Sunday, February 28, 2010

Week 3

Week 3 was Friday and I am feeling great! I took some pictures today (not sure if I'm going to post, don't want you to get sick of my funky mouth just yet) I see some major movement. I think its major anyway. My snaggle tooth is making its way in line with my other teeth and slowly being pulled down. My bottom teeth that were pushed back are moving in line too. I never thought this would be happening so fast. I know I still have a long way to go but seeing movement gives me hope. I'm gettingn used to my new blinged out grill and loving it. Can't wait to get spacers and bands the first week of April! Everyone says it hurts like hell but I'm ready for a new challenge. Bring it on!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bracist People Bug Me

Bracist? Ever heard that one before? I was reading the message boards at, like I do every day, and come across that word. I cracked up. So far for me I haven't been a victim of bracism... but I'm sure it will come. Some people have commented. Most just stare at my mouth when I am talking to them. I will reply with "Oh yeah, I got some new lipgloss. You like it?" I laugh silently to myself. Then I tell them about my braces story and it's all better. Anywho. I try really hard not to be self conscience about my new mouth but I find myself shying away from opening my mouth to wide when I laugh, smile, blah blah blah. I think I am more bracist to myself than anything. I decided to boost my self esteem by getting a new hair style. It worked! I feel good again. All is right in the world. Haha. No but really, it helped. I suggest doing something that helps boost your spirits. I can't wait to see how many hair colors/styles I can go through in this whole thing... blonde, brown, blue perhaps? OK, now I'm just being weird. Tomorrow is week 3. Not sure if I will post new pics but I will definitely keep you guys posted. As always thanks for reading!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Are we there yet?

I'm 17 days in and I'm antzy. I finally saw the slightest glimpse of movement yay! One of my bottom teeth straightened a little and that's exciting. But with that excitement comes anticipation. I still have over a month before my first adjustment! I really just want to go to my Ortho and be like "look! They're moving! Let's move on to the next step." although I'm pretty sure it doesn't work like that. Anyways. Nothing really new. My gums have adjusted to my hardwear. My teeth feel kinda loose in some places which is weird but I suppose that means they're moving... They wouldn't get loose to stay in place right? Fingers crossed. Goodbye for now.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Week 2 Update

So it has been officially 14 days since I got braced. I'm use to them now. I eat just about whatever I want with the exception of caramel... tear. I haven't noticed much of a change, although, today I did have a dull ache for about 4 hours. I'm hoping that means they were moving in that brief period of time. I got a new camera so I can hopefully take better pics. Unfortunately... taking pictures of the inside of your mouth is a lot harder than it looks (ok, i guess it doesn't really look easy haha) It takes skill. Picture this... holding a hand held mirror (bathroom has bad lighting) in my left hand, camera in my right, mouth open, chin down, trying to snap a pic. Not easy. I did my best so I hope you enjoy... well, not enjoy, that would be weird.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Positive reinforcement

So have you ever heard of throwing thoughts out into the universe and getting good back in return? Well I'm thinking if I throw positive vibes out there about tooth movement maybe I can get things progressing. You know like karma. What goes out comes back around. A mind is a powerful thing... I'm like a mental powerhouse! Haha ok so maybe I'm getting a little carried away but it couldn't hurt right? Maybe its to early but I'm already wanting to speed things along. I'm impatient... My goal is to have these things off by my 25 bday (Nov. 2011) that will be 21 months and my Ortho said 18 to 24 months. Not a bad goal right? Anyways I'm rambling now so... Peace out. Oh yeah, I'm getting my new camera tomorrow so I will post some pics!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Oral OCD

Sounds funny right, oral OCD? But I'm not kidding I've spent the last 10 days obsessing about my teeth. I'm constantly looking in the mirror for movement, food, wires, any excuse I can fine to look at or talk about my teeth. These braces have completely taken over my life! I feel like a teeth monster. I don't know. I hope this passes because I feel totally crazy and I'm sure the people around me are annoyed already. I'm always asking my husband if he sees any movement... Of course he says he does... Liar! Anywhoo that's my venting moment for the day.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


So I'm not sure what happened but I was out to dinner last night and noticed a weird wire thing happening. My bottom wire on my back molars instead of being flat is now a c shape. I don't know if its because my teeth are moving or I ate something bad or... I don't know. It hurts to eat on that side now tho. I am going to try to make an appointment with my Ortho tomorrow don't know what there policy on presidents day is. Cross your fingers they are moving!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Week 1 update

