My Braces Review – Part 6 – Four Months On Braces
Four Months On Braces
I have been on braces for four months now (three months from my last update). I must say that my teeth has straightened out quite a bit! 😀
I have put together a pictorial update of my progress over the months. Pictures speak a thousand words and you can see it for yourself!
May 2013 – 1 Month on Braces
As you can see, my right canine tooth is still protruding.
June 2013 – 2 Months on Braces
Some of my rubber bands turned from pink to yellow after I had McDonald’s curry shaker fries. Yikes! Please refrain from McDonald’s curry shaker fries if you want to maintain the colour of your rubber bands. They stain real bad! I’ve tried curry with prata and it’s okay.
Went for my second tightening session and changed to lilac rubber bands. The colour’s pretty, isn’t it? Coil springs were also fixed onto my bottom row to create space for the lateral incisors. Also, my right canine tooth is more or less aligned already! Doesn’t it looks way neater?
July 2013 – 3 Months on Braces
I’m comfortable with braces by then and could smile more naturally. So if you’re in that initial awkward smiling stage, do hang on! You’ll definitely get used to it as time goes by. 🙂
Went for my third tightening session and changed to dark blue rubber bands. I chose a darker colour on purpose so it wouldn’t stain as badly when I have McDonald’s curry shaker fries. You may be amused at the extent I would go but hey, I’m a curry lover!
The coil springs also created space and brackets were fixed onto the two bottom lateral incisors. Finally, my entire bottom row is connected to the archwire! It’s still very crooked, but we’re making progress for sure. Clear rubber bands were also hooked from the buccal tubes on my top first molars to the canines to help close the gaps between the top premolars and canines.
August 2013 – 4 Months on Braces
Went for my fourth tightening session and changed to dark purple rubber bands. Connected rubber bands (also known as power chain or c-chain ligatures) are used on my top and bottom central and lateral incisors (except the bottom left ones). FYI, the connected rubber bands are used to close gaps between teeth or move groups of teeth together simultaneously. For now, we’re working on closing the gaps from my extracted pre-molars.
My bottom row is also slightly straighter as compared to the previous month.
Here’s a side by side comparison of my teeth from pre-braces and the current state:
Isn’t it quite an improvement in just four months? I believe the progress can be even better if I can go for tightening every four weeks instead of five weeks. It’s been difficult getting appointments with Dr. Alfred Cheng on Saturdays so the earliest slots are five weeks ahead.
Over the months, my downtime after each tightening has reduced. It’s like my teeth has gotten used to the pressure and I have to eat porridge for only one day instead of three days when I first began to wear braces.
Overall, I’m really pleased with the results thus far. So if you’re contemplating putting on braces, go ahead! As long as you find a professional and experienced orthodontist, the pain and discomfort should be minimal and the end result would definitely be worth it.
The only minor headache is deciding on a colour for my rubber bands every month haha! #FirstWorldProblems. Do you have any colours to recommend? Feel free to drop me suggestions or questions you have in mind! I’ll be more than happy to help. 🙂