Friday, May 9, 2008

on and on

It is the end of the school year. In the past week and a half, my choirs (or portions of my choirs) have performed 5 times. Those performances and extra rehearsals, plus a concert of my own on my clarinet, plus a field trip across the state, plus progress reports and may-fails being due, PLUS a cold from hell that continues and continues = Stephanie is unable to blog sometimes. (That's my 7th and 8th grade choirs performing in Leavenworth, WA). They're quite adorable, eh?

The gums are the same. In fact, the gums are worse but I'm ignoring it because that's what the orthodontist told me to do (if you look to the picture on the left, they are my teeth on the top, just to the left of the two front teeth). The gum actually touches metal, where the bracket is connected to my tooth. I have tried everything. Brushing softer, brushing harder, swishing with salt water, using the flouride rinse they gave me, brushing more often, brushing less often.... It seems that the gums want to be swollen, no matter what I try. I just do my best to keep food out of there (which is actually pretty difficult).

The bite, however, is worse than ever. There are days (like today) where only the outsides of a few teeth touch. My lips keep getting trapped in the great void of my overbite, and my braces chop them to bits. Check out this overbite!! While my bite has always been "open," I didn't really have an overbite until just a few weeks ago. It's coming out with a vengence! Lovely.

My arches are really starting to shape up, though, especially on the lower half. My gaps are still pretty wide where the teeth were originally extracted, but they are continually getting smaller as my palate gets wider. I can't believe how rounded and lovely those teeth look - especially those front teeth, which are now pretty much completly straight. Yipee!!

The top teeth and top arch aren't doing too much yet. I can tell the arch has started to grow, and my teeth are looking a little straighter. But really, it's only been 5 or 6 weeks since I got my top braces, so I can't complain too much - especially with the progress of the lowers, which were SO MUCH WORSE. (sorry for the blurry picture... I seem to be unable to take a decent picture of my uppers. I don't know why).

Finally, I have one more picture to show you. I want the world to know that this face does NOT look like a middle schooler. I took a choir to a MS/JH choral contest over the weekend before last, and I had a lady come up and ask me where my director was. I am an adult. And yes, I have braces. And yeah, I'm a young-ish teacher. But in no way, shape, or form do I look between the ages of 12 and 14. Thank you.
Hope you are all doing well!!


Shontell said...

I have to say Steph, your teeth have come a long way. They are looking GREAT! No wonder those gums of yours are sore.

holski said...

You're a busy gal! Teeth are looking fantastic!

Kiwikaren said...

Your archs are looking great!

Shame about your gums, but hopefully they'll settle as your treatment progresses. As long as you're being gentle with them and keeping them clean, then you know you're doing what needs to be done.

Good luck with your progress!

laura said...

Those teeth look awesome!

The gums may be swollen, but they don't look red or infected at all. If they're not bleeding when you brush I bet they're doing well.

I had a bit of a similar thing on the errant tooth - when it moved into place it pushed a bunch of gum in front of it, which made the gum look puffed up. Can't remember how long it took to depuff, but it's back to normal now.

laura said...

HOLY %*$&^! I just looked at the "before" pics of your lower arch. Wow they moved fast.

nabukay said...

wow your teeth look graet are you kidding? I remember when you first got the braces your teeth are moving really fast. Aren't you in pain? anyway its worth it. sorry about the gum thing...

stephanie said...

Thanks, gals. Laura, your comment made me smile!! :) Yes, they're moving crazy fast - and yeah, they hurt, but not as bad as I thought they would for the most part. Every once in a while I get a zinger that goes crazy for a few days, but for the most part it's a pretty dull pain.