Saturday, December 25, 2010

Having a cold with braces can suck

So I've had a cold for a few days now, O.K. a week :-(.

I'm taking some anti-biotics which is good.
My throat still hurts though.
I read recently that I should change my teeth brush as it gets infected with bacteria after a cold; just did not really think about that hehe.
So I'll change my teeth brush today.  Hot water will have to do for the electric one as I don't have any more new header.

Merry Xmas everyone!

Friday, December 10, 2010

sandwich day

I had a chicken sandwich for lunch today.  It was really good and posed no issues.  I ensured I brushed after though.

I also had some iced pretzel, uugh... not sure why I did that as it just made my teeth full of sugar.

I spoke to one of my colleagues who has just gotten braces.  She has ceramic brackets with silver wire.  She says she had them when she was younger, but has to have them for about a year or so as she need to have lower jaw surgery.

We exchanged stories and then I wished her well with the surgery noting that YoutTube has several videos with the subject.  She said that she did not want to se any of them and will just have the surgery and hope to get over it quickly.

Having some crackers and cheese now.


Just brushed and all is well, except for the sensitivity to cold on the base of the upper right molar :-(.  it is getting less sensitive though.
I did use my electronic toothbrush.  Now if I can only get to flossing regularly I'll be set.

Will have some cereal on the way out.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

chicken sandwiches for lunch

I got up and brushed using my electronic toothbrush.  No issues at all.  I'm amazed at how well the glue still holds after more than 3.5 years of braces.  In closer examination of my teeth though they are discolored due to the glue :-(.

I still have sensitivity to cold on the upper left molar though :-(.  it is a little less sensitive though.

I had some cereal on the way out that stuck in my braces so I had to constantly clean my mouth on the way out the door :-(.

Lunch was some mini chicken burgers which was really good and some soggy fries.  did not need those fries at all.

Dinner, a cheese sandwich.  Then I brushed before bed adding listerine.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I had some chilli today

My teeth was hurting a bit today and my mouth is a bit sore.  So I decided to have some chili as it is actually quite cold as well.

Dinner was a cheese sandwich plus some cold cuts.

I then brushed with the electric toothbrush and washed with the new non-alcoholic Listerine I bought two days ago.  So far so good.  As you know my dentist advised to stop using normal Listerine about two or so years ago as it was too harsh.  I've been using another mouthwash ever since that is non-alcoholic.  Recently, I heard that Listerine now had a non-alcoholic version so I decided to try it.

Week 197 in pictures without the elastics

197 weeks

It seems like I will have braces forever!

My molars are slowly moving...So I have no idea how much longer it will be. I'm guessing next Christmas I will still be in braces.

My upper left canine hurts and I fear I have an infection again. It usually cost me $45 each time I go for a cleaning and I have an infection :-(...

I used my electric toothbrush this morning, but I need to get back to daily flossing. uugh!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

the new wire hurts

I'm having pain all over my mouth, but especially the lower arch due to the new wire.

I also got clipped by the pliers twice so I have a nips on my inner mouth and my lower lip :-(.

I had some chicken and rice yesterday for lunch which was O.K. although I had preferred soup.

Dinner was a few slices of bread with cold cuts and cheese.

Monday, December 6, 2010

In elastics again

I had my adjustment today and I'm now back in 24 hour elastics.  It was scheduled for tomorrow, but I changed it as it was more convenient for me to do it today.

The lower archwire was changed and then I had new purple powerchains on the top and bottom arches.  I still my last upper molar on the right sensitive to cold :-(.  No help from the adjustment today.  This cold sensitivity has been going on for over a month now :-(.

It does not seem as if the molar is moving on the upper left side at all.  I also had a new lingual placed between the two teeth on the upper left.  It kept coming off all month, so I'm sure it will no time before it comes off again.

For lunch just prior to the adjustment, I had two slices of pizza so I had to brush carefully before going to the Ortho office.  Once home, I had two sandwiches and them some grapes.

Adjustment in Pictures

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My jaw is clicking

My left jaw is clicking each time I chew.  This is really bugging me and I think is giving me headaches a lot!

I see the Ortho tomorrow so I hope she can help me out :-(.

I had a chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomato for lunch as well as a beef pastry for dinner with some peanuts.  yes, I know I should not be eating nuts, but can't help it at all.  I love nuts.

I ensured that I brushed before going to bed.

I met a guy in braces today

After what's been a long while, I met a guy in braces today.  he was on my bus on my way to work this morning.

He had silver brackets with silver metallic ligatures.  He has metal on top and bottom.  He's had them for one year and has another year to go.  He says he wished they were off already.  We talked about our treatments for a while until he exited the bus.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A guy on the bus with braces

I was heading home from work and a guy came on the bus with braces.  He had white ligatures with metallic braces.  I was unable to ask him about his treatment though

Thursday, August 26, 2010

more pain

Today just sucked with pain.  I had a sandwich with chicken, lettuce, tomato and cucumber and a milk shake. My teeth hurt so bad during the process.

