So I've had my braces for just over 5 weeks now and I can honestly say that I don't really think about them anymore. Except when I'm flossing. Because that is seventh-circle-of-hell torture. You stand there in the bathroom, in the cold, tired, wanting so badly to get into bed, and you have to spend 20 minutes fiddling around with superfloss, hoping that tonight you won't heave when you're trying to thread the molar band teeth. And the nights you don't floss you go to bed imagining you can feel the build of gunk in your gumline and that you'll wake up in the morning with blackened stumps because you were too lazy to floss the night before.
Other than that, life is peachy. I lost something like 3 kilos in the first few weeks just from not eating crappy snacks (which pretty much all happen to be sticky, crunchy, chewy or just plain full of sugar) but this weekend I've really been craving some bad snacks purely from withdrawal.
One weird thing that shouldn't annoy me (because I'm an alleged grownup and shouldn't be doing it) but really does is that I can't chew my nails anymore. I hate having nails longer than the ends of my fingers and I also can't stand either the feel of nail clippers or the blunt lines and angles they cut, so just biting the suckers off has always worked for me. But now my top and bottom teeth just won't grip the nail so I have to use the damn clippers and my nails are in a sorry state.
I can't see much difference in where my teeth are sitting today as opposed to my brace day, but the wire isn't sitting at such jagged angles now. My first molar, which is banded, has pulled in away from the second molar, which it's kind of freaking me out, because they lined up before and now it's super weird to bite down because the molars have moved a lot. I'll ask my orthodontist about it this week when I go in for my first adjustment. Hopefully it's not an issue.
I've also managed to avoid any major staining of my clear ligs, which I count as a win. But I've avoided that staining because I'm the world's most culinarily boring person- I don't drink coffee or wine or eat curries...basically any foods with pigments I sort of avoid, and I've still got nice clear ligs, so that's pretty cool.
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