So it’s officially been one month! I’m happy and sad! Happy to survive a whole month and sad knowing I have sooo much longer left. Still don’t have bottom arch (which will be traditional ceramic and I’m not looking forward to having such visible braces), still have to get 2 extractions, still haven’t had my first adjustment, and still have a tooth without a bracket
As far as how I’m handling day to day life with lingual uppers…
Pain/Discomfort – Still doing well with this. Haven’t used wax since the first few days. Don’t have tongue irritation. Sometimes my tongue gets tired but not too bad. Haven’t had to take painkillers or anything. Only have slight tooth tenderness which affects eating but not painful.
Lisp – Still lisping. My speech has improved since the first 2 weeks but still not quite there. I’d say about 15% of my speech comes out lispy. Yesterday I had to run a meeting at work. Was worried about this but amazingly managed to pull it off with very minimal speech issues. Was very happy about that but then for the rest of the day, my speech was horrible. It was as if my mouth and tongue used all its energy for the meeting and then had nothing left for the rest of the day. The most troublesome words for me are: master, wedding, emergency, and my own name
Before I got linguals I actually practiced talking without touching the back of my teeth. And I was able to speak perfectly. Somehow I thought this meant I would lisp less with braces but not the case. The braces take up so much more space in your mouth then you think (at least in my case).
Eating – Still chewing awkwardly. I am able to eat more but still have some tooth tenderness which limits chewing. Not eating as much so I have lost weight, about 5 lbs.
Movement – I don’t see visible changes in my teeth but I do feel changes in my teeth. Two of my teeth have shifted down some. The shift has affected how I chew and is another factor limiting my eating somewhat.
Still don’t regret the decision to go with linguals. In fact, I wish I could get them on my bottom arch as well..
Oh btw, I am also in grad school (in addition to full time job). Figured it was a good time to get braces since I don’t have much time left for fun or socializing anyway. Can’t wait to be done with both! Side note: I’m single now and kinda wish I had gotten braces when I was in a committed relationship because the thought of starting a new relationship/romance with braces is quite depressing (..as is the thought of not starting one for the next 2 years…)! Ok that’s all for now