Today was adjustment number 7, and it was a busy one! I got what was left of my molar buildups removed!
I also got:
1. A Class 2 elastic on one side only, "Trumpet." (Equivalent to Ormco Impala. I am realizing what a thrifty dude my ortho must be, as many different companies as he orders from, and I'm thankful that he passes the savings on to his patients!) Prescribed full-time wear, including during eating; on teeth 4-6 during daytime and 3-6 at night.
2. Powerchain across all the upper teeth. I chose hot pink, my first colored anything. I kind of like it! And it's not blaringly obvious except up close. But, the ortho warned me that if it didn't work well enough I'd be back in grey next time.
3. Hot pink ligs on the lowers to match, naturally. The tech was kind enough to put them on top of all of my steel ties. My daughter is quite pleased.
4. A couple more wire bends, including one on that stubborn lower right incisor. It's now more tilted than rotated, and hopefully this will take care of it for good.
5. When I fell a few months ago, I bent a bracket (so thankful it was nothing worse!). Today the tech was unable to get the wire back in that bracket, so the ortho drilled the slot out a bit, which was much quicker than replacing the bracket.
I feel like I got my money's worth today! But I can tell I am going to be sore tonight. I need to do our income taxes this week, maybe I'll get it over with tonight while I'm already in a cranky, achy mood!
Some big picture thoughts, since I haven't posted any in a while:
I've just realized that the lower right canine, which had been pushed so far out of the arch and was one of my main reasons for getting braces, has made it all the way back to where it should be, and in only 9 months. That tooth caused trepidation for all the orthos I consulted -- and it kept me out of Invisalign -- so I'm pleased it was able to move with minimal drama, just a short powerchain tugging on it for the past few months.
Today I told the ortho a story that I don't think I ever posted here. When recently I helped in my son's second-grade class (a class full of colorful Phase I bracefaces) several kids said, "You STILL have braces?!?" I thought it was so funny -- they thought I'd had them on since I was their age! My ortho got a kick out of it too. He said I should have told them it was because I ate popcorn.
Well, I could very well be two adjustments from debracing. I'm so pleased with my progress and obviously eager to get them off. Apart from a few small finishing issues, the only real outstanding problem for me is related to my deep bite. My bite has opened up a ton since the beginning of treatment, but not quite enough that my upper teeth clear the lower brackets. It would only take about another millimeter of opening to achieve this, but I'm not sure that's going to happen -- which isn't a problem for me per se. But if my upper teeth continue to overlap the lower brackets, I'm going to be left with a bit more overjet than I'd like and, more significantly, incisors that don't touch at all. I am concerned that this would encourage my deep bite to relapse, so I will be discussing all of this with my ortho at the next visit. If any other deep-biters have insight into the endgame and retention issues, I'd love to hear it.