So my journal contains my monthly updates on what's been going on with my orthodontic treatment, but I want
to take time to reflect on my time having braces. How do I love my braces? Let me count the ways!
I love, love, LOVE my braces. My braces make me feel like I have a "secret"
that other people don't know. I like how I've been able to watch the progress
of my teeth every day. I like how they feel on my teeth (except when I
have canker sores!), especially how my teeth feel "strapped in" - like
I'm not going to lose them because they're held in securely. I look
forward to getting new ligatures that make my teeth look white and shiny
again. I enjoy trying out different colors on my lower brackets. I
appreciate how my teeth don't "hurt" anymore - my crooked lower canines
were always so far out that they would often throb or generally be
uncomfortable - no more pain! I like how they make me look
youngerMostly, I love how braces have given me straight teeth and an even more beautiful smile. :)
They've boosted my self-esteem, and hopefully I will never be ashamed of
my teeth again.
A major drawback - EATING. Nearly
everything I eat gets stuck in/around/through my braces. Even when I
brush well, there can be a bit or two of that mystery something that
pops out later. I still don't like eating rice or spaghetti - forget
about biting into a sandwich - popcorn has always been off-limits -
lettuce salad is a no-no (there's nothing more disgusting in my book
than slimy lettuce sliding out from under a bracket!) - corn-on-the-cob
(I can only DREAM about corn-on-the-cob! I've gone two summers slicing my corn off the cob)
- the list goes on and on.
I can't wait until I don't pick food out of my teeth
with either my tongue or a sharp fingernail. I'm sure it looks very
strange when I'm searching out food bits with my tongue. People probably
wonder what in the heck I'm doing! I can only imagine that my facial
contortions are less than appealing. But hey! I can't help it!
I'm anxious to get back to the ease of brushing and flossing. The challenge has been well worth it, but I'll
be thankful when I don't have to buy floss with a stiff end.
Memorable moments. The very first day that my braces were put on, I went over to my sister's house
to show them off. My little niece, Stephie, looked at them, then whispered in her mom's ear "I want some like Lora". Talk
about melting my heart! It made me feel good that at least a little 3 1/2 year old thought they looked nice. :) Another
I recently ran into someone who also had clear brackets on their top teeth, and to be honest, I couldn't stop looking at them! I felt really guilty...
everyone says that they don't notice my braces, and I rarely see anyone stare at them, but I couldn't help staring at this person's
braces! What kind of a person am I?! :)
Dreams. Wow. I don't have teeth
dreams very often, but when I have had them, they've been doozies!!
One time I dreamed that my teeth were like the character Sloth's from
the movie the Goonies. Talk about needing braces! And
last night (11/17) I had a horrible dream that I pulled off my brackets
and my teeth instantly moved - more like packed up and moved to another
country! In that dream my left lower lateral moved WAY back in my
mouth, and the only way it would stay up front would be to wear braces
forever. Talk about a nightmare!!
Sores, bumps, and cuts. I suffer from
canker sores, and braces have been both a blessing and a curse.
They're a blessing because I honestly think that my occurrences will
diminish once the braces come off (due to straight teeth - no funky
canines to catch my lip!). They're a curse because I've had to
suffer through some really nasty sores during my treatment because of
those darn brackets. I've started taking Lysine again, and along
with my Kenalog-Everclear mouth rinse, I'm doing okay. Wax is
usually my best friend in cases with sores on the lips and cheeks.
I am going to try a new product called "Cankermelts" as soon as I get
around to ordering them. Hopefully they'll work as wonderfully as
claimed. I will probably always suffer from canker sores, but at
least I'm learning how to control them.
So, I'll continue to add thoughts as I think of them.
Until then, here's hoping for smooth teeth and a great smile!