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Danna Chapter 2
« on: 05. June 2019, 12:25:11 PM »
   Danna got into her car after leaving Dr. Brassard's office and tried to get a look at Jenny's handy work in visor mirror but couldn't get a good luck. "Oh well." She thought. "It'll be easy to see everything I'm getting in a few days." She bit down on her spacers feeling the springy squish of the rubber. It was a strange, unfamiliar sensation. She wondered how she was going to tell Jim. What would he think about all this? She hadn't even discussed it with him. She hadn't had a chance. Would her kids think she looked weird or scary? How embarrassing would it be to be the only mom with braces in the PTA?
   After she got home, she put it out of her mind for a while. She helped the boys with their homework, fed them and put them to bed. Jim had to do payroll and inventory so he didn't get home until an hour after the boys went to sleep. He walked in looking pretty exhausted. Danna greeted him in the living room and kissed him. "Hey baby. Long day, huh?"
"Woo! Yeah." he exhaled putting down his bag and kicking off his boots.
"Aw. Poor baby. Do you want me to warm you up some ziti?"
"Thank you babe but I grabbed a sandwich a little while ago. I was starving. Couldn't wait."
"OK. Well, I had an interesting day" she said with a wide eyed smirk.
"Oh yeah?" He asked plopping on the couch with a beer.
"Yeah. You remember how I said the gap between my front teeth looked like it was getting bigger and my fangs were kinda sticking out?"
"Yeah? Didn't you see Dr. Cooper a couple of days ago? What did she say?" taking a sip from his longneck.
"She said there really wasn't anything she could do so she recommended I see a colleague of hers and I saw him this morning..."
"And??" his eyebrows raising.
"And well... I need braces."
"What?!" he exclaimed.
"And headgear."
"WHAT??!!" he exclaimed. Then covered his mouth and chuckled. She gave him a punch in the arm.
"It's not funny! I'm gonna look ridiculous." she frowned.
"Do you have to wear the headgear all the time?!" he asked trying to be quiet so as not to wake the boys but finding it increasingly difficult.
"Oh God! Of course not! Are you nuts?" she laughed.
"Do you know when you're getting them?"
"Tuesday."
"Tuesday?!" he asked, almost choking on his beer.
"Yeah. Look. They already put my spacers in." She said opening her mouth and cocking her head back. He looked closely at them for a second. "Oh wow! Do they feel weird?"
"Very. Oh! and I got this." She said dropping her jaw and showing her new bottom permanent retainer.
"What's that for?" he asked, obviously perplexed.
"So my bottom teeth don't move while he's straightening out the top ones."
"Oh." he said accepting what she was telling him but clearly not fully understanding. "How long do you have to have them?" Danna paused for a few seconds.
"Oh God! I don't know! I never even thought to ask! The whole thing was crazy, Babe. I went in and they took all these pictures and x-rays and molds of my teeth and told me I needed braces and freaking headgear and he was like 'How about Tuesday?' and I just said 'SURE!' and just left and that was it. It was like an out of body experience. I'm still not totally sure what all I agreed to." He plopped back on the couch and she snuggled up next to him.
"Are you sure you want to go through with all this?" he said, his green eyes staring into hers. She thought for a minute.
"I mean, I guess so. He said if I don't fix it now, it's just gonna get worse and I'd rather have a metal mouth for a while than a giant gap tooth with vampire fangs." she paused for a second. "Are YOU ok with it?" she asked with a timid stare.
"Yeah. Of course. I mean it's covered by our insurance, right?" Danna rolled her eyes.
"Yes, idiot. 80% of it is so it's only like $40 a month out of pocket. That's not what I meant. I mean are you ok with having a 32 year old wife with a tin grin like a stupid teenager??" He put his arm around her and brushed her dark hair behind her ear.
