Brace Watch Month 26/ Month 2

That’s right.

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.

Wire on braces 16 months

And this was her upper jaw yesterday, before she had her appointment.

Braces retain canines 26 months

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.

Retained canine smile


This is her bite after two months of treatment.

retained canines after two months of braces

retained canines braces 2 months

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!




Brace Watch: Month 8

On Friday DD1 finished school early and had her braces adjusted for the 3rd time since she got them.

She’s now at secondary school where they are not so happy about her taking time off for orthodontist appointments and the like; they prefer you make these for outside school hours. But our orthodontist is a tricky customer with limited appointments. We’ve learnt that you have to take them when they are offered. DD was going to have to miss double French for the appointment but I considered her attendance to be essential, as her braces haven’t been looked at since May!

DD’s school is 20 minutes drive away, and our dentist is close to home, so we had to factor in 40 minutes travel into the plan. We have to go and pick the girls up from the school office, they can’t just leave school for appointments, so it all took time and we were predictably a little late for our appointment.

DD was nervous, but the Orthodontist was in a good mood for a change. Although as brisk as usual, she told DD she was doing a great job of brushing, then removed the old wire and replaced it with a tighter one. She also put a bracket on DD’s ‘left behind’ tooth and added an extra bit of wire to include it in the brace. DD also has some lovely turquoise rubber bands this time around.

braces Month 8

DD found this adjustment left her teeth and jaw sore for 3-4 days and had to take ibuprofen to get help her sleep at night but she’s finally feeling comfortable again now.

It’s amazing how quickly teeth move. Only 4 days after being included in the brace, her left behind tooth has almost caught up to her other front teeth. Now her canines just have to come down properly- only another 16 months or so to go!

Braces 8 months on