After two years I had my braces removed on Monday! I was quite the mix of excited and nervous, but so far everything has gone quite smoothly.
This has been a big teeth week for me so far. On Monday the braces came off, on Tuesday I went to fetch my retainers and had my final debrief and today I’m off to the dentist for a check-up, clean and polish. As you can imagine I feel a little tender, but I’m very, very happy.
The taking the braces off process was not comfortable, but it was manageable. The worst part was probably the sound of the drill they used to polish the remnants of glue and ceramic off my teeth. But let’s start at the beginning.
I didn’t meet with my orthodontist on Monday, I went straight to the assistant who did a quick check and looked over my file. She then installed two wires that are cemented behind my upper and lower front teeth. These are pretty much to keep everything in line. They are put in with that dental glue which is cured with LED light and I needed to keep my head in weird positions and my mouth open very wide so that the wires were applied in the correct place. They feel very weird behind my teeth and I find myself running my tongue over them all the time, which has made the tip of my tongue a bit sensitive. It’s the completely involuntary thing which I hope I’ll get over as I get used to them being there.
Once the wires were in we started the removal process. First, the assistant needs to remove the collars around my back molars. Then I was told that I would hear a clicking sound and not to worry it was the brackets coming off, not my teeth. Well, clicking sound was an understatement. As far as I can tell the assistant was snapping the braces off with her pliers because that’s what it felt like. Some brackets snapped pretty easily, others required more force and the ceramic brackets on my front teeth shattered and crumbled. It was not painful exactly, but certainly not comfortable.
Then came the ‘fun’ part the polishing the last of the glue from my teeth. This was definitely the worst part. The drill sounds terrible and it felt like having a swarm of angry bees in my head. Some teeth resonate more than others so moving from one tooth to the next was unpleasant. It made my teeth feel sensitive like I was eating very cold food. Luckily it didn’t last too long.
The final step was to take the moulds for my retainers. I got to have that really fun weird tasting gunk in the trays and they need to make two moulds of both my upper and lower teeth. Not the worst thing, but not something I would choose to do with my day.
After that, I was given a mirror to have a look at my teeth and to inspect the wires. I’m very happy with how my teeth look and I’m lucky in that I have no staining or uneven colour at all. I was a tad worried about that. But I’m very pleased with the colour of my teeth.
I will admit it is a little weird, to be honest. I’m so used to the braces being there and I have never had teeth this perfect in my life. It’s taking a minute for me to adjust to my new look. I feel like I look like a completely different person.
A brushed that off when he first saw me, but as the evening wore on he did agree that there were minute changes to the way my face looks now. It’s not something you notice right off the bat, but as you look more you see the slight differences. It’s actually pretty cool, but I suspect it will take me a while to get used to. I’m not complaining, it’s pretty awesome. Just different in a way I’m
not explaining very well.
The follow-up appointment the next day was quick and painless. I had one final check and chat with my orthodontist and then I was given my retainers. I was also taken through how to put them in, take them out and clean them. I need to wear these day and night for the next three months and then I will be given a new regime. But I pretty much need to wear them at least four nights a week for the rest of my life in order to keep the teeth in the position they are now.