"Aw Babe. Don't be silly. I'd love you even if you had to wear TWO headgears for the rest of your life." he said smiling. She turned her head.
"Hmm. I might hold you to that. Like I said, he was pretty spotty on the details." She put her head on his shoulder and they watched TV for a couple of hours before turning in.
   The next day, after sending the boys off to school, Danna showered and got dressed and met her sister, Amy, for lunch at a little café a few miles away. She told Amy the whole story and showed her the latest additions to her mouth while Amy just sat there wide eyed shaking her head. "Wow!" Amy finally responded taking a sip of her latte. "So you're getting braces for the second time nearly 20 after your first time?"
"Yup. Looks that way." Danna shrugged.
"You didn't want to look up Dr. Parker?" Amy asked jokingly.
"Uh no!" Danna exclaimed and they both laughed. When Amy was 14, it was determined that she was going to need braces and since Danna's orthodontist had done such a sub standard job and was almost certainly retired by then, their mother took her to Dr. Parker. A relatively young orthodontist with a new but very successful practice. He had much more modern training than Danna's first ortho and emphasized on not only straightening Amy's teeth but correcting her bite and facial profile which he did but Amy's treatment was much more extensive than Danna's ever was. She wore upper and lower braces nearly the entire time she was in high school. She had to wear headgear every night for nearly 3 years and elastics 24/7 for about a year after that. She got her braces off shortly before graduation but had to wear retainers full time for a year after that. Danna would accompany her on her ortho appointments every once in a while and it was occasionally brought up that she might need braces again but she quickly dismissed these suggestions. She felt she was far to old to be seen in braces and her parents couldn't really afford to have two kids in braces at the same time so it never got further than a polite suggestion.
"You know I still wear my retainers a couple nights a week." Amy said.
"You've gotta be kidding." Danna replied in disbelief.
"Nope. Your teeth really will move if you don't every now and then. I actually had to get a new bottom retainer about a year and a half ago. Mine broke."
"Wow. How long has it been since you got your braces off?" Danna asked. Amy thought for a minute.
"Oh Jeez. Like 12 years ago." Danna just shook her head and took a bite of her salad.
   The next couple days were fairly uneventful. Danna had some soreness from the spacers and found it uncomfortable to eat anything hard and took quite a bit of Tylenol over the next few days. Finally, Tuesday morning came. She got the boys ready for school like normal and Jim got ready for work and was about to leave. He took Danna in his arms and kissed her. "OK!" he said. "So, I'll see you tonight?" He smiled and rubbed his thumb on her chin.
"Yeah." She said softly, forcing a smile back. Then, for no real reason, she just started to cry. She felt so stupid getting this emotional over something as silly as getting braces but she couldn't help it. Jim Hugged her tightly and she hugged him back even tighter. He turned to the boys who were waiting by the door.
"Hey guys. I'll take you to school. Give Mom a little time to herself, ok?" They both yelled "Yeah!" running out the front door and piling into the cab of his pickup.
"Thanks Babe." she said wiping her eyes and rubbing his arm. He gave her a quick kiss and a wink.
"It'll be fine." he assured her.
"I know it will. I'm just being stupid. You know I cried the first time I got braces." she said giving him a smile. He laughed and hopped in his truck. She went to her closet and put on her black jeans, Chucks and her favorite old worn out Houston Rockets t-shirt. It was old and faded but it fit her perfectly and she always felt cute when she wore it. She would put that to the test today.
