Today’s my third official women with braces update and it’s been almost five months since I got them. In this post, I’ll be talking about what foods I avoid to NOT break my wires or brackets. Can’t wait to share my progress shots as well, so let’s get to it!
The first week I had the braces was definitely the worst so far in regards to mouth pain/soreness, so definitely stock up on yogurt, soups, oatmeal and protein shakes/smoothies. As for the rest of the time, here’s a list of things most dentists/orthodontists mention I’ll let you know what hasn’t bothered me or not:
Now to the fun stuff! Let’s see what’s going on with my teeth, right!? As a reminder, here’s the first pic from when I first got them on:
I know you can’t tell much a difference with my top teeth just because my issues on top were never extremely visible all the time/from all angles, but look at the bottom! And just because photos from the front don’t do the top much justice, I managed to get some aerial shots, lol:
The blue things on the back teeth are called ‘turbos’ or ‘bite blocks,’ and they’re used to prevent you from biting down and knocking the brackets off if your teeth overlap a little.
This month, we upgraded my wires again on both the top and bottom (fourth wire on top, third on bottom)! I am really pleased about that because I’ve always read that the more often your teeth seem ready to upgrade the wire, the faster they’re adjusting to movement. I hope that’s true. My orthodontist also reinforces the wires with individual wire ties underneath my rubber bands/ligatures – which I’ve learned isn’t something ALL orthodontists do on all teeth, but apparently my doctor is a perfectionist and likes the results he gets when certain teeth (or in my case this last month, EVERY tooth) has wire ties. I am thinking this is what’s helping my teeth move as efficiently as they have.
I have to be honest, the last adjustment didn’t hurt at all. I talked about thinking I’d be having some major pains the next two months in my last update, but nope. We really are focusing on straightening out the bottom over the next couple of months and you can tell it’s working. They warned me the wires and ties would be painful but I swear, the first month has still been hands-down the hardest. Yay? Haha…
That sums it up for this month’s braces update! Next month, I’m going to be sharing some cosmetic/makeup (lip products) I’ve found either helpful and/or flattering since getting braces. Check back for that post on April 25th.
If you have any questions or comments about my braces treatment or just want to vent, feel free to leave a comment below and/or send me an email at [email protected].
What foods have you had good or bad luck with while wearing your braces?
Happy teeth cleaning,