Silke from Sydney, Australia
I've always had a nice smile
and never ever thought I would need braces. Not in my
wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would be wearing braces
at the age of 36. Yet here I am day 4 with my braces on and
so far so good. The reason I have them is because I had a
tooth pulled out (top left, second from the back molar)
around June last year. It had been giving me heaps of
trouble and I'd had root canal on it and was finally told
the only way to save the tooth was surgery to remove the
infection around the root. I opted to have the tooth
extracted, thinking I would get an implant to fill the gap.
My dentist gave me the referral
to go have the implant. I made some enquiries and was stunned to
learn the cost and seeming complexity of getting an implant.
I then changed dentists thanks
to my mum, and my new dentist, genius that he is, suggested for
me to see this orthodontist he knows who may be able to move my
two upper back teeth over to fill the gap! I was
flabbergasted..I would never have thought that was possible.
So off I trotted to the
orthodontist. He is a young man with enormous passion for his
craft who has himself worn braces quite recently. I was
immediately impressed with the professionalism and friendliness
of the staff at the clinic. I had 2 appointments with him before
going ahead with getting the braces on. He sent me a very
detailed report with all the photos of my jaw and teeth. It
turns out I have a slight under bite and a couple of my teeth
are twisted in their sockets. I also grind my teeth at night and
get headaches quite frequently. I am hoping the braces will help
to alleviate these problems.
So my "braces on" appointment
was last Friday at 3pm. I swear the lead up was worse than the
actual getting of the braces! I had visions of me looking like a
freak and a dork and talking funny. None of these things have
eventuated. I have clear brackets on the top and silver ones on
the bottom with baby blue and pink ligatures). The initial
feeling was like Frankenstein with this huge contraption in my
mouth. My orthodontist assured me I still looked the same on the
outside. I didn't believe him until I got home and had a good
old squizz in the mirror.
I had to agree with him. With
my mouth closed I still look like the same old me. Even when I
smile it's really only the upper teeth that show and my mum
reckons they look good!
I was not too impressed when 2
brackets fell off my left back upper and lower teeth the first
night whilst I attempted to eat tuna pasta. I then had a wire
poking me which I couldn't cut myself so had to go to the
dentist the next morning to have it trimmed because my ortho
isn't there on Saturdays. I woke up on Saturday with a monster
headache and it pretty much stayed all day. I took painkillers
and slept and ate soup and smoothies. By that evening the
headache had gone and the next day I felt great. My teeth and
jaw ached a fair bit but didn't stop me going out and about.
Yesterday I went back to the
ortho to get the brackets fixed but he decided to leave them off
until my next appointment. He said the back teeth are the most
difficult to reach and to set the brackets onto, so we'll wait
until the other teeth move forward a little.
My main discomfort comes from
my cut up cheeks. I've been told these will heal and form
callouses. I can't wait for that. In the meantime the wax is
helping. Flossing is a pain but I'm getting used to it and the
feeling of having food jammed all over my gums and teeth when I
eat is a worry. Will I ever be able to eat out again?
Here's a tip my ortho told me
yesterday; try chewing soft foods even when your teeth hurt and
feel loose. He said chewing stimulates the blood flow and helps
the process along...a bit like when a baby is teething and
chewing on rusks helps the pain (I'm not suggesting we chew on
rusks! YOUCH). The gentle chewing actually eases the pain after
a while. I was on the blender diet (yummy fruit smoothies and
yummy, healthy homemade veggie soups) for two days but now I am
venturing to cut up apples and soft bread with avocado. There's
loads of options and it's fun! I feel great. It's been like I've
been on a detox without even trying.
I'm single so I also have
concerns about dating with braces. My friends assure me I look
great and that the braces actually bring out my smile. I do look
younger than my years and I think the braces make me look even
younger. They'll be on for 18 months to 2 years to close the 1cm
gap and fix the other things. It's exciting to think I'll have
all my own teeth looking better than ever. I'm really trying to
stay in the moment and enjoy the process.
This site has been so helpful
and reassuring. Thank you so much. Good luck to all my fellow
metal mouths. You're all beautiful! :)
I've decided my next ligiture
colours will be the all the colours of a rainbow - red, orange,
yellow, green, blue and violet. :)
Blessings to you all.