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Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:33 am
by jem
Hi Smilehope,

From what other people have said on this board, all the drama takes place in the first 12 months, and, as you say, the succeeding months are the paint-drying period. But no doubt they are equally important months so hang on in there!

I never expected to go into a second year, but I will be at 14 months in a couple of days. I have an appointment on 11 March and hopefully we will establish what needs to be done to get me finished.

All the best,

Jem

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:48 am
by smilehope
One year today. I'm so so glad I'm doing this!

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:18 am
by jem
Smilehope,

Congratulations on your 12 months. I think it is a big milestone-all downhill from here!

Jem

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:09 am
by smilehope
Thanks, Jem. One year feel significant, and I should be at least half way now. It feels as if the bulk of the work is done, although when I list what needs to be done it still seems like a lot! Close extraction gaps, sort bite, widen upper arch more, further straightening / gap reduction. Maybe I'll still be here this time next year!

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:12 am
by smilehope
Had another appointment this week, my 9th I think. I wasn't sure if any movement but he seemed happy. I am now using double "red" elastics across the extraction sites. I also have a powerchain on my lower front 6. The powerchain isn't hurting at all, but my uppers ache today.

I managed to ask the question of how long it might take to finish, and he reckons nearer the 18 rather than the 24 month end of my estimate. It would be fabulous if I was done by Christmas!

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:34 am
by smilehope
The double elastics seem to be doing the trick. Although my ortho reckoned on my gaps closing at 1mm per month, they have already moved so I can't get my little finger in the gaps, even sideways. A bit of aching and creaking going on, but manageable.

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:46 am
by jem
Hi Smilehope,

How is it going?

Jem

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:22 am
by Nana51
What an inspiring name, smilehope. That's what we're in it for, right?
Extractions done. Final impressions before braces will be July 2.. And regular cleaning right after. They ortho said it will be 3-4 weeks later before braces begin. Vacation falls between times so maybe I can control my anxiety and excitement.

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:51 am
by smilehope
Well, it's been a looooong time since I came here! Feeling a bit lonely as I don't recognise many names on the site from when I started. 22.5 months later and I'm still here. BUT I know my braces are coming off in 35 days time. They're not perfect, I never really thought they would be, by my oh how much better they are than before. I know my midline's wrong, especially the lowers, but I'm not bothered by that at all, nobody will notice. I didn't realise how badly they were stained until I did more photos today, so what I'm looking forward to most when they're off is a good old polish.

My extraction gaps finally closed. Last week he gave me the option of having debonding then, but I think he was quite pleased that I was happy to wait another 6 weeks to do more with the bite. I'm not biting fully on my molars, but a lot lot closer than ever before, and my ortho is confident that they'll settle together with time once my braces are off.

I've got new elastics this time. For the last year I've had some reds on just my upper teeth, closing the gaps - class Is I think. One on the right and 2 on the left. Now I also have blues in a sort of triangle - I suppose you'd call them Class II triangles. He added a little bendy wire loop to my lower 2nd premolars to loop the elastic round. I've had a lot of movement in the last week.

Here are some pics, especially for Jem, who has followed my progress & been very supportive.

My smile now:Image

Arches (look no extraction gaps):Image
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Elastics:Image

And for a laugh I'll put in an old photo:Image

Oh, and I did have a bit of shaping / filing done, early December - "I'll give you a Christmas present" the ortho said. He also did a bit of filing between my front incisors, so my black triangle is smaller. There will always be a bit left just because of the shape of my teeth, but it's not too noticeable.

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:22 am
by Anna5
WOW, what an AWESOME transformation!!! Your arch is so much wider and your crossbite has almost gone! You have a beautiful smile now!!!

And you achieved this all with only braces? WOW! That gives me good hope, because I also had a crossbite. I was recommended SARPE but refused. Were you also recommended surgery? In your case, the braces did an astonishing job, congratulations!

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:57 am
by smilehope
Thanks, Anna. I never had a crossbite though, just complete overbite. Surgery was never mentioned.

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:04 am
by Anna5
O excuse me, I definitely saw it wrong then. Anyway, your progress is AMAZING!
Good luck with the last weeks of your treatment. I am looking forward to seeing a picture of your naked teeth!

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:25 am
by jem
Looking great, Smilehope- can't wait to see your finished pics!

Jem

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:03 pm
by c2steph
Wow, that's amazing progress! Congrats!

Re: Smilehope's story

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:11 pm
by smilehope
So it's 2 weeks since I had my braces off. Suddenly the 2 years seems like it went by in a flash. I'm really happy with the result. My teeth aren't perfect. I'm a little self-conscious of the black triangle between upper incisors, but everyone says they don't see it. My lower teeth midline remained off. My molars are still coming together - the "settling in" period. I know they need a good clean - I visit my dentist next week. I'll also ask her about whitening. I wouldn't want to go over the top with whitening but a little bit might be nice.

However, what I have got is a set of teeth which don't attract attention. I'm not always aware of my teeth when I meet someone new. I don't get food stuck in my teeth for the first time in my life. I can smile with people and enjoy smiling. I can bite and chew without feeling that I'm wearing out my lower incisors. Brushing my teeth is quick and easy.

I have clear retainers, which I wear for 10 hours a day, i.e. night, and a bit extra if I've been out in the evening. They are comfortable and fine. My next appointment is in June.

Yes the treatment was painful, expensive, and frankly embarassing. Not what I expected in my 40's. Would I do it again? Most definitely yes! :-*

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