to July 2004
I was hoping that this would be the month that my braces would
be removed, but as I mentioned in my last entry from mid-May,
it seems that I still have a few more months.
been wearing the elastics on one side of my mouth pretty much
24/7. I say "pretty much" because sometimes, despite
good intentions, I forget to put them in again after eating
(like right now. OK, I'll go and put them in...)
that's done. Anyway, I have doubled up on the elastic as Dr.
Vogt suggested, and now I have a gap where at the top tooth
where the elastic is attached. Sigh. WILL THIS EVER END?!
add to the frustration, a couple of my upper teeth seem to
have become sensitive and hurt a bit. The other night I made
steak for dinner and had to chew it only at one corner of my
mouth, because it hurt too much to chew it properly. I'll
admit, I'm getting pretty tired of having to deal with that
kind of stuff.
for a song. To the tune of Old MacDonald:
braces on my teeth
they ever go?
top to underneath
boy, here we go!
a gap, gap here
a gap, gap there
a gap, there a gap
a new gap!
braces on my teeth
they ever go?
month marks two and a half years in braces. I will put a new
photo on my Photos page next week, in case you're interested.
It looks like my prediction of September for my big de-bracing
is going to be correct (dare I say, maybe even October). I had
another adjustment, and although things are moving along,
those few small gaps must be closed and a couple more teeth
must be tilted or whatever. And I must continue to wear one
elastic on one side of my mouth 24/7 (or as much as possible).
This is all just "finishing" stuff and you know how
it can be...sometimes it can go on and on. Dr. Vogt said,
"Lynn, I wish I could tell you that we're done, but I
think it will be 3 or 4 more appointments before that can
at least I'm not surprised.
month I threw caution to the wind and ate curry 3 or 4 times
(both Indian and Thai). By the time I saw Dr. Vogt for my
adjustment, the power chains and ligatures were very dingy
yellow. But truthfully, I just don't care anymore. I'm used to
all this stuff, it doesn't bother me, and I'm tired of
planning my curry meals around my teeth. So, yellow ligs be
damned, I'll have curry whenever I please, and if people don't
like my dingy yellow braces, then to heck with 'em!
did have one problem recently, however. OK, if you've been
reading this journal you remember that Dr. Vogt metal-tied two
upper teeth together at my last adjustment to help close a
gap. Ouch! But it did the trick; the gap between them closed
up immediately. Here is the bad news: it was incredibly
difficult to floss between those teeth. I noticed the
sometimes food (particular shreds of meat) got stuck up there
and were very difficult to get out. I was very good about
flossing every night, especially that one spot. Sometimes I
even flossed that spot a couple of times per day to ensure
that nothing was stuck.
all my earnest hygiene efforts, apparently a small shred of
meat did get lodged up there, just into the gum line,
unbeknownst to me -- until it really began to ache. And then
the ache turned into a pain. I was sure that somehow I'd
developed an infection or something. Since my next ortho
appointment was only in a few days, I decided to wait it
it's pretty gross. Dr. Vogt removed the wire tie (THANK YOU)
and dug in there with a metal pick and then used some floss
(OUCH!!!!!). Yuck. Yes, there was some really yucky stuff
lodged into my gum by that tooth. It had probably been there
at least a week, maybe more. The good news is: there was no
infection, just irritation. After he removed the food
particles and I brushed and once again (carefully) flossed, it
felt much better, and now it's almost back to normal. I'm
rinsing with Biotene several times a day to help it heal. Dr.
Vogt did not put the metal tie back (well, I don't think I
would have let him even he had wanted to). However, he did
tell me that if one or two of the other small gaps don't close
by next month, he may need to do the same thing to them. Oh
I take comfort in the fact that this will all be over soon.
Only a few more months. In fact, I may decide to get really
colorful ligs and chains the last few months just for the heck
off-subject: I recently rented all three Matrix movies. I had
seen the first one years ago, but never the last two. OK, the
last two movies got panned by the critics. However, if you
like a good mind-bending Sci-Fi story, I do recommend this
trilogy, as well as an excellent Matrix website which explains
lots of theories and plot lines, in case you get confused
(which is easy). These films also have terrific dark wave/goth-inspired
addition, the supernatural Hong-Kong style Kung Fu combined
with high action chases and the the high-tech Sci-Fi plot is
brilliant, not to mention of course the special effects and
the cool outfits. I wish there was more than a trilogy; I
could watch more of these! I do love the supernatural Kung-Fu
stuff (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, etc). It's so much fun!
