Monday, January 5, 2009

4 months post-op

I received my early Christmas present a few days before Christmas ... a call from the dentist's office that there was a cancellation and I could get my teeth cleaned the next day! The gals are always so cheery when I go in there, so it is always a treat to see them as well. Hi Ladies if you're reading! :)

Today I had an ortho appointment with Dr. Lin ... he looked in my mouth and said everything looked excellent. I got a new upper and lower wire, and kept the power chain on the bottom but only have a power chain on the front four teeth on the top. I need to now wear an elastic on the left side of my mouth 24/7, and on the right just at night. The best news of all ... I have a debanding date!! March 4th and I will be brace free! I couldn't believe it ... I still can't. That will mean I will be de-braced just a few days shy of my 6 month mark post surgery.

My teeth are sore tonight from my adjustment, but I don't care ... I have a debanding date!!

In other news, I did have 2 migraines over the holidays, but I must confess they were purely alchohol induced. I figured it was too good to be true that I wouldn't even get a migraine from drinking. At least that is something I can control myself though.

I will have new progress pics taken at my next OD appointment at the beginning of February, which I will post at that time. I am making progress very slowly on my ROM, I can get my index finger and middle finger in sideways up to my first knuckle. Dr. L mentioned that he has referred several of his surgical patients to my web-site, so if any of you are reading, know that you are in great hands with Dr. L and Dr. P!

8 comments:

Katherine (Kate) said...

What AMAZING news!!! A debanding date heard with clean teeth? ~ definately 2 for 2! And within 6 months post op..... wonderful news.

Can't wait to see those new progress pics come February. :)

funkyrhodes said...

Hi Stephanie! When you say debanded, do you mean the bands you got from the operation? Just wondering.

Stephanie said...

By debanding, I mean getting my braces off! :)

Kat op 't Dak said...

Cheers Stephanie! I have been following your blog because I will have the bilateral sagital osteotomy (Obwegeser Dal Pont) in 1Q2010.

What is a TADS? I am still scared about the surgery though...

In my own journey towards OS blog I posted about my teeth getting stained with PerioGard which I have had to use after a minor surgery and after the initial root planning prior to the installation. Can't wait to get that stain off too!

Stephanie said...

Kat, TADS are Tempoary Ancorage Devices, they are basically microscrews. They are screwed into your jaw, and usually you would attach an elastic (rubberband) to the TAD to help move your teeth. I didn't get any, but at one point during my treatment I thought I would have them. Good luck on your surgery!

Jeng said...

Hi Stephanie,

You look great and also very happy! Congratulations! I've been following your blog and I'd like to thank you for taking the time to document your experience.

If you don't mind, I would like to ask you some questions privately. Please do drop me a line at jengdizon@gmail.com if I can do so. I am having second thoughts about going surgery and am hoping to get opinions of people who have "graduated". Thanks so much.

Wilton said...

I'm glad to hear that you have already coped with your surgery. Time flies too fast and you wouldn't notice that it was gone. I'll be visiting my dentists (Miami, Florida-based) for my dental check-up and I hope to hear a positive response regarding my de- bracing. For 2011, my visit in Miami, veneers are the next to be done.

Anonymous said...

Hi I found your blog googling about double surgery - which I'm seriously considering. It seems you haven't updated since 2009, wondering if you're not updating since there's nothing to update? Please update if there's any new whether good or not so much.