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Dianne really needs to get some braces
« on: 26. September 2023, 13:46:30 PM »
Chapter 1

"Anyone fancy a cuppa?" asked Paige. She had just walked into the 'Music Room' with a tray in her hands, on which there was a large teapot, a jug with milk, a strainer, along with 6 mugs and a tin of biscuits.

"Oh, yes please!" replied Dianne.

This morning, Carol, Jenny, Dianne and Linda, along with Callum, were tidying up the Music Room: over the last year or two, it had got a bit cluttered, and become a bit of a 'dumping ground' for old musical instruments, cables, tech kit, and the like. And that box of old stage costumes they had found earlier. Plus another box of old 'merchandise' from their first tour.

Next week, the four girls from Northern Girls would be coming to stay nearby (they had found a rather nice AirBnB about 10 minutes away, with plenty of space for the four band members, their manager, plus a couple of others) for a few weeks, and whilst four of them could easily work in the Music Room, it was a bit tight with eight of them.

Linda lined up a table next to the big settee, where Paige put the tray.

"I see quite a pile of stuff outside, looks like you're making progress..." commented Paige.

"It's taking far too long: the girls keep finding stuff and start talking about it...." replied Callum.

"Well, we're not in a big rush, and it IS fun looking at the stuff!" added Jenny. "We actually found a few useful bits too. Callum found an old small mixer that he'd been looking for, plus a load of old cables that will come in useful."

"And we have a box or two full of stuff that we can give away to our fans...." added Carol.

Paige poured out the teas, and passed them around. "Hey, Paige, remember these?" asked Jenny, passing over a small bag with a handful of old CJD badges in it.

"Oh, wow, yeah, I do, and I still have mine: you gave us each one of these that day you first met us all in the park." said Paige with a big smile. She suddenly giggled. "I remember you turned up in your headgear, and you'd posted your first picture in it earlier in the day! Who would have thought back then that I'd end up working with you?"

"Yes, I'd bumped into Suzi the day before: I knew her from church, but she worked out that I was Jenny from CJD... I had to ask her to keep it a bit secret. I could tell she wanted to kinda 'show off' that she had met me, so I agreed to meet you all the next day..."

"I'm glad you did: we had so much fun being your 'SuperFans'!" replied Paige, picking up her cup and drinking her tea. "You know, that was the first time I'd actually seen someone wearing headgear."

There was a brief lull in the conversation.

"Thinking about braces..." said Linda, "I have a question for Dianne..."

"Oh gawd, here we go again..." mumbled Dianne.

"Actually no. I was going to ask whether, if I got braces, you might feel better about getting them?". Dianne just picked up her cup of tea, and took another mouthful. "Look, I'm not suggesting you do it for me, just do it for yourself."

Carol smiled, showing off her retainers. "Maybe I need to get some 'proper' braces again too?" she commented. That seemed to get Dianne's attention. "You know, it WOULD really look pretty cool if all eight of us went on tour with braces!"

"You... you... you guys would REALLY get braces to support me?" said Dianne.

"How long have we known each other, Dianne? And you question whether I'm willing to support you? Of COURSE I'm bloody well willing to support you: you're 'family', and that's what 'family' does!" said Carol. Dianne looked visibly shocked at this sudden showing of support for her.

"Look, Dianne, it's clearly your decision," added Jenny, "but yes, we're 'family'. We do what should be done to help each other. And besides, Carol's right, it really WOULD look pretty cool if we all had braces. Kinda sends out a good positive message to the world too! What do you think, Paige?"

"It sounds like a great idea, but don't expect ME to get braces too!" she replied.

"Oooh, you really should, I reckon you'd look really cute with braces" said Jenny with a big smile, making it very clear she was joking.

"You know, when Taylor told us about Meg's braces, I did sort of wonder whether to ask you guys if you'd do the same for me," said Dianne. "but I decided against it..."

Linda leaned over and put her arm around Dianne. "You know, it's odd: when you're on stage, you are such a positive person. Like when we were up in Leicester playing support to Darkest Knights... when they were doing their sound-check and a short rehearsal, you kinda muscled-in and almost insisted on playing with them - and I'll add that your drumming was absolutely excellent that night with them - but off-stage, you're... well... the best word I can think of right now is 'meek'".

"I guess that's just the way I am....".

"And I suspect that's part the reason you like playing the drums: you can kinda hide away behind them..." added Linda.

"The odd thing is that you never USED to be like that!" said Carol. "So what changed?" She thought a moment. "I also remember that you used to smile a lot more... and I'm starting to wonder if there's some sort of link there?"

Dianne diverted her eyes away from the group. "I've never really thought about it, but you're probably right. I am actually embarrassed by my lower teeth these days."

"Well, I don't know about the rest of you," said Jenny, "but *I* want my old Dianne back again, which means just one thing, and we'll be right there with you, supporting you!"

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« Reply #1 on: 04. October 2023, 11:00:43 AM »
Chapter 2

The girl on the desk at Archway Orthodontics (Jenny's ortho, and now also Carol's) got quite a surprise when the four girls walking into reception. While she had met Jenny twice before, and knew who she was, this was ALL FOUR members of the group!

"Good afternoon, how can I help you?" asked the girl, trying to stay as composed as possible.

Jenny smiled, showing off her lovely metal brackets. "I think you probably know who we are, don't you. Anyway, we have a double appointment booked with David, under my name - Jenny Stevens - just in case you've forgotten!"

The girl on reception smiled back, revealing that she too had a nice set of metal on her teeth. "Yes, that's fine. Would you like to go through to the waiting room?"

"We can certainly do that, but I reckon you'd better get your phone out first, something tells me that you know exactly who we are, and would absolutely LOVE to take a selfie with us. Would I be right?"

"You don't mind me doing that?"

"Not a problem, but if you post it online, be a bit 'curious' of why all four of us are here together, will you? It will be a bit of fun for our fans to get wound up a bit! They'll find out the full truth probably next week.... Ok, ladies, let's get ourselves in front of the 'Archway Orthodontics' sign..."

With the selfie taken, the four of them went and sat in the waiting room.

"Tell you what" said Dianne, "This is a bit nicer than my previous ortho's place!"

"I have no doubt about it! I'm guessing you went to an NHS ortho as a teen... this is what you get with Private Practice! Although it DOES cost a bit more.... you sure you're going to be able to afford to get braces here?" said Jenny, teasing.

