Hard to believe that it’s been 7 months since my braces came off.  Time flies without braces!

I had a check-up today, and got a “bite adjustment”.

I Googled and found that this can mean a range of procedures, including getting braces.  Which makes sense, because the reason I got the braces was for my bite.

But in today’s case, the bite adjustment was a minor but very effective grinding down of teeth.

My doctor had me bite down on a piece of carbon paper so he could see where my teeth were hitting.  Then he ground down points on the backs of a few teeth.  I could smell and taste the grinding, so was a little disturbed about how much he was shaving off.  But he said they were very slight; like a hair’s breadth. And you know what?  My bite feels better; my teeth are hitting more evenly. Will take a while to get used to this, I think.  Will report back in a month.

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A New York Times article, Avoiding Dental Perfection With a Slight Twist, on how people are getting “imperfect” veneers for perfect looking smiles.

So this is a plug for dental braces results where teeth look nice, with a health bite, but healthily natural.

Click here to see a video on how to brush with braces, from an orthodontist.

I think he does a good job of going over the important points.

Shelly-Ann Fraser won the Gold in the 100m women’s final.  CONGRATULATIONS!

And she flashed a huge smile complete with a full set of braces!

It’s Elephant Pharmacy’s birthday!!!  They’re having a fabulous sale this weekend at all their stores: Berkeley, Los Altos (Mountain View), San Rafael and Walnut Creek. 

Click on the image below for an easy-to-print coupon.  It’s for 20% off almost everything, August 16 & 17.

This doesn’t have anything to do with braces, but hopefully this place where you can see all kinds of green deals and giveaways will bring some smiles!  (It’s a company my friend started, so I’m a big supporter.)  Ecobunga!

Ecobunga! - your guide to green giveaways & deals

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,

but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Joshua, my favorite dancer on So You Think You Can Dance, got his braces off!!!

Congratulations, Joshua!

(This is uncharacteristically teeny-bopper of me, but I can’t help it.)

Well, not much change on the retainer front.

  • I have probably become lax in the cleaning of them.  I’ve been using the cotton swab (Q-Tip) trick, and that’s been very useful. 
  • I have been wearing the retainers more, which is definitely helping with the tightness.

I still notice people wearing braces, and feel a kinship with them, even though they have no reason to know why I am smiling at them like a maniac. 😉

Found this floss resource, Focus on Floss, a desciption of all kinds of floss, as part of my research for a post I did on my other blog, about Everyday Sustainable floss.

The brief take on it.

  • ROUTINE makes it happen everyday, which makes it everyday sustainable.
  • As much as I advocate for healthy materials, whatever solution increases the chances that you’ll floss everyday, is the best everyday sustainable solution for you.