My Braces Journey: Installment, Adjustment, Ligatures and Retainer

I have been contemplating on getting braces since I was about 16 years old. The first orthodontist that I had visited told me that I had to get braces on both top and bottom teeth. Unfortunately, I only wanted to get braces 😀 on my top teeth.

In early 2016 I decided that I should get my braces done. I visited the orthodontist along with my friend seeing that she had her braces installed. I did my free consultation and took pictures of my teeth so that the orthodontist can keep a record of my progress.

Braces journey before and after

During this period I did not shop around, I just went ahead and began my braces journey. The orthodontist scheduled my braces appointment for April 12, 2016. I was overly anxious, so I watched a few braces journey videos on YouTube just to get an idea of the entire process. I anticipated the return of the Orthodontist in April in order to install my braces. In case anyone is interested, this is the orthodontic contact details that I went to:

Boston Orthodontics
Patricia L. Brown, D.M.D., M.P.H
Front street #209,
Sint Maarten, N.A.

Break down of my braces journey

First visit: Free Braces Consultation and Pictures

Cost: $100 (pictures)
The orthodontist checked my teeth, took pictures and recommended getting my teeth clean by a dentist prior braces installment.

Second visit: Braces installment

Cost: $500 (first installment) + braces kit

Monthly braces appointment for tightening I will be paying $100 x 15 estimated months

On this very day, I took 1 million and one selfies because I knew that I was about to miss my ‘oh so beloved’ space teeth. I invited my friend to come along with me to the orthodontist while I get my braces installed.

Through a majority of the entire process I had to keep my eyes closed while my teeth were sand down, cemented and brackets were being applied to the individual tooth. At one point my mouth got extremely dry since I had a smile maker and cotton stuffed inside of my mouth; this was enforced to prevent my teeth from getting wet so that the brackets glued to teeth properly.

I had taken painkillers beforehand, so I did not feel any pain from the braces but it took a while to get used to wearing them.

Orthodontic Tools

Read how to floss while wearing braces

The orthodontist gave me a braces kit which included a travel size kit which included a travel size toothbrush, dental floss, floss threader, dental mirror, and orthodontic wax which I hardly use. The orthodontist also showed me a different technique of brushing with braces since I will have to clean the individual brackets and floss between them.

After I was done I went straight to eating and drinking. I was cleaning my teeth like crazy because I had food stuck all over my teeth. Read how to keep mouth clean while wearing braces

Fourth visit: Changing Elastics and Tightening

Cost: $200
It took approximately 3-4 months before my gap was closed. My orthodontist changed the archwire and gave me some fresh elastic ligatures (color ties).

teeth imprint

Seventh visit: Changing ligatures and bottom retainer

Cost: $200

So this time I notice that my gap is completely closed; my teeth don’t seem as big as how they had appeared before. They look a bit smaller as if I barely have teeth. My teeth are not protruded but a little straighter than how they had been before I got my braces installed.

On this trip; my orthodontist took the imprints of my teeth so that she could be able to make the retainer for my bottom teeth. A soft pink bubblegum alike product was placed into my mouth to carve out the shape of my teeth. This was placed in my mouth until it became hard for about 5-8 mins. On my next visit to the orthodontist, I will receive my retainer that will help to close the small gaps on my bottom teeth. I am getting closer to getting my braces removed; just a few more months to go and I should have nicer, straighter teeth. Bye! Bye! Gap.

If you ever had braces, feel free to share your braces journey experience with me. If you are thinking of getting braces, also ask me any questions regarding getting braces that you would like to know.

Braces journey before and after


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1 Comment

  • Penelope Smith

    I liked that you pointed out that you need to make sure that you change out your elastics. It is good to know that using elastics will really help close the gaps in your teeth. It does seem like wearing the elastics could help you close the gaps quickly.

    February 14, 2019 at 11:26 pm Reply
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