Saturday, February 09, 2008

More surgery

On March 28th, I'm getting the excess bone shaved down on my upper left jaw. Dr. C thinks this will help with the asymmetry, but not completely fix it. He says I might have thicker tissue there as well that he, of course, can't fix.

It's an outpatient surgery, done in the hospital (for insurance purposes, meaning it's covered and I don't have to pay a cent). I will be put under, he will make an incision, expose the bone, and chip it away. The surgery is at 10am and I should be out of there by noon. Recovery will take about 3 days. I'm getting it done on a Friday, which is good.

I'm not looking forward to the swelling and the predicted puking after the anesthesia, but I will be glad to get it done. My face has always been crooked, but my surgery exaggerated it and I can see it clearly in pictures. It's crooked to a noticeable degree. Dr. C left the decision for this up to me. He told me I don't need it, per se, but if I want it done he will do it. I want it done!

Otherwise, he's very happy with how everything turned out, as am I. I can't believe it'll be a year on March 2!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

5 days of being daytime retainer-free

If anyone is still reading this, you must be sick of hearing about my retainers already.

Okay, so as you recall, I had two weeks in the Essexes fulltime, and then I could wear them just at night. Friday was my first day sans retainers all day. In the evening, when I popped them back in, my bottom teeth started SCREAMING. Actually, I could barely get the bottom retainer on, my teeth had moved so much. After 10 hours!

Five days later, it's still happening. If I am without retainers for more than 6 hours or so, my nerves pay for it. Especially that one bottom tooth that was so crooked and took soooooo long to straighten. It wants to go back home.

So I figure my teeth aren't really ready, and I'm wearing my retainers for about 15 hours a day. I wear them all morning (after coffee and breakfast), leave them out all afternoon, and put them back in around 8pm.

When, oh when, do my teeth stop moving and rebelling? Can anyone tell me?