"Hmm, difficult choice: three new drumkits, or get braces? Which should I go for?" replied Dianne, which raised a chuckle from the others. "I mean, for Linda, it's gonna be more like 5 new guitars or braces! So what's your ortho like then?".

"David is a really nice guy, and so's his assistant." said Jenny.

"I'll agree with Jenny: when I came here for a new retainer, it was a MUCH nicer experience than when I was at school. You're seeming to be pretty calm about all this, Dianne, you ok there?"

"A bit nervous, but I think now I've accepted that I'm actually doing this, I'm feeling better. And I'll be honest, having you guys with me - and all of you getting braces too - is making me feel a lot better!"

"Well, it's alright for all of you," said Linda, "at least you have SOME previous experience of braces, this is something 100% new for me!"

"Well, you DID get looked at by an ortho when we were in Korea!"

"True, but there was never any plans on getting graces there. This time I know I'm going to get braces, one way or another, and it's not gonna be clear aligners, is it?"

"Yeah, sorry about that!" said Jenny. "But on a more positive note, it's not only gonna look totally awesome with all four of us in braces, but when we team up with Northern Girls, there's gonna be EIGHT of us!

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« Reply #2 on: 04. October 2023, 16:46:11 PM »
Looking forward to the treatments they get prescribed

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« Reply #3 on: 10. October 2023, 13:57:54 PM »
Chapter 3

"Hello there, Jenny, would you like to come through?" asked Angela - David Bright's assistant - who had just come in the room. She suddenly froze as she recognised the other three girls. Yes, she had met Carol before, when she had come in to get, and then collect, her retainer, so she was easy to recognise. Angela's brain worked fast, realising that if there was FOUR of them together, it was very possible that the other two might be Dianne and Linda: she quickly scanned her memories, and confirmed what she thought, and a huge smile came to her face.

"Hello Angela, you already know Carol... this is Dianne, and this is Linda.... although I have a feeling you already worked that out!" said Jenny.

"Yeah, ummm, wow, all four of you! What brings ALL of you here today then?" she asked as she led them back into the surgery.

"Oh, just listen in when we explain things to David!" replied Jenny.

As Angela took them into the surgery, she announced to David: "We seem to have all four members of CJDL with us today!".

David turned to see the four newcomers. "Jenny, nice to see you again, Carol too... erm..."

"Linda and Dianne" said Angela.

"And Linda and Dianne, nice to meet you too. Come and sit down, and tell me exactly why all of you are here today! I just noticed that you actually booked a double session..."

The four of them sat down, as did David. "Come on, Angela, do join us, I know you want to hear what's going on!" said Jenny. Angela looked at David, who motioned for her to join them all.

"So, you remember a little while ago I told you that we were over in Korea - that's when my bracket fell off!"

"Ah yes..."

"So not only did the lovely lady ortho fix my bracket, she took a quick look at all of us...."

"Ok.. do go on..."

"Unsurprisingly, she was happy with my progress, and she was very happy with Carols teeth too. Whilst she explained that Linda's teeth weren't quite perfect, they were plenty good enough. However, Dianne has some rather bigger issues. Dianne, maybe better for you to explain..."

"Well, I had quite a bit of braces treatment when I was younger. I had bad buck teeth, and started off with some twin-blocks and headgear, then had metal braces, elastics and so on. At the end of it all, my teeth actually looked pretty good. Until about a year or so ago, that is. My dentist explained that it was caused by my wisdom teeth coming in: there was enough space for them at the top, but not at the bottom, and that I should probably have my wisdom teeth removed. And if I wanted my teeth fixing, I'd inevitably need braces again."

"Have you had your wisdom teeth removed yet?" asked David.

"No, I'm still filled with wisdom!" joked Dianne.

"Ah, ok. That all makes sense. But I do have a question for you: why have all FOUR of you come in? I'm sort-of guessing you're here to support Dianne? So why did you book a double appointment?"

"Ah, right, yes. Yes, not only are we here to support her today, but we want to support her through her treatment: we ALL want to have braces!"

"You ALL want braces?" said David, rather surprised. To the side, Angela was smiling: she was trying to imagine what 'CJDL in metal braces' would look like!

"Yes. I mean, I already have them...." said Jenny.

"And I'm thinking that you could fit me with braces again, so they could work as my retainers" added Carol.

"And whilst I wasn't originally planning on getting my teeth fixed, if it helps Dianne feel better with HER treatment, then I'm up for it too!" said Linda.

"Yeah, I definitely need braces....." said Dianne. "Let me tell you a bit more: there's a Canadian group that we're going to go on tour with later in the year, and one of them needed braces, so the other three of them got braces to support her. As Jenny said out in the waiting room: it's going to look pretty awesome having all eight of us on stage in braces!"

Davis smiled: he finally understood what this was all about. "It sounds like I need to have a look at all of you then: Jenny, you're due for your regular check-up anyway, so we'll get you into some fresh ligatures, then I'll look at the rest of you too. How about we start with Jenny then Carol. Then Linda, and do Dianne last: from what you say, you're probably going to to need the most detailed treatment! And Angela, while I look at these ladies, maybe you can go and do some panoramic x=rays?"

"Of course. Who should I do first?" asked Angela.

"Why not start with.... erm, Linda, wasn't it? Then she'll be ready for me to examine. Then do Dianne."

Linda was slightly upset that she wouldn't get to see Jenny's braces in detail, but went with Angela, who took her along the corridor and into a small room. Amongst the many bits in there was a white machine mounted on a big pole that was braced against the wall, with a big arm on top in an inverted 'U' shape.

"Ok, Linda, let me put a disposable mouthpiece on the machine...". Mounted from the top of the 'U' was a frame that had a certain similarity to the machine you put your head into at the opticians, when they need to examine your eyes closely. "You need to rest your forehead here.... hold on, let me take it up a bit...". She pressed some buttons to adjust the height of the unit, so Linda could stand at it better. "That's right, now hold these two handles here, they'll help you to stay still. Now gently bite down on this bit. Perfect!" Linda wriggled a bit, to get a bit more comfortable.

"Are you ok there?" asked Angela. Linda used a hand to give a thumbs up. Angela walked to the far end of the room where a screen was mounted on the wall, and clicked the mouse a few times. A sort of panel, the size of a thick pad of A4 paper moved quickly around in front of her face, then slowly returned the same way as it took the x-ray.

