Ouch

Mar. 8th, 2012 09:42 pm
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I am a person with braces.

I am rather proud of myself for having gone from someone with significant and longstanding dental phobias to someone doing the right thing for her long term health in the space of only a few months. And really, getting the braces on wasn't so bad. And the teeth aching isn't so bad. The problem is my tongue. The anchor bands on my molars have pokey bits on the inside and I can't eat ANYTHING without feeling as though my tongue is being sliced open. I was prepared for the teeth to hurt. I had pots of soup and mashed potatoes and yogurt and pudding all lined up and ready to go. And I can't eat them. The tongue movement required for swallowing feels like I'm being sliced open. Today I have consumed one smoothie and two mugs of thoroughly pureed potato soup. Not good. My google searching is returning results varying from 'use wax and wait until your soft tissues form calluses which should be 5 days - a month' to 'call the orthodontist and ask if they can file the pokey bits off'. A month of consuming < 1000 calories a day is not going to work so I think I'd better call. But they're closed on Fridays, so I'm afraid I'm stuck with this for the next three days at least.

Ouch.

Anyone here have any personal experience to share? I had braces in high school. But that was a long time ago. The main thing I remember is that the impressions were awful. That wasn't so bad this time. (Having upper and lower done sequentially rather than simultaneously helped a lot. 45 seconds versus three minutes helped a lot. Having agency - knowing that I chose to be there myself - helped a lot.) This time I will wear my retainers. Promise.

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