I AM UGLY BETTY, NO MORE!!! HOORAY!!!
Most people I know commented on how much they miss their braces once they are removed but not me! I will NEVER EVER miss it, not even a single bit and today, may I present you my ‘new’ set of teeth!
Apart from realigning my teeth, setting it straight and helping me to overcome my underbite problems, I have never liked them. I mean come on, who does right?
Pain from tightening, ulcers, cuts, food getting stuck in between teeth, annoying elastic bands..you name it, I have it. I guess that’s pretty common for most wearers but what about this?
Of course, this picture doesn’t exactly paint the full picture of what happened and it only captures the aftermath.
What really happened : the frenulum of my tongue got caught on one of the hooks of the braces at the back of my mouth.
So obviously I couldn’t be expected to be snapping away of what exactly happened at the time of incident right? I was wailing in pain and panicking like mad, and was extremely in fear as I was alone during that time.
After the physical pain was relieved a little (as the frenulum continued to hurt the days after), I had to be financially ‘exploited’ by the private hospital I went to remove the frenulum off the hook which costs me $200+! And well, the whole procedure didn’t even take more than 5mins! WTF seriously.
Now, that’s something I bet you have not come across. Even my dentist hasn’t and perhaps I may be the one and only in this world who experienced this unlucky encounter.
So these are the last pictures you will ever see me with braces on :
(Pardon for the unsightly pictures with food stuck in between my teeth)
I went from this :
To this :
My retainers which cost me $300! I was advised to wear them for 4 months 24/7 (full time) then only am I allowed to wear them only during sleep.
I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY THAT THE BRACES ARE OFF!!! I AM NOW A CLASS I INSTEAD OF A CLASS III (UNDERBITE) MALOCCLUSION!!!
But for now, after not smiling with my teeth for 26 years, I will have to practise more now with the mirror…..
In any case you guys are interested, I did my braces with Dr Timothy Lim from Q&M Dental Clinic. I usually patronise the Bedok branch but I know he runs around other branches too like Centrepoint, Bugis, Bukit Batok…
Don’t be mistaken, this is neither a paid advertorial or sponsorship, and I don’t gain anything from this. Just that I realised that there are actually many people out there facing the same underbite problem as I did too, so hopefully this would be of help to you guys.
I did not get my jaw corrected too to overcome this underbite problem and as I have mentioned previously, I am just PLAIN LUCKY.
Please seek professional help to have your condition assessed as different individuals have different set of problems, and for some unfortunately, having only braces may not solve your underbite problem.
Total charges :
Braces – $4200 excluding GST
Retainers – $300 excluding GST
Misc – $10 per visit for sterilisation and disposable charges
X-ray – I cannot remember how much but you will have to get this done before putting on braces
Fillings – I was charged $70/tooth – but I guess it varies
For cleaning/polishing/whitening/other services, please inquire with them.
I have been receiving queries as to the address of the dental clinic where I had my braces done by Dr Lim which I have also included in my previous blog posts. Nevertheless, for the benefit of the doubt, here is the address.
Please note that Dr Lim drops by different Q&M branches on different days so it’s best you check with them directly. From what I know, he’s stationed at Bedok on Wednesdays, Centrepoint branch on Thursdays and Bugis branch on Saturdays. He goes to Bukit Batok as well but it’s best you check directly with the receptionist.
Q&M Dental Clinic (Bedok)
Blk 214 BedokNorth Street 1
Tel: 6876 0533 | Fax: 6876 0082