Monday, January 9, 2012

Life with braces II...

Lets see.... I don't hate the braces anymore. In fact I am actually amazed by them! I can't believe how straight my bottom teeth have gotten in such a short amount of time! The gap is also closing quickly. Of course it is still hard to adjust to the new gaps that are forming and I don't smile as much as I use to BUT I just try to think about how MUCH I will smile when this is all over. I'm not really looking forward to the next step, which I plan on discussing with my ortho in Feb. (She has been on maternity leave, baby girl :D) The next step involves them pulling out that baby tooth, attaching a chain to the adult tooth in the gums, then attaching the chain to the braces and attempting to pull it down. I just hope that the tooth comes down in a resonable amount of time and is USABLE. So we will see. Hopefully in the meantime I will be able to get the implant on the left side. We will see what she says! Here are some new pictures from Dec. My appointment time had to get pushed back to the 20th of Dec rather then the 7th so I am not going to see the doc until Feb 7th. Seems like a long time. I wonder what progress will be made.



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Life with braces...

So it has been a while... seems like an eternity to me! It has been about a month and a half now since I have had these bad boys on. I gotta say.... I hate the way I look, I hate the way they feel AND I hate how they are moving my teeth and creating new BIGGER gaps in different places. As you can imagine it took me some time you get over the insecurities I had about the gap in the middle. When i say "some time" I means YEARS. So to have to adjust in only a month, its tough. I am sure I am noticing the changes more then the public but still. This is an emotional hurtle I need to overcome and only time will tell... So, to add to that I had a little mini break down day 3 of the braces! Cried my eyes out. Luckily I have a man who doesn't understand why I am so emotional but will at least pretend he does, give me a hug, and tell me I am beautiful. I have had little breakdowns since then. Not too much crying in public though.... (boyfriend counts as public.) Most of the breakdowns have been alone... haha. Pathetic, but all that I can do to get me through is to look forward to the end of the road and the end result! Here are some updated photos... time for me to veg out and watch my Tues night shows! Hope everyone is doing well with their struggles! I will try and browse around on here more and catch up!



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Top set is on!

So here are the pictures! They are hardly noticable at all which is great for me! They had to put some spacers around my crown to put the metal ring on that tooth since a bracket would more than likely just fall off. I go back next week to get that put on as well as the bottoms! Yay, and surprisingly, unless I am just too tuff, it really didn't hurt at all! I feel pressure and I could tell each little bit that she tightened them but I can't really say, "My teeth are killing me!" Guess that is a good thing for now! We will see how I feel next week! This is def going to take some getting use to but in the end, I think I am going to rather enjoy braces. ;)




Today is the day! Braces here I come!

video

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Date for braces is set!

It's official! Next Monday I go in for all the diagnostic records and then the next day BAM braces! Pretty excited :D. I'll let everyone how it goes next week!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Post root canal - Braces next

So this being my first blog here is a little background. My family never had dental insurance let alone the money to pay for it. Since my teeth are relatively straight my mother decided to let me decide on the correction of my teeth. I always knew that I had missing teeth so when the dentist told me that I was congenitally missing the two top lateral incisors that was not a surprise. However, I was not told that I still had a baby tooth with an impacted adult k9 until ohhhh 2 years ago. This new news kind of changed my perspective. I would like to say that I have always loved myself and my smile but that would be a lie. As a child I am sure you can imagine how hard it was and how crule children can be. I was teased alot. But through all the teasing I CAN say that it has made me a stronger person. I learn to love my teeth and "rock the gap" (read that in another blog on here.) I have been rocking the gap and I have been rocking it strong. I believe that everyone is made to certain specifications and they are beatuiful in their own ways. However, like I said this baby tooth news changed my mind. Did I want to chance it and wait for the thing to fall out (at who knows what age) and then have to deal with it then? When I am older? When my teeth are ever less reluctant to change?

So folks... here I am. I just finished a root canal and got the permanent crown on. I have already had a consultantion with an orthodontist and have come up with a tenative plan of action. I will be getting the ceramic braces on top and the metal on the bottom. (Figured I might as well attack the bottom if I am fixing the gap on top.) The first move will be the get the braces on. I am going to call the ortho on Monday to set that up. After that, sometime down the road, still not sure when, I will be referred to an oral surgeon to remove the baby tooth, attach a chain to the impacted k9 and hopefully pull that bad boy down and introduce her to my mouth. Judging by the x-rays and by reading some blogs, the impacted tooth seems to be in a good position. It is slightly crooked but I am confident that it has always wanted to be a part of my smile so it will come down. ;) It appears that the time for this varies so we will see. Next step... impalanting my lateral incisors once they front gap is closed.

Last thing... Day 1 photo.
Front :D
Left side view. The teeth on this side are lined up pretty well. This is my audlt K9.

This is the problem child side. The K9 here is a baby and the teeth are more on top of each other.

Cheers and thumbs up folks! I'll update Monday!