"Ok, all done!" said Angela. Linda stopped biting on the plastic piece, and stepped out of the machine, and over to Angela.

"That me?" she asked, looking at the images on the screen. Whilst Linda had seen pictures online that showed a 'flat' picture of all of someone's teeth, this one was in full 3D.

"Yeah, it's pretty cool, isn't it? Here, let me show you...". Using her mouse, she rotated the 3-D view of Linda's jaws, letting her see how her teeth were in her jaws: it was just as if it were a picture of a skeleton's mouth.

"Wow, that is amazing!". Linda could see her teeth, with their roots, as well as the bones of her jaws, all shaded to give an amazingly realistic view.

"We can also zoom in to get more detail..." explained Angela, showing Linda her molars and roots in her jaw.

"Looks like I have long roots" commented Linda.

"Yes, and whilst I'm not the expert, I'd say they are looking really good, so no reason you can't have braces. Ok, let me just save everything, and remove that 'bite-stick', then we can go and see how Jenny is getting on."

In the meantime, David asked Jenny to sit in the treatment chair, which he reclined back, such that Jenny was lying more in her back. "Feel free to come and watch: as long as you don't actually get in the way, stand where you like..."

David fitted plastic lip spreaders into her mouth, and took a look around her teeth. "Yes, everything is looking good! Let's get your old ligatures off, then remove your archwires..."

David picked up a tool with a pointed but hooked end and used it to deftly remove all of Jenny's old ligatures, removed her two archwires, then took another look in her mouth. Next he sat the chair up. "You know where the floss is, do go and have a good floss!".

"You know, ladies, this is one of the best bits of coming to the ortho: getting to easily and properly floss your teeth!"

"While you do that, have a think about what colour ligatures you'd like me to put on."

"Oh," said Jenny, as she walked across to the sink, "show Dianne and Carol what you've got, they can choose today!"

Normally, Angela would have got out the selection of ligatures for him, but she was taking X-rays of Linda, so he got up, and got them from the drawer himself, and showed Dianne and Carol.

Both of them were quite familiar with ligatures, both having had braces as teens. For them, there were two questions: a mix of colours or all the same? And WHICH colour(s)?

"You know, I reckon it's time she went pink!" said Carol.

"Yeah, nice and bright... how about THIS one?" said Dianne.

"Mmm, yes, good choice!"

It didn't take too long for Jenny to floss her teeth. "Pink? Yeah, why not, not done pink before, usually shied away from it." Then she saw what Dianne and Linda had chosen. "Yes, that IS a bright pink, isn't it, but what the heck!". She was about to sit in the chair again, when David interrupted her.

"I was thinking that now might be a good time to scan your teeth again, just to update your records, and for that, I'll need Angela's help: so while we wait for her, why don't I take a look at your teeth, Carol?"

"Sure, no problem" she replied sitting in the chair. As David reclined it, she asked "do you want me to remove my retainers?"

"No, leave them in please, I'd like to check their fit...". With Carol reclined, he fitted another lip-spreader into her mouth, and started with a general look around Carol's mouth, then - having quickly referred to his dental records - specifically at the tooth which had needed moving. Next, David put his fingers into Carol's mouth, and gently pulled down her upper retainer. Next he took out her lower retainer "As I suspected, they've got slightly looser, I'll tighten them both in a moment.

With her retainers removed, David had a good look at Carol's teeth. "That canine looks to be in just the right place now, it just needs time for the bone to fully heal now, so keep on wearing the retainers for the moment... and something tells me that won't be a problem for you. Ok, let's make a few tweaks...". David picked up Carol's top retainer, and used some shiny stainless steel pliers to slightly bend the adams clasps and other wires so that they held on like they used to originally. He then put it back into Carol's mouth, where it seated with a nice 'click'. "Does that feel ok, Carol?" he asked.

Carol could feel that there was a tiny bit more pressure from the wires now, but it wasn't a problem, so she nodded.

"That's good, let me do your other retainer now." Once more he bent the wires a tiny bit, and put it back into her mouth, then removed the spreaders. For Carol the effect was a bit like removing then refitting a body harness: they seemed to fit in place a bit more positively.

"I'm assuming you've had no problems with your retainers?"

"Well, apart from the lisp to start with, no. My mouth is so used to them now that it feels odd when I take them out! And no speech problems, or singing either!"

"Ah, that's good news. Ah, they're back!". Angela had just walked back into the room with Linda.

"Oh, did I miss Jenny?"

"Nah, I'm not actually done yet, David needs Angela to help him scan my teeth. He just removed my ligs and archwires so I could have a floss, so took a look at Carol in the meantime."

Angela heard what Jenny had said, so went and got the scanning machine ready.

"Tell you what, Carol, as you're already in the seat, why don't I scan you first? I want to scan you all anyway."

"Yeah, no problems with that. I guess I need to take out my retainers?"


Carol put her fingers into her mouth, and pulled down on her top retainer: with the clasps and wires being a little tighter, she needed to apply a little more force, then the same with her lower one.

Angela passed the scanning wand over to David, who started to scan Carols teeth: as he did so, an image of Carol's teeth appeared on the screen. With the scanning done, he had a careful look at the image. "Yes, that looks fine!"

"You seemed to do that a lot quicker than last time!" commented Carol.

"Yes, I've been reading some helpful articles that gave some useful hint's and tips. The initial scanning actually takes a tiny bit longer, but I don't seem to need as much re-scanning to fill in any gaps I missed. Angela, can you get up Carol's previous scans of her upper teeth, and superimpose the new one?"

"Ah, yes, so you can see the movement of her canine....". About 30 seconds later, she had two images on screen, and spent a few moments moving and zooming them. At last she was able to alternate between the two images: all of her other teeth remained in the smae place, but you could see a small movement of her canine: originally it was slightly out of line, now it was nicely in place.

"Ok, Carol, that's all looking good. Jenny, would you like to swap places with Carol?".

With Jenny sat in the chair, and reclined, David started by scanning Jenny's teeth, as everyone watched the images appeared on the screens. David took a few moments to look at the scan: "Yes, you're doing very well.... ok, lets refit your archwire and new ligatures." Pink ligatures, of coures!.

"Oh, yes, nice colour!" said Linda "Who chose it?"

"We did!" said Carol.

"I had a feeling it maybe wasn't Jenny! But I will admit, it does look 'very Jenny'!"

