Friday, October 5, 2012

I'm sure this will be...

..the first of many posts about teeth complaints.  We'll call this series the saga of the teeth.  Like I mentioned, I have to get braces.  I made my appt for Monday morning and went in expecting the transformation.  Unfortunately, they had failed to mention that I had to wear "separators" for two weeks before they could put my braces on.  These so-called "separators" (or "seps," as the hygienists so sweetly nick-named them) would be more adequately described if they were named "torture devices" or "suicide bands" or "anorexia inducers."  The latter being because I haven't been able to eating anything solid since they were installed in my mouth.

The spacers are little rubber bands they shove (shove being the kind word for it) between four of your back teeth (8 bands in all).  They create space so that the orthodontist can put metal rings around those four back teeth to anchor the braces to.  People who already have enough room in their mouth do not need separators.  I am not one of those people.

Yesterday while on a rant I shouted at Jack "How is it legal for an orthodontist's assistant to put a person in this much pain for a WEEK!!??"

"It's been three days" he said.

I glared at him.

"I'm sure it has felt like much longer though..." he offered.

I will keep reminding my self that I chose to do this.  No one is making me.  And I will hang this picture where I will see it frequently:

I bet Grace Kelly wore separators.  I bet she rocked them.

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