A Year Ago I had Cfast Adult Braces Fitted

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This time last year I drove to The Dental Studio in Colchester to have my set of Cfast adult braces fitted. It feels like such a long time ago and I just remember how incredibly nervous I was and how much my whole face hurt after getting the braces put on.

A Year Ago I had Cfast Adult Braces Fitted

I have now been brace free for over six months – the whole process took just over five months – and my new smile doesn’t feel so new anymore, it just feels like me. It feels like the smile I was always meant to have.

I wrote about the whole process of having braces as an adult, including a video diary, and watching the video back makes me feel so emotional – I really was a different person then. Before having the braces fitted and whilst having them on I had no confidence – something that changed towards the end of the process when I saw my teeth getting straighter and I just couldn’t stop smiling even with the braces.

Now, I smile all the time. I am happy to chat to new people, I am happy to be talking on video and I love having my photo taken. I feel like I have come fully out of my shell for the first time in my whole adult life and I wish that I had known getting my teeth straightened would have this effect on me – I would have had it done so much sooner.

A Year Ago I had Cfast Adult Braces Fitted

A year on from getting adult braces fitted and my teeth don’t feel like an extra part of me anymore – they are just my teeth. I have fixed retainers behind both my top and bottom teeth and I wear a removable retainer at night. I can’t floss but use tepe brushes instead and my teeth are now one of the most important parts of me – I am looking after them as well as I possibly can.

It’s amazing how much difference having straight teeth can make and a year on from getting the braces put on I feel like a completely different person. It’s been quite a year on so many fronts and it’s nice to look back and see how far me – and my teeth – have come.

You can read about my full teeth straightening experience – and see the video – here. If you’re debating whether to do it, go for it. It may end up being so much more meaningful than just straight teeth.


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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