Having done some Aikido (years ago), I know how difficult that
stuff can be; I take my hat off to those actors. I'm looking
forward to renting the Kill Bills as well, one of these days,
as I'm a fan of Quentin Tarantino's films (despite the
violence). Maybe one day, Uma and Keanu will team up in a
Kung-Fu action movie. Wouldn't that be fun? I can just see it
now: "Kill Smith Vol I: The Bride of Neo." Coming
soon to theaters everywhere. Actors, get your ice packs ready,
the stunt wires are waiting!
No this topic is NOT completely off subject! Keanu plays an
orthodontist in his next film. I'm not kidding; really he
does. The film is called Thumbsucker and is due
out in Fall 2004. Read about it in IMDB.com.
Unfortunately, I don't think he'll be doing any martial art
orthodontics. After all, the film is called Thumbsucker,
not Enter The MouthTrix.
However, a film with
Hong-Kong style Kung Fu orthodontics could be.....interesting,
to say the least! The ortho flies through the air, does a
flip, and (hi-ya!) your brackets are on faster than you can
blink an eye! Stunt Arch Wires!!! ;-) This could indeed
be a trilogy! Our lead character is named Neortho. He realizes
an evil plot by organic nanobots to make everyone's teeth
crooked and ruin their self-esteem, thereby destroying
humanity. He must enter the Mouthtrix to fight the nanobots.
The trilogy is called: Enter the Mouthtrix, The
Mouthtrix Debanded and Mouthtrix: Final
Adjustments. It's like a splinter in your gums!
Whatcha think, Keanu?
a note to let you know that I'm doing the July site update in
late June because I'll be away. I'll write a journal update in
mid- July to make up for the usual "start of the
hope everyone is having a nice summer so far. Remember to use
I'm back from a much-needed vacation. I went to the lovely
Caribbean island of Anguilla.
Idyllic is the only word I can use to describe the beach on Shoal
Bay East. A ground-floor condo that opened right onto the
finest sand and bluest water. Several little casual
restaurant/bars right on the beach, such as my favorite, Uncle
Ernie's BBQ. A week to do nothing but relax and
think. And here's a great thing: I didn't get sick. Nobody got
sick. Well, finally, a successful vacation without a trip to
is such a friendly place, and the people can be very
interesting. One cab driver, named Booker, has been playing
guitar in a local band for almost 30 years. We talked a lot
about music. The guy got to meet and play for Paul McCartney
twice when he vacationed there. I swear to God, everyone has
met Paul but me!
I went alone. Don't worry, nothing's wrong. It was my "you
got screwed out of your beach vacation last year when you got
sick so this is to make up for it" trip. It was my
husband's idea. We don't have any family nearby to watch the
kids, so we can't go away by ourselves. And if you have kids,
you know that taking a vacation with them may be fun, but relaxing
isn't the word that comes to mind. I've traveled alone in the
past. Several years ago, I went to Thailand for more than 2
weeks (I did have a tour guide for that trip). And I've been
to some other Caribbean islands and to Moorea (part of
Tahiti). I find that traveling alone is a wonderful
opportunity to clear your head. And I've been so busy lately
that I could no longer hear my own inner voice.
that problem is solved, at least for a while. I did so much
writing during my trip. Two songs, an idea for a book, and
several poems. Did a lot of reading on the beach. I had fun,
too. Went on a day-long snorkeling trip on a catamaran. Got a
very unfortunate sunburn on my upper back. New rule: after 3
hours in the sun, the t-shirt goes on, no matter how great the
sunscreen is supposed to be!
