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Offline MagnetMouth

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #15 on: 25. November 2020, 00:55:36 AM »
Hilarious ending! Im really loving how this story is coming along ;)

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #16 on: 25. November 2020, 01:33:26 AM »
“Why am I lithping? I thought I wath jutht getting brathes?” I asked horrified that this was going to be how I sounded.

“So, we have started you with a few different appliances today, and for your treatment plan just braces would not be enough. What is probably causing your lisp is the palatal expanders. We put one in your upper jaw and one in your lower. These are going to help widen your bite, and you really should have had these when you were younger. Another appliance that we were shocked that you’ve never had is w tongue crib. Your tongue does not rest in the right way which is pushing your front two teeth out.”

I could feel what she was talking about in my mouth as my tongue could not only not touch the roof of my mouth from the expander but also couldn’t really move forward in my mouth either.

“The expander alone would cause a slight lisp, but with the expanders your lisp will probably be pretty severe for the rest of your treatment. We only added one other appliance today as we didn’t want to overwhelm you but this will start to treat your overbite. It’s called a herbst.”

“I can’t jutht uthe rubber bands like I did before?” I asked not loving the discomfort of the metal rubbing my cheeks.

“The treatment plan you chose maximizes the use of appliances, so rubber bands weren’t really something you were qualified for. Ah, here’s Dr. White you can ask him any other questions that you have.”

“How’s that mouth feeling?” Dr White asked.

“Well I think I want to switch treatment planth.”

“Oh really? Why’s that?” He asked sounding surprised despite the fact that it seemed obvious.

“Thith ith a little too intenthe for me. I think I’d prefer normal brathes without applianthes.”

“Well, the plan you chose is a little more complicated, and unfortunately since you wanted to pay a lower price is comes with the catch of we do it the way that gets the best results. The other plans are tailored for comfort, but I really hate not being able to do it the way I like to, so patients like you have the option to pay less to have it done my way, but you always have the option of switching your plan.”

“Yeth how do we do that?”

“So, you would have to break the contract you signed earlier which would cost you roughly $10,000.”

I thought my eyes were going to pop out of my head when he said that.

“I gueth I’ll keep them then,” I lisped as there was no way I could afford $10,000.

“Okay sounds good! Go check out and make an appointment with us two weeks from now. I want to make sure all the appliances are doing their job.”

I got up from the chair and checked out at the front desk. I had to repeat myself three times before the receptionist could figure out what I was saying. After scheduling the appointment I stopped in the bathroom realizing that I had never even seen what I looked like.

It was honestly worse than I could have imagined. Even closed you could tell there was stuff in my mouth and my mouth was gleaming with metal when I smiled. I needed to do something about this. I decided I would ask my parents about loaning me money when I got home, but deep down I knew they’d probably say no, especially since I was the one who agreed to this.

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #17 on: 25. November 2020, 17:44:48 PM »
I'd love to have that kind of "plan"!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #18 on: 10. August 2021, 10:06:08 AM »
The next two weeks were torture. As soon as I got home I immediately begged my parents to lend me the money to get out of the contract. It took them an embarrassing amount of time to understand what I was saying through the lisping and spit, but once they understood they told me that I would have to deal with this on my own. My mom seemed to even agree with the orthodontist that this was for the best.
“An orthodontist knows best,” she told me.

So the two weeks leading up to my next appointment were a grueling process of learning how to speak and eat again. Besides causing a horrible lisp, the tongue crib seemed to hang too low and made using utensils almost impossible. The only thing getting me through these weeks was the hope that I could convince Dr. White to switch my plans or at least get rid of one of my appliances.

When my appointment day finally came I had convinced myself that Dr. White would agree to remove the appliances. I felt much more confident walking in to the appointment.

“Hi, ith Grathie here to thee Dr. White,” I listed to the receptionist.

“Alright Gracie, I will let him know you are here!”

I sat down in the waiting room with yet again another person wearing headgear. This time it was a boy my age and his mouth looked uncomfortably full to the point that he could barely close it. I was curious what was in his mouth that caused his jaw to be so rigid and his cheeks so full. They looked worse than mine with my herbst!

My staring was a bit too obvious as he caught my eye.

