Four years ago, I had to be on braces due to my overcrowded set of lower teeth that makes the front ones look like poorly choreographed soldiers – some had stepped forward while some were left back. Supposedly, braces are to stay for around two years if you are able to maintain your regular adjustments. In my case though, I never had the discipline so come October 2014, I still have them on.
I don’t know if it is the urgent nature of the ber months but I just want this over with before 2015. So last week, after three months of failing to follow my supposed monthly adjustments (again), I texted my dentist for an appointment. I thought it was almost an adieu until she announced I have to wear elastic bands for further correction.
The unused elastic bands are as small as loom bands. My dentist created four hooks – two on the upper teeth and another two on the lower – where I could clasp the bands from bottom to top. With all distress, it’s been a long time since my teeth felt this glorious twinge and discomfort. The only consolation I am getting from this ordeal – aside from it would make my teeth be able to properly rip food again – is that when I smile, it seems I have fangs at a quick glance. My pseudo fangs are actually hooked white bands to re-correct my overly-corrected bite. I know this is childish but I feel like a vampire with elastic fangs, like I’m Marceline from Adventure Time when in reality I’m more of Betty La Fea with my braces, glasses, and pimpled cheeks.
Having to wear braces sucks but it has its divine after effects when your teeth really need correcting. My other complaint however is I haven’t been eating merienda for two days. I know it’s my choice but since the bands are constricting the extent of how big I could open my mouth, I have to remove them if I’ll eat or brush. Also, when my lips are dry, I couldn’t even lick them since my tongue can’t fit out. Because of this, I’d rather skip merienda than deal with the hassle of removing then latching them back.
To be fair though, I guess I got the piece of bother I deserve. Had I been devout in following my supposed monthly adjustments, my braces won’t have overstayed and caused this overly-corrected bite. (Bad patient. Bad.) Anyway, if you’re not on braces, here are 22 reasons why you should be thankful you’re not on one. 😉