A few minutes later, with all her ligatures fitted, Jenny took a look in the mirror, and smiled. "Definitely bright, but I do like it!"


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« Reply #4 on: 15. October 2023, 14:59:12 PM »
Chapter 4

"Angela, while I take a look at Linda, would you like to take Dianne for her x-ray, please?". While Angela took Dianne out for her panoramic x-ray (which I won't bother describing, it was just the same as Linda's!), David invited  Linda to sit in the treatment chair, which hye then reclined.

Before fitting another clean set of lip-spreaders, he asked Linda to smile for him, so he could see her teeth in a 'natural setting'. He then fitted the lip-spreader, and looked more closely. "So, yes, your teeth are, both dentally and orthodintically pretty good, and as you say, not perfect, but very acceptable. So, with braces, I'm sure we can give you that ACTUAL perfect smile! Your lower arch is generally very good, as is the front of your upper arch. The main issue you have is that your upper pre-molars are both slightly rotated, and at a very slight angle, and I can see that this has created a slight amount of wear on your lower premolars."

Just then, Angela returned. "Ah, excellent timing, we can scan Linda's teeth". It was clear that whilst the scanning equipment could be operated by a single person, it was a lot easier with a second person: David operated the wand, while Angela turned the scanning on and off as needed. The scan nicely showed the slight issues with Linda's teeth, and afterwards, David briefly highlighted her issues on the images.

"From a practical perspective, I need to spend some time looking at all of your scans and x-rays before I can definitively state that I can give you all braces, but after I've had a look at Dianne's teeth, we can all have a preliminary chat. So, while I look at Dianne, Angela, maybe you'd like to take Carol for her x-ray, then do Jenny?"

Linda got out of the chair, to be replaced by Dianne, who was feeling a bit nervous.

"It's ok, Dianne, this bit's the easy bit..." said Jenny.

"Oh, I know that, I'm just worried about exactly what David will see, and what my treatment will be: you know I was never over-keen on braces!".

Linda came a bit closer, and held her hand. "Don't worry, we're all here for you!"

Once again, David had an initial look at Dianne's teeth before he inserted a fourth set of lip retractors into her mouth. Over the next 5 to 10 minutes, David had Dianne bite down, open, move her lower jaw forwards and backwards, as well as side-to-side. All accompanied by the occasional "hmm"s and "ah"s as he tried to understand the orthodontic issues that Dianne had.

David's slow investigation of Dianne, linked with how quick Angela was as doing the panoramic x-rays, meant that as David finished looking at Diannes mouth, Angela returned, having done x-rays for both Carol and Jenny, which meant that they could now do a scan of Dianne's teeth.

As the image built up, Jenny was taking a close look. "Wow, I never quite realised how bad your teeth had got!"

With the final scan done, David asked the four ladies to go and sit in the lounge area, while he had a preliminary look at the 4 x-rays and the scans, then joined them all.

"So, let's start with the easiest first: Jenny, your teeth are looking good, probably another 6 to 9 months to go, then retainers... but from your reactions at earlier appointments, I suspect you don't have a problem with that. Carol, your roots are looking great, as are your teeth, so I don't see any problems letting you have braces."

"Linda, your x-rays are also good, and your issues are relatively minor, apart from your slightly twisted molars, your teeth have only minor issues, which metal brackets should fix quite easily. As for those two pre-molars that are a bit twisted: the way I'm thinking is that I would fit two tiny screws inside your mouth, and matching attachments on the inside of those two teeth, and use elastics to rotate the teeth... that's in addition to the force that an archwire will give on the outside."

"Is that gonna give me problems speaking... and singing? And will I need to have thos metal bands on my molars, Like Jenny has?"

"Jenny, you had an expander which was maybe 5 times worse than what you'll have... your comments, Jenny?"

"Don't worry, Linda, you'll soon get used to them! They sound like they're a LOAD smaller than my expander was!"

"And as for molar bands: no, there's no need for those... and Carol won't need them either. As for how long the treatment will take... I'm kinda guessing at about 9 months."

"Oh, that kinda lines up with when the tour is likely to finish."

"And finally Dianne...."

"Yeah, something tells me I'm gonna need a bit more than these guys!"

"Well, first of all, the reason for your problems: you had braces as a teen, so I'm assuming that round of treatment left you with good straight teeth. Yes, I think your dentist was right, most of the issues you have have been caused by your wisdom teeth finally dropping into place. There's almost enough space for them in your upper jaw - but not quite, and there's a distinct lack of space for them in your lower jaw. The result is that, whilst your upper teeth are actually still lined up pretty well, everything has moved slightly forwards, such that your front teeth now protrude a tiny bit more than maybe they should. On your lower jaw, you've not been so lucky, and the pressure has caused your lower teeth to become noticeably crooked, especially at the front."

Dianne nodded. "Yeah, that all makes sense... so I'm guessing I need to get my four wisdom teeth removed?"

"Yup, absolutely. So as for your treatment, we really need to get your remaining teeth pushed back a bit in your jaw - in effect to where they were before this all happened. If you were having your first round of treatment, I'd probably have suggested removing your lower pre-molars, but I'd prefer not to do that. So, you saw what Jenny had at the beginning of her treatment: how would you feel about wearing a headgear, along with a lip-bumper? The facebow on the headgear would be on your top teeth: whilst it wouldn't need to do much in itself, it would allow me to add elastics between your uppers and lowers, to help move your lower teeth back: that's in addition to having a lower lip-bumper, which would help move your rear molars back. Of course, that might need to change when I've looked at your scans and x-rays in more detail."

Dianne looked a bit worried.

"They way I see it" said Jenny, "is that there's maybe 3 options for you: do nothing, and I'm guessing things will get worse..." Jenny looked over at David.

"Yes, Jenny's right there."

"Second option, at least get your Wisdom teeth out, hopefully that will stop things getting worse, and they'll stay pretty much as they are now..." Again she looked at David.

"Give or take a bit, yes..."

"Or bite the bullet, and get them fixed. You KNOW you would like to have those lovely straight teeth you used to have back again. And headgear wasn't THAT bad for me... besides, I could have got away with not wearing it in public. The lip-bumpers push your lips out a tiny bit, but are actually quite comfortable. And remember, you're not doing this alone, we're all here for you, all wearing braces with you...".

"Yes, unsurprisingly you are 100% right, I really DO need to do this. And you don't realise how much it means for you to be doing this with me. So what's my timscales?"