   She pulled into the parking lot of Dr. Brassard's office building and took one last look at her teeth in the mirror of her visor. "Well, here we go." she said to herself. She took the elevator up to the third floor and walked into his office. She signed in at the front desk and barely had time to sit down before Jenny emerged from the side door and said "Hi Danna! Great to see you. Come on back." Danna gave her a half smile and followed her to the back. First, Jenny took her to a sink next to the receptionists desk, handed her a new toothbrush and showed her where the toothpaste and floss were and told her to brush and floss real quick before they got started. Danna had obviously already done that before she came in but she complied.
   Then Jenny lead her to a room with three dental chairs and had her sit in the first one. The second one was empty and there was a boy, probably 12 or 13, in the third chair having his braces worked on by another one of the assistants. This didn't exactly make her feel any better. She already felt way too old to be getting braces and this was just confirming it. There were all kinds of tools and contraptions on the tray next to the chair Danna was seated in.
   Jenny put Danna's chair back and turned on the exam light. "How were your spacers? Any problems?"
"No." Danna said shaking her head.
"What about the permanent retainer? Getting used to it?" Danna had actually gotten used to it pretty quickly. She had been dreading getting braces so much that she had just kind of forgotten about it.
"It's fine." she said.
"That's good. Ok! Let's get those spacers out!" Jenny said excitedly. She took a dental scraper from the tray and popped them out one by one very quickly. Then she took two small metal rings with tiny horizontal tubes on one side from the tray and tried fitting them on Danna's back upper teeth. She wedged each of them on then removed them and made some adjustments and then wedged them back onto Danna's molars. She did this a couple of times then put some kind of glue on the inside of the rings and took a small, blue plastic stick with a wide rectangle on one side. She wedged the rings onto Danna's molars then had her bite on the wide side of the stick until the rings were in the correct position. Danna felt like she was going to break a tooth! Jenny noticed her wincing and said "I know. This part is kinda painful. Sorry. You ok?" Danna nodded.
   Next, Jenny took a cheek retractor and placed it in Danna's mouth. Then she positioned a suction wand in the corner of her mouth to keep everything dry. She cleaned Danna's teeth very thoroughly and waved what looked like a high tech hair dryer over Danna's mouth for about 30 seconds and said "This is just to keep everything totally dry before we put the glue on, ok?" Danna just nodded because she certainly couldn't speak with all this stuff in her mouth.
   Just then, Dr. Brassard walked in smiling with a positive energy about him just like before. He walked over to Danna and greeted her. "Hello! Well well well! I see you've started the party without me!" He chuckled gently shaking Danna's hand. He asked Jenny some technical questions that Danna didn't understand and took a quick look at Danna's mouth. He told Jenny everything looked fine and she could continue. Then he went over to the boy a couple of chairs down and began working on him. Making small talk about school and sports. Jenny began applying something to the front of Danna's upper teeth with what looked like a nail polish brush. After a few minutes, Jenny put down the little brush and said the doctor would be right over. A couple minutes later, Dr. Brassard said "All right Justin. You're good to go man! I'll see you next time." And the boy got up and an assistant lead him to the front.
    Dr. Brassard took off his gloves and washed his hands. Then sat down next to Danna and put on a pair of clean gloves and put his mask back over his face. He adjusted the exam light and lowered the chair slightly. "OK Danna. The hard part is pretty much over. I'm just going to glue these brackets on where they need to go and put on your wire and ligatures and we're all done for today. Sound good?" Danna nodded again still unable to talk or ask how long she was going to have to wear these damn things.
