This is a loooong overdue update. But due to cancellations, my dentist only working at my practice every other friday and me having to swap days to be able to make the appointments has meant it’s taken loads longer that it should have done. But my braces were finally taken off 2 weeks ago and I’m thrilled with the results. I’m now starting the final phase which is at home whitening.
The appointment to get my braces off was a long one. I was in the chair 1 and a half hours, which is a long time to hold your mouth open. But there was a lot to do – I had my permanent retainer fitted which is a thin wire glued to the back of my teeth, my brace removed, some bonding done to 3 of my front teeth to close some gaps and even out the shape and impressions taken for my retainer and whitening trays. Plus a lot of polishing to get all the glue off my teeth. I sadly forgot to take a photo of my teeth just before the brace was removed but they hardly moved at all since my last photo which was when my dentist agreed they’d moved as much as they could and there was no point having the wire changed a third time.
The bonding was done to my 2 front teeth and my 2nd right (left on photo) tooth. As you can see my 2 front teeth were slightly splayed out at the bottom and one bigger than the other with ridges at the bottom. It’s hard to tell in this photo but my 2nd right tooth was also smaller than my 2nd left which also left a bit of a gap. The bonding is basically a cheap and easy way to fix small issues like this and didn’t take long. It’s quite a fiddly process though with lots of light, glue, water and air being sprayed into your mouth. I think the best way to describe it is that it’s similar to the stuff they use for white fillings – although I’m not entirely sure how different it is. As you can see in the latest photo it evened my teeth out and closed the gaps I still had remaining.
I went back yesterday to pick up my retainer/whitening trays and bleach. My top tray is a traditional hard plastic tray I’m sure many are familiar with which is doubling as a whitening tray to use with the bleach and a regular retainer to wear overnight as an extra precaution. The tray for my bottom teeth is a flexible plastic tray just for whitening. The bleach comes in these little syringes which you use to put a little blob in each tooth well before putting them on your teeth to wear for a couple of hours before removing and cleaning your teeth and trays. You’re meant to do this every night for 2 weeks and no more. If you want to go whiter you have to wait a week or two before starting again to give your teeth a rest – you are sticking bleach on them after all! My teeth have actually come out whiter than they were at the start but I think this is mostly due to all the polishing that was done when I had them removed so I’m not sure if I’ll do the full 2 week course. But the beauty of this is you can go as white as you want and then just top up when needed, as compared to getting it done at the dentist where you have 2 hours in the chair with the bleach and light and you just get whatever result you have at the end. The bleach itself is 6% hydrogen peroxide and came with 3 of the syringes which are filled with the product. Photos of the whitening kit are below…