Hello Sweet Peas!
Welcome to day 21 of Blog a Day in May!
I’m sure you already know what today’s post is about from reading the title. Yes, for the second time in my life I have braces. Thankfully I didn’t have to go through ‘train tracks’ again, but I do have to wear a retainer every night for as long as I have teeth.
The first time I had a brace I was 13 and I had them until I was 16. I hated them. I was a lot younger than a lot of my friends at the time, so when they all had braces they got to choose the colour of the elastic bands that went on them. When I got mine, this was no longer a thing and I had clear bands. Ten years later I am really glad because the coloured bands looked really bad after a few days, but explaining that to a 13-year old that wanted to be like all her friends was not easy… my poor mother.
I had these braces for three years and when I had them taken off my teeth were perfectly straight and lovely. I had a retainer which the dentist said I should wear until my early twenties when my teeth stopped moving. I wore it for a year, but then it cracked. The importance of this retainer was not pressed upon my parents, so they didn’t replace it. Ten years after having my original brace put on, my teeth and jaw are reverting to how they were originally! Three years of pain for practically nothing!
I decided to go back to the orthodontist and see about the Invisalign treatment. Apparently, this kind of treatment would not work for me and I had three choices. 1. I could have a retainer to maintain my teeth and stop them from getting worse. 2. I could have a train track put back on but it would move my teeth so they were slightly sticking out. 3. I could have 2 teeth removed, surgery to correct my jaw and a full brace to completely fix them…
Now, I am not a dentist, nor do I claim to be. But this didn’t sound right. I literally wanted one tooth twisted, how did that amount to jaw surgery? And as for removing teeth! I’m already missing four teeth! (They just never grew), why did she want to remove more? I was very confused and didn’t really want to do any of the above options, but at the same time, I knew I needed to do something to stop my teeth undoing all my previous dental work! So I decided to go with the nighttime retainer until I could afford to go for a second opinion.
The point of this blog post was not to rant, although that is what I feel like doing! The point to my rambling is to stress the importance of wearing a retainer. If you’re reading this and have a brace, are getting a brace, have just had a brace removed, or if you are a parent of someone who is one of the above; please remember how important retainers are. If you do not wear your retainer, at least every night if not all the time after having your brace removed, your teeth WILL move back to how they were. Maybe only a little, if you are lucky, but if you are like me then you might find in ten years time your teeth are back to being twisted.
I can’t be angry at my parents, because they didn’t know and weren’t told how important this was. So when my retainer broke, £120 seemed a lot of money to replace something that I didn’t need. My brother has just had his brace taken off and now they are hot on getting him to wear it because they saw from myself and my sister what happens when you don’t! If I could do it over again I could have begged them for a new one.
Recap! Wear your retainers kids, otherwise, you’ll be doing it all over again when you’re an adult!
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