This TADs (temporary anchorage device) and braces update is long overdue, so let me catch you up on what's been going on! First here are some progress photos since my last blog post!
(4 months since last braces update)
gaps are extremely stubborn, but are sloooooooooooooooowly closing
teeth have moved up significantly since the last post
my right side (your left) moves way quicker than the opposite side.
it's always a struggle keeping them even.
these gaps have been testing my patience...a loooot. but as long as there's some progress I'm good.
ignore my gross canker sore in the corner of my lips, but my overbite has improved a lot too! I used to not be able to see my bottom teeth at all when I would bite down!
If you go back to my last braces update, you can see my gumminess has reduced a bit. The TADs are holding up and still going strong (thank goodness). In the last four months I've been seeing my orthodontist every 3 weeks and we recently upgraded to a thicker wire on my top teeth. My bottom teeth are pretty straight, but I've been wearing my elastics (in "Japan"), to correct and maintain the proper bite alignment.
Overall not much has changed in my treatment. It's been pretty standard (change out the chain elastic and put a new one on, and occasionally move to a thicker wire).
This probably is the longest and slowest part of my braces journey so far. I do see the improvements after many months, but it's definitely slowed down since I first got braces (which is to be expected btw). I just have to keep being patient and HOPEFULLY the gaps will close by early next year.
Being realistic though, the end of February 2020 will mark 2 years of my braces journey, so depending on the rate of when my gaps close, I'm looking at another year or so of braces. This is a little disappointing, but it's no one's fault. It's just the game my teeth want to play.
I also wanted to answer some questions I received regarding TADs on my Instagram.
Q: How often do you have to maintain/adjust your TADs?
A: Once my orthodontist has attached the elastic chain from my teeth to the screw, I get the elastic chain changed each visit. As far as the TAD or mini screw itself, there's no "adjustments" that are needed. To clean it, just gently brush it with your toothbrush when you brush your teeth.
Q: How long did the TADs procedure take?
A: I requested to be put under anesthesia for the procedure, so it took about 45 minutes to an hour from start to finish. This includes the time it took to prep me and put me under as well.
Q: If I were to get TADs, should I take the day off for recovery?
A: There's a few factors that come in to play when deciding whether or not to take the full work day off. It depends on if you are awake during the process or choose to go to sleep with anesthesia, and your pain tolerance. If you choose to be put under, I definitely recommend taking the day off because you will need someone else to pick you up and take you home since you cannot drive after the procedure. Your gums and mouth will be sore for sure, and it will take some time to adjust to feeling the mini-screws in your gums. If you have the procedure done with local anesthesia and are awake, you could technically go back to work, but talking and eating will not be comfortable for the remainder of the day. I had my procedure done on a Friday so I had the weekend to rest up and heal, which helped out a lot.
That's all for this update! I hope this was helpful and if you have any other questions, ask them below or feel free to DM me on Instagram! Thanks for stopping by!