"We can give you an appointment to have your 4 teeth out this week. The good news is that your roots look really nice and straight, so I think I should be able to remove them with only minor trauma. I'd suggest taking maybe 3 or 4 days off just relaxing afterwards. The extraction holes will take maybe 6 weeks to fully heal, but I could put your braces on two or three weeks after your extractions... you'll need to pop in for me to fit 'spacers' about a week before that though. And how long? I'll guess at 12 to 18 months, assuming the headgear and lip-bumpers do their job ok."

"What you REALLY mean is 'as long as I wear them enough' don't you? Don't worry, I'm sure I'll cope"

"Yes, I do... but before I do anything, I need to look at all the scans and write up formal treatment plans for the three of you: Carol, yours should be quite simple! Dianne's will be a bit more complicated. And knowing who you are, I'll assume the price is not going to be a big issue... don't worry, I won't 'rip you off'! And you all want to have medium-sized metal brackets? Or do you want to go large?"

"If we go large, do we get extra fries to go with it too?" asked Linda, joking.

David smiled at the four girls. "I wish more of my patients were so positive about getting braces!"


(just corrected a couple of - hopefully obvious - mistakes)

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« Reply #5 on: 16. October 2023, 18:42:49 PM »
Good job @sparky

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« Reply #6 on: 16. October 2023, 21:50:23 PM »
I'm enjoying the continuation of the CJDL series of stories. Maybe someday I'll get around to listing them all together in TheArchive.

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« Reply #7 on: 17. October 2023, 09:43:15 AM »
I'm enjoying the continuation of the CJDL series of stories. Maybe someday I'll get around to listing them all together in TheArchive.

The nice thing for doing the writing is that the story-verse already exists, so I can quickly dive into the story....

In case anyone isn't sure, the timeline here pretty much continues after the Carol storyline....

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« Reply #8 on: 24. October 2023, 12:53:05 PM »
Of course, one of the issues of having and re-using an existing universe are that occasionally 'continuity mistakes' happen. Unlike a professional writer, I don't keep a full database of everything every character does... I do keep certain details, and try to look stuff up if relevant, but they are just fun stories for me, so it's no big deal to me if there's mistakes occasionally.

The first one I found that isn't an issue yet (and I might be able to hide away!) was in the 'Linda J' story, where, soon after joining CJDL full time, she meets a guy called Dave. I'll get around that one by simply saying 'it didn't last long so wasn't important'!

The other one comes from my 'Asian Braces in London story', which I was looking at yesterday to get certain references from: in Chapter 51 Danny (the protagonist) meets up with Ben, and they go out clubbing with Jenny and Linda. At one point Linda dances with Danny, and they have a short braces chat:

"You think I'm coming out clubbing with a guy, and not having a nice dance with him?" So I put my arms around her, and she put hers around me.

"So, is that retainers or actual braces?" she asked me after we'd been dancing a while.

"Retainers. You sound very knowledgeable!" I replied, phrasing my words carefully.

"Ah, yes. I still have my retainers somewhere" she said, "although it's been a while since I wore them!"

"I'm guessing you had probably braces as a teen then?" I asked carefully. I had to assume that Linda wasn't like me.... or Ben for that matter....

"Yeah, my teeth were a bit of a mess, and I had several different braces... I started off with a pair of chunky removeable ones to help push my bottom jaw forwards". Ah, twin-blocks then, I thought. "It also had a screw thing in the top - boy that used to hurt when it was adjusted. Then I had brackets - like Jenny has - for a while. Then the retainers". So twin-blocks with an upper expander, then simple brackets, then a pair of Hawley retainers! It was fun trying to imagine Linda with all of those braces!

"Which you don't wear any more! But your teeth look ok to me, so it probably doesn't matter too much any more"

So, I'm gonna explain that away by saying that whilst the 'Asian Braces' story-verse is amazingly similar to this one, it differs in the fact that Linda never got braces in this one! Or maybe I just call it a retcon? Interestingly, the treatment there has similarities to what Dianne seems to have has when she was younger.

Just finished watching a new K-Drama, "Doona!",: it stars Bae Suzy, it's about an ex-KPop star... Bae Suzy is of course still a KPop star and actress, so has a very relevant background for the series. There were a few IMDB reviews that said the way that Doona behaves in the story wasn't credible: I'd say it is actually very credible.... Luckily my CJDL girls seem to be a lot more pleasant (probably because they weren't brought up in the strictly controlled KPop environment!).

One storyline I'd love to do, but can't work out quite how to do it, is to have CJDL meet up with Baby Metal!!! The issue is that the sort of music that CJDL probably do is nowhere near the sort of stuff that Baby Metal do!  Maybe Baby Metal teams up with Darkest Knights, and the girls meet them that way?

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« Reply #9 on: 24. October 2023, 18:03:13 PM »
Don't worry about the continuity errors, most pros don't use databases either and they make all kinds of mistakes. Much more important is the prose and characterization, and you're doing very well there, as per usual.

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« Reply #10 on: 31. October 2023, 11:05:59 AM »
Chapter 5

All four girls went back to their own flats for the weekend: it gave them the chance to spend some quality time with their other halves. Not that they didn't often meet up with them during the week, it was just a longer drive for Ben, Mike or Tom.

Three of them had a large letter sitting on their doorstep waiting for them: their treatment plans - Jenny was the odd one out, as she didn't need one, of course.

Carol's was very simple: it clearly stated that whilst she would be fitted with upper and lower metal brackets, there would be no active treatment, but she should still attend for regular appointments just to be sure, and, of course, to have her ligatures changed.

Linda's was relatively straight forward, apart from the couple of mini-screws needed. She had a look online, and smiled: she had just thought they would get screwed in in some random place, completely forgetting about the roots of her teeth: yes, the screws would have to be carefully positioned, to be between the roots of her teeth. Obvious when you think about it really! Looking at the pictures she found, she could see that they might get a bit annoying, although she was sure she's quickly get used to them. As for the braces... yes, she knew from others that they would hurt her lips and cheeks for a while. And whilst it was easy to say 'it's a lot easier getting braces as an adult', she was still a little apprehensive. At least Jenny had made it easier for them by being SO open about her braces, but she did wonder what their fans would say when they revealed that they ALL had braces!

