Well folks, it’s not over yet.
I had 24+ hours of totally free teeth. No braces. No retainer. My teeth were hanging out, doing what they want, just BEING.
I guess that’s not a good thing, since what they’ll do is drift back to where they came from. So the next phase is to let the bones settle in and harden to where they I (and the doctor) want them to be. Enter, the retainer.
I only got the top one; the bottom one needs to be redone.
The top one is a clear retainer, which I guess is called Essix. (I looked it up on Wiki.) I’ll put up photos later. It looks like an Invisalign. Fits in and is really almost invisible. Pretty cool. I thought it would feel creepy, but it doesn’t. I do feel like I have doll teeth though; one piece of plastic.
The tough part is getting it off! It’s on very tight, and it took me about 5 minutes to get it off the first time. I could put a positive spin on this:
I won’t be tempted to snack as much because it will be a pain to take off the clear retainer.
I’m less likely to drink lots of black tea because every time I want to drink something hot I have to take off the retainer.
But let’s face it, this will be a pain, too, in it’s own way. Alas, it’s worth it. I like how my teeth look, and GREAT to have a real bite.