Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Scheduled Appointment with Surgeon

Yesterday I scheduled my consultation appointment with the surgeon. It's set for October 22nd. I'm so eager to hear what he
has to say. I have to stop by my ortho's office to pick up my xrays, molds, and treatment plan to bring with me.

Yesterday was my 3rd week in braces, and I have to say, it has gotten much better. I hardly think about them anymore. Some of my teeth are still sore, and one of them actually feels loose (I hope that's normal!!) but I'm not constantly aware of them anymore. The tooth that feels loose is my only "crooked" tooth, so I wonder if that has something to do with it. I just hope it doesn't fall out!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Eeeek.... a picture!

Okay, so this is me with my braces...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I Swallowed a Bracket...

Well, today I was eating pizza, (yes, again) and when I was finished, I realized the bracket on my last bottom molar had popped off and the wire was just dangling there. So apparently, I swallowed my bracket. I was able to get into the ortho's office and get it replaced the same day, which I was happy about. It was pretty uncomfortable getting it replaced, so I hope it stays put. The fact that the tooth is a crown makes it more likely that it will happen again though. He said if it does come off again, he will put a band around the tooth instead of just a bracket. There's not much new to report. My cheek started to get sore again today so I have wax on some spots. There have actually been moments when I have forgotten that I have braces, so that is nice. Now is not one of those moments...I need to go put more wax on...

Friday, September 14, 2007

It's Getting Better...

Yay! My teeth aren't hurting nearly as much as they were a few days ago. I actually ate pizza today (cut up, of course). It's nice
to be able to chew again. That sensitive tooth is much better also. There are still moments when I want to rip the braces off my teeth, but it's not as often. I hope in a couple of weeks I won't be aware of them 24/7.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Two Brace-Faces Under One Roof....

Today my son had his Phase 1 braces put on. He has been wearing upper and lower expanders (torture devices) since December. So now that he has the braces on, he knows a little bit of the hell I have been going through for a week. Just wait until tomorrow... it gets worse.
It's kind of cute to have braces along with my kid. Of course, he looks cuter than I do. Today I took some pictures of myself with braces, but I don't know if I am brave enough to post them. They definitely aren't "cute." The doctor reminded me again that my bite is going to get much worse. I can only imagine...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Week 1 in Braces

Today marks one week that I have had my braces on. Time goes by quickly. I wouldn't say I am used to them by any means, but it is getting better. At least my lips/cheeks aren't all raw. I have definitely noticed that my teeth have moved. My bottoms are sticking out much more now which is making my underbite worse. My bottom lip sticks out more now too (not so attractive). I'm just trying to keep a positive attitude that this is only temporary.
My top front and bottom teeth are pretty sore. Even when I wash my face, it hurts my teeth. I've given up on flossing for the time being. My teeth are way too tight to fit any floss in there. Thank God for the waterpic. I don't know what I would do without it. I wish I could pack it up and take it in my purse whenever I go out.
I am getting much better at eating. Yesterday I had Mexican food and even had chips and salsa! It was so exciting. :) I do cover my mouth when I eat because it feels so weird to chew. I can't exactly chew with my mouth closed now. :)
So as far as the surgeon goes, I am waiting to get a letter from Kaiser before I make an appointment to go see him. I can't wait to meet him. He has a fantastic reputation (was even on Extreme Makeover a couple of times) and I hear he has a really nice bedside manner, which is oh so important to me. (He is also WiredLady's surgeon)
That's all for now. I am off to school. I feel like one of the youngsters there now with my braces. haha

Friday, September 7, 2007

Sensitive Tooth!! Ugh!

Okay, the day I had my braces put on, an upper right molar starting killing me when I brushed, and now it is even hurting when I breathe. When I brush that tooth, it feels like an electric current ripping through my mouth. I am assuming it is the nerve, but why? It never bothered me before the braces were put on. I hope it's not going to stay this way. It's awful. It makes me scared to even brush that area. At first I thought it was the crown I have on back there, but it's not. Has anyone else had this problem?


Hi everybody! Wow, I can't believe it's been 4 days since I had my braces put on. I went in on Tuesday and had them placed and have been in a bad mood ever since. Getting them put on wasn't a big deal, but as soon as I looked in the mirror and saw the hideous things, I was not happy. Plus I could hardly get my lips around them!! My mouth has been all torn up and sore, which I can deal with, but my teeth are very sore and sensitive and that really bothers me!! I can hardly eat. I've been living on soup and ice cream. I don't know if it's possible or not, but it feels like my teeth have already shifted ~ my eye teeth hit really hard on my bottom teeth when I am eating or talking. It's very uncomfortable. Is it possible for teeth to move so quickly? Will the teeth soreness go away? It doesn't feel like it will ~ ouch!! Also, my teeth hurt so bad that it's even hard to brush them. Will this get better? My waterpic is my new best friend. It works so awesome. I tried flossing for the first time last night. That was a load of fun. I think it took me 25 minutes and I don't even know if I was doing it correctly.
It's hard for me to just let go and trust in the orthodontist and what he is doing to my teeth. I am totally worrying now if I made the right decision. I had a dream the other night where one of my bottom front teeth was so loose that it fell out. I woke up all freaked out!
Oh, and one more thing, since having the braces on, I notice that my bottom lip sticks out a lot more, which makes my class lll bite a lot more noticeable. I had been putting wax on my bottom brackets and that was pushing my lip even further out. Needless to say, it was not a pretty sight.