   He applied a small dab of glue on each of Danna's upper teeth and very carefully positioned each bracket. Then Jenny took a small blue light and cured the glue on each bracket. He then took a scrapper and removed any excess glue from each bracket. Then, finally took out the suction wand and cheek retractors. Danna immediately licked her lips and ran her tongue over the brackets. They felt HUGE and so weird. She finally had a chance to speak.
    "Uh Dr. Brassard?" she asked.
"Yes?"
"We didn't really discuss some of the details when I was here last. How long am I going to have to wear these?" she asked politely but with some obvious frustration in her voice.
"Oh! I'm sorry. I didn't mean to gloss over that. I'm not 100% sure though. It's going to depend on a few things. Adults teeth can be really stubborn sometimes so that's a problem we run into now and then but it's usually just one or two teeth. It also depends on you and how diligent you are about wearing your elastics and headgear once we start you on those. If everything goes smoothly and you wear your elastics and headgear as prescribed, I'd guess about 12 months." She could live with that. At least it wasn't 3 or four years like Amy's treatment. "Now I'm just going to put your arch wire in. Open please." Danna opened her mouth and he slid the wire into place making tiny bends in it here and there and secured it into the tiny tubes on her molar bands and used a tiny pair of wire cutters to clip the ends off. Then told Danna to feel around with her tongue and make sure nothing was poking her anywhere. She did and said it felt fine.
"Great. What color rubber bands do you want for your first day? We've got all the colors of the rainbow." He said holding up a small plastic box filled with all different color ligature. She thought for a minute.
"Um. Do you have clear? I don't think I want anything too crazy today."
"Of course." he said taking some clear ligatures from the box. He used the scrapper to apply one to each bracket. "All right. Are you ready?" he said holding a small mirror. Danna nodded and he handed her the mirror. She held it up and gave a wide grin. She was taken back for a second. It was a pretty dramatic change. They were SO shinny! Shinny and noticeable.
"I know it seems like a lot but you'll get used to it pretty quickly." he assured her.
"Well I actually had braces when I was in 5th grade." she said.
"Oh good!" he said smiling "Then you're already a pro at this!"
"I don't know about that." Danna replied.
"Don't worry. You'll do great and it'll be over before you know it. I'm gonna give you a month to get used to the braces and at your next appointment we'll put the spurs on your bottom incisors and get you started with your elastics. Then, the month after that, we'll get you started with your headgear, all right?"
"OK." Danna said giving a closed mouth grin.
"Great. I'll see you then." he shook Dana's hand and went down the hall to his next patient. Jenny gave Danna a small plastic bag and told her this was her braces care kit. There was a new toothbrush, toothpaste, orthodontic wax and some instructions on how to apply the wax, clean her new braces and a list of foods to avoid. Jenny showed her how to brush around her braces to prevent staining and how apply the wax. She told her that her teeth would probably start getting sore the next day but that it would go away in a couple of days and to just eat soft foods and take Tylenol until they felt better.
   Then she led her to the front desk where she made an appointment for the following month. Danna walked out into the waiting room and saw another teenage boy and girl waiting with their mothers. She quickly exited the office and made her way to her car. She threw down the visor and looked at her mouth for a long time. She felt she was back in 5th grade and just like back then, she began to cry. It was going tom be a long year. After a few minutes, she pulled herself together and headed home.

