What a terrible 8 months that was. I don't regret it.
Forgive me for my lack of photo progress, I focused more on recording video which you can watch below
I wanted to write this blog, to tell you more about what it was like going through the Six Month Smiles treatment - why it took me more than six months - what it cost and all this fun stuff, that only really matters to people considering going through something similar!
Let me start by saying I DIDN'T HATE ALL MY TEETH BEFORE! I hated one on the top row but I really didn't mind the rest. I have always been obsessed with straight teeth though. I remember going to the theater to see the movie 300 and I feel in love with Gerard Butler because OMG HIS TEETH ARE SO PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL! Yeah, while all the other ladies were swooning over his meaty man muscles, I couldn't look away from his pearly whites. Super unrealistic to have such nice teeth back then but WHATEVER THAT DOESN'T MATTER... CLEARLY I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS TOO MUCH.
Everyone. Is. Different. I cant stress that enough. No two experiences will be the same, so keep that in mind when reading.
I have a very deep over bite, cross bite, and extremely tiny mouth (The dentist once said it was a child's size mouth, so I feel bad for my boyfriend) I had gone in for braces consultations in the past but back then I still needed to remove wisdom teeth and it just seemed like way more than I was ready to take on, all at once.
I finally got my wisdom teeth removed. One removed randomly, because it was popping through the gums. I got it out in Regina, and I was awake for that. Not my definition of a good time. When I moved back home to Ontario, I started having problems with my jaw, and pains... and I eventually went in for the wisdom tooth surgery. Had the last 3 removed while I was put under. Here was the X ray of my head while they were still hangin' out in there...
So after those came out and I was all healed up *that's a story for another time, my god*
I was getting my teeth cleaned and my dentist asked me "Is there anything you'd fix about your teeth?"
Great Sales Tactic. I Bit!!
They told me about Six Month Smiles, which was a procedure they just started to offer and since I had benefits with work at the time that was going to help cover some of the cost, I was all for it. I believe it ended up being somewhere around $3,500
Yes it hurt. Wax. Wax. Wax. I got many canker sores and mouth boo boo's... Getting them put on hurt, getting the wire replaced hurt... It all was kinda owwwwie. The best way I can explain the pain, sometimes it feels like you have cavities in some teeth, but its not a cavity, its just the teeth moving/pulling in directions that are new. This comes and goes. Getting them cleaned was a great feeling!!
Yes It was hard to eat. You constantly get food stuck in them, you don't want to eat out in public because its gross... Sometimes *If you don't clean them properly after eating* you can end up with food that's been stuck somewhere for hours and its NASTY. Keep them as clean as you can. There's an intense cleaning process after ever meal and before bed.
Oh yeah, you cant eat a lot of normal foods, I lost 15 pounds... Braces diet is posted below
I know these aren't the best pics *I look super tired and have no makeup on
But I don't have many photos of me smiling "before" because I never really liked showing my teeth. Now, I cant stop smiling
You sign a contract to get the procedure done, which says it can take anywhere between 6 to 12 months to complete. For me, it took 8 months however my dentist hurt her back and had almost 4 weeks off which delayed my treatment. If you decide to get this done, make sure you ask the dentist office that is looking after you if they have more than one person that is qualified to do what is needed, just in case your dentist takes time off or gets sick!
Here was the information sheet they gave me on the day my braces were put on
I'm really stubborn and as I read this, on my way home I thought "I can eat spaghetti with red sauce, wtf they cant tell me what I can and can't eat" I didn't really care about stains either. After cooking a huge pot of spaghetti that evening, I couldn't properly chew it and I sat at my dinner table crying because I was so hungry.
There ARE THINGS YOU CAN AND CAN'T EAT. Spaghetti is on the "can't" list sadly.
Mac N Cheese is OK though!!
Some of my favorite foods to eat when I had my braces:
Greek Yogurt, Apple Sauce, Soft Breads, Strawberries, Bananas, Soup, Chicken Soup, Tomato Soup, Any and All Soups, Any Soft Cookies, Jello, Pudding. Cheesecake. Soft boiled veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots - Did I mention soup? LOTS OF SOUP. MASHED POTATOES AMEN, Lots of baked salmon and chicken for dinners, pancakes, smoothies *I dont like eggs*
Basically you are avoiding anything hard or sticky. *Sigh Again, My poor boyfriend.
Check out the video below to see my full progress and feels on the entire situation...
Here are a few more pics!!
What it looks like with ONLY the clear brackets on the teeth (Not the wire)
First photo was from the first day getting them put on - Second photo was before getting them removed!
And a photo of what it looks like to have the wire ON the brackets
The last photo is of me at the dentists office holding the mold of what my teeth looked like "before" SUCH A HUGE CHANGE!! My teeth look like dentures. They look fake. THEY LOOK TOO PERFECT. THIS IS SPARTAAAAA!!!
I'm happy to answer any *non dentist* questions you may have about the process, leave a comment!