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I’ve only gone and got braces fitted!

I’ve only gone and got braces fitted!

Everyone has something about their body they would like to have fixed, right? Some have lots of niggles, some have one or two. It’s human nature to strive for perfection, it’s what make successful people successful and there’s no harm in that. And before you start hitting me with the whole ‘we should all love our bodies the way they are’ stick. I know that it can be damaging, but right now I’m on a little bit of a caterpillar type transformation, a journey to a fitter, healthier, happier me. And part of that journey is to fix a few of my niggles.

Starting with my wonky teeth. (the other one will be revealed soon)

Many, many moons ago I sat in my dentist chair as he extracted my wisdom teeth to rectify a little mild crowding at the front. A procedure I have now been informed doesn’t work. And as the years have gone on my little wonky front tooth has got worse and worse, something which happens as you age, so I’ve been told, and I’ve started to hate it with a passion. I know it’s there and it was all I could see in any photos.

Which takes me right up to where I am now, at the start of my teeth straightening journey.

It began with an assessment at a private dental centre. A quick in and out, being told I needed teeth removed at an extortionate cost. I left delated and wondering if my vanity was worth the cost of a small car? So I got a second opinion at the Exeter Dental Centre, smack bang in the middle of town.

the `Exeter Dental Centre where I' getting my ceramic braces fitted

Here’s where I realised that not all private dentists are the same. After a long telephone conversation with Mike, he talked me through what an assessment there would involved and all the different options and prices. There was no hard sell, like the previous dentists, and the decision was left totally in my hands.

When you’re considering doing something so drastic, it’s important you feel comfortable with your decision. And when I walked into the large modern reception I was immediately greeted my 2 friendly receptionists, and felt totally at ease. Even the telephone booking appointment was more like a chat with a friend.

I've started my journey to straighter teeth with some ceramic braces!

My assessment this time was worlds apart from my previous one. I had photos taken of my teeth and every option explained to me in a way that I felt so reassured that Alex, my dentist, would be the perfect person to help me sort my smile out. (I got quite emotional at this bit too!) 14 years of wanting to straighten my teeth was in reaching distance.

So that takes me to where I am right now, the morning after the day before. The day my ceramic braces were fitted. 3 weeks after my initial appointment, I sat in the dentist chair as Alex gently fixed each bracket to my teeth and attached the wire which will pull everything into place. Half an hour of listening to the radio, knowing I was one step closer. It wasn’t in the slightest bit painful, or uncomfortable. All you feel is a gentle pressure, the strangest thing is when you first feel them on the inside of your lips.

I’ve been warned that there will be rubbing and a little pain for a couple of days as I get use to the wires and other lumpy metal bits at the back of my mouth but was sent home with a care package of wax to place over them as well and some inter denatal tooth brushes.

I’m already feeling a little more confident as in a strange way it feels better showing people I’m doing something about my wonky teeth rather than trying to constantly hide them. Pizza, apples, crusty bread and chewy sweets are off the menu for the next 12 months, but that’s no biggie. And soup, yoghurt and porridge are all that’s on the menu for a few days as I get use to the feeling of the brace.

All that leaves me to say is that for anyone who’s thinking about doing the same, find a good dental practice, ask around, get recommendations and if your within travelling distance of Devon I can seriously recommend the Exeter Dental Centre!

The full journey can now be followed here:

  1. I’ve only gone and got braces fitted!
  2. Getting My Teeth Straightened -The Story So Far
  3. An Update On My Adult Ceramic Braces
  4. The big reveal!


on my way to the dentists to get ceramic braces fitted

On my way to the Exeter Dental Centre



  1. 2nd October 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Good on you! Wishing you the best of luck with your braces.
    My teen has had them on for just over a year now and her teeth are looking fantastic. She should be getting her’s off soon.
    I hope you are not in too much pain. My girls mouth was so sore for the first few days. Now they are only sore when she gets them tightened but paracetamol help. x

  2. Kym Chereck
    3rd October 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Good job. You have a beautiful smile and this will make you smile more! It’s the little things in life that make us feel wonderful:)

  3. 3rd October 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Ali – this is timely as I have been thinking about getting my bottom teeth done so it’s interesting to read your experience. Mine have got worse over time as well – good luck with all your caterpillar changes and for a more confident smile!