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Re: Danna Chapter 2
« Reply #1 on: 05. June 2019, 19:29:40 PM »
This is awesome! I love how well you're describing her embarrassment. Can't wait to read more.

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Re: Danna Chapter 2
« Reply #2 on: 05. June 2019, 20:37:29 PM »
I must also say the same thing as 'brims' in regards to enjoying the embarassment factor of her orthodontic work ; ) I cant wait to read more especially whe she is placed into headgear!!! Keep it up..

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Re: Danna Chapter 2
« Reply #3 on: 05. June 2019, 22:00:43 PM »
a great new chapter. Really awesome. Can't wait for the next part

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Re: Danna
« Reply #4 on: 06. June 2019, 03:56:51 AM »
I am really enjoying this story. I have added it to TheArchive.

I do have a request for you. When you post a new chapter, please just add it to the end of the last chapter as a reply. If you keep posting them as new messages, people are going to have to search for the previous chapters and they can be hard to find. When they are all part of the same thread, it is easy to find and read.


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Re: Danna Chapter 2
« Reply #5 on: 06. June 2019, 11:13:46 AM »
No problem.

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Re: Danna Chapter 2
« Reply #6 on: 06. June 2019, 12:22:59 PM »
Good story!

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Re: Danna Chapter 2
« Reply #7 on: 12. June 2019, 08:18:26 AM »
                                                                                    Chapter 3
   After Danna got home, she spent a few more minutes looking at her new braces. She wasn't thrilled with them but she figured a year of having a metal mouth was well worth a life time of straight teeth. She read through the pamphlet she'd gotten at Dr. Brassard's office. There were quite a few food restrictions, including some of her favorites like caramel and popcorn. "At least I'll loose some weight." she thought.
    Just then, her boys blasted through the front door fresh from the school bus, yelling and swinging their backpacks. She walked out of her room and greeted them. "Hello my angels!" she said taking them in her arms.
"Hi Mom!" they said in unison.
"All right. No point in beating around the bush." she thought. "Guess what I got today?" she said looking at them both.
"What?" they said in unison again. She gave them a giant grin revealing her new hardware. They both just stared for a few seconds and then, once again in unison just went "Whoaaaaa…"
"So what do you think?" she asked. They didn't say anything for a second. Then Michael, her oldest said "They look cool. Can we watch Sponge Bob?"
Danna smiled and rolled her eyes. "Yes you can." she said turning on the TV. She then began to clean up the kitchen and started on dinner. A couple hours later, she heard Jim pull up while the boys were playing in the front yard. She watched through the window as he wrestled with them for a couple of minutes before making his way to the front door. She was standing in the kitchen when he walked in.
"Hi!" he exclaimed with a wide grin.
"Oh hi." she said with a closed lip smile. He quickly put this stuff down by the door and walked over to her. He stood right in front of her and said "OK. Lemme see." she tilted her head back and gave him a wide smile. "Oh wow!" he said taking a close look and holding her chin between his thumb and fore finger. "They don't look bad, Babe. Do they hurt?"
"No. Not yet but they said in the next couple of days they'll get pretty sore. I kinda remember that being the case when I had them before." and they were right. The next evening, her teeth were quite sore and stayed that way for a couple of days. She ate mostly salads and sliced fruits with a few helpings of mac n cheese and mashed potatoes. Things she liked but not all the time.
    Thankfully, she made it through the next month without as many embarrassing situations as she thought. Being a woman in her 30's with braces didn't make her the freakish monster she had expected. She started to notice other adults with braces and found there were more than she thought. There were even a couple other moms with braces at the boys' school. There were a couple of incidences though. When she took the boys to Dr. Cooper's office for their 6 month check up, she of course noticed right away. "Oh! So I take it you went to see Dr. Brassard!" Dr. Cooper exclaimed wide eyed.
"Oh yes." Danna replied smiling.
"Let's take a look!" Dr. Cooper said, holding Danna's chin and examining her teeth. Danna grinned feeling somewhat embarrassed but since she was in a dental office, it wasn't that intrusive. After the boys examination, Danna handed the receptionist her insurance card and debit card to cover the co pay. After handing them back to her, the receptionist said "You know Danna, it's a good idea to come in for cleanings a little more often when undergoing orthodontic treatment to prevent staining and cavities under the wires and brackets. Every 3 or 4 months if possible."
"Oh, OK. I'll make an appointment for a cleaning in a couple of months." she said waving the boys out the door. That she said this was fine and totally justified. Dr. Cooper was her dentist and she had just gotten her braces but the receptionist announcing to the whole waiting room that she had new braces was something Danna certainly could have done without.
   A few days later, Danna and Jim went to a party at a friend's house. Everyone there was very polite and didn't say anything about the braces unless she brought them up first. Of course she got a few surprised stares but she was starting to get used to that. It happened a lot. When they got home later, their babysitter Julie commented "Oh hey Mrs. A! You got braces?!"
"Oh yeah. A couple of weeks ago."