So I've decided against posting a new pic because nothing has really changed. In my mind I am seeing this amazing transformation... But then I take a picture and not so much. The pain is gone except for when I try to use my front teeth to bite something. I have pretty much dealt with the fact that I will be eating most of my food with a fork. The inside of my cheeks have the texture of raw hamburger meat. I keep biting them and I have hook thingys that just hate my cheeks. I have tried puting the wax stuff on there but its just a big pain in my butt. 54 days until I get my spacers out in. I heard they hurt like hell so I'm not to excited but hopefully I will see some progress by then.

Finally noticed

So today is the one week mark and I have to admit that I was shocked when I went to work on Monday and no one noticed my new metal mouth.... Or atleast said anything. Well today one of my members finally said something.maybe its not as bad as I thought. So anyways, they were all good comments. He was mostly inquisitive. He asked about the treatment plan, time, blah blah. He also asked if it was a hard desision to make which it was. All in all it was a good conversation... Nice guy. Didn't make fun of me once. Anyways I will post week one pics when I get home... At work now oops!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tedious teeth cleaning routine

So before I used to head to bed I would brush my teeth, occasionally floss, and head to sleep. Now... Not so much. Braces make things a lot more difficult. This is my routine.
1. Rinse with water to get food particles out. Trust me they're in there.
2. Take my little spooly brush thing (don't know what it is really) and go under my wires to clean out more particles.
3. Brush (sonicare all the way)
4. Floss... Holy cow now this is the chore that takes forever. I use threader floss and go under every wire to floss between every tooth! Doesn't seem that hard but it takes me a good 15 to 20 minutes.
5. After all that, yawn.
6. I rinse one more time apply some chapstick and go to bed.

1st day braced pic!

So this is me on my first day fully braced. Its weird tho because I feel like I can smile more now looking silly in braces than I could before with bad teeth. I guess its just me knowing that it will all be fixed. Its only day 4 now but I swear I can feel them moving and getting straigther. Maybe its all in my head but I'm optimistic.

Yikes... pics

OK... So this is kinda embarrassing. I am posting pictures that the dentist took right before he put my braces on. The only person who has seen these is my husband... and now for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to post them on the web. I just keep telling myself that these are befores. You can't really appreciate the end result until you know what you started with soooo here goes nothing. I have a very deep overbite which is bad. and my jaw goes off to the right which is also bad. plus I'm sure you can all see the weird tooth coming from way up top out of nowhere. That's my teeth in a nutshell. Still kinda shocked that I am actually posting these so more later.

(top: lower)
(Middle: uppers)
(bottom: obviously front view)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The back story

So to start off I would like to let everyone know that this is my first blog ever. I have never been much into blogs but I figured this would be a good topic to start with. I am 23 years old, married, no kids, and recently braced. I have always been self conscience about my smile and finally decided to do something about it. It all started about 6 months ago. I went in for a regular check up and had a cavity filled and a cleaning. Next was my wisdom teeth. Holy heck was that painful. I had 3 to be removed, one on each top and a lovely impacted one on the bottom left. So after getting those removed, dealing with the crapload of pain that came with that, I made an orthodontist appointment. All fine and dandy right? wrong! Two days before my appointment my impacted wisdom tooth area became abscess. OUCH! So I went in and had that taken care of. I still desperately wanted to go to the ortho appt.... So I did complete with gauze packing in my newly opened wound. After talking about my options I found out I was not a candidate for invisalign. So I went with the next best to clear.... ceramic. Two weeks later I am sitting in the chair getting the brackets put on. It has now been 2 and a half days since braced and I have to say it's weird. Leaving the ortho office I felt like I had a big spiny alien in my mouth. I am starting to get used to it though. The pain has been tolerable. I have been taking advil every 4 hours religiously or else it feels like I got kicked in the teeth. Eating is crazy. I got what I like to call lift kits on my back teeth so I don't bite my bottom brackets off. They make chewing very difficult. All in all I am happy with my decision. I hope my teeth start to move very fast... I am extremely impatient. I will post again with before pics and tell a little more about the treatment plan yada yada.