If you haven’t read part one of my adult braces story, start here: https://www.redheadbabymama.com/adult-braces/
You guys. I had no idea how many people wanted to know more about my braces journey! When I first started out, I was researching for more information on my type of situation (adult bicuspid extraction with adult braces) and couldn’t really find much! After I bit the bullet in the orthodontic chair, I came home and wrote a post about GETTING my braces, but it occurred to me I hadn’t touched the topic since! A few folks have poked me on YouTube, asking about my braces, and how long I had them. One guy even asked what made me get them, and his comment stuck out since it was left on a review video!
(A note to the above photo: I rocked my braces as Darla at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and had a great time. I even had the great pleasure to pen an article for Disney Family this year!) But people wanted to know, and I realized that I, too, had wanted to know before I had gotten braces for the second time. So I washed my hair and set up the camera before the kids came home to do a LIVE session on my FB page about my experience. No plan, no sweat, just me. The crazy thing was that I got all into my feels. I wanted y’all to know how much support I’ve felt from y’all during my treatments, and that a few hurdles that really set me back in the early days don’t come close to the love and smiles that I’ve had from you. And that FEELS REALLY GOOD.
Adult Braces: Where I Am Now?
I’m 20 months into treatment now, and I’ve come so far! Four bicuspids removed in June 2016, which took really until September to heal and properly start closing gaps. If I had to do it all over again, I’d do the removal FIRST, completely heal and then slap on the braces. Yes, I did get the added benefit of straightening the front in the meantime, but it was hard with both at the same time. This was me the first day on braces, stepping out of the office:
I came home and wrote a post about getting Adult Braces a few months later (I attribute this to my nerves!) But can you see how some of my teeth aren’t even in the wires… that’s how misaligned they were. Below is the first week of December 2016, meeting my Ohana, my 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel family. Would they accept me with braces? Oh yeah. We love each other very much.
And here is a picture from October 2017. Nearly a year after the previous photo. Can you tell the difference? I can! Everything is in line (finally) and the gaps are closing. My birthday is in the Spring, so I’m crossing my fingers that everything comes together before then, and I get one heck of a birthday present of being set loose onto all the foods that I really miss! If you’re headed for or wearing adult braces, leave me a note about your journey. I’m proud of you!