Dianne's treatment was the most complex. She already had an appointment for Monday to have her wisdom teeth removed: even if she completely bottled out, and didn't get braces, she knew that her wisdom teeth just had to go. At some point, she would need a very short appointment to have spacers fitted: Jenny had told her all about them, and to make sure she was dosed up well with pain-killers, as it was very likely they would hurt, albeit only for a day or two! A week later she would get her braces installed, including molar bands (which is why she needed the spacers, to make space to fit the molar bands.

She would need to wear a headgear for her upper teeth, as well as a lip bumper on her lowers. Again, this was something she'd spoken with Jenny about. Jenny had said that she should expect actual pain for a few days, but after that, it would become more of an ache, and that the more she wore them, the less painful and annoying it would be for her.

And in addition to all that, she would need elastics on the sides: these would need to be worn in conjunction with the headgear, to apply a backwards force onto her lower teeth.

The good news was that their tour was still a few months away, so by the time they hit the road, she would hopefully be 100% at home with her braces, although there was a lot of work to be done between now and then: rehearsals of their new music, recording the new album, as well as rehearsing for the tour.

Dianne went into her kitchen and made a coffee, glancing up at the clock as she did so: Mike would be over on an hour or so.

Hmm, Mike... Things with Mike hadn't been going so well recently. Their 'new couple honeymoon period' ended ages ago, and now they occasionally exchanged cross words. It was hard for Dianne to say exactly what the problem was, but she had a feeling that the fact they weren't seeing as much of each other during the week wasn't helping. Over the last couple of months, the four girls had been spending most of the week at their shared house, working together on their music. After their second tour, they had started spending a lot of time apart, and as Carol had said, it was affecting the band's dynamics, and things had greatly improved since they started spending more time together.

Ideas were flowing a lot easier, and Dianne had spent some of the time working with Linda: since joining the group as a full member, she had discovered that she was indeed able to not just write music, but the words to go with it too, and in that respect, she was probably more able than the other three of them. Dianne was great at writing lyrics, and was quite able to tweak the music that Jenny had created, but she found it quite hard to come up with a brand new tune. Also, Linda had shown a strange ability as both writing and performing a different sort of music: music for anime's, and had been working on a few advanced ideas for a possible upcoming new anime series being created in Korea. And whilst it was a slightly different style of music, all the girls actually liked it: it was different, and it had its own challenges musically. They had all had a go singing the lead, but only Linda was able to have the voice needed to sing it.

So, back to Mike. Yeah, things were a bit 'shaky'. They had never actually had a full-blown argument, it was more just odd comments, and actions. In principle, Dianne was really happy going out with Mike: being a part-time musician, he understood better than most what being a musician was like. But recently things had been strained. She didn't think... and really hoped... that Mike wasn't seeing anyone else, although she had wondered about it many times. Maybe the two of them just needed to sit down and have a good chat, see if they could work things through. Work out what the problems were, and try and fix them...


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« Reply #11 on: 31. October 2023, 16:34:52 PM »
Maybe Mike will be pleasantly surprised by Dianne getting braces and it will bring them closer together...

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« Reply #12 on: 05. November 2023, 17:40:33 PM »
Chapter 6

We jump forward a couple of weeks: Dianne had her wisdom teeth removed on the Monday after the weekend in the previous chapter, and she took the rest of that week gently, staying at home for the first couple of days. The following week her extraction sites were doing well, so she had her separators installed: the whole appointment lasted under 15 minutes, and that included David checking out her extractions!

Today, they are all getting their braces installed. Ok, so Jenny isn't, but she's gone along anyway!

So, let's remind ourselves what's going on... Jenny: no change. Carol: getting brackets fitted that will simply act as retainers. Linda, getting active braces, 2 micro-screws and 2 buttons on inside of two molars, but no molar bands. Dianne: metal brackets, molar bands top and bottom, headgear and lip-bumper.

Carol was first in the chair: David suggested that, as she had had braces before, it would be useful to let mainly Linda - but also Dianne - see what needed to be done. Carol had already given her teeth a good brushing before getting into the treatment chair. With her reclined back, Angela gave Carol a pair of 'sunglasses' to wear: they were to protect her eyes from anything that might accidentally happen, as well as reduce the glare from the bright light that would be shining in her face. Next, David inserted the lip spreaders that Angela gave him, holding Carols lips out of the way of her teeth, thus allowing David - and the others - to see Carol getting her braces. Angela also inserted a suction tube into Carol's mouth: this would remove excess saliva, and any water that got sprayed into her mouth.

The first thing that David did was to pick up a syringe that contained something blue, and pointed the needle at the middle of one of Carol's teeth: as he pressed on the end of the syringe, a blue gel came out of the end. As he repeated the process on her other teeth, he explained that the blue gel was acidic, and was used to 'etch' the tooth surface, so that the glue used to bond the brackets to her teeth would have a better surface to attach to. About 30 later he rinsed it off, before applying another liquid to the teeth from another syringe.

"This is what's called a bonding agent, it 'primes' the tooth - kinda like with gloss painting - so that the resin I'll be using to hold the brackets in place will adhere better". He then used an air gun to dry it.

"So, these are the brackets I'll be fitting: you'll notice that they all have slightly different shapes, that's just to make them fit better on the different teeth" explained David

"So, how do you make sure you don't get a bracket for the right hand side on the left?" asked Linda

"Oh, see the coloured dots? They indicate which quadrant of the mouth they are for. The dots wear off after a few days.... So, next thing I need to do is to put some adhesive onto each tooth, add the bracket, then use a UV light to 'activate' the adhesive. Different people do it in different ways, I like to do the brackets in groups, then activate them, before doing the next ones."

David took the syringe that Angela passed him, and put adhesive on Carols top front six teeth, then placed the brackets. Using a special tool, he made sure the brackets were the same distance from the bottom of Carol's teeth, before letting Angela use the UV gun to set the adhesive. Before moving on, he picked up a pre-formed archwire, and slipped it into the 4 brackets.

"Normally I wouldn't need to do this, but I don't really want to apply any pressure to Carols teeth if I can help it, so just need to check that everything lines up correctly as we go...." explained David. He continued adding the three brackets to Carol's upper left premolars and molar, then did the right hand side. Once again, he checked that the archwire fitted easily.

"Same again for the lower brackets: the brackets are a bit smaller, simply before lower teeth are smaller."

"So Carol's brackets - and Jenny's too - seem to be pretty much in the middle of her teeth, but I've noticed in some pictures that the brackets are right up against the gum... why's that?"

