Thursday, 20 December 2012

First adjustment

Today was my first adjustment for my braces! I was really excited I thought this appointment would never come. They put a thicker wire on and new bands, I went with pink to add some colour. My orthodontist said that in order to close the gap where they pulled my tooth and to make room for my tooth that is behind, my teeth need to first be aligned properly and there is still some work to do to straighten them out.
At my next appointment I will be getting my bottom braces on, a thicker wire on the top braces and what is called a bite plate.since my bottom teeth are tilted inwards, my top teeth bite down on the sides of my bottom teeth. So what this plate will do is hold my teeth open slightly so that my teeth can move without restricting each other, as excited as I am about it the appointment isn't for 8 weeks! The office is closed for two weeks and they can't fit me in until then :( I have quickly learned this is a waiting game. My teeth are super sore, hopefully it doesn't last too long! Hope all my blogger friends have a good holiday!


Here are some pictures of my progress so far, I see the most movement in my tooth beside my big tooth, it has completely come out from behind and positioned itself beside the big tooth almost completely in place! Also my teeth have lowered a bit, I cant wait to see more movement, I am extremely impatient :)

Week One in braces


Week two in braces



Six weeks in braces





Week One in braces


Week Six in braces

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Braced pictures

Unlike most, I did not have the opportunity to have braces when I was younger.. thus explains the train wreck in my mouth. I CANNOT WAIT until I have teeth that I'm proud to show off! They will slowly get better. My orthodontist, Mr. M said that after my next adjustments I will see a lot more movement and that weird little rebel of a tooth that is way behind will have some room to come forward, and that space where the tooth was removed will close.

Question.. what toothpaste do you use with braces? should I start using pronamel?
Day one in braces

Two weeks in braces

Day one in braces

Two weeks in braces




Monday, 26 November 2012

Nightmares

Since I have had my braces put on I frequently have nightmares about them falling off! I have had dreams where I'm trying to eat something delicious like an apple or fudge and BAM my braces pop off and I wake up so scared that I dont even want to eat. Am I crazy or is this a normal thing that happens to a lot of people?

One thing I have definitely noticed is that when it comes to surgery, you just really do not want anything that can set you back, and braces falling off would be horrible. I have been known to over think a lot and be quiet worrisome.. trying to work on those bad habits :)

Hope all is well with my fellow brace faced friends :)

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Braced.

Well, I FINALLY get to say I have braces! Now most normal human beings (especially in their 20s) would be extremely saddened by this, but not me, I am so happy! Of course they look and feel funny, but this just means I am on the road to surgery!
I went to my appointment last Monday to have my braces put on. They had previously decided to start with my lower braces and in two months or so they would put my top braces on. However when I got there and she had a look at where she was to put my brackets, she noticed that because of the position of my bottom teeth I would be biting down on half of the brackets. My orthodontist is also a professor, so he was teaching that day. Luckily he works with another fantastic orthodontist who had a look at my teeth and said to start with the upper. I was so happy, my upper teeth bother me so much more than my bottom.

It is such an awkward process, your mouth is so dry and held open by these giant plastic devices and all you want to do is swallow. She cleaned my teeth, placed each bracket on carefully and before I knew it I was finished. She handed me a mirror and my first thought was, do I want to look right away? However I did, and it was just as awkward looking as I expected. I was taught how to clean them properly and take care of them and they sent me on my way.

The first day of having the braces on was probably the worst day. The pain was so horrible. Mind you I am a complete wimp when it comes to any sort of pain, so this intense pain felt unbearable. I was ready to take them off and just say forget it. The pain gets a little less every day, however I still haven't been able to chew. I thought by day 3 I would tackle sushi, it did not go over well. I have been living off boost, soup, yogurt and puree foods. All of the blogs I have read made braces sound so easy (just as they did with wisdom teeth) all I can say is anyone with braces and on their way to jaw surgery are amazing people ! They have their mouths abused for years and in the end, it is all worth it! Pictures to come once I feel confident enough :)

Monday, 29 October 2012

Five teeth lighter

It has almost been a week since my wisdom teeth came out, and let me just say it was not as easy as everyone made it out to be. They took out my four wisdom teeth and one extra tooth to make some room due to my over crowding. I think the best part of the whole procedure was the wonderful laughing gas they give you right before they insert your IV, for a few moments before you are knocked out it is pure relaxation!
The surgeon came in, inserted my IV and poof I was out. I dont remember too much from the next few days, they are pretty much a blurr. Thank God for my boyfriend and my mom for taking good care of me, I wouldnt have made it through without them. They had me on Tylenol 3s, however they did nothing for me so they put me on Demerol which made me super nauseated so I also had to take gravol, needless to say I was pretty out of it for a while. My face is still a little bruised and swollen and I still have some pain and stiffness. I havent been eating anything that is too hard to chew, mostly yogurt, boost, mashed poptatoes and soup, chewing feels so strange! I have to go back on Tueseday for my follow up, hopefully everything looks good in there! Then on November 5th FINALLY I get braces on, just the bottom ones, hopefully not long after the top ones will follow !!! :)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Letter from the OD and wisdom teeth

