After booking in for a last minute appointment this week (in a surprising un-painful fashion, my gum, got trapped between brackets but appeared to right itself a few days later) I found myself scanning through my orthodontist’s website and came across a video that I took part in before starting treatment. It’s a kind of patient story and was filmed last year. Strange to see it pop up again but I thought it would make a good addition to the blog and provide some more insight into why someone might want hidden braces rather than traditional ‘labial’ ones.
I cannot believe how much my teeth have moved in just three months! The gap at the front has nearly closed and my teeth on the left hand side look more aligned. I still have some time to go with the old linguals but just thought I would share an update with you.
I am due a hygiene appointment at the clinic with LLOC‘s orthodontic hygienist, Sarah Urquhart next month and will report back to you after my session with her.
I’ve just returned from a weekend away in Liverpool with my nearest and dearest. It’s safe to say that with 18 girls in tow, it was a two day party with many, many laughs. Unexpectedly, there was also a zombie themed Michael Jackson dance class which was awesome. As someone who is currently thinking about teeth a lot, I surprisingly forgot to pack tooth paste. Luckily a kind friend offered to share her tube with me. ❤
I brushed my teeth more often and downed pints of water between more interesting beverages to try to stay away from having a furry alcohol mouth. But alongside the fact that my choice of room was full of lovely friends, the things that I had to do differently were few and far between and didn’t affect the trip. My verdict: take as many breaks away as you can, with or without braces.
Before I got my braces, lots of people said that the early stages were a difficult time for eating and a great time to lose weight. The idea of giving up my normal pile of food at meal times made me feel angry!
I therefore made it a mission to find some meal ideas that I could enjoy without damaging the brace or applying too much pressure on my teeth. A lot of it is about substitution and avoiding really hard and crunchy food. Here’s an example of what worked for me during the first few days.
Cook some porridge or use muesli as a base. Add some fresh blueberries and raspberries or whatever fruit you have in the house. Layer on plain yogurt and drizzle some honey. I found this to be a good substitute for crunchy cluster-type cereal. Exchanging the clusters for porridge or muesli makes for a smoother ride all round!
Any type of salad is gonna be good although it can get caught in the back of the brace. If you have a tooth brush handy, this isn’t a problem. Gobble to your heart’s content!
It’s easy: Fresh salad, hard boiled eggs, tuna (tinned) , raddish, green beans (boiled for a few minutes), new potatoes ( pre boiled) , tomatoes and anchovies if you’re feeling salty! 😉
Ricotta and spinach lasagne
Without laying on the mush, this was kindly made for me by my boyfriend on my first night with braces. It’s a great version of the Italian classic and it’s soft texture makes for a no-skimping, hearty meal without the tooth ache.
You will need:
- Olive oil
- Tinned tomatoes
- Fresh basil
- 2 x punnett of ricotta
- Spinach ( fresh or frozen)
- Fresh Lasagne sheets
- Salt and pepper
The tomato sauce
1) Finely chop one onion, a stick of celery and a carrot. Sweat these in a sauce pan with virgin olive oil for a few minutes. Add one crushed clove of garlic, cook for a few minutes before adding a tin of chopped tomatoes.
2) Make up a cup/half a pint of stock and pour that into the sauce pan and then season with salt and pepper to taste as well as a handful of fresh basil.
Tip: If you find that the sauce is a little bitter, add a tiny bit of sugar. If it’s slightly sweet, a tiny bit of vinegar.
3) Let this simmer on a low heat and leave to cook for 15- 20 mins or until it has reached a nice consistency.
The Ricotta Mixture
1) Mix 2 punnetts of ricotta into a bowl with grated parmesan cheese and a small amount of fresh ( if you can) or frozen spinach.
2) Add 3 tea spoons of grated nutmeg and black pepper.
Putting it together
1) Part boil your fresh lasagne sheets and lay a few in the bottom of a good sized baking dish
2) Start making alternate layers of your tomatoes based sauce, ricotta mixture, pieces of ripped mozerella cheese, grated parmezan and your lasagne sheets. The last layer should be a sheet of lasagne and feel free to add some of your parmesan to the top of this to crisp in the oven.
3) Once your lasagne has been layered, pop the baking dish in the oven for half an hour on 180 ‘ or until lightly golden.
In a nutshell: Aside from a tight feeling on my top teeth, I haven’t felt much pain. (To be fair, I did swallow a few pain killers as soon as I got home from the appointment) The small lisp I have acquired wasn’t so bad during the day but it did get worse during the evening when I felt tired. With this in mind, I was pleased to have come across the passage below. It’s taken from a great blog created by a girl who underwent lingual treatment a few years ago.
I’m convinced that the only way I’m going to overcome my lisp from my lingual brace is to practice, practice, practice. The Rainbow Passage is a piece of text designed to contain all the sound combinations in the English language in roughly the same proportion as they occur in everyday speech. I’ve found it useful in identifying the sounds that cause me trouble with my braces so I can give them extra attention.
The Rainbow Passage
When the sunlight strikes raindrops in the air, they act as a prism and form a rainbow. The rainbow is a division of white light into many beautiful colours. These take the shape of a long round arch, with its path high above, and its two ends apparently beyond the horizon.
There is, according to legend, a boiling pot of gold at one end. People look, but no one ever finds…
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I took the tube to Oxford Street for my first appointment on Wednesday and took it home again with my top braces fitted!
What happens during the appointment? My appointment lasted just under 2 hours. During this time, I had a chat with Asif before getting into the chair and having brackets fitted to the backs of my teeth. This was done by him with the aid of an orthodontic nurse. Afterwards, the orthodontic therapist, Fiona took loads of pictures of my teeth with a little wand device. This in turn led to a virtual 3D model popping up on a nearby screen. Apparently, this is part of the SureSmile system and helps their lab to create accurate, custom wires for future ‘tightening’ appointments. After this bit, the first wire was put on.
Here are how my braces look.
There was one burning question before this appointment, that only experience could answer… Would the fitting hurt?
A: No. I was genuinely surprised to find that the fitting of the brace wasn’t painful. Everyone feels different in the chair but I found that Asif Chatoo was super gentle and fast working. I also felt assured when he said that we could stop at any time. It was a little bit strange when I first lay back to have the brackets put on, as the chair is tilted quite a way back but it was not uncomfortable. One of the products used to spray on my teeth didn’t taste so lovely but aside from that, I felt relaxed and actually ended up zoning out! At the end of the appointment I was given a branded ortho-care pack to take away, a useful ‘how to look after’ tutorial as well as a warning of some upcoming dull aches and pains.