NervousNewbie's story

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#1 Post by NervousNewbie » Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:29 am

Hello everyone!

I am due to be braced on 9/23/2010 so I thought I would go ahead and start up my thread. From what I understand, I will have my braces and spacers placed in the same day, and then I will go back on 9/30/2010 to have the spacers removed and the molar bands placed. I think I've purchased everything I need, and I'm ready, but anxious also, both in a good and bad way. I plan to use this thread to track my progress by posting pics of before braces, after braces, and then one picture every time I have an adjustment. I'm hoping this will help me see improvements and maybe even be encouraging to others as well!

Others who also have recently been braced, or will be braced soon, please feel free to show me your thread so I can watch your progress as well!
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Actual Treatment Time: 41 months

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#2 Post by SonyaM » Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:36 am

Congratulations! I love following everyone else's stories, and having a place to share/cry/vent/laugh at myself. :) Welcome!
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#3 Post by BracketRacket » Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:32 pm

Sounds like we're on the same timeline -- my braces (well top, at least) go on on Monday, so just a few days ahead of you. I have spacers now, though, so the bands will be placed at the same time.

For me, it's been a long road just to get to this point, so I can't wait to get "started"! My story thread link is in my sig if you'd like to read more about that saga! :lol:

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#4 Post by NervousNewbie » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:25 pm

This is what I've got for now... it's off of my cell phone. Once I get the brackets I will take "real" pictures! Sorry about the lighting... it's a nasty yellow light fixture in our 1960's bathroom. :-P

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#5 Post by mikesmile » Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:44 am

Hi Newbie :)

Congratulations on reaching this point in your journey! It's very exciting (and maybe a little nerve racking) at the beginning, isn't it? It's fascinating and a lot of fun chronicling your progress, I'll say that. You're right on taking lots of pictures. Plus, we all like checking them out, too. :wink:

Your BIG DAY is almost here! 8) I wish you lots of luck with the whole thing. Let me tell you...it's not bad at all...and it will be over before you know it! .....and then you'll be one of us! :P

As you've probably read about, there's a little adjusting you'll go through with the braces in the beginning. It's a shock at first to look in the mirror. I couldn't stop running my tongue and top lip over them for a while...and eating is a blast (not!). You'll get used to the new sensations and routine, though after a few weeks. Lots of Luck!

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#6 Post by jensceana73 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:57 pm

Good Luck this week!!!! You'll do great. Just remember to enjoy some of those favorite foods of yours before brace day....cause it might be awhile before your teeth see them again!!! :-((
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#7 Post by NervousNewbie » Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:25 am

Everyone here has been SO encouraging... I don't have anyone to talk to "in real life" so you all have truly been a lifesaver for me. <3
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#8 Post by Nugget3 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:51 am

Hi, Nervous Newbie,
I know you're probably "on edge" and excited at the same time knowing you get braced tomorrow. Don't worry, you'll be just fine. I remember the day before I got braced....I ate whatever I wanted that day that I knew I wasn't going to have for a while. I think I ate the stickiest stuff I could find and then drank sodas and chewed gum. It's been the hardest for me to give up the chewing gum. Don't forget to have plenty of dental wax around and soft foods like puddings, mashed potatoes, applesause. You'll be eating regular foods soon and admiring how quickly your teeth are moving into position. Take care. Nugget3

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#9 Post by catgyrl » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:04 am

Hi NervousNewbie!

ONE MORE DAY!! Happy early B-day to you!

Your mouth looks just like mine when it's closed - you have a very nice "cupid's bow". Mine is more noticeable now with the braces, for some reason.

They will take some getting used to, but after that you will hardly know they're there. As for the not chewing gum part... I would never encourage people to go against their orthodontist's orders, but many of us have found that chewing sugarfree gum actually helps to relieve the soreness that accompanies adjustments (or any other time your teeth are sore). I liken it to a teething ring for babies. haha If you don't want to chew gum, you can try wetting a washcloth, rolling it up and biting down on that. Same principle...

Good luck tomorrow!
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#10 Post by peacefrog » Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:45 pm

Hi NervousNewbie,
You're day is almost here. I still have about two weeks to go but the closer it gets the more nervous, scared, exited-oh I am not quite sure what emotion it is exactly. Good Luck tomorrow, I'm sure you'll do great.

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#11 Post by BraceFace2o1o » Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:02 pm

:jump: Tomorrow is the day! :D
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#12 Post by SonyaM » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:29 pm

Good luck! Tomorrow is an exciting day for you and your smile! YAY!
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#13 Post by NervousNewbie » Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:48 pm

Thanks everyone!

Part of me is happy that I'm doing it - I am improving myself and I'm proud that I'm being brave enough to go through it...

The other part of me is incredibly nauseated and feels like I'm just going to die. That's probably the part of me that suffers from major anxiety...
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#14 Post by hypocrite opportunist » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:20 pm

Good luck! Prepare for the first week to suck, but it really does get a little better and more "normal" each day. :)
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#15 Post by NervousNewbie » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:31 pm

I am going to TRY to not make the typical, "What have I done?" post, because, I come to figure, I'm GOING to feel that way and I'm already EXPECTING it so there isn't a point to POST about it when everyone is just going to say that it'll get better, hahaha...

But I make no promises! If I get desperate enough I might have a teensy little pity party. But I'll seriously try not to...
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