Braces: Day 1

OMG, it’s actually worse than I imagined it. Now I know there are far worse things in life but let me just have my moment because it sucks for me, right now.

Today I got a mouth full of braces. The last ones I had came off 20 years ago and I had them on for six years.

img_2076They are uglier than I even thought they would be. My smile looks even more crooked because the wire is so wonky because my teeth are legitimately out of alignment. Ugh, I’m so sad right now. She didn’t say how long they would be on for, I think orthos hate over-promising stuff like that. Maybe a year? Once the teeth start moving we’ll have a better idea.

Get moving girl

They did give me a tool that vibrates which speeds up the bone growth. If I use it for 20 minutes each day, without forgetting, the process will lessen the amount of time I have to wear braces. AcceleDent drives predictable outcomes with patented SoftPulse Technology® that is demonstrated to speed up bone remodeling. The pulsating forces like those AcceleDent produces are clinically shown to stimulate cellular activity in orthodontic treatment. AcceleDent stimulates  the osteoblast and osteoclast cells, mobilizing these cells around the root of the tooth in the periodontal ligament (PDL). This cellular response causes changes in the bone surrounding the tooth enabling orthodontists to direct tooth movement effectively.

Don’t look in the mirror

I smiled probably 100 times in the mirror since I’ve been home; trying to decide if I should modify my smile or not. See, my smile was ME. I only have one smile. I can’t modify it or smile with no teeth. I have a huge, show-your-teeth smile and I hate it now. I know it will be beautiful in the long run, but today I hate it.

I even sat down to eat lunch and I can’t chew food! Argh. This will at least make me drink more Shakeology and maybe I’ll finally lose those last five pounds that I fight with. Nothing like a restricted diet!

Being strong for the kids

I promise I won’t complain for an entire year. Charlotte will probably get braces come fall and I know she’ll be looking up to me so I really need to work on having a positive attitude. If I’m uncomfortable I’m afraid she’ll think she needs to be, and of course she doesn’t! I may also give her a little more sympathy the next time she says it’s hard to eat something.

I go back for a tune-up in four weeks so I’ll probably post another update at that point. In the meantime, I need to get a toothbrush in my purse and stock up on almond milk so I can live off chocolate Shakeology for the next year.