it's been record breaking cold here......in the teens at night and wind chill in the single digits....rought stuff for dallas, texas. i had a head cold two weeks ago and thought i was over it.....now i seem to have another one, two days before the braces go on!! i was tossing and turning most of last night, wondering how i would breathe through my nose while they are putting on the braces for an hour and a half or so. do you ever get to swallow.....i can't imagine having my mouth open for that long and not being able to swallow. that was sort of freaking me out. i think i clenched my teeth the entire night even with the nightguard.....i 'm getting nervous to put it mildly....have such a headache and cough...but i'm NOT canceling, after they canceled on me on monday. if i had tuberculosis, i would keep the appointment!! which is kind of how i feel w/ this nasty cough and headache.
sorry to carry on so......
Oh sweetie - I'm so sorry you're feeling badly again! Ugh!
I was in the chair for over two hours (busy practice, one ortho on duty) and you will be able to swallow. It really is not that hard to get the braces on. You lie back in a chair and your mouth is open the whole time, so I would recommend you put on a thick layer of lip balm before they put your cheek extractors in. When you see videos or pictures of someone with cheek extractors on, it LOOKS a whole lot worse than it feels. They will do everything they can to make sure you're comfortable as possible so don't worry about that part.
I hope you can rest easily - it's so difficult to wait! Before you know it, you'll be a Brace Face like the rest of us!
Hang in there!
Teeth sentenced to 24 months confinement: 12/3/10
Brace Date: 12/30/10
1st Adj: 2/14/11
2nd Adj: 2nd Banding Date: 4/20/11
3rd Adj: 6/24/11 - power chains upper and lower w/elastics 24/7
4th Adj: 8/3/11
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