Over the last 6 months I've gone through 3 root canals (2 of which failed resulting in extractions and I can't even have the implants/bridgework to replace them until the braces come off), a deep scaling on uppers and lowers, a regular cleaning, 1 filling, I'm currently bleaching so my teeth will be as white as possible and today was my "records" appt. with my Ortho and in 8 days I go back to get the upper and lower braces installed!
This has been a long time desire of mine, to finally have straight teeth and I don't think it's ever too late in one's life to do so. I'm excited and nervous. I've read here for 2 years and am fully educated on life with braces and I know what to expect. That's probably why I'm nervous. I don't think I'll mind the soreness of movement as much as I will the canker sores and tearing up of the inside of my cheeks and lips...OUCH!!!
I've got all my supplies ready and waiting, armed with all the necessary weapons to care for my teeth, gums and braces and the unfortunate impailment on my cheeks by those lovely little brackets.
I'm lucky I guess...no extra hardware to worry with just plain ole metal upper and lower metal braces for 2 years. My crowding is minimal so I didn't need any extractions but had to have 2 on my lower left due to the failed root canals last year and one on my lower right about 5 years ago that also failed. (After the braces are off I'll have a 3 unit bridge on the lower right after a small bone graft, and on the lower left an implant to anchor another 3 unit bridge) Ortho said there is ample room on my uppers to move them, thank the good Lord because I didn't want anymore extractions!
He gave me my choice of Invisalign or upper ceramics/lower metal or upper and lower metal and after reading here I felt for me the full metal was the way to go. I'm not disciplined enough to keep the Invisaligns in if I'm in a lot of pain...so with standard braces I have no choice, they're in to stay. I'm not concerned with the vanity aspect of having ceramic uppers...people will see the archwire anyway and after all this time of waiting I will proudly show my metal because in the end I will have a beautiful smile with perfectly straight chompers!
So without further delay, here is my mouth today...out here for all to see...naked.
Left Side (stitches were removed after they took these pictures and the white you see on the last lower tooth is a dogwood flower...long story I'll share later, lol)
Pathetic Lowers...chewing is gonna be a major, major problem now.
So I get my braces on Thursday, April 7th...in 8 short days. Did I mention that I'M SOOOOOO NERVOUS????????? I'll post new pictures for y'all either the day I get them put on or when I recover from it a few days later.
On a side note...bleaching is so painful...who knew? I'm using the Professional Crest Whitestrips (sticky ones) and they have already made a huge difference, I wish I took before photos. Only 4 days left of the bleaching thank God...my teeth can recover before my braces go on!