Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I Got Them

I had my ortho appt today and I got braces. I was told I would have clear on top and metal on bottom, but when I got there they had all clear. So yayyy they are all clear. They are the sapphire crystal ones that are super clear. Getting them on wasnt so bad except I have a real sensitive tooth to cold water and air...and lets just say..that was not fun! I hated that thing that kept my mouth open too! It left a sore in my mouth. Everything went smooth I suppose. I was the first person in this paticular office to get these kind of brackets so I had a lot of "lookers". That was pretty annoying! But its over and I have them on. Here are a few quick pics I took. I will update in about a week and see if there is any movement. They told me I would have some quickly, so we shall see! comment and let me know what you think. When I just look with a straight face you really cant tell I have braces at all. So I am pretty pleased. I will say my teeth are hurting already. I took everyones advice and took pain meds before I went in. But they are wearing off now! Ok I gotta go. Update soon. Have a good week.

Friday, April 17, 2009


here are some pics of my teeth..before starting treatment. Some of the main things i want fixed is of course the little tooth on bottom that is trying to escape, my overbite and the 2 teeth beside the big top teeth(the little ones on each side of big teeth)-they are too small and look like baby teeth. when treatment is over i will get some stuff to build those up a little and make them bigger. i also will have them filed some to make them all about the same length and straight across. The canine teeth are annoying as well!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wired Up

Hey everyone. This is my first ever official blog. I wanted to do this because as I was looking into getting braces, I found it very interesting and helpful to read peoples stories. I hope mine will be as helpful as some of the ones I read.

So here is a little about me-
I am 28 yrs old and live in East Texas. I have a 10yr old son! (that is very hard for me to think about!-man does time fly.) My job requires for me to be out in the public and at times pretty close to some people. (not by choice! some people are just very rude!)
I had braces before when I was about 14 yrs old. I think I had them for almost 2 yrs. I was young and I didn't pay for them so I didn't take of my teeth and do what I was supposed to do, so they shifted back and actually some are worse than before. (pics later)
So one day I decided to get braces. I have this one tooth on the bottom that just sticks out like a sore thumb! I hate it!! And apparently it hates me, because the dang thing wants to jump out of my mouth!! My top teeth aren't that bad, but I have a small over bite and I decided that if I was going to spend the money I wanted them all fixed and pretty.

Well, I went to my first consultation on April 14th. After the orthodontist talked with me for about 5 mins, he was done. I asked a couple of questions, but he knew right away how to fix them and that it wasn't going to be a huge problem. Then they took me back to the waiting room to wait on the financial lady. (not sure of her title) I was called back with her and she had my treatment plan and how much it was going to cost. Now I had researched online and found that in Texas the average for braces was $5,000. So I was pretty prepared. She sat me down and told me they would be $4,600. So, for that, I was happy. Then came the shocking part! I had to wear them for 31 months!!!!!! That is 2 yrs and 7 months!!! I couldn't believe it. I don't think my teeth are that bad, nor do I know where I will be in 2 yrs!! I thought maybe 1 1/2 yrs or something but over 2 1/2 years!! Oh my! Well I went ahead and agreed to the plan and the amount. Oh and I am getting clear on top and metal on bottom. My orthodontist only charges about $250 total for clear braces. (they are the clear sapphire kind-called Radiance.) Overall nothing too crazy, except for the amount of time I will have to wear them. I also asked that when treatment is over could I get a clear retainer, so I would actually wear it and not be totally embarrassed, and he said yes that he will probably do permanent and clear retainers. So we will see.

My first actual appointment is on April 28th. I will have them put on and update after that. I was very excited to get this started and when she told me the actual date, I started getting nervous.
Like I said before, I want this blog to help those looking into braces and have questions like I did.
If you have any questions please ask.

Thanks for reading.