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A month, already!
- Eating: Getting more adventurous, but bummer that fibers of oranges get stuck all over.
- Brushing/Flossing: Getting easier all the time.
- Movement: These Damon Braces are fascinating. Every week I think, “Well, all the movement’s stopped. My teeth feel so comfortable; this is great.” Then the next day my teeth are a bit uncomfortable; like something’s moving. It’s good to know something’s happening, even if I’m not sure what.
- Smile: Fun to flash my tinsel smile for friends who haven’t seen me for a while.
- Dryness: Mouth and lips are dry. Using lip balm and drinking lots of water. Maybe should be drinking lemonade?
Only 11 more months to go!
“Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,” thought Alice; “but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!”
Happy Spring! Google brought me this spring smile, and the following poem.
The Spring of a Smile by Mahmud Kianush
A red rose,
On a branch of light;
The shining heart
A vase of crystal:
How mystically are adorned
The windows of my eyes
By a glimpse
Of this divine Spring.
- Eating: much easier, but I’m longing to crunch
- Teeth pain: none that’s noticeable
- Smile: metallic!
- Inside mouth comfort: much improved, read below
I’ve been surprised by how many adults I know who have had braces. One friend told me that because of where he was living, it was difficult to get regular care, so he resorted to adjusting his braces with his leatherman tool. Yikes.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to resort to that last week when I diagnosed the source of major irritation inside my mouth. One of the bracket doors was still open. All I had to do was pop it closed with my finger and voila! Ahh, relief!
Doors? I have Damon braces, which have little doors on the brackets. Pop the arch wire in, and slide the doors up. Done. None of that cranking-the-wires that I blocked from my memories of wearing braces as a teen. This system (passive self-ligating braces) is supposed to allow for faster movement with less discomfort. At the least, I was able to alleviate some discomfort by just sliding that door up. Hooray!
- Teeth pain: much better.
- Inside mouth discomfort: still about 7 on a 10-point discomfort scale when I eat.
- Eating: mushy foods but foraying out to mushable foods, too.
- Smiling: easier, both physically and emotionally.