a/ I haven’t updated Brace Watch for almost a year, and
b/ I now have two daughters wearing braces.
First up, DD1. She’s now 13.
She was only supposed to have braces on for 2 years , but she’s probably got another 12-18 months to go thanks to a disinterested NHS orthodontist who left her without a wire on for about 4 months, and basically pissed around with her teeth.
Our new orthodontist has achieved more in the last 8 months than the previous one did in 16. Unfortunately, at our last appointment yesterday, she told us that she too is leaving. Who knows what the next one will be like?
This was DD1’s mouth after her last treatment with the old orthodontist last May.
And this was her upper jaw yesterday, before she had her appointment.
Such a difference! Finally her canines have come down.
Also, in January DD2 , who is 11, had braces fitted for the same reason as her older sister. Dodgy canine teeth seem to run in our family.
DD2 has a couple of issues that make the fitting of braces a little tricky .
Firstly, she has ASD and some sensory issues, so I was worried how she was going to cope with the feel of braces on her teeth and in her mouth. I thought there was a possibility of her having to have them removed early, but figured it was probably worth a crack.
Secondly, she plays the trombone and braces can really interfere with a brass player’s technique.
The first week of her wearing braces was quite difficult for everyone but she did get used to them, and made no fuss at all about yesterday’s adjustments.
I forgot to get a photo specifically of her teeth before she had them fitted, but this close up gives you a good idea.
This is her bite after two months of treatment.
As her canines have moved down, her front tooth gap has closed too.
It’s so far, so good for us as far as braces are concerned and our next appointment isn’t until June. Fingers crossed that the surgery has a replacement orthodontist by then!