I had to wear my braces for
16 months, 4 months longer than expected. After the doc
bracketed my 4th molars a few months ago, I had been counting
the days until they would come off. Those wisdom teeth were
never meant to see braces! In fact, they were the reason I was
back in braces at the ripe old age of 48!
Dr. B fitted the wire for the
bottom permanent retainer, and then the tech popped off the
metal brackets. It was easy. Then Dr. B came over to remove
the ceramic brackets. Wow. I wish they had told me that they
may look a little better but they come off in bits.
It took a lot of cracking,
and my teeth are sensitive. One felt like my tooth cracked,
but she assured me it was fine.
Then came the drilling,
grinding, etc. Again, having sensitive teeth, this was no fun.
Dr. B covered my gums with a cotton pad, and had a tech blow
warm air on the site. When it got too painful, I’d raise my
hand and she’d go to another area. Actually, knowing that I
could stop the process if necessary helped a lot. I felt like
a big baby, but she told me her teeth are sensitive, too, and
she knew it was really hurting.
We joked about the pain we
will endure for beauty!
She left some of the glue on
the back teeth, for the follow up visit. It had been a long
process. When I looked at my watch, I had been in the chair
for nearly an hour and a half.
Then the tech bonded my lower
retainer to my bottom teeth, no sweat, just nasty-tasting
chemicals. Next came the impressions for the upper and lower
Next another set of x-rays.
Finally, they told me the
retainer would be done in about 45 minutes. It would take me
that long to get to work and back, so I just waited. They gave
me a bag of candy and some balloons. I didn’t feel silly,
just pleased and happy.
The retainer is clear and
fits very tightly. It is comfortable to wear and my only
problem is it is pretty hard to take out. The man who made it
for me had to cut it down 3 times so I could get it out of my
In two weeks I go back for my
other retainer, a Hawley. I picked plain old pink for the
My teeth don’t feel weird
or slimy at all. When I was a kid, they felt very strange when
the braces came off.
I love my smile, now, and it
was all worth it.