So here I am joining this group for some moral support.
I used to suck my thumb as a kid and I have too many teeth for my very small mouth, the legacy is that I have sticky out rabbit teeth, an overbite and my bottom midline is off. Having been given then opportunity to have braces in my teens and due to a break down in communication I find myself now 32 and in braces ... and ONLY because I asked my dentist what she could do about some chips in my front tooth and she suggested a veneer, which would have made my already rabbity teeth look horrendous! So she offered to send me to the ortho for a review.
So the ortho tells me that I have a complex case and that I will need braces for approx 2 years and that I will need to have 4 extractions ..aaaargh!! Now I hate the dentist, and a bad experience as a child left me terrified of needles etc, so you can imagine the feeling in the pit of my stomach
Luckily I have an excellent new dentist who is very understanding. I had left and right upper 1st pre-molars extracted without a problem. Then I went to have the lower right pre-molar taken out only to discover that my own dentist couldn't find enough room around the tooth to get it out, so referred me to the dental hospital who currently have a 12 week waiting list.
So this is fine, meanwhile I'm back at the ortho to have my upper brace fitted, I discuss the extraction problems with him and he says "but she's taking out the wrong tooth!" Apparently he had written a letter to the dentist outlining the extractions (L + R upper pre-molars, and lower L + R pre-molars) changed his mind, issued a second letter detailing upper L + R pre-molars and lower L pre-molar and R excluded incisor! and then the reception staff mixed them up, and my dentist got the wrong letter
Anyhoo... the outcome is that the lower left pre-molar came out just fine and that only left the front excluded incisor to extract. I was a mess on extraction day, however my trusty dentist Teresa managed to get it out (tho it was tricky) and I, after floods of tears, made the happy call cancelling the dental hospital appointment.
I feel INCREDIBLY lucky to be given the opportunity again, even more so because my work is all being done and paid for on the NHS - they consider my case severe enough to forgoe the £300 they sometimes ask you to pay.
I have been fitted with metal braces on the uppers for the past 4 months, I haven't had a lot of pain just general discomfort, and I have found that I have dropped a dress size - which isnt good as I now look like Twiggy!
Things look like they are going well but today I went to have a wire changed only to find out that one of my back molars hasn't rotated enough to fit the thicker wire
They couldn't even squeeze in the intermediate wire so they put in a 22.5 wire (sorry im not very au fait with the terminology) which I think is what I've had for the previous 4 weeks. I'm back to see my Ortho in 3 weeks time for his take on what's happening. I realise that I am pretty desperate to have my bottom braces fitted. I seem to have this fixed in my head as a goal post (tho I'm not sure why) and because it's another month or so away I feel very disappointed.
Looking forward to my next appointment with Nimo (my ortho has the coolest name!) hopefully he will agree to put these lower braces on soon ...