Archive for the ‘braces’ Category

Mama
May 8, 2010

Let’s start this blog off with some good news. I went to my Ortho today to get the rest of my (2) brackets put on and the dental assistant tells me my teeth have already started moving! He showed me the movement that the brackets have been doing the past few weeks versus the one that didn’t have a bracket. It was pretty awesome. I know this sounds weird, but I can’t wait to get them tightened again!

Obviously, tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and my family is going to celebrate it by eating dinner at a Chinese Restaurant in San Gabriel. Nothing says “I love you” more than a giant plateful of succulent lobster, right? My mom is still thinking of what gift I should buy her, so she told me to ‘stand by,’ that woman. Really though, my mom deserves the world. I’ve never met a more caring and loving person as much as her. She teaches me to see the good in people and to never judge anyone around me. I was also taught to empathize by her, to take in consideration what others might be going through before seeing the negatives in their actions and words. Forgiveness is one of her stronger traits, so I definitely know where I get it from. Aside from our similar personality traits, she also gave me her hands, feet, and her figure. I’m not kidding, my body is a clone of hers. Love you, Mommy 🙂

Chipmunk!
May 3, 2010

Happy Monday everyone! Hope your Monday blues are over, I’ve had a rough day but I’m good now! There are some things I know I shouldn’t worry about, and then there are things I should. The only thing I’ve been obsessing over is taking good care of my braces/teeth the past 2 weeks. I have so much ortho gear that I’m certain it will  make the doctor proud. I’m going to do the best I can to keep these teeth as healthy as possible, they say  it speeds up the movement. I’m also planning on taking pictures of my teeth on the 1st of every month just to document the changes to look back on in the future. Sounds fun, right? Right. I’m planning on posting at month 5 or so, so if you’re interested please check back in a few…months. Haaa! After all, I’m only two weeks into this thing, there’s no point in grossing you out just yet. As far as my enunciation of words, I think I’ve improved in most sounds. No one at work is making fun of me as much as the first few days I had them on. I would’ve kick their ass anyway, haha! I’m proud to say I haven’t attempted used any wax on the wires so the inside of my lips/gums are definitely toughening up and getting use to these foreign objects. Another thing is, I think my lips may be getting accustomed to the brackets and it no longer looks like I’m storing nuts in my mouth. Awesome. Eating isn’t such a pain in the ass anymore, well only until the next time my braces get tightened. Unfortunately, I still can’t bite into foods (such as pizza, burgers, sandwiches, etc) from fear of popping off the front brackets. You should have seen me at In & Out the other day, it was a mess. While I was attempting to tear my burger apart, I wanted to shoot myself. Who knew it would be so hard to detach a sliced tomato?

Well, I guess you could say I’ve re-learned the inside of my mouth. I’m peering into it thoroughly after every meal and also brushing after lunch, something I would have never done before. This Saturday will make it four weekends I’ve been driving my butt to Santa Monica for some minor maintenance. After that I’ll be going back every 4 weeks to get them tightened. What a journey.

3rd time near 3rd street
April 29, 2010

I definitely think I should make blogging  a good habit again, so here I am! Again!

This weekend will be the 3rd weekend in a row I’ll be spending my Saturday at the dentist. Something sharp sticking out of my top right band keeps cutting up the side my tongue, so I need to get that adjusted. Hopefully, this time I won’t be in the chair for more than a half hour. Getting everything  on didn’t go so smoothly the last two weeks, but hey, I’m not complaining! I’m a pretty patient gal with high pain tolerance. The doctor commended me on how awesome of a patient I am. (Insert sarcastic, bracey smile here). Santa Monica is quite the drive, but 3rd Street Promenade is a only a few blocks away, I don’t mind! 🙂 Plus, I must find the perfect pair of aviators this weekend. Must.

So, this year my sister is finally graduating high school! Wow, I really wish getting old wasn’t a factor for me. I can not emphasize enough how proud I am of her accomplishments and hard work. Although, sometimes she may be a pain in the ass from not capping the toothpaste, she’s grown up to be a very well-rounded girl; unlike most people her age, she has her head screwed on right. I’m also proud of that fact that she has been accepted into CSUF, go Titans!

Change
April 28, 2010

Hey strangers! I’m not going to go on about how irresponsible I’ve been regarding updates on this blog anymore. There’s hardly anything exciting to blog about, unless you want to hear about what I have for lunch at work everyday, which I assume, is highly doubtful. The only thing  that has been running through my mind lately is “I want to go to Thailand!” Skipping a year definitely increases anxiousness to go. If only the red shirts would stop protesting. After all, they’re not going to get what they want in the end. Idiots.

Now for some good (or bad) news? Well, you can decide. It’s been about a week since I’ve gotten my braces on. Yes, braces. Me, A 22 year old with braces. I know, I know. It’s not a big deal because there are plenty of adults who went or are going through this too. I just wish my parents would have thought about this when I was in, oh I don’t know…middle school?! Well, on the other hand, I’m just glad I finally have them on. “Better late than never,” right? The doctor tells me that my case is going to take about 18 months (which is the standard amount of time for most cases), so it isn’t too bad. A year in my life flies by pretty quickly so I’m not too mopey about it. I also have to mention that my braces are not metal! Amazing? I think so! Ceramic brackets are probably one of the best things that have happened to me. They may be a tad bit bigger than metal braces and my lips may jut out a few millimeters more, but when people tell me they didn’t notice my new braces until I pointed them out, it makes me a very happy little girl. My mom has been making fun of my lips all week, I want to punch her in the neck. I can’t help but laugh too because I probably do look somewhat ridiculous. It’s been harder to talk with them on, my “s'” sounds are horrible and it’s more difficult to say things in a clear manner. Every time I eat, mounds of food purposely make their way into the space between the wire and the brackets, it drives me nuts! Toothpicks and brushing my teeth after lunch are now a must. The doctor also decided to ban my ability to chew so he went ahead and threw some blue cement on my bottom molars. Just kidding, there’s a crucial reason to why I have those on. My ortho isn’t that evil, but that dental assistant named Leo is (a.k.a. Franco’s cousin). Haha! Anyway, the blue cement that is resting on top of my molars are to open up my overbite. I have a serious overbite party goin’ on in my mouth, so serious that I could accidentally bite down and knock my bottom brackets off. Ouch! Don’t want any of that. To sum it up, I feel like a have a time machine in my mouth and with these bands in, I’m probably getting ESPN. The best part is, I think I’m already getting use to it. I can’t stop smiling at how much of a dork I’ve become since getting these braces on. It’s definitely a love/hate relationship. I just can’t wait for the day I get these babies off.