I had X-rays, a deep cleaning, a fluoride treatment, and lastly braces tightened today. The hygienist determined my braces would not hinder the X-rays from being done- oh joy =(. At least they were unremarkable. The hygienist said I was doing well with my at-home cleanings, which made me feel good because she normally criticizes most people; my husband always tries to avoid her. I did have a small issue with one of my right lower molars and left gum abrasion due to my braces so she recommended Colgate Peroxyl Antiseptic Oral Cleanser (non-prescription rinse, mint flavored peroxide with equal parts water). I bought a bottle from my local CVS. Blue and grey ligatures this time since he was running out of the blues and didn’t have any pinks like I wanted. I also found out that Dr. B cannot correct my cross-bite without causing further bone loss which I’m extremely unhappy about. I can’t say I’ve totally wasted money getting braces, but I think more should be done to correct my bite. I guess I had a very bad over-bite and over-crowded lowers to begin with, which limits the total progress of this experience. I don’t know; I’m still upset obviously. A lot of effort went into this whole thing. Dr. L suggested they might have to push two left lower molars back to make room for a dental implant, but Dr. B didn’t agree that it was necessary so I will end up with a small gap on my lower left. The dental implant is very expensive too (almost half the cost of braces) so maybe not the greatest idea? I keep trying to remind myself that I’ve come a long way and that no one can really see the gap unless I voluntarily open my mouth.
Archive for February, 2010
Hope everyone has a Happy New Year! Another unremarkable visit to write about. Pink elastic ligatures and yes, finally the white elastic on the bottom front lowers is gone! I don’t like when Dr. B has to put that on because it gets kinda gross by the next visit despite my diligent cleaning habits. Hard to maintain the white color so it turns neon yellow and I’m not giving up curried foods.
Nothing really remarkable to write about. I asked for pink elastic ligatures and I was pumped to finally visit Aruba after numerous times of begging my husband. As an aside you should definitely visit Aruba! Get the all-inclusive package- so worth it! We had a blast but I wish we had stayed for a week. I want to go tubing someday even though I’m afraid of it. Oh, and stay at the Tamarijn Resort because the beach will be your backyard. If you have any questions about Aruba, please feel free to ask and I will do my best to give a detailed response. Now I know why my friend has a time-share there- it’s GORGEOUS with great weather!