Friday, 30 August 2013

Brace Face #1

This is going to be the start of something on going, something a little different and something i'm a little un-easy about sharing but I thought it would be a good way to show others that may have the same issues that they are not alone. 

Since I was about 15, my teeth have been an on going problem. I was bullied because of them through school but was too vain to get a brace when I was told I needed one. Last year, I took the leap and decided to get a brace before it was too late. Being so I was at uni, dental care was free so there was no better time to get it! Unfortunately, half way through treatment, I fell pregnant so treatment had to stop. I was gutted but just faced up to the fact that it was my own fault and should have had it done when I was younger rather than being a typical teenager worried about the way I looked. 

I had so many conversations with Adam about my teeth, about how un-happy I was with them and it got to the point I wasn't smiling with my mouth open in photos because I hated the way my teeth looked. One afternoon, we were talking about it and Adam said that if I really wanted to get a brace then we would find the money for it and I could get it done. So, I called the dentist to see if I could continue with my treatment and see how much it would cost and luckily, he said that because treatment had started without costing anything, it would continue the same. It was merely put on hold whilst I was pregnant so it could be continued at a later date, yay! 

So, on Tuesday, I had my first session after the treatment had already been started... Before this, I had my moulds done so the next step was to have spacers in to make way for the bands ready for the brace. This process consisted of 8 little plastic spacers being put between my molars for a week, so next Tuesday I will have the bands attached (I think). It didn't hurt and just feels like I have food stuck in my teeth but on Wednesday, I had terrible toothache from the spacers obviously doing their job and separating my teeth! 

Below are images of my teeth (that I was a little worried about putting up) but you can see the severity of the need for braces. I also need to have 4 teeth out, 2 baby teeth on the bottom that have crowded that row of teeth and then two molars from the top row.... 
So, I hope that within 2-3 years, I will have shiny, straight teeth that I will be proud of and i'll be updating you every few months with treatment and what will be happening next. If you have teeth that you don't like, I really do recommend that you go and get a consultation for a brace. It may cost a bit of money or if you're a student, you can get it free - and I bet it'll be so worth it! 

I can't wait to see the end results of mine!