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One of my first days in braces!
I took the plunge and got braces.
Making the Big Decision + Month #1
Month #12 (aka
Month #17 - They're off!!
Thoughts on Braces - New!
Most Recent: March 23, 2005
Well, three months have passed since my braces came
off. I was thinking the other day how "normal" my teeth feel
again, and I never thought I'd get used to the slimy feel of teeth sans
braces. But sure enough, it's like my 17 months of braced teeth is
just a memory. Oh wait. It is. :)
I had a checkup back in mid-February. I was
VERY frustrated about my lower three teeth - like I mentioned before
they were looking very ragged. I told my ortho that I was
concerned and he agreed with me. He told me to go back to wearing
my first retainer and then he'd see me again in two months. I went
home and put my first retainer in right away and YEEE-OUCH! Talk
about reliving pain from adjustments! It was so tight and painful
that I was afraid that I was doing some teeth harm. But, like
usual, the pain was short lived and I've been wearing my first bottom
retainer ever since. The difference is pretty dramatic - although
they still aren't perfectly straight, I'm not freaking out about them
A word to the wise about Essix retainers: do
not go to the dentist, get your gums roughed up by a floss-wielding
maniac and then put your retainers back in your mouth. If there's
ANY chance of blood, for the sake of clarity, do NOT put them back in!
:) I made this mistake, and now the molars in my lovely, clear
Essix retainers are a disgusting orange-ish, clouded color. Doh!
Bad mistake on my part. I didn't realize that my gums were
bleeding, and then I didn't realize that the blood would stain my
retainer. I must admit that you don't notice except if I've set it
down on something REALLY white, or when I'm soaking them in Retainer
Brite. Thank goodness it only affected my molars!
January 6, 2005
Happy New Year! My teeth are slowly settling
into place. For the most part I am very satisfied with my
treatment. However, I have a few complaints about the "after" bit.
My lower front three teeth have developed a mind of their own - they now
look like crooked old tombstones. I call them my Three Stooges.
Mind you, they still fit into my retainer, but they're very uneven.
My right lower lateral is slowly creeping behind my right canine and
it's very disconcerting for my tongue to feel a tooth out of place.
Also, I figured out that it's my lower left lateral banging into my
upper left central incisor when I bite down, not my lower left
canine against my upper left lateral. At least, that's how it was
a few days ago - who knows about today.
Also, my upper right central incisor seems to like
it's original position and I find myself wearing my upper retainer more
than I was instructed. It's no biggie - I don't mind my upper
I LOVE my new smile, but I can't wait to get some of
these issues worked out. My next appointment isn't until
mid-February. I suppose I could make an appointment to see my
ortho before that, but these issues seem minor. I trust that my
ortho knows what he is doing and will make adjustments as needed when I
see him next.
For information on adult orthodontics, please visit
www.archwired.com - it's a
fantastic website with a lot of information.