Hello again! Amanda here with an update on my dental work with SmileMaker Orthodontics. (You may remember my initial post) Thanks to D.r Jay Burton and the amazing staff at SmileMaker Orthodontics, I am on my way to a better smile! Check them out if you haven’t already! I had my first appliance put in a couple of months ago. Here’s a picture, because I know you all love seeing the inside of my mouth!
The first steps of my treatment involve moving my upper back teeth back so that they are properly aligned with my bottom teeth. This appliance is secured to four of my upper teeth and has springs on the rods that go up and down each side of the teeth. Dr. Burton inserted some TADs (Temporary Anchorage Devices) in the roof of my mouth to secure the appliance and make sure that the springs are pushing the back teeth back, and nothing’s getting pushed forward.
The first week or so I was sore from my teeth beginning to move, so mashed potatoes and fruit smoothies were my friends! I learned quickly that bread, chicken, and pickles (my pregnancy staples) tend to get small pieces stuck in the nooks and crannies of the braces. My husband bought me a water flosser for Mother’s Day, and it’s pretty awesome at getting all those little bits out! Also, I’ve never been much of a mouthwash person, but I’ve found that brushing alone doesn’t give me the squeaky clean and fresh feeling that it did pre-braces, so I’ve developed a fondness for a good minty mouthwash after brushing!
I’ll continue to keep you updated on progress, lessons learned, and even a couple of recipes. Thanks for reading!