Jan from Nevada
I am a 64 year
old former AA flight attendant who flew for a major airline
for 37 years. I couldn't afford braces at a younger age, and
frankly, I didn't need them. I decided to get caps on
discolored and filled upper teeth to improve my smile. The
jackets were okay at first, but over the years, they (my
natural teeth) shifted and moved forward (i.e. eating
corn-on-the-cob through a picket fence).
This all started
when I asked my regular dentist to replace my thicker, "Chicklets-type"
caps with a more updated thin- translucent product. He, being a
perfectionist, said he didn't want to put a new product on
misaligned teeth. So I found myself in the orthodontist's office
paying for big bucks orthodontia with NO insurance coverage.
Okay, here we are one day later with gums/cheeks/teeth squeezed
beyond belief and a lot of drooling.
Now I AM 64, but
hope the nursing home syndrome is still a few years away. I
never knew my home-grown tomatoes would feel like peanut brittle
with new braces. DANG! Soup is the meal du jour for right now.
"Weight Check" was always a constant threat when I was
flying...who knew that orthodontia would curb appetite in a
nanosecond?? We took water pills and cut our hair to adhere to
the scale. What grief we could have saved ourselves!!! Please
tell me the discomfort will dissipate and all this metal crap
will become part of my mouth...soon.