My journey into the world of
braces started in August 2006. I took my 9 year old son for
a follow-up visit to the orthodontist. After his
consultation, (which turned out that he could wait until he
changed all his baby teeth before braces are considered for
him) her secretary suggested I get a consultation. As it was
at no charge, I decided to go along, just for the fun of it.
Lo and behold, fun it was not when the orthodontist started
out by saying “you should have been here long before your
son!” I have always prided myself on the state of my teeth,
yes I know they were not perfect, but I have often been told
I have a nice smile. Well so much for that! The secretary
alter told me she often watched me (I present news on
television sometimes) and was determined to get me into the
chair because she saw that my teeth needed help!
Turns out that my teeth have
been shifting (after losing several during childhood, as an
adult, I only have 27 teeth, including the wisdoms). One of them
has also been twisted almost 90 degrees; and because they are so
badly aligned, they are hitting against each other, causing tiny
cracks; not to mention the wearing down. About two weeks prior
to the orthodontist’s visit, I actually broke one of my teeth,
and she said this would happen to the rest if I didn’t start to
look about them now.
Two days after my consultation,
I went to do the impressions, and one week later on August 29,
(two days before my 42nd birthday), I was fitted with braces.
The orthodontist says it will be at least 28 months before they
are removed. Of course I was very apprehensive about getting
them, but I figured I still have a while to go in the journalism
business, so I would need my teeth to be in good condition.
The process of putting them on
was quite relaxing. The technician who did it was very friendly
and told me step by step what he would be doing as he proceeded.
There was one problem with the repaired tooth, and the
orthodontist had to come in and bond that one, but that too went
well. The entire process took two and a half hours and was
completely pain free.
My only regrets about getting
braces? (Apart from the cost?) That I won’t be able to partake
of two of my favourite foods…..cashews and mixed nuts, and
Dentyne Ice chewing gum.
My boss and a co-worker had
braces, and they have been giving me advice and telling me what
to expect (some of which I’m not looking forward to).
It will be an interesting
journey, and I look forward to the end results.