"Cool. I got mine off last year. I just got to the point where I only have to wear my retainers at night. Thank God!" she said giving a patented teenage eye roll. Danna couldn't help but feel a little self conscience being at the beginning of her orthodontic treatment when her 17 year old babysitter had ended hers a year ago.
   Other than that, her first month in braces went by without incident and fairly quickly and it was time to return for her first adjustment. She made an appointment for 11 a.m. She did her normal morning routine getting Jim and the boys ready and then showered and dressed in a white ribbed sweater and black leggings. She admired her figure in the mirror for a second. "Huh. I think I have actually lost some weight! That's what happens when it hurts to eat." she thought.
   She arrived at Dr. Brassard's office and checked in. Luckily there were only a couple of other adults in the waiting room this time so she didn't feel so out of place even though none of them had braces. Another assistant opened the door to the back and called Danna's name. She introduced herself as Samantha and led her the big room and sat her in the chair on the far left side. She examined her teeth, complimented Danna on keeping everything clean and removed her ligatures and arch wire and told Danna she could go floss if she wanted. She never thought she would jump at the opportunity to floss. She walked to the little sink next to the reception desk and flossed vigorously. Those floss threaders were such a pain! A minute after she sat back down, Dr. Brassard came in.
"Hey hey!" he said with his usual exuberance. "How are you? How was the first month?"
"It was actually pretty uneventful." Danna said sounding pleasantly surprised.
"Oh that's great! Glad to hear it. Let's take a look." he said snapping on a pair of gloves and putting on his mask. While he was examining her teeth, Samantha brought in a tray with some tools and started working next to them. After a couple of minutes, Dr. Brassard lowered his mask and pushed his chair back.
"Well Danna, unfortunately your teeth are being somewhat stubborn. I was hoping they would be more cooperative but that's not the case." Dann's palms began to sweat. "We're going to put your spurs on now and start you on your elastics today and I'd like you to wear them 24/7 for the next month just to see how your teeth respond. Only take them out to eat and brush, OK?" Danna nodded, her stomach quivering. "Also, if it's not too much trouble, I'd like you to come in tomorrow so we can fit your headgear then. I'd do it today but I'm afraid I have a full schedule." Again, Danna just nodded. She knew the headgear was coming but she thought she would have more time to mentally prepare. He continued. "Also, I'm afraid my initial assessment of 12 months was a little short. Seeing how little your teeth have moved this last month, I think we're looking at closer to 16, maybe 18 months." This was NOT what Danna was expecting today but she put on a brave face and told him it was all right. "OK then, well let's get these spurs on!"
   He put in the cheek retractors and did the same drying process that Jenny had done the month before. He cleaned and polished Danna's bottom incisors and applied the glue. Then took the brackets out of a small plastic case from the tray and carefully positioned them and used the blue light to cure the glue. Then he made a few notes on her chart and spouted off some indecipherable number combinations to Samantha as she wrote them down and told Danna he would see her tomorrow and quickly walked down the hall and greeted his next patient. Samantha took a small plastic bag filled with tiny rubber bands and took two out. She handed a small mirror to Danna and told her to hold it up. She attached one of the elastics to Danna's new bottom bracket and stretched it to her top incisor and the tooth behind it in a triangle shape then did the same thing on the other side of her mouth.
"You see how these are supposed to go?" she asked pointing to the elastics. Danna examined it closely and nodded. Samantha reiterated what Dr. Brassard had said about the 24/7 wear time and gave her a couple extra bags of elastics and raised up her chair. "OK. Mel will make you an appointment for tomorrow. Have a good day." she said leading Danna to the front. Danna stood there feeling the new elastics with her tongue already noticing the pressure. She could definitely see some Tylenol in her future.
    She walked to the front and the receptionist told her the only appointment they had available the next day was at 8 a.m. Danna figured Jim could help a little with the boys' morning routine so she told her that would be fine. "Just a little tip." the receptionist said as Danna was about to leave "You might want to wear your hair up tomorrow. It makes it easier to fit the neck strap." Danna gave her a half smile and a barely audible "Thanks." as she walked out the door.

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Re: Danna Chapter 2
« Reply #8 on: 13. June 2019, 20:34:38 PM »
Another awesome installment. I'm psyched for the next chapter. Sounds like she's in for quite a lot!

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« Reply #9 on: 14. June 2019, 07:05:59 AM »
I am really enjoying this story. The element of the speed that the treatment happened and how she and her family are handling it is enjoyable. I have updated TheArchive with the latest chapter of this story.

It will be very interesting to see what happens next. Keep up the good work.


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Re: Danna Chapter 2
« Reply #10 on: 16. June 2019, 07:50:58 AM »
Thank you for a great story.

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« Reply #11 on: 18. June 2019, 16:39:41 PM »
This story is amazing. Can't wait for the next chapter. I'm really excited about the next installments