The braces are on!

So the day finally came and my braces have officially been put on! The whole process took about an hour and didn’t hurt at all. Patty, who is our clinical coordinator, assisted Dr. Holliday with the whole process of putting my braces on. I had to make sure that I stayed very still and to relax my tongue because my teeth had to stay very dry, otherwise, the brackets will not stay on.

Here’s Patty and I before we put the braces on:

This is how the brackets look like before they’re on my teeth. I decided to choose the Damon Clear brackets. With Damon Clear, only the upper brackets are clear:

While putting my braces on, we managed to take a few pictures:

After the braces were put on, my teeth only hurt for the first 2 days but I took some Ibuprofen and the pain went away. The reason why it hurts for the first couple of days is because my teeth are getting used to the pressure from the brackets and believe it or not, my teeth are already beginning to move! It’s been 3 days and others and myself are already beginning to notice changes! Remember, no pain equals no gain. I’ll be back often to post more pictures of my progress and how my teeth are changing. Stay tuned!

And this is how my teeth look like with the braces on:

The pink things around the brackets on my lower teeth are color elastics that you can choose to put on your braces or not. We have many colors to choose from and I decided to go with pink.


Hey Everyone!

Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to get braces. Now, with the help of Dr. Holliday and our team at Holliday Orthodontics, my dream is going to come true!

The process begins first with an exam from Dr. Holliday, where he determined what really was wrong with my teeth. He concluded that I had a class II anterior open bite with some crowding. My biggest problem was my bite because when I ate, it would be difficult for me to bite into things since my front teeth weren’t touching.

Next, we took some pictures of my teeth and took a few x-rays. We took a panoramic x-ray and cephalometric x-ray, which helped Dr. Holliday take a closer look at my teeth, along with my jaw and bone growth.

One of the most exciting things that we now have at Holliday Orthodontics is our new scanner! We used to have to take impressions with a play-doh material and most people would hate it! With the new scanner, we now simply just scan, or take images, of your teeth and voila! So lastly, we took a scan of my teeth and in a few minutes, a 3D image of my teeth was ready for Dr. Holliday to help plan my treatment.

Here’s how my teeth looked like before braces: