Q: How do you shock your dental hygienist of two-plus decades?
A: You show up wearing braces to your every-six-months dental appointment.
Bonus Q: How do you really shock your dental hygienist of two-plus decades?
A: You tell her that your mother has also taken the braces plunge.
Apparently, Dr. B and Ms. S have been recommending braces to my dear mother for far longer than I’d realized. Ms. S put her hand over her heart (in what I’m sure was only half-fake drama) and declared, “I’m glad you told me this while I’m sitting down!”
Partway through my cleaning, she glimpsed Dr. B strolling past the door and called out, “Dr. B, I think you need to make a right turn into here!”
Color my dentist thoroughly surprised and pleased at the news of mommy-daughter braces.
The funny thing was, cleaning my teeth didn’t seem to take as long with braces as it did sans braces. Color me surprised (and pleased, since it meant I didn’t have to cram some extra work in at work to make up for being out of the office). Perhaps ’twas because my x-rays are taken at my closer-to-the-beginning-of-the-year appointments. Hmm.
Glory be, I got a clean bill of toothy health and encouragement to “keep on doing whatever [I’m] doing because it’s working”!
And about that maybe-cavity?
Not a cavity.
Yes, please do cue Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”
After some prodding and scraping and inspecting, both my hygienist and dentist knighted me “Rennie the Cavity-Free.” Apparently I have a wee pit on my molar that became discolored by some means, giving it that ominous decay-of-doom appearance.
The day after my dentadventure (new word?!), I got to see my mom in all her new-braces glory. She’d opted to go with the clear brackets on top, and I’ll be darned if you can hardly see them! From a distance, you might squint and be able to tell that there’s something on her teeth, but not necessarily a full set of real-live braces. It looks ve’ classy.
Her only comment on clear versus metal? She thinks the clear brackets are a little thicker. Based on a visual appraisal, I think this may be true. They’re certainly not wildly bigger, but maybe juuuuuust enough to be noticeable. Bracket thickness is definitely something I hadn’t taken into consideration when weighing my orthodontia options, so if you’re looking into acquiring braces, there’s something else to ponder. (“The more you knowwwwww…!”)
- What’re your orthodontia accessories? All the turquoise-banded braces!
- Any pain today? Nope!
- What sort, would you say? The kind that doesn’t exist. 🙂
- Do you miss anything? Biting down all the way (turbos gonna turbo).
- Looking forward to anything? Seeing how the bottom-front-teeth-crowding sitch gets resolved.
- On the bright side… My mom and I are fraternal braces twins. 😉