Hi everyone, sorry for the long period of absence. It's been a crazy few months with a lot of travel and new opportunities to explore. There are so many new posts to read and contribute to so it might take me a while to catch up!
I had my penultimate retainer check in December and all was well. My teeth haven't shifted at all which is encouraging and no doubt down to my rigid adherence to wearing my retainers. I have started to get used to my fixed retainers but they still bug me sometimes when I'm hungry or stressed. Night time wear usually involves my Essix retainers and for travel, my Hawley's are still my preferred choice. I'm still not 100% happy with my upper Hawley so might get this re-made when I have my next appointment in March.
My wife has decided to investigate braces and attended her first appointment just before Christmas. Her treatment plan is yet to be finalised but is likely to involve a quad helix expander to correct her cross bite and fixed braces for around 18 months. She is thinking about going down the metal brackets route too so watch this space!
On a slightly different topic, and I think i just touched on this on a different post a few months ago, I have started to become quite involved in orthodontics following some writing I did a while ago on adult orthodontics. Encouraged by some really lovely comments on my blog, I decided to start writing about adult orthodontics and in doing so, found a number of people in the profession taking a keen interest. Since then, I have attended a number of meetings and events including a couple of dental exhibitions, a couple of press launches and a large orthodontic conference. I have also received calls from a number of orthodontic systems suppliers and will be attending events later this year to learn about their products in more detail. Another very exciting orthodontic related opportunity was offered to me just before Christmas and I'm looking forward to exploring this more over the coming weeks. So although I'm personally finished with braces, it looks as though I'm now more involved in orthodontics than I could have imagined possible.