"One reason can be if the teeth haven't fully erupted. But some orthodontists simply seem to prefer doing it that way. Remember that your teeth have long roots, so it's not like they're at the other end of the tooth! Another reason can be - mainly for the front lower ones ones - that if the patient has a deep bite - so top teeth come down too far - it keeps the top teeth from hitting the brackets. Of course, if that's not possible, then you have to use either 'bite stoppers' or a bite plate.... they both just stop the jaws from fully closing."

"That must be very annoying... for the patient I mean!"

"Oh, it is to start with, but there's no other real choice in most cases. If a tooth hits a bracket, one of two things can happen: if the adhesive is strong, then the bracket can damage the tooth where it hits. If the adhesive isn't quite as strong, then the bracket gets knocked off, which we don't want."

As David continued fitting Carol's brackets, he explained things more, and answered Linda's questions.

"Of course, you and Carol aren't getting molar bands, as you just don't need them. Dianne will get 4 molar bands - just like Jenny has, and for the same reason: so that she can wear headgear and a lip bumper: that's why she's been suffering from wearing separators! How have they been, Dianne?"

"As annoying as I remember them from the first time around!" replied Dianne, "but they were only sore for the first few days."

"And how's the wisdom teeth? Or should I say the LACK of wisdom teeth?"

"They seem to have settled down quite nicely, although I'm still getting used to having a bit of extra space at the back of my mouth!"

David removed the lip-spreaders, and let Carol have a rinse, and a look in the mirror. "So, what colour ligature is Carol getting today?"

"Well, I think we should all have matching ligs!" replied Jenny, "so that means pink, as that's what you all chose for me last time!". There was a bit of laughing all round.

"I'm up for that" replied Carol, "as long as you two also go pink..."

"Oh, ok.... " said Dianne. "Linda?"

"Well, it's a bit bright...."

"Look, given how visible we four are, it's not gonna matter WHAT colour you get!" replied Jenny. "Besides, it will get rid of all those worries about 'my braces are too visible' a lot quicker, trust me! Next time I vote we go neon orange!"

While the discussion was going on, David had re-fitted Carol with the lip-spreaders, and had inserted the upper archwire. He took the pink ligatures from Angela, and fitted them, then repeated it all for her lower brackets, finally removing her lip-spreaders.

"How does that feel, Carol? There should be no pressure on any of your teeth?"

"So far it all feels ok... well, apart from that lovely feeling of the brackets digging into my cheeks, which I know is going to get worse for a few days, before it gets better. At least I'll not have to be on soft foods for the next week like these two..."


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« Reply #13 on: 07. November 2023, 12:36:54 PM »
Chapter 7

Carol got out of the treatment chair, and spent a minute looking at her new metallic smile. Already, memories were returning as the brackets caught on the inside of her cheeks. The first time she had braces, she was younger, and she was so much more self-conscious of her appearance. What an irony: as a teen pop icon she was less bothered by her looks compared to when she was a teenager. Back then, having braces was a really big deal, whilst this time around, it was closer to 'meh!'... Besides, she wasn't alone: within a couple of hours, she would be just one of a group of four girls, all in braces with pink ligatures!

Memories also started to come back about the hassles of cleaning your teeth with braces. However, she had one thing that Jenny reckoned would make her experience a LOT more pleasant: a water pik. She's already tried it out, cleaning between her teeth: how had her parents deprived her of such a useful device when she was a teen in braces?

It was now Linda's turn to sit in the chair: like Carol, she would not be getting molar bands, but she did, however, have 2 extras lined up for her: 2 micro-screws needed. For this, she would need a local anaesthetic.

"So, which would you prefer?" asked David. "You have a choice of 'just a little prick'?, or 'I just need to stab you with a 3 inch steel needle'? Completely your choice!". Clearly not a tactic he would have used with younger patients, but he knew that the four adult girls were all pretty chilled, and enjoyed a bit of humour.

"Stab her! Stab her!" called out Jenny.

"Can I just have the 'little prick' please?" replied Linda

"While this kicks in" said David, injecting the lidocaine into her upper jaw, where he needed to install the micro-screws, "I'll start doing your brackets, plus I can glue on the buttons too."

With the injections done, he leaned Linda back in the chair, fitting a clean lip-spreader. Next he acid etched the outsides of all the relevant teeth, plus the insides of the two molars that would have buttons. Then, it pretty much the same way he had done with Carol, he fitted the metal brackets to her teeth: glue, bracket, shine light, repeat.

"Ok" said David, prodding the inside of her mouth with a sharp needle-like device. "Hopefully you can't feel that?"

Linda shook her head, and grunted a 'no' as best she could with the lip-spreader in her mouth. David picked up his high-speed dentists drill, and fitted a small drill bit that Angela had just passed him. 'Bzzzt' went the drill as he tested that it was working. After referring to her x-rays on the screen, he put the 'work end' of the drill into Linda's mouth, spent a moment lining it up, then 'bzzzt! bzzzzzt!'. Then a short pause, and another 'bzzzzzzt'.

"Hopefully that's the drilling done, I'm hoping you felt nothing? So, next I need to install these tiny screws, which shouldn't take long" said David, showing everyone the screws. "By the way, if you ever feel that either of the screws has become loose, get in touch straight away. It probably won't happen, but best to be aware."

Having fitted the two screws into Linda's mouth, he then fitted the two buttons to the insides of her two molars, then cut a couple of short lengths of 'powerchain', and hooked them between the buttons and mini-screws. "If these bits of elastic come off - possible when you're eating - then I'll give you some spares, and a little tool, and you can try to put a new one on. If you have problems, then just ring up, and we'll slip you in, it will only take a minute to do it here. Ok, let's fit your archwires and ligatures - something tells me you'll also be having the neon yellow ones?"

"But of course!" said Carol, "We wouldn't want her to stand out from the crowd, would we?"

Fitting the archwire took a little longer: whilst Carol's brackets all perfectly lined up, such that the archwires applied as little pressure as possible to her already 'perfect' teeth, Linda's teeth actually needed to be moved. With the archwires in place, David fitted her ligatures, and clipped the excess archwire off.

Having braces was, of course, a brand new experience for Linda: unlike the others, she had never had braces before, so she spent a little while looking at her new smile in the mirror that Angela had passed her.

"You know, the braces suit you!" said Jenny.