I was away, Hubby ran the DentaKit business. I showed him all
the ropes before I left and even wrote an
"operations" manual for him. Before this, it had
strictly been a solo operation. The kids were at day camp. It
worked out just fine.
really wish I'd had my braces off for this trip, but what can
I do? Having them on wasn't too much of a hassle, especially
since I could just saunter back to my room to brush my teeth
after lunch or whatever.
now I'm back and suffering that usual post-vacation letdown
mixed with jetlag. But it will pass.
busy planning our next trip -- a family trip -- to Costa Rica
in August. Hubby has been there already, so he knows all the
spots. We're going to do some rainforest stuff and some
volcano stuff and then some beach stuff. The kids are really
been busy the past few days putting my songs to music and
brainstorming ideas with Hubby for DentaKit. While I was away,
he did the sweetest thing. I have a very large collection of
cassette tapes of my college radio shows from the early 1980s.
He digitized them onto CDs, and plans to get them into MP3
format. Eventually I will have them on streaming audio (or
something similar) on the web. Those shows are like a New Wave
archive. I'm announcing the newest Devo album, for example.
Really fun stuff.
month closer to dental freedom! At this month's adjustment, we
went through the usual "Open. Now bite down. Hmmm. Now
open again. Now bite down again. Hmmm. OK, open. And bite.
are two things preventing my teeth from being free of their
bondage: the gap by the top molar (where the food usually gets
stuck), the gap by the top canine (which opened up when I
started wearing that elastic a couple of months ago). These
are the only two things standing in the way. Everything else
top molar gap is rather troublesome. Dr. Vogt showed me that
the top and bottom molars next to it meet so well, food is
just getting shoved into the neighboring upper gap by my jaw
mechanics. He tweaked the arch wire and did tie wires on the
bottom molar to move it a bit, hoping that a slightly
different alignment will prevent this from happening. And of
course, I'm wearing power chain to help close that gap.
other little gap will probably close with the help of power
chain over the course of this month. I'm not wearing the
elastics anymore (yea!), so nothing will be pulling that tooth
to the side.
looked at my teeth in the mirror after they took off the arch
wire and got really excited. Dang, they look so good! As one
of our readers said, they look like somebody else's nice
the braces come off, Dr. Vogt will also shape a couple of the
teeth a bit. He recommended an at-home whitening kit, and I
think I'll probably try the TheraBreath one. I tend to have
sensitive teeth, and it sounds like a good product. I also
won't leave it on as long as they say (that also helps the
teeth not to get too sensitive). But I'm getting ahead of
Vogt said, "Every time I see you Lynn, I think this will
be the last adjustment." Wow, that was great to hear! But
my teeth just aren't cooperating!
also asked again about retainers. Many of our readers have
said that they get a temporary Essix while the Hawley is being
made. Dr. Vogt said that he takes an impression with the
braces still on, and about a week later the braces come off
and the Hawley is ready. Sounds good to me!
was a thread in Metal Mouth Forum recently about the site chat
room. Somebody had a good idea: maybe we should do regularly
scheduled chats. Dr. Rick said that he'd like to join in. I
think that would be great! We're in the process of deciding
when the chats will be. Check with the forum. If we wind up
scheduling them on specific dates, I'll post it on the main
page. I hope the chat room doesn't get maxxed out -- it's very
basic and I think it only holds 10 people per session...so if
it gets really popular I might need to upgrade the chat link.
did one of the last phases of our home improvement recently:
more landscaping. There is a piece of land at the side of our
house which has always been barren. It faces a room where the
family hangs out a lot, and I have wanted to plant something
nice there for years. But it was complicated. The entire
irrigation system had to be changed, new valves made, things
connected to a timer (which we didn't have until recently). It
was such a headache that we just avoided it. But
of looking at rocks and dirt, now I can look at lavender, red
salvia, red millionbells, trailing rosemary, bougainvillea,
and other nice plants. And now our deck finally has
irrigation, too, so I planted an herb garden in this big
redwood planter. I have 3 types of basil (sweet, holy, and
purple), oregano, chives, dill, thyme, sage, parsley,
cilantro, tarragon, and rosemary. And it's all on timers, so I
won't forget to water it! Hooray! Now whenever I want holy
basil for a Thai dish, all I have to do is go outside to get
week my family and I are off to Costa Rica for about 10 days.
So I'll begin the August installment of this journal after we