So in the last 6 months, I had 4 teeth taken out and ceramic orthodontic braces fitted. And I am so impressed with the progress so far! I thought it might be worth putting together what I have learnt/found so far.
- Keeping your teeth clean is a task! Before braces my dentist would always comment on how clean my teeth were, so I was shocked at the amount of effort needed to keep my brace, and my teeth, really really clean.
- Carrying a toothbrush and toothpaste is essential. Out of everything that I carry in my brace bag, these are the two main things that I need to keep with me. I keep these in whichever handbag I am using, even a night out handbag, because you just never know when you’ll snack/be out longer than you expected so need to eat a meal, and then you’ll need that toothbrush and toothpaste.
- The progress is quick! Because I knew I wanted to track my teeth progress, I took pictures. And I am blown away by the changes. If you are struggling with the pain and discomfort of having a brace, take pictures. And if you haven’t had your braces fitted yet, definitely take some before pictures. I love how amazingly straight my teeth look now.
- Leading on from that…the pain is worth it! Looking back at old photos and then taking a photo of my teeth when they are sore, it really helps put it into perspective. Yes does hurt having teeth taken out, having a brace fitted, having a brace tightened etc. But it hurts because it’s actually doing something. And in the end, when your brace comes off, it will be worth it.