Friday, September 23, 2011

Diary of a Bracer. Same day getting my Retainers. by Anastasia Myagkova, RDH

Got my retainers. Good news – they are clear, almost like Invisalign and they will ensure that my teeth stay straight for the rest of my life. Not so good news – they are very tight and I have to wear them all the time for 6 months. However, after 6 months I will have to wear them less and less as time passes by.

You struggled and stayed away from your favorite foods and brushed your teeth extra while you had braces – please, wear your retainer to keep your teeth nice and straight as they are now!

I personally saw 10-20 cases in past 4 years where after 2 years in braces but not wearing the retainer, patients needed braces all over again. Don’t take that risk.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Diary of a Bracer. Day 419. by Anastasia Myagkova, RDH

I’m getting my braces off today! I am terrified…I heard it hurts when your braces are removed and your teeth are polished. 

Nope it wasn’t so bad – Dr. Gellerman just snapped braces off, polished the teeth with a dental bur. That bur was loud, a couple teeth were sensitive and there was some dust coming off my teeth but that was it. In about 15 minutes my teeth felt very smooth and slimy. It almost felt like something was missing…but I got used to the smoothness of my teeth almost immediately. Freedom! Hello gummy bears, nachos, gum, Butterfinger, salad in a restaurant, peanuts, BACON, and sooooo much more! I missed it all!