Sam from Toronto, Canada
Hi! I'm Sam (female) from West
Hill, Ontario (a small suburb in the Southeast corner of
Toronto). I'm 50 years old and just got "braced" on December
4th!!! It's something that I've wanted to do for years, but
either couldn't afford it or was too chicken to do it.
The morning of the 4th, I woke
up very early, probably around 4:00 a.m. and started getting
anxious about the experience I was going to have later in the
morning. To my surprise, my mother (who is 82) came with me
(she's not a supporter of me getting braces because I'm "too
old"). It was great to have her there and she eventually looked
at the colours (red & green for Christmas).
Getting the braces on was a
breeze - no discomfort and done in less than ½ hour!! Later that
day, however, the pain was horrible! I took Advil every hour on
the hour that night and got very little sleep. The next day, I
was at my doctor's office renewing a script for Tylenol 3. A
week later, I'm still taking them, but not as often. I still
have a great deal of pain, mostly because of the occlusal pads
on my lower molars. These have put my lower jaw in a new and,
obviously uncomfortable position. There are also a couple of
teeth that are set on reminding me of their existence every hour
All that being said, I'm glad I
finally "bit the bullet" and got braced. I know in the end I'll
be very happy with the results. The next hurdle is the
extraction of a lower front tooth, which I'm not looking forward
to. "No pain, no gain", right?
The one thing I haven't tried
yet is singing. My lower jaw is just too sore to even try,
although I have to sing in a concert on the 17th and rehearse on
the 14th, so where are my Tylenol??!!!!!