I recieved a letter from my orthodontist today describing the many, many things wrong with my teeth (ugh) I cannot wait till I hear my first compliment about how nice my teeth are!! A girl can dream ;)
Here goes:
  • Severe class III dentoskeletal malocclusion/maxillary retrognathia/mandibular prognathism/vertical maxillary excess (what an insane mouthful!)
  • Unit difference in size of jaw 41 mm (normal for my age is 26mm)
  • Facial type : Concave
  • Severe maxillary/mandibular dental crowding
  • narrow arches
  • minimal overbite 1mm
  • maxillary dental midline 3mm to left side
  • mandibular dental midline and chin to right side
  • anterior cross bite
  • maxillary incisors proclined/mandibular incisors retroclined
  • persisten anterior tongue thrusting
That can seriously cause a girl to be discouraged. However, after seeing all the amazing transformations of all the many people who have been blogging this only makes me more excited! I guess the main reason for writing this blog is to help others, but also, to look back on and see my progress! Im sure time will fly :)
Wisdom teeth come out on tuesday!! So excited!!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

So, this is me!


Well these are me, for now that is.. 




the dreaded profile view.. I have an underbite, as you can see



This is the most embarrassing picture ive ever had to take ! but, I know it cant get much worse, and it will only get better from here ! I just keep telling myself this will all be worth it in the end, and I will have the perfect smile!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

and so it begins..


I did things a little bit backwards, I was first referred to a surgeon by my dentist, so before seeing and orthodontist, I saw the surgeon. He was very nice man, explained things to me, took measurements and told me I would have to have double jaw surgery, not just one jaw, but BOTH. For anyone who has been told this before, you know at that moment you are completely freaked out, the thought of having two jaws broken and shifted around?! Terrifying! Unfortunately that was all we could do for the appointment and he referred me to an orthodontist.
One frustrating thing about going through the process is waiting for appointments, they are always at least a month away. So a month goes by and I am able to meet with my orthodontist who, to my surprise, is even nicer! I felt so lucky to have such an awesomely nice team working with me. There they took my history down, took my pictures (yuck), took molds and then sat down to talk. They asked me many questions such as what about my bite bothers me, does it cause pain, does it interfere with speech? They took measurements and sent me off to get x-rays and told me once they had the molds and the x-rays we could then sit down and make a plan.
Second appointment, of course after another month..
we sat down with my x-rays, pictures, and molds and he told me what the plan was. There I found out:
  • I have an underbite, my lower jaw comes out further than my upper jaw
  • my teeth are horribly in need of braces 
  • I have four wisdom teeth that need to come out ASAP
  • my teeth are crowded and I will need to have one extra tooth extracted
  • I have a cross bite
I would need to get my wisdom teeth out, plus another tooth, then braces on, I would have to wait a year in braces before surgery in order to put my teeth where they need to go. I would be having double jaw surgery to correct my underbite. This was a lot to take in all in one appointment, but the orthodontist was so incredible and he explained everything and kept me thinking positive. I am so excited to start!! I am scheduled to have my wisdom teeth + one other tooth taken out in two weeks, and then a week from there my braces are put on! This is all so exciting and I have been waiting SO LONG for it to happen, as most of you have been to. I will do my best to post as much info as I can and hopefully, I can help someone as much as all these bloggers have helped me! :)

As you can see, I have a very dominant lower jaw (boooo..)

background story


Hey everyone!

My name is Cassie, I am currently 22 years old living in Canada. I recently started the long, long journey to double jaw surgery. When I found out this was all finally happening I went online for some advice and discovered this whole community sharing their experiences with double jaw surgery and I felt so comforted. So I thought I would join in and share my journey.
 I come from a small town where we have one or two dentists, and when I was around the age of 13 he referred me to an orthodontist in one of the bigger towns. So we made an appointment, my dad drove me over only to hear the orthodontist say "sorry, she will has a class III and there is nothing I can do until she is at least in her 20s" and that was that, being a 13 year old with extremely crooked teeth I was so upset that there was nothing he could do for me. My parents were still at this time paying for my brothers braces, and couldn't afford to have mine on.
So the years went by, still, no braces, and sooner or later I was off to college. At this point, after much teasing and horrible nick names from other teens, I had become and expert of hiding my smile and my horrible under bite. Being a poor college student didn't help, I still couldn't afford to put myself in braces. So finally when I graduated and got a wonderful job as a nurse I was able to look into it.