“I’m Greg,” he mumbled with a half wave. “Ith called an activator.”

He pointed at his mouth as he said this.

“Thorry I didn’t mean to thare. I’m Grathie,” I replied.

“Are you new here?”

“I have only had one appointment tho far.”

“I thought tho,” he replied and I noticed he had a very heavy lisp.

“Whyth that?”

“You’re headgear free.”

“Greg,” called the assistant. “Dr. White is ready for you.”

I watched Greg leave horrified and wondering what his words meant. Surely I would not need headgear? His case had to be much worse than mine.

I was now anxious while waiting for my turn. When the assistant finally called me I realized my hands had been balled and were a little damp. I laid down in the chair and she reclined me back.

“Hi Gracie, how are your appliances treating you?” asked Dr. White leaning over me.

“Well I wath hoping we could make thome adjuthments. The herbst bothers my cheekth and the tongue crib giveth me a bad lithp.”

“Hmm we will definitely make some adjustments and you will be happy to hear the herbst will go!”

I immediately felt much more relaxed hearing that.

“Let me change your arch wires and look at how everything is adjusting.”

Dr. White put the lip spreader in and began to examine my mouth. I felt him slide my wires out and tension as he put new ones in.

“Hmm well I was worried this would happen. Your tongue is still moving around the upper tongue crib so I will have to fix that.”

He reached over to a tray next to him.

“I will remove your herbst then adjust that tongue crib for you.”

I was happy to hear that it sounded like I was getting everything I wanted. He started installing something in my lower jaw that made me a bit nervous. When he took out the lip spreader I felt that my jaw was more free without the herbst, but now I could not close my teeth fully and I had literally nowhere to put my tongue.

“So I took out your herbst as I’m sure you can tell, but I added a lower tongue crib to ensure that your tongue cannot get around at all. I had to add some bite blocks to your back teeth to keep the cribs from getting caught together, so that will take some getting used to at first.”

I could not believe he was doing this to me.

“I caa taaalkk,” i said, my voice completely garbled.

“You will adjust, I promise,” he replied seeming unconcerned with my discomfort. “One more thing to add then we will send you on your way. I’m sure you are sick of this chair.”

What in the world could he possibly add. My eyes widened as I saw him pull out a metal u.

“Open wide.”

I reluctantly opened my mouth.

“This is your face bow it clicks into your molar bands and will be used instead of the herbst. Now lean forward.”

Dr. White pulled a navy blue strap from the drawer and slid it around my neck attaching it to the bow. I could immediately feel pressure in my jaw and like it was sliding back in my mouth. I almost groaned out loud when I saw him pull another more intricate strap out and put it around the back of my head.

“You have a lot of hair,” he said in an annoyed voice as he attached the strap. “I would recommend getting it cut as it will get in the way of the strap and could mess with the pressure.”

Great, so headgear and losing my long hair that took forever to grow.

“So this headgear had a neck and head strap for you to wear. It does not need to be worn full time. Only 18 hours a day!”

I thought I was going to pass out in the chair, this day was not going how I planned.

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #19 on: 10. August 2021, 12:23:14 PM »
I'm so glad this story is back! Amazing job. Gracie in headgear and a bigger lisp sound really good! I'm looking forwards to reading the next chapter!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #20 on: 10. August 2021, 16:59:17 PM »
Nice work continuing the story!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #21 on: 10. August 2021, 20:05:52 PM »
Lovely story! Thanks for the update!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #22 on: 11. August 2021, 01:03:20 AM »
Great update! Thanks for keeping this story moving along - it's very nice!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #23 on: 16. August 2021, 10:57:18 AM »
I've updated the copy in TheArchive with the latest chapter. It's nice to see that you are continuing to work on this entertaining story.

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #24 on: 16. August 2021, 16:44:10 PM »
This is so gooood! I'm really looking forward to more!!

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #25 on: 16. August 2021, 18:37:29 PM »
great new chapter... keep going on this great work and story

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #26 on: 17. August 2021, 23:35:17 PM »
great story

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Re: A routine checkup
« Reply #27 on: 13. January 2022, 06:17:57 AM »
great story!, I wish you could continue this (or the other one)