Wednesday, December 31, 2008

What the Hell is This?!

I'm home for the holiday at my parent's house and while digging through the old jewelry box found...THIS!

The question is...what the hell is it?

At first I thought it was a retainer, but at second it a mouth guard? I don't remember ever playing a sport that required a mouth guard. Swim team never required any dental protection.

But look how straight those chompers used to be!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Too Much Food. Too Much Pain. (and I'm not talking about my pants)

Yeah, totally ate too much...and I guess some pretty chewy stuff. Now, it's all about the Tylenol for the jaw. Hoping the buckeyes and perogi lasagna will take the pain away. Not really sure what's wrong but really reeallllly hoping it goes away soon. I keep blaming it on just sleeping on it weird.

Tomorrow the braces are making an appearance at the Steelers game...can't wait to freeze!

Hope everyone had a happy holiday!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wired at the Airport

Hi All -- I'm just waiting at the airport...

I made the mistake of having popcorn before I left -- and you know how this goes...2 hours after of continuing to find goodies in the wires.

Of course my flight was delayed. What else is new?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

4 Bands. 1 Lady

So, as you heard, Friday I was at the ortho. It went down pretty much as expected. I left with more metal in my mouth and no word on when they would ever be removed.

The doc's concerned because I kind of have the opposite problem I went in with. Now, all my front teeth touch beautifully but...not many of the back -- lovely.

So, the good news rolled on - now, I'm wearing four rubber bands. You can't see the two in the waaaaay back in this picture. But the two triangles in the front are definitely...there. And...strong as all hell.

In other good news, as the dental assistant put it, "The Mother of All Wires" was put in my mouth. Like -- there are no more after this...this is as heavy as it gets. The assistant also told me she didn't want to lie...this sucker is gonna hurt. And she was correct. My teeth haven't been numb like this since I first got the braces.

This was taken last night at the UCB Midnight Show. Please take note of the amount of grey in my mouth, compared to whitish-yellow. Any see any teeth? Not anymore, riiight?

Tonight I'm packing up the dental gear and getting ready to fly home tomorrow night.

Oh wait -- question....does anyone have a dental brand of tiny brushes they like to use in between their wires? The GUM ones I have suck -- I can't seem to find any strong ones. And yes, I did get seriously flak for hygiene at the appointment. So...yet again...I'm stepping up my game (errr...trying to).

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Your Ortho is Looking Forward to Seeing You!

This is the automated message I get the day before my ortho check-up.

Yup, that's right...tomorrow is the day. While I would like to create some sort of false hope that tomorrow I will find out when the braces come off -- the truth is, not gonna happen.

Instead, 6 more weeks of poeple asking, "When ARE you going to get your braces off???"

I don't knowwwwww! I never willllll.

(this post was written after two glasses of champagne and a box of crackers stuck in my wires)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Elementary School Kids Are Mean

My boss's daughter came to work last week. I hadn't seen her in a while. Lots of poeple were standing around. The first thing out of her mouth, "HA! You still have BRACES!!!!"

Thanks, hun.

How do I recover from a 9 year old pointing at my face?