Here I am, about
7 hours after the application of my top braces. I’m one of
those lucky few who will need more time in braces...about 30
months. Before I can have the bottom row of teeth spruced
up, my top row of teeth needs to be pulled outward first.
After I spent 8
days with those little blue food magnets between my molars
(A.K.A. “separators”), I was thrilled about getting braces on. I
met Gloria, a very comforting person who applied my brackets. We
live in Arizona so, unfortunately, the cement tends to “set up”
a bit faster. It was 103F today. When one of the brackets had to
be redone, she apologized more than once. However, I found it
most uncomfortable when I was asked to bite down so that the
brackets were positioned properly. I could feel the metal poking
into the gums around my molars. Ouch! And, thanks to Dr. Hellwig
for pinching my lip in my TMJ mold. I’m healing nicely…thanks!
I haven’t felt any
pain from the braces yet. For dinner, I managed to finish a soft
burrito, soaked in salsa. No problem! But, I am beginning to
feel the brackets scraping my inner cheeks. I cannot believe how
incredibly difficult it was to floss! The threaders are helpful
but it seems as if the brackets are blocking areas where I need
to floss! Good luck to me!