East Building 3 Oracle Boulevarde,
Broadbeach, Gold Coast 4218
Going into my second review, I knew things were changing. My iphone teeth selfies showed me the proof and I could tell when I was brushing and using these tiny little pickster brushes that were recommended to me by the lovely Oracle ladies that everything was going to plan. The overlapping front teeth had moved so much that whereas I had struggled to floss between these teeth and I could now easily clean between the teeth without any drama. However, I was beginning to wonder what the process was from here – most of the movement seemed to have happened already. Melanie took a look and assured me that there was still work to be done – the third visit included a new heavier wire (tooth coloured again), a full band change and another ligature. She also started to do some interproximal-stripping. I can’t lie – it was a very strange sensation……….it felt like thick floss moving between my clean. Melanie explained that the stripping creates a little room between the teeth to allow them to move. She also showed me that even though I was mostly concerned about the teeth moving into a straight position, there were also some teeth that needed to turn slightly. On this visit I was also shown my before and current progress photos which were pretty impressive (if I do say so myself!!) Firstly, I have never seen my mouth at that angle before and secondly, I still can’t believe how quickly my teeth moved. When I think back to when I had braces as a teenager in high school, I can’t believe how much easier the Quick Straight Teeth system has been so far. This appointment was super speedy, maybe half an hour at the most. I guess I asked less annoying questions 🙂
At each visit, Melanie reinforced how important it is to keep my teeth clean while the braces are on. I had noticed that I was struggling to get a super good clean. They suggested some special toothbrushes might help so I did some hunting and found a braces toothbrush at the Discount Chemist Warehouse. It has a special groove in it to fit over the braces to remove the plaque from my teeth better. It certainly was a good investment at only $6 as it really works well. As you can imagine, I was really happy to be visiting and getting the wire changed. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that in my case there are only 3 wires for the QST treatment and moving forward there was now only tweaking required. I have no idea why I was surprised as it was clearly explained to me that this was approximately a 6 month treatment. As there was some wear and tear on the existing wire, Melanie offered me a replacement one. I believe they had to order additional wires in especially – the service at Oracle Dental really is amazing! I felt like the ladies there really understood my desire for the braces to actually be as invisible as possible and they made me feel totally comfortable about wanting a new wire. I received a wire change, interproximal stripping, quick ligature and band replacement and more photos – I think I was out the door in 45 minutes.
It was a new year and I felt like I was on the downhill run. I had begun to get a little too used to the braces and started to push the boundaries. It had clearly been explained to me that I should avoid brightly coloured foods and drinks during treatment. But one night I accidentally ate a few spoonful’s of curry. When I realised I ran to the bathroom to brush my teeth immediately. I have never been more relieved to see that nothing had happened – my braces looked fine and the bands looked clear. But the next morning when I woke up the bands were bright yellow. I was horrified! The braces themselves were still clear but the tiny little bands holding the wire in place had gone this fluoro yellow colour and I felt so self-conscious. I rang Oracle Dental and they offered for me to come straight in and get the bands changed which was so very kind but due to my schedule, I just couldn’t arrange a suitable time so I was stuck with the fluoro bands for a couple of weeks until my next appointment. It was a lesson to be learned the hard way!!
At this appointment, Melanie asked me if I felt ready to start considering getting the braces off and while I was excited by the prospect of having them off, we both felt like there was a little bit more improvement that could be done on that pesky front tooth. It had moved so much but it was still overlapping the one next to it slightly. Melanie discussed a couple of options with me and recommended that we do some more inter-proximal stripping and then re-assess at the next visit. I received new bands (thank GOD), photos but kept the same wire which was pretty good still from last time.