October 6, 2014

Day 234: I have a De-bracing Date!

At my last visit with my orthodontist Dr. P. he said he was very happy with how things are looking and that I could be booked in for debracing on November 12!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

This is only 5 weeks and 2 days away. I am so freaking excited.

I still have a gap at the back where my back teeth don't touch (funny how the situation has reversed..) but Dr. P. says this will resolve when the braces get taken off and the metal bands won't be in the way. I'm guessing it will settle anyway. I will apparently be getting a permanent metal retainer on the back of my bottom teeth, and a clear plastic moulded invisalign-type retainer for the top.

I haven't had time to take any proper comparison photos, but here are some update photos that have been taken since my last post:

Gilbert the Chihuahua

My new friend, Zambesi. I've started volunteering at Bird Rescue

My family and I went to Queen while they were here in NZ!

My man and I taking a cheesy photo at dinner

Taking a selfie like a Gen Y

That profile

I think that my swelling has pretty much disappeared. It HAS been 8 months so I think this assumption is correct! My numbness hasn't changed as far as I can tell. I still have no feeling in my upper gums whatsoever. The funny patches on the right side of my lip and the left side of my chin are still there but I have kind of gotten used to them. Except for when I put them directly under the shower head, they're too sensitive! The area under my bottom lip is also like this.

I am looking forward to getting back to normal eating when the braces come off, I'm pretty sure that they are the only thing stopping me now. The only things I have trouble with are hard nuts and carrot sticks, and also biting through hard things with my front teeth like muesli/granola bars.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am so happy with my decision!