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Offline cbraces522

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A routine checkup
« on: 20. November 2020, 21:51:28 PM »
I had always prided myself in my straight white teeth. I had braces in 8th grade for a year with the standard rubber bands and since then wore my retainer every night. I was 21 now and figured that a few nights without my retainer wouldn’t harm anything, after all it had been 7 years. For the past year I had really only worn my retainer once a month when I thought about it. I was back home for winter break and had a schedule for a dentist checkup. The dentist I usually go to had recently closed, but there was a new one in my area that took my insurance, so I figured I would just go there. Dentists were all basically the same after all, right?

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #1 on: 20. November 2020, 21:57:22 PM »
I woke up the morning of my dentist appointment dreading it. I hated having people put their hands in my mouth, and the toothpaste they used is so cakey and always tasted gross. I also knew exactly how the appointment would go. They would tell me that my teeth are so straight and white and that they couldn’t find any issues with them. I had never even had a cavity.

The new dentist really didn’t look any different than my old one. The only real difference was my old one had private rooms, but in this one there was just a line of chairs that everyone sat in. I didn’t love the lack of privacy, but I would be in and out fast so no big deal.

The dental hygienist came and began the painstaking process of flossing and brushing. I tried not to gag when I tasted that disgusting toothpaste. I guess every dentist just used that kind.

“When is the last time you got x rays done?” the hygienist asked.

“I’m not sure probably not for a couple of years. Why, do I need them?” I asked.

“Dr. Brian always likes x rays for new patients. Is that okay with you,” she asked.

“Yeah that’s totally fine!”

My old dentist had never taken x rays before, but it’s not like they’re painful so why not?

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #2 on: 20. November 2020, 22:37:12 PM »
Really nice start of this story. Looking forward what will happened. But I think there is someone who's left the ortho with a mouthful of metal

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #3 on: 21. November 2020, 00:42:26 AM »
@aktivator82 thanks! If you’re talking about my other story unfortunately it included not allowed content so it’s locked :(

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #4 on: 21. November 2020, 00:53:03 AM »
@aktivator82 thanks! If you’re talking about my other story unfortunately it included not allowed content so it’s locked :(
Nooo! Do you mean the orthodontist stepmom one? If so surely you can repost it but tweak it so that it fits with the community guidelines? Hope you are able to continue it, i was really enjoying it!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #5 on: 21. November 2020, 05:59:19 AM »
@magnetmouth yes that one! I know I was having fun writing it I will try to see if I can adjust some things so it can continue. I’m glad you liked it!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #6 on: 21. November 2020, 06:08:17 AM »
The x rays were normal, just annoying like everything else. I pulled out my phone while I waited for Dr. Brian to come finish the checkup. It took a good ten minutes before he came over and I wondered what took him so long.

“Hi Gracie, I just finished taking a look at your x rays, can you open wide for me?” Dr. Brian asked walking over.

“Sure!” I said awkwardly opening my mouth.

“So this confirms what I saw on your X-ray. Have you been wearing your retainer?” he asked.

“I haven’t been wearing it as much lately, why?”

“So I’ll show you this in the mirror, your upper teeth have started shifting inward making your bite more narrow, and your front two teeth have shifted so one of them is rotated,” he said handing me a mirror. “Do you see what I mean?”

I studied my smile in the mirror. I hadn’t even noticed that my front teeth had gotten a little crooked.

“I see what you mean. Is it a big issue?” I asked.

“It might look cosmetic but it will end up giving you jaw problems later in life if it doesn’t get fixed,” he replied.

“Fixed like braces?” I asked.

“Something like that. I can refer you to an orthodontist if you’d like.”

“Hmm I’ll set up an appointment and see what he says while I’m home,” I said knowing that I most likely wouldn’t do anything about it. I was too old to get braces after all.

“Alright when you go to check out they will help you set up and appointment and I will send your X-rays over to them too,” Dr. Brian said.

“That’d be great! Thanks,” I told him getting up to leave.

The receptionist checked me out and told me that the orthodontist, Dr. White, had an appointment available in the morning. It seemed too soon but I agreed to go in the morning. This definitely did not go how I planned.

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #7 on: 21. November 2020, 08:26:40 AM »
When I walked into the orthodontists office the next morning I was immediately hit by the smell. I always hated the smell of the orthodontist like rubber and cleanser. I gave the receptionist my name and she directed my to the waiting room. The majority of the people waiting were younger, but I did see a few people who looked like my parents age waiting.

“Gracie! You’re up,” a young woman who I assumed was Dr. White’s assistant called.

I smiled and followed her to a chair. I did not understand this new open floor concept I liked having privacy!

“Hi Gracie, I’m Dr. White,” said a clean cut older man out stretching his hand for me to shake it.

“Nice to meet you.”

“Let me take a look at those teeth of yours. Open, bite down for me. Hmm let me see you swallow,” he said brown furrowing a little. “I’m going to be honest with you, this is not what we like to see.”

