Yesterday marked the 1st Anniversary I have with my braces. I must say that this is one of those relationships which I cannot wait to breakaway from my life. Such a love-hate relationship is often tiring.
Love it because it has indeed helped me to solve my underbite problem and align my teeth straight.
Hate it because it has caused me not only financial pain but physically as well.
If you would recall, I had my fendulum on the underside of my tongue stuck onto the metal bracket of the braces at the back tooth. Can you imagine with pain and I couldn’t even close my mouth or speak properly! Not knowing what to do and I was panicking in tears, I had to rush down to the nearest hospital and FML, this stupid incident costs me a whooping $200+!!!
This is how my latest set of teeth look. Pretty much more or less the same.
The main problem (underbite) has already been solved and now, the dentist is just trying to adjust some stubborn teeth that are slightly misaligned.
And the mandatory comparison for the one year thus far :
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You can see the gaps have been slowly closing after I have ‘jump’ the bite from July onwards. Documenting the braces journey not only helps my keen readers (esp those with underbite problems) but it also helps me to monitor the progress of the shifting and movements of my teeth. Most importantly, it sorta serves as a security that my money is actually well-spent la. HAHAHA.
Although I’ve pretty more or less beautified my teeth, somehow what bothers is that I still cannot smile properly with my teeth shown. As you can tell from the pictures above, I’ve always had the mindset that I have a set of crooked jaw. Either that, I have a crooked mouth. So whenever I try to pose for the camera secretly trying to smile with my teeth shown, I end up with a crooked smile and mouth. 😥
I’ve also tried googling for pictures of people wearing braces on but able to still smile showing their teeth but somehow, I just can’t.
But it may also be because having an extra ‘thing’ around your teeth makes it difficult to smile properly and perfectly even though your teeth are straight. But then again, there are so many others who smile confidently and don’t look awkward like I do 😥
I have a long wide jaw which I guess explains why all my wisdom teeth could grow up properly without being embedded, which hence allowed me to extract them out without surgery. But then because it was not a surgery, just normal extraction, I could not claim under my Medisave. :$500+ fly away! 😥
Either that, I’m not used to looking at pics of myself with my teeth shown while smiling. All my 25 (coming 26 *GASPS*!) years of my life, there will never be a picture that shows me smiling with my teeth shown, UNLESS IT WAS A CANDID SHOT. And many at times, that did happened and it was so FML-moment because I really loathe the way I look.
It’s kinda frustrating whenever I’d try to get my dentist to advise how long more am I required to wear them and he refuses to commit.
I mean the remaining $$$ is not a problem, which I think I’ve left about another $600-700+ if I recalled correctly? But I just want to get it over and done with already! 😦
Other than the braces, the dentist would access the teeth and gums overall and I have had several fillings done due to decays. =x
And it costs $70 per tooth!
FML, documenting this actually reminded me how much $$$ I’ve invested for my teeth.
SO IT BETTER BE WORTH IT.