Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! I'm Beth and i'm 18 years old, and in 26 days (7th September) I will be getting braces. I've decided to blog the whole process because in terms of my teeth i'm a pretty complicated case.
I've been going to my local dental hospital since I was 5 (yes! a whole 13 years!) due to me having a genetic disorder called Amelogenesis imperfecta, which put simply means I have little to no enamel protecting my teeth (head to http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/amelogenesis-imperfecta if you want more information). This means my teeth are extremely sensitive and yellow - at the moment I have various crowns and composite veneers covering them.
Unfortunately, this isn't the end of my problems - as i've grew my dentist (or dentists really) have noticed I have an anterior open bite, just to complicate things. I'll post photos before I get my braces so you can see what I mean - basically my top and bottom teeth don't join together at all. It's hard to explain.
Anyway, the solution to all of these problems is going to be a pretty lengthy process. As my teeth aren't in good condition to start with my orthodontist is unsure whether the brackets will stick to the composites, but she said we will try braces and see what happens.
As of today I have had bands cemented to my back teeth in order to try to get the wire to stay in place better, and I can tell you they are hurting like hell, basically ripping into the side of my cheeks. Again, you'll see them in my 'before' photos.
After I get my brace fitted I have a nice wait of 1 1/2 to 2 years before I have jaw surgery, then after that we have another 6 months of braces. Then after that, when my teeth are nice and straight but not necessarily attractive, I have the whole restoration process which will be when I get porcelain veneers glued onto what is left of my actual teeth.
So, I have a long road ahead of me. I aim to have the perfect smile by 7th September 2014 - three years from the day I get my braces. But we'll see, to be honest i've waited 18 years to smile confidently with my teeth, whats another 3 going to do?