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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.

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,

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

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

We all know flossing is good for us.  I have to thank my year in braces for my new everyday ritual: flossing.  It has definitely become a habit.  Which means I use a lot more floss than I ever have in my life.

How to keep flossing at a max, while minimizing waste?

Crest Glide Floss, 109.4 yd

Crest Glide Floss, 109.4 yd

I recommend this economy-size floss I found at Walgreen’s: Crest Glide Floss, Original, 109.4 yards (100 meters).  I don’t know how buying and using one of these compares with buying and using two regular type flosses (that have half the amount of floss), but it seems like at least there’s less packaging and shipping of only one versus two items.

When I’ve used up the floss, I’ll  try to repurpose the cylindrical container in some way.  It looks more promising than the regular containers.

OK, I admit it.  I love So You Think You Can Dance!

My favorite couple was Joshua and Katee.  They are wonderful dancers who got to dance some great choreography (Mia Michaels! and the hot samba and the Bollywood!)

To top is off, Joshua is a cutie overall, including his braces!  Can’t see the braces on the official website, but he’s usually flashing them on the show.

I think I’ve found the clear (essix) retainer cleaning solution.

The Q-tip, or cotton swab. 

It can get into the nooks and crannies that my toothbrush can’t, and also won’t scratch.  I soap up the retainer — usually with liquid soap — and then swab away.

OK, this is kind of a stretch, but the author of Word A Day starts out with the story of his daughter’s bracesa and rumination on the origin of the term ortho, which he believes “derives from Greek and means lots and lots of money.” 

So, according to Word A Day, here’s the meaning of orthography, which has the same root as orthodontics.

MEANING:

noun: 1. The commonly accepted way of spelling words. 2. The branch of knowledge concerned with the study of spelling and representing sounds of a language by letters and diacritics.

ETYMOLOGY:

Via French and Latin from Greek ortho- (correct, right, straight) + -graphy (writing).