Tuesday, May 8, 2012

9/05/2012 Orthodontic Band-up

Today was the day I had been dreading yet mentally hurrying. On one hand, the sooner I get braces on, the sooner I can get the surgery over with and the sooner the whole treatment is completed. On the other hand, I couldn't have timed it worst... there are a million and one important social events coming up and now I can face them as a cyborg.

The actual band-up was very fast. My orthodontist used an 'indirect' technique where he set the brackets up on my stone models beforehand and created a clear putty key over the top. This key (with the brackets inside) was then placed over my teeth (which had been cleaned and etched) and a curing light was set over each one to keep them in place. Nice and quick.

After that, a excess glue was removed and a wire was put through. I'm supposed to wear elastics too but he said he was going to be nice and start the elastics next appointment so that I could get used to the braces first.

I was so apprehensive about the appearance that I didn't even look in the mirror at the surgery.

It wasn't until I got home that I braced (haha pun) myself for the moment of truth.

I think my mouth looks huge... my lips are sort of pushed out. It's hard to talk (though I know that will go away). I'm really very grateful for the 5 clear brackets in the front.

On the whole, I suppose I have to keep my mind on the final outcome. That and learn to smile with my mouth shut.

 I can hide them slightly if I smile in a specific way. Time to practice! 

Full effect

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

3/05/2012 Impressions!

Yesturday, the wheels went into motion.

I popped into the orthodontic clinic nice and early for the first appointment of actual treatment.

As I've mentioned earlier, I've had braces before and a fixed lower retainer was put in. My orthodontist had to remove this first. It was mostly done with composite burs (that grind away the 'glue' but leave the teeth alone) and was surprisingly sensitive!

I then had upper and lower alginate impressions taken. My understanding is that the brackets will be designed onto these models before being fixed onto my teeth next week.

That's right guys, the band-up is next Wednesday. I have one more week of being metal-free. I'll update then; possibly with some pictures.