It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. In case you missed it, I shared some images of my scary teeth and explained that I have decided to get braces in the hope that I will have lovely straight teeth just in time for the wedding.
After my x-ray appointment, I had to go back to have impressions taken. I was nervous about this, because I remember having this done when I was at school (for gum shields as well as my braces). But it wasn’t quite as bad as I remembered (though still not pleasant!). The dentist filled a plastic mould with a pink paste, which he then pressed onto my bottom teeth. After a minute or so he pulled it out and did the same for the top. My teeth felt a little tender the next day, but I guess this was good practise for what was to come!
A few days later, I went to visit the Hygienist. I had to have a Scale and Polish. I’ve never had this done before, so I was a bit apprehensive. It wasn’t painful, but it was quite a strange experience. There were a couple of moments when I winced as my teeth felt quite sensitive against the cold water. I also cringed at the scraping noises! But the results were amazing! My teeth have never felt so squeaky clean! I am booked in to have this done again in about 3 months time, as I wont be able to floss with the braces on.
Two days later, I was back again for my fitting. This took about an hour, and the dentist talked me through step-by-step which helped to keep me relaxed. Again, there was no pain, just some pressure when they attached the wire, and a bit more sensitivity when they used the cold water. It felt really strange afterwards. It bought back a lot of teenage memories!
I went straight from the appointment back to work, where I felt quite self conscious. By late afternoon, my mouth was starting to throb, and by the time I went home I was feeling quite ill. I think the pain had got to me. I had a bowl of soup, and climbed into bed feeling sorry for myself (I had to keep reminding myself why I’m doing this!).
Over the weekend, the pain has eased off, though I am really struggling to eat! I had to be fitted with a bite guard, which is a small hard ‘lump’ that was glued to my back teeth, so that my teeth can’t touch. This is to protect the bottom row of brackets being knocked by my top teeth. But it means that I can’t bite… so I can’t chew! I’ve lived off soup, pureed fruit, carrots and mashed potato for the last few days, which is starting to get a bit boring now. I’ve been reassured by friends with braces that the bite guard will eventually wear down.
So that’s it for 4 weeks, when I go back to have my wires tightened. If anyone has any recommendations on blended food ideas, please let me know!
6 Month Smile Braces: Part 2 was last modified: March 8th, 2015 by