Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The "life after" post

I've had my braces off for seven months now, and am LOVING it! Looking back, all the discomfort was worth it. So, for those of you who are currently enduring the challenges of sore gums, cheeks and lips, I'm telling you to hang in there!  I STILL haven't had my permanent bonded retainer placed. Nope, I'm enjoying life to the fullest with a retainer I take off during the day and put on every night.  It's working out GREAT! At some point, I'll most likely have the retainers put on, but I'm still enjoying the whole "nothing in my mouth" freedom feeling.

I hope all of you are doing well!
Barbara

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Woohoo! Done with braces!

So, Tuesday was the big reveal! We took another set of impressions and made retainers on site. I'll wear these 24 hours a day (minus eating) until my bonded retainers come in next month. It was definitely a tough visit because of doing the impressions, but I can't complain since it was for a good cause. Below is a photo of me wearing the retainer...barely visible. Pretty big change from where we began. I'm also starting ZOOM whitening and am using it in my retainers each evening.

Thanks to all of you for following my blog -- it's been a great adventure!!



Sunday, November 25, 2012

Less than 1 month to go before the braces come off!

December 17 will be a magical day in my book!  Braces will COME OFF!!  That day, I'll have the chips filled on my front teeth, and a whitening process down.  The power chains will finally come off (whoo hoo!) and the brackets will be removed.  Too exciting!  I'll have to share some grand finale photos when it's all said and done.  Can't believe I'm almost done with my Six Month Smile!  (And if you count the months, it really was a six month process!)

Friday, October 12, 2012

4 Months of Braces - my Six Month Smile is nearly done!







WOW!  Time is flying! Maybe it's because the school year is in full swing or because life's just going at full speed.  All I know, is that I'm more than half way done with my Six Month Smile!  And, just look at those straight teeth :) 

I took this cell phone picture this morning, so it's a pretty accurate representation of what's going on right now.  My bottom row of teeth have straightened out and my top row looks great.  I'm SO happy with what I see in the mirror these days! 

Working at a school, I have to have my photo taken annually for the yearbook.  This year, I laughed with my kids that I'd have braces -- just like many of the students!  (Actually, you could barely tell that I was wearing them because the final yearbook photo is so small -- thankfully!)

Things are still going fine with the braces overall. A couple weeks ago, I actually ate a bracket.  Yes, it happened while eating a slice of California Pizza Kitchen thin crust BBQ.  (Yum!) One bite of crust seemed particularly, well, crunchy.  When I flossed later that night, I realized that a wire was poking out of the back (metal) bracket and the last plastic bracket was gone altogether.  (Ooops.)  I called my dentist the next morning and he had everything back in place within a few minutes. 

Next week, I'll be entering the final phase of The Six Month braces -- power chains.  I have a real fear about getting these on because my dental tech told me that they can definitely cause some soreness in your mouth.  These power chains actually help link all of the brackets together even tighter to pull teeth back and close up gaps.  It's the last step in achieving a great smile.  I'll also get the final wire put on! 

I'm still hoping to make my December goal of no braces for Christmas...guess we'll see how it goes!  Hope everyone is doing well and thanks for all of your encouraging comments!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

10 Weeks Along in my Braces!

Just a quick check in!  All is well here.  No more brackets falling off and my teeth continue to straighten, slowly but surely.  Here's a quick cell phone shot of me at week 10.  If you compare this to week 6, (posted back in July) you'll see that my bottom row has straightened considerably.  Not bad progress for just one month's time!  At this point, I'm starting to notice some of the minor flaws -- like me chipped from tooth. But, until my braces come off, I can't do a darn thing about it. *sigh*  The good thing is that that will be a quick fix once everything is off.  (Or, at least the dentist has promised it will be a quick fix!!)

Hope everyone is well -- and that those of you starting your  journey in the Six Month Smile are having an easy go of it.  Signing off for now...

10 Weeks!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Oh How Far I've Come




Last night, I ran across a photo of my before I had my braces.  Amazing.  Wow.  Downright awful.  I look back at my happy smile (I was holding one of my daughters!) and just think about how far I've come.  New hair.  Better teeth.  This has already been an amazing makeover -- I can't wait to see how I look when I'm finished with my Six Month Smile braces!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

8 Weeks in Braces! (And a new wire to boot)

On Monday, I celebrated the two month mark in wearing my Six Month Smile braces!  Celebrated might be a bit of a strong word, but still...two months is one third of the way there.  At my  appointment, my dentist decided that one of my upper canines wasn't rotating properly so he took off the bracket (more on that in a minute) and repositioned it by reapplying the glue and curing the bracket to my tooth.  Then he used something that sounds totally harmless called a "Quick Tie" to apply the needed tension to that tooth.  That was the part that REALLY hurt.  In fact, I told him that there was no need to move the tooth TODAY and wasn't this called the six month smile -- not the 6 minute smile?  (Dental humor...but wow, it hurt as he was attaching those.) 

Going back to removing the bracket...he basically used pliers and popped it loose.  Not the most comfortable experience, but nothing compared to the tension he put on my canine.  I had been curious about how all of those brackets would come off -- and now I know. 

After securing the canine bracket again, he placed the same wire back on my top row of teeth.  However, my bottom row is moving up in the world and got a slightly larger gauge wire.  The thicker the wire, the stronger the pressure it can put on your teeth.  It honestly was a breeze to pop the lower wire on.

Needless to say, I'm eating somewhat gingerly on top.  But, I suspect that in the next few days, I'll be back to normal again ;) 

Hope this blog is helping those of you who are trying to decide if the Six Month Smile is right for you!