Wednesday, January 28, 2009

metal mouth extreme

I had an hour long orthodontist appointment today. And it wasn't one of those chat for a half hour before the real appointment begins appointment... it was an hour of people with their hands in my mouth and adding pounds of metal onto my teeth. Looky looky: if you look closely, my front 6 or 7 teeth are all connected by a wire that is twisted and criss-crossed around each bracket. Then I've got huge hooks on the top and the bottom. There are two huge springs on the bottom, working on closing those gaps, and there are "tie backs" on the top teeth - rubber bands hooked from the top hook to the back that I don't change. The archwire is a thick stainless steel wire. So. Much. Metal. I'm a tad worried about playing the clarinet with all of these things inside of my face! On the right is a better picture of the spring and the dreaded gap... there is a matching one on the other side. Oh, hey, and there's food stuck under the top hook already. Lovely. Already the extra stuff is rubbing against my lips and making my teeth sing more Wagner arias. Despite taking an extra-large dose of ibuprofen, my teeth are pretending themselves sopranos - singing the high notes!

Other than that, not a ton of change... My orthodontist seems really pleased with the overbite, which is sure a different reaction than my own. This new set of wires, along with closing the dreaded gaps, is trying to spread out my arches. My next appointment is in April, and that should be my last major appointment prior to surgery - perhaps some minor tweaking appointments after that. WHOA! I am more excited than I can possibly tell you that surgery is coming, but all of a sudden it seems like it's rushing at me at 100 miles an hour.

5 comments:

changes911 said...

You are getting close girl! I am so excited for you! It sounds like me and you will be getting the surgery around the same time. It will be nice to have someone going through it with me. Once I get my surgery date I will definetly let you know. We should exchange e mail adress or something. Good lukc playing the clarinet metal mouth he~he :)

funkyrhodes said...

Wow, that's some hardcore hardware you have!!! I was thinking about taking up the sax again after my surgery is completed. I'll have to learn my ombiture again. Right now I play piano, so thankfully I don't need to worry about that! :)

Katherine (Kate) said...

Wow girlfriend, we could melt down what's in your mouth and sell it for scrap to FINANCE you surgery!! Big guns for your gaps, Lucky girl (mine is gone now....teehee!)

Embrace the rushing~ just think of those days it feels like NOTHING is ever going to happpen....and grin :)

nabukay said...

hey steph when i think of how far your teeth have come I can't even believe it! they look freakin fantastic. i've also got alot of metal in my mouth. well done seriously cos they are looking so good. incredible.

Stephanie said...

Your teeth are really looking amazing. Look at how far you've come. You must be so pleased with your progress :)