of Sherri from Ontario, Canada
is 29 years old. She was having a routine check up done with
her dentist and he offered to give her a referral to an
orthodontist. Same as Jeannie, she was inquiring about
Sherri says, "I went to
see my orthodontist and he said that I have a major cross bite
and some crowding - could need treatment for up to 21 months,
and maybe extraction of a bicuspid or two. Two weeks ago, he
applied spacer elastics on the bottom teeth. He says he will
use ceramic brackets on top and metal on the bottom... for
esthetics, of course :)
I can hardly wait to see the
final result, although I cannot imagine myself without fangs.
Guess my vampire joke days are numbered.
So I'm sending a few pictures
for others in search of reassurance. This first photo is my
mouth before braces with the spacers in."
Sherri got her braces on, she wrote):
"It's certainly a good
thing that I like mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs!
"The whole procedure
went very well. I've known my orthodontist for years before
becoming a patient; my fiancÚ operates a small cafe in the
same building his office used to be. His staff (who some are
also neighbors) were regular lunch customers. Last year, he
built a beautiful building for his practice which is equipped
with a fireplace, leather chairs and Game Boy Advanced
installed in each treatment chair! Now I see why he charges
$4000 for orthodontic treatment regimens.
"Anyway, it turns out
that the 'wire rep' was in recently and gave him some white
wires to try out. They told me that I was going to get to
trial them. When the doctor came over to look at the finished
product, he remarked "Oh, you got the white wires on.
They look sharp." So I'm pretty happy to be the lucky
guinea pig, as you'll see in the photo. They really do look
"I'm slowly getting
familiar with the feel of foreign things under my lips. I keep
thinking that after I stop smiling, my lip will stay stuck on
top and I have to make a mental note to fix it. Chewing is not
comfortable AT ALL. I have found that my teeth are already
"creaking" and feel as if each one has a wooden
wedge jammed between them. I hope that passes soon.
"I also appreciate
flossing without braces so much better now. In a way, this may
be the best diet ever because I doubt I'll be doing a lot of
snacking! I'm conscious about everything I consider putting in
my mouth now: a) will it hurt? b) will it stain? c) will it
Sherri with her
new braces and white arch wire.
close-up of Sherri's braces at the beginning of her treatment.
That white arch wire looks great!
weeks later...well, so much for the white arch wire! Read
the first two weeks of having the white wire, the 'white'
peeled away from brushings and looked just like the metal ones
after all! A few weeks or less after that, the wire snapped
near the back and had to be replaced with a regular wire. My
orthodontist was not impressed with the poor quality and
apologized profusely. I was ok with it, after all... I did
volunteer to trial the product. It would be a nice esthetic
touch just before a wedding or something."
note: I asked Sherri what brand that white arch wire was, so
we'd all know for the future. When I get the info, I'll
include it on the site.)
"I had a curry
incident... thinking that if I just eat one serving and brush
right after I could avoid staining. Well, that's a big
NEGATIVE because I was into the office the following Monday to
have the bright yellow ligatures replaced with new ones! Can't
stay away from the coffee though (as you can tell by the
photo), and I take mine black. I have been to my first
adjustment, and it was tender a wee bit after, but nothing
like the first week. In fact, I think I want to go back to the
office earlier to have another tightening. The braces feel
almost too comfortable ~ I never thought that one could forget
that they were wearing braces altogether. I still have to
remind myself to mind my mouth when I'm laughing at
Here is Sherri's latest smile,
Sherri writes, "I saw the
orthodontist on December 2... 4 1/2 months of treatment. Holy
smokes, time flies, eh??
"He put clear elastic
chains on the top and bottom instead of the individual
ligatures. And, <-- (said in a whiny fashion), he put
elastics on the hooks on the uppers and lowers that make yawning
a very uncomfortable experience. I was back on the codeine for a
few days again, just like the day I got them on. I have to say,
my 'tune-ups' have been quite easy - compared to day one, a
little tenderness in the bite was tolerable. But the chain and
elastic combo? A rapid awakening for my senses, that's for sure.
After he put them on, I mentioned how I could say goodbye to
another 10 pounds (I've lost 15-20 already). And since having
them on for a week, I realize that eating and compliance with my
elastics are going to become more of an effort to have occur
simultaneously as they ought to."
"Here's the latest shot at
7 months into treatment. I've been really enjoying the visits to
the doc because he gets all happy about the progress and perks
me up. The tune-ups are not as painful lately, I've just been
getting a lot of elastic changes between because of the staining
from coffee and tea. Last visit, as you can see, he had a great
idea to use these thin wires instead of elastics, and you can
barely see them! Oh, I ate curry with a vengeance that day :)
"I've enjoyed losing 20
lbs since I got the braces on last summer. Only problem is, I
just need some new clothes now. I've had elastics for 5 weeks on
and 2 off to see if my bite sets. I don't care much for the
rubber that rolls along the sides of my cheeks until they're
raw, but that only happens if I talk too much!"