Braces (for underbite) Journey Updates

I can’t help but feeling excited in sharing this piece of good news with you guys!

My previous post regarding my braces in June saw me wearing braces for my bottom row for the first time, after putting on braces for the top row of teeth for about 5/6 months.

After putting on braces for the bottom row, in about 2 days’ time, I was able to ‘jump’ the bite and as days go on, my jaw shifted, teeth moved and my bite became better and corrected eventually.

It’s mid July now and here’s a little update on how my current set of teeth looks so far :

Photo 18-07-2013 04 50 37 PM

You can see that I have almost completely jump the bite with my 2 top front teeth overlapping my bottom one. My recent visit to my orthodontist saw me changing to thicker wires with the top row held with a 16mm wire and the bottom with a 14mm one.

Each visit gets my teeth tighten with thicker wires. As from June, I have been instructed to put on the elastic bands to align and shift my jaw.

It was quite a terrifying moment when I noticed that the elastic band on the bottom left actually caused one of my tooth to be pulled backwards. Consequently, leaving a gap between my teeth!

If you would recall (or you may just refer to my picture below), my bottom row of teeth doesn’t give me any problem, in fact, the problems that I had faced and also the reasons why I decided to wear braces (at such an old age!) was because firstly, due to my underbite and secondly, to straighten out my top row.

My bottom row has also been blessed with straight teeth.

So can you imagine how I felt when I saw the gap between my teeth?!

I was so afraid that I decided to stop wearing the elastic bands for 2 days!

Even with that, I knew I couldn’t live without it for long because I need to shift my jaw with the help of these elastic bands. Moreover, I was told by my friend who is also wearing braces that she once removed the elastic bands for awhile and caused her teeth to move and position crookedly.

I definitely don’t want that, so I put the elastic bands back on after 2 days.

However, when I told Dr Lim about the gap, he delightedly told me that it’s actually good and said something along the lines of being able to have “more space” when the jaw shifts even more.

As a result,Dr Lim changed the wires into a stainless steel one so that he could bend it for me to hook on the elastic bands.

If you refer to the picture above, you would see that there’s 2 circle wire hoops at the bottom. Yup, he bent it so that I can hook on the wire instead of the small hooks on the teeth brackets, so that it would shift my teeth again.

Although I have not achieved the perfect smile and teeth yet, I must say that I am really elated at what I’m looking at now, comparing to what I had previously before braces (see 1st pic in Jan)

So it may be true that those with underbite can be cured with only braces which can help you jump the bite.

The only worry I have now is that I still cannot smile properly and naturally, which could be due to 2 reasons.

Firstly, because of the restrictions caused by the braces and elastic bands and secondly, because the length and width of my jaw are still the same. So I would still look weird smiling with my teeth shown.

With chin augmentation/reduction, this would solve all the problems. But I chose not to.

Nevertheless, here’s the comparison for my teeth throughout the braces journey so far…

braces jan to jul

Psst, feel free to ask me about anything here : http://ask.fm/jeangan18 🙂

6 comments

  1. Melissa says:

    I do see a difference. Congrats! =)

    Thank you for taking the time to reply my email on queries relating to Invisaligners.

  2. kim says:

    Hi! So you put the elastic in yourself and could take them out? Or were they meant to stay there all the time? I think I’m getting them in the future and I’m a bit worried about having these awful bits of elastic like attaching my top and bottom jaw when I’m eating and stuff

    • jeangan says:

      Hi there, yes the elastic bands can be worn and removed by urself. U should try and get them on for 24/7 except during brushing of teeth and eating. Also, whether u need elastic bands or not would depend on ur condition and dentist’s advice 🙂

  3. Veron says:

    Hi Jean,
    I also have mild underbite like you where the first few teeth are sunken in.
    My dentist said no need extraction of any teeth, wearing braces alone can shift the bottom in and the upper row out wards.
    Did u do any extraction?
    Can email me at velvet_fuzzion@yahoo.com.sg?

    Thanks babe!

    • Jean Gan says:

      Hi dear, I did not extract any tooth but I guess that varies individually. I am guessing it’s due to my wide jaw.
      Prior to wearing braces, I did extract all 4 wisdom teeth, although it was never intended for braces purposes.
      I only decided to put on braces after I extracted the wisdom teeth 🙂

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