The spacers went in on November 15th. The assistant had a hard time getting them in on my upper right because one of my fillings was creating a very tight space. She slipped and hit my upper palate pretty hard, and asked another assistant who is known for being able to place the “troublesome” ones. She tried a few times and finally got it in … I was a bit gun shy by that point and afraid of slipping. But she got them placed. I had some minor pain with the shifting of my teeth from the spacers, but so far so good. No pain no gain, right?
On November 29th, I got braced! I have clears on both uppers and lowers. Even though I had them before, it has been over 20 years and I didn’t particularly remember the details. I can really feel my lip incompetence exaggerated with the braces … I feel I have to stretch my lips over my braces to close my mouth. Overall, a week and a half into it, it hasn’t been so bad. Day 3 was my worst day … I was still trying to eat things like normal and finally gave up and realized I couldn’t. The most painful part at first was the hooks on the inside of the bands on my molars. I was told that they are normally filed off, but Dr. L (my orthodontist) wanted to keep them on because apparently he will need them when I get into elastics. Oh, joy. Overall, I can’t complain too much. They have not torn up the insides of my mouth too much, and I already can see some movement on my bottom teeth. I am still not eating as normal, but I figure I should be within the next week or so. Below are pictures the day before I got my braces on and the day after.
The bottom picture is a little blury ... but the lower wire and brackets look like a roller coaster ride. I guess for now I can be happy to have an 80% overbite to hide them while they are straightening out.