Wow... I can't believe it's been nearly a year since I last posted and over 2 years since I started this blog.
What a long journey.
Not all of this can be attributed to the fact that orthodontic work always takes longer than you think it will; us ordinary people think everything looks amazing straight away abut the specialists spend ages fine tuning the tiny details. I also spent 3 months in Europe where no progress was made. Oh, and prior to that, I had an accident and fractured part of my upper jaw and killed a bunch of teeth.
Never mind all that.
What's more important is that earlier this month, my orthodontist gave me the go ahead to book in with my oral surgeon. I went to see him for a pre-surgical consult today and a surgery date has been booked!!
Talk about a massive emotional rush.
On one hand I feel hugely relieved that an end is in sight. I'm so used to having braces and a fish face now that it's become part of me... and not in a good way. On the other hand, sometimes I lie awake at night thinking about the actual surgery and I put myself in panic mode.
Aside from all that, there's the element of cost. I'm so clueless about this stuff I don't know how much anything will end up costing me. I've lost my original quote. I'm bracing myself for the worst. Furthermore, taking off at least 4 weeks from work means loss of income for someone who doesn't get sick leave. Add to that 2 mortgages and 3 debt facilities and well... let me spare you for this tedium.
I've taken a few more amateur shots to show how things are now that the braces aspect of my treatment is complete.
Surgery is booked for the end of June and between now and then, I'll have another visit with my orthodontist for him to put some hooks on my teeth that will be used to keep my jaws together with elastics after surgery. Good times to come!!