Braceface Day 3

Ok, maybe i was too gung-ho in the beginning. Totally regretted saying that it doesn’t work. I woke up on the 2nd say to a shredded mouth and soreness beyond words. I couldn’t handle anything more solid than mashed potatoes, so have been on a liquid diet for about 3 days.

I know the whole deal about having to put orthodontic wax when a particular bracket is annoying, but thing is, I can’t figure out which exact bracket it is!

And the soreness, oh my gosh, the soreness, i had to sit through seeing my boyfriend and friends chewing burgers, fries and steak while i ate only mashed potatoes. On a positive note, I can kinda feel the teeth moving, which means all this pain is going to be worth it. So i got that going for me, which is nice.

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Braceface Day 1

So I went to extract my 4 teeth prior the braces date. Dr Pamela was my usual go-to, ever since she did my teeth examination for my scuba diving trip, my odontophobia is gone! So naturally, I went to her as i know she will do a great job with minimal pain.

The aftercare for tooth extraction was quite horrid: no hard food, no drinking from a straw etc. Saliva just makes the blood in the mouth look so much more dramatic that frankly, i got really scared. It was only after the second extraction did i find out a secret to stop the bleeding; wet Lipton tea bags. Like seriously! I was surprised to see the wound stop bleeding in just 20 mins!

A week later, I went to Dr Tan (whose my braces specialist) to get my brackets up. Was a bit disappointed that they only put the brackets for the teeth in the top row, without any wires! Without the wire, this means that treatment will delay a week as well.

Today, I finally got my braces up, wires included. I’m honestly kind of expecting it to be painful, but none, zilch. Felicia told me to wait till night, when it will hit full force. But so far, nothing, maybe a really tight feeling and where the wire ends are poking my cheeks, but that only hurts when I pout my lips.

I chose pink bands, coz i’m girly that way. Did’nt really have time to choose as the dental assistant was staring down at me while I decide which colour I would like, super stressful! I think i will have to think a month in advance to put for the next appointment.

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Maybe I’ve been doing too much research, that I was expecting a ‘braces bag’, which seems to be really common in the US. Was a tad disappointed when I wasn’t given one. They also didn’t teach me how to brush or floss my teeth, which Felicia told me, will be taught in the next appointment, which is kinda FUCKED UP, as that means i will not be brushing or flossing right for the first month. Or maybe, i’m just paranoid much.

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