“Oh really?” I asked a little nervous now.

“It looks like your jaw changed some since you last had braces and there were some habits that were never corrected. Did you have any appliances?”

“No, just braces and two rubber bands.”

“So, to avoid issues in the future we need to start treatment as soon as possible. If you sign some routine paperwork for me today we could get you started as soon as this week,” he said.

This was all going way faster than I expected.

“I don’t know if braces are in my price range right now,” I said trying to think of an easy way out.

“I think we could get everything done within your parents insurance on the plan that I was thinking.”

“You really think it’s that serious?” I asked.

“Unfortunately yes,” he said. “Let me get you the paperwork and I’ll give you a minute to look over it and think it through before signing.”

He handed me a stack of documents. I briefly scanned them but I had a bad habit of never fully reading before signing. I looked in my phone camera, my teeth really could be better. The first time wasn’t horrible and I might as well get it over with now. I sighed and picked up the pen and signed.

“I’m ready Dr. White, I signed!” I said.

“Let’s get that treatment started,” he smiled.

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #8 on: 21. November 2020, 11:52:12 AM »
Wow love the twist, incredible description of how she feels!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #9 on: 21. November 2020, 12:38:15 PM »
@aktivator82 thanks! If you’re talking about my other story unfortunately it included not allowed content so it’s locked :(

Sad to hear your other story got locked, I hope we one day find the pleasure of reading a approved version with a sequel. In the meantime you should just continue this one. I'm sure you can also make something of this story.

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #10 on: 23. November 2020, 17:21:10 PM »
@magnmouth Great start!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #11 on: 24. November 2020, 11:01:41 AM »
this is a great start, cant wait to read more!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #12 on: 24. November 2020, 11:17:28 AM »
Hurry we want more!!! Lol this seems like it has potential to be a straight up masterpiece!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #13 on: 24. November 2020, 19:35:00 PM »
Getting the treatment started meant taking several molds of my mouth with the disgusting trays or goop that I had always thought I would never have to put in my mouth again.

“I’m going to send your molds in and we should get everything we need back by next week!” Dr. White said.

“Am I good to go then?” I asked him wanting to get out of the office and contemplate what I just agreed to.

“I’m going to add a few of these spacers in between your teeth to make the banding process go easier for you.”

I hated the sound of that. Banding process sounded so intense. I opened wide again as he stuck little blue bands between each of my three back molars so twelve in total, which seemed like a lot more than I remembered the first time around. I hoped it was because treatment was more efficient now or soemthing.

“You are good to go! Just check out at the front desk and schedule an appointment for next Monday.”

“Great, thanks,” I said getting up and walking to the front desk.

“So next Monday at 12?” the receptionist asked. “It will take around 4 hours so you will need your day blocked off.”

“Four hours?” I asked. “Is that normal?”

That seemed like a ridiculously long time to put some braces on.

“For your treatment plan, yes,” the receptionist replied.

“Then yes that works I guess.”

Why did people keep saying this treatment plan. Isn’t everyone’s braces somewhat the same?

“Alright we will see you then!”

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #14 on: 24. November 2020, 19:46:28 PM »
I came back the next Monday nervous. I had stared at my smile for so long that morning and almost called to back out several times. When I arrived at the office I noticed someone around my age there with literal headgear coming out of their mouth. I fought the urge to stare in horror.

“Gracie you’re up!” a cheerful assistant called.

She looked at her chart as she led me to my chair. “Oh wow I see you chose the compliance plan,” she said.

“What do you mean?” I asked sitting down.

“Oh I’m sure Dr. White will explain it!”

I sat down in the chair looking at my phone while I waited.

“Hi Gracie how are you today?” Dr. White said smiling.

“As good as I can be,” I said laughing.

“Well let’s get you started!”

“Oh what did your assistant mean by the compliance plan?” I asked.

“I’ll explain once everything is in,” he said vaguely.

That response coupled with the word everything made me nervous. His assistant came over and put the lip spreader in and my mouth was pried wide open now. I could see out of the corner of my eye a tray with what looked like more than just braces on it. The next four hours was a painful process coupled by the fear of when would Dr. White stop reaching over to that tray.

“Alright we are done,” Dr. White finally said. “Lucy can you take the spreaders out and explain the process to Gracie, while I check on another patient. I’ll pop back over in a little to see if there’s any questions.”

Lucy took the lip spreader out and the dryness my mouth felt this whole time was immediately replaced by saliva. I felt a little panicky as I realized my tongue had no place to go, but I forced myself to calm down as I was sure there was just more instruments in my mouth. Lucy didn’t move to take anything else out though.

“Caaan you thake the retht out pleathe?” I asked horrified by the lisp and drool coming out of my mouth.

“There isn’t anything to take out. Those are your appliances!” she said smiling as my eyes widened in horror.