So… this is the first post to my website. Today (Wednesday 8th September) is the day when I got my fixed braces fitted.
To give you a little bit of background, my teeth were pretty much perfect until I was about 9 years old when I fell over and cracked my front tooth on a concrete swimming pool (ouch!).
From this point on things went from bad to worse when it came to my teeth. I can’t quite remember what order everything happened in but basically I made numerous trips to Eastman’s Dental Hospital in London, had fixed braces, head gear (which I had to wear to school… that’s just mean!) and a false tooth to replace my front one which eventually went hollow and had to be taken out and then finally a bridge (which I still have in to this day – 14 years later.. not sure they are supposed to last that long but I’m not complaining!).
That was between the age of 10 and 18. Basically none of the orthodontic treatment really seemed to work when I was younger. Not really sure why.. It’s all a blur to be honest. All I remember is the dentist saying to me that I would need to get my jaw broken if I didn’t want my teeth to stick out. I remember thinking.. “isn’t that a bit drastic??!”. Anyhow, as you can imagine at the age of 16 that wasn’t going to be on my top 10 things to do.. not even top 100!
So here I am 16 years later, still with teeth which I hate and finally deciding that I want to do something about it.
My dentist/orthodontist suggested that my best option in terms of fixing my bite and straightening my teeth, was to have orthodontics followed by jaw surgery therefore I was referred to the hospital in Watford to see a consultant. The consultant explained what would be involved and mentioned that my profile would change which scared me a bit (actually quite alot!). This option soon became a step too far…..
The consultant sent me home to ‘think about it’ and after a number of sleepless nights, I finally made the decision that metal braces and jaw surgery was too drastic and I really didn’t want to go 2 years with metal braces (I know I’m vain!!)
When I went back for my follow up appointment I told the consultant that I had made the decision not to have the treatment which they recommended and he was very understanding. I also asked him if there were any other options which he could suggest after which he examined me and wrote back to my dentist to recommend a partial solution.
That pretty much brings me up to date.. My treatment plan is basically fixed braces (ceramic) on top and bottom (because my overbite is so large there is low risk of the top teeth chipping from the ceramics on the bottom teeth). I have been told 12 to 18 months although he is hopeful for 12 months, during which I will need to have some teeth shaved down to make room for them to move back and I will have a temporary false tooth attached to replace my bridge whilst the treatment takes place.
Once the orthodontics has finished, I’ll be given a new shiny bridge, have my teeth whitened and have permanent retainers (because my jaw doesn’t sit properly meaning they will relapse). The total cost is £5k.
Here are a couple of photo’s of my before profile…
I’m planning on posting updated pictures after every adjustment (I think they are every 6 weeks) so you will hopefully be able to see the progress.
I’ll also post any problems, solutions etc that I find along the way. I have been referring to lots of blogs in the run up to getting my brace fitted so I hope to return the favour by giving as much useful info as possible. If you have any questions.. just let me know and I’ll do my best to answer it.
Anyway.. I hope this insight to my dental history has not been too boring.. Watch this space for further updates!