I am a 35 year old woman who had braces in high school then Invisalign as an adult to fix the teeth that moved back after not wearing a retainer for many years. I wore Invisalign for 2 years and 2 months. I "completed" my treatment in January but my two problem teeth are still in similar placements from when I started. See photo of before Invisalign and after. I don't see a big difference. However, Invisalign did straighten my bottom teeth for the most part, except for one canine tooth. (You can look at my Invisalign Review for more information.) In any event, my doctor recommended either another set of Invisalign trays which may have taken another 7 months or Fast Braces at no additional cost. Of course, I chose Fast Braces as mentally I was done with the Invisalign Trays. I was only supposed to have them on for about 6 months and had to wear them for 2 years. I was done! So I am patiently waiting for my appointment to get metal braces. I have 5 days to go. I am excited but nervous at the same time. I'm excited as I get one step closer to my ideal teeth but I'm nervous as I'm going to have metal braces at age 35. It wouldn't be a big deal if I had a job where I was only on the phone, but I have to see people every single day in person. I hope this doesn't change they way they see me. I already look younger than 35 and braces will make me look even younger (not that I'm complaining about that)! I'm just worried they won't take me seriously. Luckily, Fast Braces is only supposed to take 3-6 months. I'm hoping for the shortest amount possible since I only really am trying to fix two teeth. Unfortunately, they have to move all teeth to move those two! Let's see how this goes. Wish me luck. I'll keep you posted.
Ready - Get Set - GO FAST BRACES GO!
Ready - Get Set - GO FAST BRACES GO - continued
Dr. Nguyen worked on the top arch first placing a button on each tooth (except one that he said didn't require a button according to the Fast Braces treatment recommendation). After the top was done, we took a 5 minute break. I took a photo of my top teeth with buttons (see last posting) and checked out the blister. At this point I only felt the pain and hadn't seen what it looked like. I put Vaseline on it but not sure if it helped. When they came back to the room, we started my bottom buttons. They put a different mouth guard on around my lips so that I didn't get burned again and so that they could get to my teeth easier. Placing the buttons was not hurtful at all but just took a lot of time. Maybe 40-60 minutes. Each button had to placed on each tooth in a certain spot. Each tooth surface had to get bonding on it and then the button had to be heated/bonded to the tooth. After both top and bottom was done, the doctor then fitted the top arch with the metal band. Not sure the right word for it. He marked the ends that past the teeth and then cut them off. He then placed clear bands around each button to hold the metal onto the tooth. I could have chosen a different color but I wanted clear to be "professional" for my job. The same was done for the bottom once the top was done. After all rubber bands were placed around the buttons, they then showed me how to put rubber bands on the brackets to help with my bite. This is my least favorite part. It's hard to get it around and takes time. This is also the most painful part of me having to wear my braces so far.
Today was the first full day with braces for me. I woke up to use the restroom in the middle of the night and my mouth was so sore! I took Asprin to help with the pain. Not sure if it worked because I went back to sleep. When I woke up, they still hurt. I took some more Asprin. For breakfast, I typically eat cereal but my mouth hurt so much that I only had a yogurt and banana. Healthier anyway! Around 10 am I usually eat a granola bar for a snack but that too was too hard to eat. I was able to eat it by breaking it into small pieces but it was annoying. Every time I eat I have to take my rubber bands off and after brush fully. So this is going to keep my snacking down. It's hard for me to talk with the bands on and I'm supposed to wear them 22 hours a day. I think it's them that causes most of my pain. Around 5 pm when I got home, I took the bands off and I have much less pain right now. I also took ibuprofen instead and that works well. I made Shepard's Pie for dinner in hopes I can eat it cause there is not much chewing needed with that. Hopefully the pain goes away some tomorrow. I'll keep you posted.
Fast Braces Working FAST!
One Month - Top Braces OFF - DONE
Photos of Top Teeth 1 month Post Fast Braces without Retainer
During this visit, my dentist will also check out my bottom teeth to see if it's time to remove the braces. I believe it is as that one problem tooth has finally moved. There is a space now like the top tooth but I'm okay with that. It can be fixed with bonding if need be.
I'm going to my dentist during my lunch break. I wish I had more time to get the bottom braces off, get my bottom retainer made and get my cleaning. However, I think I can only get the cleaning. We'll play it by ear and see what the dentist says. I'm really looking forward to getting the top space filled with bonding and it looking complete. I'm 90 percent happy. :) Anxiously waiting for Monday.
My Appointment Results - March 17th
Today after work, I go in for a check up on my bottom teeth movement. I have a feeling that they may remove the braces. I feel that they are almost perfect. The one problem canine could use just a little more twist movement but not much. Wonder if they can fix that. I should be getting the bonding on my top teeth today! :) Photos to come.
Yesterday's Appointment - Bonding Done
We bonded the front, top, left tooth and the problem top tooth next to the right, top, front tooth. The color bonding they used matches my tooth exactly. You can't tell where the bonding was done. I can feel it though as it's a little gritty but that will get better with time. It made my side problem tooth a little wider and longer but not enough to make it look weird. It's different than the other side tooth but that's okay. Teeth aren't necessarily all the same size. They also bonded the corner and bottom of my top left tooth as it was curved up/had a chipped look. They evened it out. Does it look too long or about right? I keep thinking it's longer than the other front tooth because I'm so used to seeing it so short but maybe it's in my head. I'll post a photo soon so you can judge and tell me yourself.
I go back to the dentist in two weeks to have my bottom braces removed. Then I should be done my entire treatment other than getting a permanent retainer. What What! :)
Bottom Braces To Come Off on 4/9
Now that i have the bonding on the top, I feel the chip and the space look better but now I'm being more critical on the two teeth next to the top teeth. I feel like they aren't aligned right with the bonding. They look like they are pushed back some. I asked my dentist about the one problem tooth and he said that's the best they can rotate it. It won't go any further. So that one I have to deal with. Now the other side tooth to the left looks smaller and behind. Maybe it's just me or the shadow. I might just be nitpicking or being too harsh on myself. I'll post photos and see what you think.
Too Hard On Myself
Not much change.
Bottom Braces Off but Bad News
I went in for my visit yesterday and got my bottom braces removed. Everything looks good and straight on the bottom. No changes are needed. However, the dentist was still not happy with the top after I pointed out what bothered me. So the bad news is that I'm back to invisalign again for who knows how long. They took impressions and are sending them away to see how many new trays I'll have to wear on the top to fix the two incisor teeth next to the two front teeth. They are pushed back and need to move forward. So I had 2 years and 2 months in invisalign. 1 month for top braces. 2 months for bottom braces. Now back to invisalign again. Good news is this is all included in my original fees. No extra money. Please visit my invisalign posting for future reviews as my fast braces are now complete.
After Fast Braces Results
These photos are of my teeth as of 4/10/14. I got my bottom braces off yesterday. Happy with bottom but need to finish top with Invisalign. See that posting for updates.
I met Dr. Nguyen originally in January to discuss changing from Invisalign (which is also done in his office by Dr. Bruni) to Fast Braces (which Dr. Nguyen performs). Dr. Nguyen examined my teeth, took an x-ray and had an impression done so he could study my teeth before my 2/3 appointment where I would get the Fast Braces placed on my teeth. Dr. Nguyen has a great personality. He is bubbly and funny and had a nice smile. He himself had braces on for I believe 5 years total. I am looking forward to getting my teeth fixed by Dr. Nguyen.