Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Met a guy in braces

I met this guy who had braces just as long as I've had :-). 4.5 years!  Except that he's out of them on Friday; lucky guy :-).

He says that he switched Ortho and he had them off for a week in between treatment and it was funny as his friends thought he was always smiling as his lips thought that he still had braces on :).

He had silver brackets with silver ligatures.  He actually says he does not mind braces and will perhaps miss them once they are off on Friday.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Week 224: 4 years, 3 months, and 18 days or 1,568 days

Yuppers, its been a long time since I got my braces.

Today, I'm having a slight pain where the now inner molar is meeting the canine on the upper left.  I'm still in black ligatures.

I had two mangoes for breakfast and just had some crackers and cheese so that should do it for today.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A girl in braces

I went out for lunch and the cashier had braces.  They were metallic on both the top and the bottom with red ligatures.  I did not have a chance to ask about her treatment, but we both smiled at each other.  I guess that's the "I feel your pain" smile.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A guy with lingual braces

I was on the bus and started talking to this guy.  It turns out he had braces on the lower arch, well at least what I could see.  they were metallic ones with silver ligatures.  I did notice that he had a wide space between his two front teeth and wondered why he did not have braces on the top.

We started to talk about his treatment and he opened his mouth and showed me his upper arch; he had lingual braces!  I'd never seen anyone with those in person, except for pictures online.

It actually made his speech slur a bit and he'd had them for 2 years he said, and had some issues with his treatment.  he said he wanted the lingual braces on the lower as well, but he could not afford it.  Apparently its more expensive he says.  He's from Mexico and was returning home via bus.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Well as it turns out, I had to have a filling done on my upper right inner molar :-(.  Also, the part on the upper outer one had to be fixed as well.

The dentist aslo said that I may have to do a root canal on the outer molar, which does not sound good at all. Grr...


Saturday, May 28, 2011


I have a toothache; it looks like my upper right molar has a cavity :-(.

Monday, May 23, 2011

a guy in braces at the grocery store

My check out guy had braces.  He had red ligatures and its metallic on both top and bottom.
He's had them for 1.5 years and says he will get them off in August.  We chatted a bit about our treatment.  He says that he only had pains within the first 3 weeks of his treatment.  He does not have any pain from adjustments anymore.  Lucky devil :-).

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Met a guy in braces

I met this guy who had ceramic braces on both top and bottom arches.  He had a metallic wire on both arches.  He's had his braces for 6 months now and will have them for another year and a half he said.  He was happy with his treatment so far.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

a guy in braces on the bus

There was a guy on my bus in braces.  I did not get a chance to talk with him though.  He had metallic brackets on top and bottom.  The ligatures colors were silver.  He looked like he had a ways to go with his treatment.

Adjustment May 10, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Latest video at 216 weeks

New adjustment

I went for my adjustment today and the office was pretty full.  I usually go in the morning so its usually just me and maybe one other person there.

Soon, it was my turn; I had missed my appt from last month so I apologized for it.

Apparently, one of my front tooth got lower than the other one as there was a wire out of place :-(.  So the Ortho suspended the treatment to take care of that.

I got a wore change on the top, plus new ligatures; baby blue this time around.  Not powerchains though, except just on the upper two molars to help to close the gaps.

next appt. May 10, at 8:45a.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

4 years and 4 weeks into this deal

Well, its 4 years and 1 month since I started the journey.
The inner left cheek is a bit sore from the top wire poking it all the time.
Still wearing my elastics like a good patient.  But the re-alignment has a ways to go.  The molar is actually moving forward quite quickly.  Much quicker than I thought.
I still have issues with putting the elastics on the upper left molar; will see if they can make the hook more accessible on my next visit.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

met a lady in braces

met this girl in braces who also had silver brackets as well as silver powerchains.  She says that its been two years now and she will be out of them next month.  She says she can't wait to get done.  She thought it was odd that I've had mine in for so long.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

a guy in braces

I met a guy in braces today; he had silver brackets on top and both for the last two years.  He says that he should have been out of them last month, but his Ortho says it will be this month; next week.

Monday, March 14, 2011

cut in jaw

Just felt a cut in my right inner jaw :-(.  Sometimes braces are a pain in the mouth :-(.

Two guys in braces

I met a guy in braces who has had them for 6 months.  He has silver ligatures on top and bottom as well, just like I do now.

he says he has about another year left.

I met another guy, but did not get a chance to talk about his treatment.  He had metal brackets with black ligatures on top and bottom with some extractions.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

hard food :-(

I just had some cereal and a bagel for breakfast.  That bagel was so hard :-(.

I'm staring at an apple but can't do it.  I also had a grapefruit, whose exterior was really hard to bit even after I'd taken off all the red skin :-(.

These new elastics to put my midline back to where it belongs is really tight on my teeth uugh...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Met a guy in braces

I just met a guy in braces who has ceramics on top but metallics on the bottom.  He says his Ortho told him 1.5 years, but it is taking longer.  He also mentioned that two of his family members only took a year.  Oh well.

My teeth still hurts but thankfully not as bad.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

more pain

I awoke with teeth pain :-(.
I guess this new elastic combination sucks!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Week 209: My Teeth really hurts :-(

Its 209 weeks since I got braces.  Good grief.

My front teeth are hurting so bad at the moment; This new elastic combination is just bad and will take some time to get used to I guess.  My midline is really off so I definitely need them.
I had a chicken sandwich for lunch today as well as two, well three cookies.  Yes, I ate too much.
Once home, I had crackers of all things.  Well, I was hungry, then some peanuts (I ate them with my molars).  Still hurt.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I had my adjustment today

At 8:30a, I arrived at the Ortho's office.

The asst. took off the elastics and powerchains and then asked me what color I wanted; I'll be dull and have silver I said.

She changed the top and then waited for the Ortho to come over.  Once she did, she kept making ohhs and ahhs... Apparently my teeth had changed dramatically as she looked at the impression of my mouth when I'd first come in.  It was truly remarkable indeed.

Then she out the powerchains on the bottom.  Also, I now needed different elastics.  The elastics were now sea lion and heavy ones. In some crazy format so it will now re-align my mid line.
On the left, it goes from lower #3 to upper molar and on the right upper molar to lower #3, canine.  The sea lion elastics are on the right.

Monday, February 28, 2011

4 Years in Braces

So, 4 years ago, I embarked on this braces journey.

It's been a fantastic journey indeed. The results speak for itself.  My tooth has moved forward, my smile is awesome and I love it...

Thanks for being with me over the last four years.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

this may gross you out

I often eat my elastics when I eat. This morning I saw one, if you get my drift.  I guess my digestive system works :-)...