7th adjustment update! It's now been just shy of 11 months since I started my braces journey. Relative to the first time I had braces, this go-around seems to be taking much more time than I remember. I'm not alone in my frustration; my orthodontist had expected more noticeable molar intrusion with the TADs. As it is, they did intrude quite a bit based on my TPA sitting flush with the roof of my mouth (it had about 0.5 cm gap with the roof of the mouth when I started to allow for intrusion). That movement just didn't translate into very meaningful aesthetic improvement. On the plus side, the TADs and TPA can come out now! He will be taking the TPA out at next visit, and probably starting elastics then. Unfortunately, I'm stuck with the TADs until September 8th, which is the next time my schedule aligns with the oral surgeon's.
Questions for those with elastics: Possible to eat with them in? Possible to make out with them in? The doc mentioned the possibility of headgear (yuck!
) "if there's still some improvement to be had after a month or two in elastics". Has anyone else had a similar situation where headgear was a "maybe" and they ended up needing to wear it?
Still a bit wary that I can be done with braces in the initially quoted 18-month time frame. There's still just a lot of movement that has to happen!
Will post more pictures after next visit. Thanks guys!