  4. 3rd October 2016 / 1:51 pm

    My sister is having adult braces fitted next month, I think it’s becoming pretty common these days. Hope all goes well with yours 🙂

  5. 3rd October 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Oh wow! I can’t wait to see the finished results! I have a tooth which bugs me too, I don’t think it’s massively wonky as such but I always think it’s really obvious in photos – probably one of those thing which nobody else notices but which annoys me!
    I hope you’re not too uncomfortable, at least you know it will all be worth it in the end!

  6. 3rd October 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Best thing I ever did was have braces….even though I hated them at the time! Well done you

  7. 3rd October 2016 / 6:22 pm

    I do think a good dentist makes all the difference! I’m terrified of the dentist but my new one is so nice and makes me feel so at ease! I’ve had braces and they’re really not that bad.

  8. 3rd October 2016 / 7:25 pm

    oh wow good on you. I would love to have veneers. Well I would like to have white teeth! I think you are brilliant for getting what you want done.

  9. 3rd October 2016 / 7:54 pm

    I have often thought about getting braces from time to time, as I wish my teeth were straighter – they seem awful since having children. Good on you for biting the bullet and doing it, I hope the end result is exactly how you hope it will be x

  10. 3rd October 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Wow, I was told I needed braces when I was younger and I decided not to go ahead, if I had known of the price now I am an adult I might have gotten them done 🙂 Looking forward to hearing more about the process and seeing the after photos.

  11. 3rd October 2016 / 11:37 pm

    I wish my teeth would be straighter as well, I have always wanted straight white teeth. Hopefully my dream will come true, well done you though x

  12. 4th October 2016 / 7:57 am

    Good for you for pursuing something you’ve wanted to do for a long time! Quite often we are made to feel vain if we don’t particularly like something about physical selves. Life’s too short to wish you could do something, so again, good for you!

  13. 4th October 2016 / 2:05 pm

    It’s awesome you have found a place that you feel really happy with and now you’re on your way to feeling miles better about your teeth 🙂 it’s always great to find a good dentist.

    Jordanne ||

  14. 4th October 2016 / 2:11 pm

    Well done for making the leap! It’s not just vanity, teeth are much harder to clean when there’s crowding, which can lead to problems. I hope you are pleased with the result!

  15. 4th October 2016 / 2:46 pm

    I love the fact you feel more confident already. Dentists can be hit an miss I think – we’re lucky to have a really good one but a dodgy one can put you off for life! You’ll have the fabulous smile you always wanted in no time 🙂

  16. 5th October 2016 / 9:27 am

    Good on you for getting them fitted, my sister is currently saving for braces and has had the same experience. The dentists have constantly tried to oversell, so she’s stood her ground and will keep looking. It’s a shame we’re so far North otherwise I’d have told her to read this x

  17. 5th October 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Go Ali! How exciting, but I have to say, I never noticed! I have a good friend who has done exactly the same. Her teeth bothered her for years. She had a brace to straighten them and has never looked back. She smiles A LOT more now too 🙂

  18. 5th October 2016 / 9:09 pm

    A good dentist can make all the difference I’ve found and I’m crossing everything that your journey has the outcome you want. They look great too – worlds away from the ones I had when I was sixteen!

  19. catherine hooper
    6th October 2016 / 11:34 am

    How exciting! my bottom teeth and crooked but i’ve never really thought about braces before.

  20. 6th October 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Good for you on doing this. Ross had braces fitted not long after we first met – his teeth look amazing now! I hope it all works out and you aren’t in too much pain.

  21. 7th October 2016 / 10:35 am

    That is great news. Well done. I remember having a brace when I was younger, it was only one I wore at night to push my bottom jaw forward and sucking my thumb as a small child had made it go back. Hope it is going ok and you are not in too much pain. xx

  22. 10th October 2016 / 6:17 am

    Being able to smile with confidence can do a whole of good for your confidence.Good luck on finding yours.

  23. 10th October 2016 / 11:21 pm

    good for you! I hd braces when I was a kid and probably need them again!

  24. 16th October 2016 / 9:38 am

    Adult braces do seem to becoming very popular and why not too. I think its great that adults (especially women) feel they can and should be thinking about themselves for a change x

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