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« Reply #14 on: 12. November 2023, 21:39:23 PM »
Chapter 8

Linda's tongue had new toys to play with, and she couldn't stop running her tongue over her metal brackets and the strange screwheads and 'buttons' in the inside of her mouth - in fact, it was the screws and buttons that her tongue found the most interesting. Even if she relaxed her tongue in her mouth, she could still feel them, pushing her tongue out of the way a little.

As she talked to the others, she detected a bit of a lisp in her voice. Not the traditional 'th" one, when the tongue has something in the way at the front of the mouth: this was a more subtle lisp.

"Don't worry, you'll be ok in a week or two" commented Jenny, "I mean, even now it's not a big deal."

Luckily Linda was pretty good with pain: not only did she seem to have a higher than normal pain threshold, but when it happened, she wasn't worried about it... in fact, she almost savoured it, whilst at the same time being able to use sheer willpower to just ignore any pain. But, not knowing QUITE how bad any pain might be, and what sort of pain it might be, she had been sensible, and taken some painkillers just before coming out. What she was interested in finding out was how bad the pain was for the next few days when she had to eat.

At last, it was Dianne's turn to sit in the large comfy treatment chair, to have her braces fitted. David could sense that she wasn't quite as relaxed as his two previous patients had been.

"Don't worry, I'll try and make it as pleasant as possible: the most difficult bit for you is probably having your molar bands fitted.

He leaned Dianne back in the chair and inserted some fresh lips spreaders. The first thing that David did was to remove the spacers which had made small gaps between the molars ready to fit the molar bands.

"Well, the spacers seem to have done their job, there's nice spaces where we need them!" commented David. "Let's see how the bands actually fit...."

Angela passed the molar bands to him, one at a time, so that he could test their fit. Three of them fitted perfectly, whilst the other one was a little bit tight and he spent a few moments working to make it fit better. With the molar bands now ready to fit he etched around the four molars, rinsed, then applied glue to the inside of the molar bands, one at a time, then pushed them firmly onto Dianne's teeth, using the small UV lamp to set the glue. The good news for Dianne was that this went very easily: there was plenty of space for the molar bands to fit between her teeth.

Next, and just like he had done with both Carol and Linda, he etched and rinsed the other teeth ready to receive their metal brackets. Then, with glue waiting on her teeth, he fitted the metal brackets, carefully lining them up in the correct position, ready to take the arch wire, which would help pull her teeth into the correct position.

With her molar bands and metal brackets finally all now in place, David gave Dianne a short break to rinse her mouth and relax, before the next part.

"So, next I need to fit your archwires, this is likely to take a bit longer than with Carol and Linda, as I need to put some bends into them."

"Yeah, I remember this bit far too well. It's where my teeth start to ache and feel very tender for the next week." Like Linda, she had taken some painkillers, although quite expected the pain to push through the meds. "ok, let's get this done...."

Once more Dianne was laying on her back, lip-spreaders making her bracket-covered teeth visible to everyone, ready for David to fit her archwires. It took a little longer than it had for both Carol and Linda, and she still had a bit more to go. Finally, Dianne completed the 'set': four girls, all with metal brackets, and all with yellow ligatures.  However, David wasn't finished with Dianne just yet!

"Next your elastics....". It didn't take long for David to fit the elastics. He then got Angela to take her over to the mirror, and coach Dianne in how to remove and add elastics. After that, Dianne was back in the chair, to have her headgear fitted.

"Ok, so I'll fit your lip-bumper first. So, let me re-explain how this all works: First of all, the lip-bumper uses your lower lip muscles to push your lower molars back, and I'm hoping you'll be able to wear it pretty much most of the time. It's the same thing that Jenny had to wear at the start of her treatment, so she's probably a lot more qualified to tell you what it's like, and give you some hints and tips. Your headgear, when we fit it in a moment, has two purposes: first of all, we could do with moving your upper molars back a bit too, but more importantly, the elastics I'll fit between your top and bottom teeth will assist the lip-bumper to pull your lower teeth back... as such, the headgear becomes a bit of an anchor, to counteract the forward pull from the elastics. Which means that you need to think of the elastics and the headgear as a pair: wear one, you need to wear the other. Ok, let's get this done!"

To make the lip-bumper fit, David had three things he needed to set up. The first was to simply have the ends of the thick wires both pointing in the right direction, such that they slid easily into the two tubes of her lower molar bands. Then he needed to bend the u-shaped wires to adjust the gap between Dianne's front lower teeth and the lip-bumper. Too large, and it would be too far forward, making it both uncomfortable and making her lower lip protrude stupidly. Too close, and it would soon touch the teeth, and become ineffective. Finally, he had to make sure it was positioned low enough to be comfortable. It took David several attempts to get it right: as he made one adjustment, something else would go out of true.

"Ok, now your facebow and headgear..." David explained that he liked to fit the headgear such that the welded join at the front fitted between the lips, and thus closer to the teeth, and that most patients didn't have much of a problem with it like that, as long as it fitted naturally between the lips. And after some adjustment, it too fitted nicely.

"So, this is an interlandi headgear. The reason for choosing this particular headgear is that I need the forces on your teeth to go straight back: the high-pull headgear kinda does what the name suggests, and applies a force that's both upwards and backwards, whilst the cervical headghear pulls downwards. The alternative would be to have you wear both - a combi headgear - but I think you'll find this is more comfortable." He adjusted the straps to fit comfortably over Dianne's head, then selected suitable elastics to connect the headgear to the facebow.

"So, you have 2 sizes of elastics: these big ones are for the headgear, these small ones are for in your mouth. You may be able to eat with them in place, but more likely you'll want to remove them... so just change the elastics whenever you eat, so several times each day. The ones for the headgear will last longer, so change them daily. Angela will give you several bags of each, but just ask for more if you need them!"

Angela passed the hand mirror to Dianne, to take a look at her face with her headgear: to be honest, she was a bit shocked with what she saw.

"So, how long do I need to wear this then?" she asked.

"It would be great if you can manage to wear the headgear 12 hours each day. Wear it more if you wish, it will help to speed things up a little. But wear the lip bumper as much as possible, 24/7 would be great, but I appreciate that you may need to remove it for practical reasons.

"Well," thought Dianne, "Jenny managed to live with headgear ok, and I'm not gonna let her be better than me!"

Yes, a little bit of competition can often encourage people!