces fitted to compliment the bottom ones which were fitted a while ago.  Damon braces are a fixed metal brace where the blocks are bonded to the teeth.  My brackets were fixed molar to molar. I had clear brackets fitted to the first twenty teeth and metal ones on the molars.  Damon Clear braces are more discrete and resistant to staining and discolouration throughout treatment.

At the same appointment I  had my lower wire adjusted.  As my lower teeth have already straightened according to plan, we were able to change the wire.  The round wire was taken off and replaced with a rectangular wire which will start gently moving the roots of my teeth within the bone.  I now have a very light round wire on my top teeth and rectangular wire on the bottom.  I won’t lie: I am in some discomfort.  It has only been a week, and it has not been too tender.  The worst part has been the ends of the wires rubbing on the inside of my cheeks.  This has made my mouth sore, eating problematic and, worst of all, I can’t smile! You might think I wouldn’t want to smile right now, but you would be wrong.  I have lots to smile about with my new baby, but my cheeks get caught on the ends of the wires fixing my smile in place.  I am using lots of dental wax to cover the wires, and I do know everything will soon settle down and go back to normal.

Brace Care

Cleaning teeth with braces in place is difficult. Food gets trapped in the wires and brackets.   I certainly have found it more problematic than expected.  As the wires extend back on my second molars, my cheek gets in the way, it is difficult to brush and to be sure the brackets and wires are really clean. I have to spend a lot of time ensuring the job is done well.  I had an appointment with the hygienist before the lower braces were fitted.  With professional cleaning my teeth feel a lot smoother and cleaner, and I will be sure to visit the hygienist every three months.  If you are wearing braces your hygienist appointments are essential.

Whenever braces are fitted, or the wires changed, chewing becomes uncomfortable once again and it is not always possible to eat your favourite foods.  It is a good idea to have some soups in the fridge, so you don’t go hungry and in only a week or so everything changes and you will find to can eat nearly everything you want.

I shall be back again soon to tell you how I get on.

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