I’d flash you a smile, of clean pearly whites…

Me circa 2010

My orthodontia treatment has been a long, tiring, and costly road (like most, I’m sure).  But I am so happy to say that it is finally over.  The braces are finally off!  Yes, I have to wear a retainer… No surprise there… My current instructions are to wear my retainer day and night for three months.  I am to take it out when I eat and drink other than water.  But that is okay, I’ll get through it, just like I’ve gotten through almost three years of these annoying as hell, life ruining, smiling fixing braces.  I am most excited to not have to limit the food that I eat, I’m sure my teeth will be sensitive for a few days, and I may not want to rush into biting an apple.  But just the thought of being able to indulge in popcorn or gummi bears, is so exciting!  All in all it was a very long road, but one that I am happy to say is just about at it’s end!  

So I scoured through images trying to find some of me pre, and during my treatment.  I may have been a bit of a p.i.t.a. during the process, but now that it is over it was well worth it.  I must admit, I am far too tired to snap any more pictures today, more to come though!  

Me circa 2011 

Here I am before braces, as you can see I have gaps, crowding, and I needed to have both of my I teeth removed (they were baby teeth that held on for way too long).  Not to mention I needed to later have surgery to expose my right I tooth, but more on that later.  I was also told that I have TMJ, which is a few really long words that basically mean that my mouth doesn’t function normally.  And I grind my teeth when I sleep.  A lot.  From my before pictures, you can’t really see that because I also have a pretty bad over bite. 

I got my top braces put on in February of 2013.  On the same day my crib was also installed.  The crib was designed to hold my top premolars and molars in place while my front teeth shifted around every which way.  They first few months were spent making room for my surgery which took place over a year later in August of 2014.  

In September of 2014 I had my first dental emergency.  The attachment to my newly exposed I tooth detached.  And in lieu of getting surgery again and spending a butt load more money I decided to be conservative and wait in the hopes that my I tooth, that I affectionately nicknamed Waldo would come down far enough to move it into place.  The result of that was laser surgery twice to remove the scar tissue from surgery.

Once my tooth was exposed again it was slowly but surely pulled into place.  Then my bottom braces went on in December of 2014.  Since then the focus shifted to getting all of my teeth to their final resting places.

My second dental emergency came around April on this year.  I was foolishly enjoying a cracker and a bracket came off one of my right bottom molars, I had J clip the wire.  That was around the time that I was wearing rubber bands to aid in pulling my teeth back, that was pretty painful, I did that for several months.  Then I wore a single band from my top left I tooth, in a triangle formation to my bottom to teeth.  And luckily I only had to do that for about a month.

When I got the news at my last appointment earlier in the month, I was over the moon.  I didn’t want to wait, but because of my schedule and my new job I knew I would have to.  So I had my first appointment early afternoon to take my braces off, clean up my teeth a bit from all the bonding material from my crib, and the two times my orthodontist put extra material on my back molars so my teeth would not meet (I still have nightmares about those times).  And my second appointment was to pick up and learn about my retainer, learn how to put it in and take it out.  I went on my way with an appointment scheduled for three months out!

Now that my treatment is just about at it’s end I am relieved, overjoyed, and almost hysterical.  I have waited so long for this day to come, and I can’t believe that it is finally here.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Dental Care by Owl City

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