East Building 3 Oracle Boulevarde,
Broadbeach, Gold Coast 4218
The wheels fell off a bit for the next few months and it was all my fault. I was sick, my family was sick and we had 2 sad events happen close together. I cancelled a couple of appointments and by then it was school holidays so trying to book a last minute appointment was more difficult and braces were honestly not my priority. So nothing much happened for a couple of months.
March came around and we were back on track. Melanie told me about this amazing thing which will honestly go down as the highlight of my entire QST experience – POWERCHAIN. I have since joked with her that if I was a dentist doing QST my entire approach to orthodontics would be powerchain as I think it is that amazing. Firstly, the old wire and bands were removed – my teeth were given a little clean and more interproximal stripping. Then – the powerchain was put on the top front teeth. It’s basically like a whole heap of the clear bands joined together and looks like a bit of a train track. The wire and bands were placed on top of the powerchain and it felt tight. I was excited because it felt like it was working. For the first couple of months, the movement was noticeable but since then, I have felt like nothing has really been happening. Melanie has shown my progress photos so I know and can see from them that there’s been improvement but it hasn’t been dramatic enough for me to notice on a day to day basis. The powerchain going on coincided with a juice cleanse that I had decided to do which was lucky as I don’t think I would have been able to eat anyway. My entire mouth hurt more than it had before during the entire process. Nurofen eased things but as I said, I don’t think I could have eaten anything other than soft food. The 3 days of pain was worth it though because that tooth moved so much. I was thrilled!
I almost skipped into the Oracle Dental rooms knowing that today was most probably going to be the day that we made the decision to take the braces off. Melanie was so fantastic. She told me if I was happy with the results we would proceed to take the moulds for the wires that would be adhered behind my teeth to prevent movement. I confirmed that I was very happy with the appearance and my only minor concern was that the very tip of that front pesky tooth was sitting back a fraction. She agreed that it was very minor and said that there may be a chance to improve it at the time the wire is bonded on. So I confirmed I was happy to finish.
First, the bands, wires and powerchain were removed. They mixed up some strange putty looking stuff and put it in my mouth with a silver tray and held it there for a few minutes and pulled it out for both the top and lower arches. It was explained that these moulds were going to be sent off to the QST offices overseas and that in return would be the little silver wires that would be placed behind my teeth. The process for that to happen takes 3 weeks. It was a little anticlimactic. Everything had to be put on exactly as it was taken off so the same wire, bands and powerchain. I made an appointment for 3 weeks and thankfully I was so busy during that time that it absolutely flew by. This appointment was less than 1 hour.