I guess I will start from the beginning.
I'm 24 from California and got my braces installed yesterday. Ever since I was 15-16, I wanted braces. I noticed most of my friends had braces in middle school, some in high school, and I felt left out. And the fact that I had one tooth (not sure of it's proper name) I think it's right canine that was crooked, well I needed them. And my parents never, and still don't, feel that braces are worth the cost. But I beg to differ, and that is why I took the plunge.
I've had many consultations, x-rays, pretty much everything but the impressions, but I felt really good about the decision this time and knew if I didn't go through with it, I probably never would. I've always been self-conscious about my teeth, and my friends love to take pictures, so I was always stuck photoshopping or coming up with a new way to hide my crooked teeth. I usually just have them taken from my left, but one way or another someone gets one from the front and I have to look at that tooth, rub my tongue against, and am just irritated by it.
I've also had quite a bit of dental work. Some from Western Dental, which I later found out wasn't even needed. So I had some silver fillings replaced but that became too painful, and now I need a crown in a tooth that's been twice-filled, but that will hopefully happen after the braces.
Hmmmm, the install wasn't too bad...I took a couple Aleve before everything got started, so I didn't feel too much pain. The big plastic thing digging into the bottom of my mouth was by far the worst part of it.
After that I went to the store for supplies, picked up a waterpik (lifesaver!) floss, toothbrush, mouthwash, soup and yogurt.
SO far so good. I do miss snacking so I feel like I'm gonna be constantly hungry, but I could stand to lose some pounds, so even that's not a bad thing.
Today is the second day, haven't take any medicine, so I'm feeling a little bit of pressure and sensitivity; last night I felt some pain when I moved my mouth in my sleep so I think that's lingering. Spent about 20 minutes cleaning, waterpik-ing, flossing this morning. I had scrambled eggs and strawberries for breakfast and I'm already hungry. I think I'll have another cup of coffee
I have to go back to work tomorrow
I work at a call center so needless to say I'm anxious about that situation. I've been talking aloud, practicing phone calls, saying the alphabet, and I think I sound pretty normal. The only problem is the "s". Saying the letter "s" or words with that sound make my lisp pretty obvious. I'm hoping over time that will go away...it is the second day after all. I'm also just anxious for everyone to see my braces at work and what kind of reaction I will get. And I also wonder if my supervisors will be more critical of me due to the fact that I do have braces.
But I'm trying not to give it more energy than necessary, but I do need my job in order to pay for treatment so it does cause me some stress. I'm just trying to remind myself...this is the second day...things will become normal. And after I get them off...well the retainers are a concern, but that's a year away. Who knows what my life will be like at that point?
I've been stuck in the house since I got them installed, so tomorrow will be my first day in the "real world". Not sure if I'm ready for that. I think I'm gonna go with Jamba Juice before work and bring a banana or something. I had a baked potato for dinner last night, and that wasn't too messy. I'm just feeling weird about cleaning my teeth in public already so I need to eat neat foods. Still figuring what those are.
More on the teeth situation...I have been diagnosed with a malocclusion 3, which needs jaw surgery. But I have special brackets which should shift my top teeth forward and the bottoms back to correct my cross bite. If I wanted absolutely perfect teeth with a perfect bite, I would be jaw surgery...but it's just not worth it to me. My biggest concerns are the right canine and the food that gets stuck in my molars causing extreme pain. I have to wear braces for 10-12 months. I hope that stays the same. And of course retainers after.
I guess that's my story...I'm trying to think of other details but that's probably enough for now. I'm a so-called writer so I apologize the length in advance.