Adult Braces Update: My Teeth Have Gone Yellow!

Hey lovelies,

Just a quick video diary update on my Six Month Smile braces journey. If you remember from my last update I accidentally swallowed a metal brace bracket! Well panic over, I visited the orthodontist for a temporary repair the following day, and had my usual appointment 3 days later where the bracket was replaced. Fingers crossed the drama is over, let's just say the rogue bracket must have made it's way through even though I didn't notice it LOL!

In addition, my dentist changed my upper brace wire for a thicker one to get things moving. My lower teeth have seen some really good progress, but my upper teeth are being a little lazy, probably because of that damn bridge.

But I also spoke to my dentist about an issue that's been bothering me.
My teeth have gone really yellow!

Since having the braces installed, within the space of 48 hours my teeth had discoloured to the point they now match the dreaded bridge. I didn't want to sound vain asking the dentist about something so trivial, but it's the yellowing that's bothering me more than wearing the braces. I don't mind people knowing I'm wearing braces, I don't like the idea that people think I'm not cleaning my teeth.

Every article and post I read on the subject pointed to a gradual discolouring from food and drink. But my teeth went yellow very quickly, within 2 days or so of having the braces installed. And at that point I was still struggling to eat anything, living on a diet of  mashed potato and porridge. I've been quite obsessive about avoiding staining foods, and cleaning my teeth after every meal, so I doubt that's the cause.

I also have a friend who's been wearing braces for just over a year and she's had the same issue, she was told it was the fluoride used to prepare the teeth. My own dentist said it's residual adhesive from gluing the brackets to the tooth surface. And that makes sense as my teeth feel slightly rougher than normal.

Unfortunately there's not much that can be done for it until the brackets are removed, then it can be buffed away. So unless anyone knows differently I'm stuck with the yellow teeth...for now. I suspect most people I speak to don't even notice it, in fact most haven't even noticed I'm wearing braces LOL!

I'd love guys to watch my latest vlog instalment and let me know what you think, or if you have any questions then ask away and I'll do my very best to answer them! x

Oops, I Swallowed My Metal Braces Bracket! Video Diary Update.

Happy Bank Holiday lovelies!

It's been an eventful weekend here on the braces front, I accidentally ate one of my metal brace brackets eeek!

I've been wearing my Six Month Smile adult braces for 2 weeks now and it was all going surprisingly well...famous last words! Last night a cheeky late night snack of cheese on toast caught me out and one of my back brackets came loose. Before I could react I'd swallowed the little critter. Late night on a Bank Holiday weekend and there's not much chance of getting hold of the dentist, so I had to Google if I'd committed a fatal error.... Luckily it seems it's a fairly common mishap in the early weeks and if you let nature takes it's course, the offending bracket should work it's own way out, if you know what I mean!

Check out my unscheduled video diary entry, and I'll do an update once I've visited the dentist later this week, that's if I'm still alive to tell the tale!

I GOT BRACES! My Six Month Smile Video Diary: Day 1


Hi my lovelies,

So last Friday I finally took the plunge and got fitted with adult clear ceramic braces!

six month smile adult braces
Say cheese!
Never one to do things by halves I'm having both top and bottom teeth corrected, which will then enable me to change my much hated 3 tooth bridge...bleugh....I really do hate that bridge.

adult braces with bridge
Check out the much hated 3 tooth bridge.
My braces are 'Six Month Smile' corrective braces, I have some crookedness and overlapping caused by overcrowding to correct. My orthodontist thinks I'll need to wear the braces for about 5 months, and then a clear retainer at night to stop the teeth moving back. Did you know your teeth continued to  move as an adult? I honestly didn't....until it dawned on me a few years ago that my overlap was getting worse eek!

So to document my progress I'll be doing a regular video blog....whatever the heck you call it. It's easier for you to see what's going on in a video.

It makes me laugh to see this. Seriously, how hyped am I? Just too excited after being at the dentist and finally getting the braces after years of debating. If you want to see me looking a little nervous....aka 'shaking like a leaf'... then check out the previous video where I'm sat outside the dental clinic.

I have to say the braces feel enormous to me, like they arrive 5 minutes before I do! Yet most people took a while to even notice and some didn't realise at all until I pointed them out. Not sure if that's because the braces are pretty much invisible, or if we really don't take that much notice of each other.

So get used to seeing some highly unflattering tooth photos of me as I'll be posting regular updates to let you know of my progress, any problems I encounter and to give any hints and tips I come across.

Thanks for reading and watching!

School Dinner Jam and Coconut Cake

As the weather gets colder and the dark nights draw in, I feel the need for comfort food. Traditional recipes that hark back to childhood, and this is one of my 'old skool' favourites... "jam and coconut tray bake cake".

jam and coconut cake

One of the highlights of school life, light and fluffy coconut cake topped with jam and coconut sprinkles and served with lashings of hot custard. If the dinner ladies were feeling adventurous, then we had pink custard...errr I think I'll give that a miss and stick to the golden variety!

jam and coconut sponge cake
Puddings were always the best part of school meals!
This is quick and easy recipe based on a basic Victoria sponge. Give it a go and be top of the class!


jam and coconut cake

  • 8oz caster sugar
  • 8oz softened butter
  • 8oz self raising flour
  • 4 large free range eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • 2oz desiccated coconut 
  • half teaspoon baking powder
For the topping;
  • strawberry or raspberry jam 
  • 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut.


  • Cream together the sugar and butter.
  • Gradually add the beaten eggs and mix well.
  • Add a couple of drops of vanilla extract
  • Add the coconut and gently fold in the flour.
Grease and line a baking tin. Add the mixture and bake in a moderate oven for 45 mins or until the cake is firm to the touch and golden.

When the cake has cooled slightly spread the top with jam and sprinkle with the remaining coconut. Serve with lashings of hot custard.

Top marks for you!

Jet Slade Film Production - Fight Scene

Hey lovelies,

Those of you who've followed my blog for a while will know I'm involved in an independent film 'Jet Slade', playing the lead role of Jet, a highly trained agent who must track down a team of assassins targeting her team.

Work on the film is progressing at a steady pace, and co-ordinating such a big project around all the cast and crew involves a huge amount of time, effort and organisation. But I'm happy to say today I have a promo clip to share with you... from one of my fight scenes!

How much did I love filming this scene with fellow actor Chris?!
Jet looks bad ass - don't mess!
This is just a rough edit of much longer fight scene, and it took many weeks of fight rehearsals to perfect these moves for camera, and still ensure everyone's safety.

I'm not a martial artist, and had to learn all these moves from scratch. But this is where I really appreciated the training and body conditioning I'd done for The Wag Doll Protocol, my fitness regime. It meant I had the strength and co-ordination to concentrate solely on the technique, and be fit enough to do the moves over and over again in rehearsals and on set without getting tired.

 I can't stress enough how preparation for a role like this is so important to avoid injury and ...well, I'll just admit it, I just love training and learning new things!