At home, I had some mangoes and still they hurt...

teeth ache

I awoke this morning and my teeth hurts. Especially the ones that anchor the elastics :-(.  I'm brushing and it still hurts...
This always happens after my adjustment for a few days. The adjustment was on Tuesday.  I'll have some cereal before heading out.

Friday, July 30, 2010

The clicking is back temporarily

I went out for lunch today and the click came back.  It looks like I somehow strained my jaw. The left side is reallly swollen and you can feel a bump where it hinges to the back of my head by my left ear.  This is really eerie as I have no idea how it all happened.

I did not hear it for the rest of the day, but when I open my mouth wide, it really hurts and there is a bulge on the left side of my face :-(.

the clicking is gone

I awoke this morning with the clicking.  I brushed my teeth then took a shower.

Now the clicking is gone!  That is good, but what the heck caused it?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

my jaw is clicking

I awoke this morning and brushed without any issues.

On my way to work, I was eating a banana and I heard my left jaw click at the point just infront of my ears.  It was eerie and loud.  I called my Ortho and the Asst. says just to watch it and see if it stops.

All day it was awful when I ate.  It was so loud!!!!

Good grief what is going on.  My greatest fear is to have my mouth frozen open :-(.

I had a protein shake and a muffin as that would minimize the chewing, but i did have a Subway egg sandwich for lunch.  That was really hard with the chewing.

For dinner, I had some leftovers from the night before and the chewing was bad.

I hope this goes away...Will I need a headgear to correct it?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

An adjustment at Week 175

 I had my adjustment today.  Now my teeth hurts.  No word when I'll be out of braces at all.  So the saga continues.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

bleeding while brushing

The pain of my tongue hitting against the buttons continue. I use wax on both of them all day. I am wearing my elastics and that is hurting the anchor points of the elastics.

Braces has not been any fun the last week :-(

I did brush before bed so that is a good thing. There is some amount of bleeding while brushing and I'm not sure why this is the case.

two guys in braces

I saw two guys in braces today. One was with red ligatures and the other with green. I did not get a chance to ask about their treatments.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

no brushing

I did not get a chance to brush tonight and I really needed to do so. I had eaten a lot of seat items and they had all stuck in my teeth so a brushing was really needed.

I continue to use wax on both buttons as well as getting pain from the positions where the elastics are anchored.

Friday, May 21, 2010

drooling a lot now and still tongue pain.


My tongue is just in pain all day today. To top it off, I ate a Vietnames sandwich which had pepper in it. The bread was a bit hard too, so that did not help at all.

Dinner was some meat and rice but still the pain continues. I had wax on the two buttons all day today and my mouth actually waters when I speak now. It is a bit embarrassing as I can feel the spit coming at the corners of my mouth when I speak to anyone.

Yes I am wearing my elastics. Lower canine to last top molar on the left and lower canine to second to last molar on the top right.

this button on my teeth is not fun at all

My tongue continues to feel crappy. I fell asleep last night without brushing :-(. When I awoke this morning, I had some teeth pain where the elastics are anchored. I then removed them and brushed and had some cereal with milk.

It will not be a fun day as I feel a headache coming on...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

my tongue is in pain

My tongue is quite sore from the button.

I brushed last night and this morning, but it still hurts.  I awoke with pain...

I am having some cereal now and have to eat slowly :-(

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

still waxing

I brushed last night without issues; removed the elastics as they were a pain and headed to bed.

This morning, the button is not too bad. I brushed without issues, but my tongue is sore at that point and eating is not fun.

After brushing, I had some cereal as well as a banana. I'll have to add wax again...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

wax once more

I've broken out the wax again. That inner button on the molar is really a pain on my tongue so I have to wax it.

every other loop

I just noticed that my Ortho only put the bracket across every other powerchain loop across the front. Anyone knows why she did

that? I guess it does not need as much tension, but who knows...

Ortho appt. today uugh :-( and pictures

Today is Ortho day and they are never fun at all.

I arrived a bit late and she had started working on the young man who was her 8:30a.  No worries since I was late. I had called to advise of such.

I sat down and did the usual pleasantries catching up on her last month and mine.  She looked at my mouth and determined that the molar was moving but it was turning as it moved so that means I need two buttons on the inside so its rotation can be controlled.

She then proceeded to prepare the two teeth so that the buttons can be added. Once this was done, she then changed the ligatures to dark blue as requested and then added a powerchain across the cuspid and the molar anchoring to where the buttons were placed.  I did have to put a mouth guard in so that the glue could dry.  That caused me to drool quite a bit.

She also adjusted my right elastics so that it is from the second molar to the bottom canine as opposed to the left side which has it from the upper last molar to the lower left canine.  She said that would straighten it all out.

So this is what lingual braces feels like :-(.  Now my tongue is rubbing against the inside of that button all the time.  I will have to add some wax soon as when I ate some cereal earlier my tongue hit up against it all the time and it is slowly becoming sore.

I know the next month will not be fun at all.  Already I'm having a tooth ache on that upper left canine :-(t

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010