Well, I am braced. And guess what? I already have to wear elastics!
I feel no pain yet, but a lot of pressure so I'm sure the pain will come. The braces feel very bulky. I really wasn't expecting them to feel this big. I feel like I can't close my lips around them. Yes, I think I'm ready to have them taken off now!!
Anyway, my appointment went well, it all took about an hour, I would say. I got there and paid the extra $150 to switch to clear on top, and then they called me back. She read my chart and said "Okay, so you're here to have your appliance taken out and braces put on." Appliance taken out?! I was so excited! But alas, she was wrong...appliance will come out next appointment.
I then saw the brackets laying on the tray and noticed that they all looked metal. I asked if she knew I was supposed to get clear on top, and she didn't! So she went and got the clear ones, but I am so glad I noticed! Then we got started.
She gave me sunglasses to wear (they do this each appointment), chapstick to put on, and put the cheek retractor in. Then she put in this awful plastic thing that fit around and under my tongue, that suctioned constantly at the back of my mouth. After a while my mouth and throat were so dry I felt like I would gag.
She painted something on my bottom teeth, then rinsed it off. She then painted again and placed brackets on my molars on each side. The ortho came over to make sure they were positioned correctly, wiped the excess glue off, and hardened the glue with the UV light. He then placed the remaining bottom brackets himself and hardened the glue.
Then the top brackets went on, the blue plastic placement...things...were taken off of the brackets, she put the wires in, snipped the ends, and closed the bracket doors. She showed me where to put the elastics on one side and made me put the other side on.
She gave a long demonstration on brushing correctly, flossing, etc. and gave me my "goody bag." Here's what I got.
Aaaannnnd here are the braces! I think the clear looks nice. I hate the elastics though, I feel like they really stand out.