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(After you've read the first four chapters) What will happen at the braces installment?

Upper and bottom fixed expanders
33 (39.3%)
Upper fixed, bottom removable expanders
8 (9.5%)
Add an unexpected lip bumper
26 (31%)
Add unexpected bite blocks on molars
14 (16.7%)
Sarah sets the place on fire, races away in her car and continues her life on a desert island.
3 (3.6%)

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Offline hercimur

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Re: Story - Relax a little
« Reply #15 on: 22. July 2022, 01:19:14 AM »
Really anticipating the next chapter.  Can't remember a story that had me so engaged.  I'm sure I'm not alone.  No pressure intended  ;)  I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

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« Reply #16 on: 22. July 2022, 21:55:21 PM »
Thanks again everyone who commented and voted!! Now that I've access to the bracesstories part on the site, I see Sarah in a lot of stories. Whoops... Wasn't aware of that before. We can conclude Sarah's are born with misaligned teeth. Anyways, here we go with the next chapter... ;D

@retained Thanks!! I'll change the 'freezed', thanks for letting me know! Oh and didn't know about pirate Radio Caroline and Radio Veronica. Often they speak very fast on the radio I find, so congrats on learning some Dutch  ;D

@TimeandBrace Honestly, I don't think I'll put Sarah into headgear, but I do plan on elaborating on her previous experiences which includes headgear.

@corynnehunzyker Oh, that gives me an idea...  :) Nice to see you're so engaged in the story by the way!!

@hercimur Thanks for your compliment!  :) Next chapters will take a bit longer I expect, but I know what I want to write down, so that helps!




Chapter 6 – “So, what we’re going to do today is install your braces”

This time Thomas talked to the receptionist and Sarah followed him to the waiting room. There were more people now. Three teenagers in their late teens and a bunch of younger children with one of their parents around. Lastly there was an older woman, probably fifty years old, and when she smiled Thomas saw her brackets.

Thomas got up to get some books again, but Sarah took his hand and pulled his arm. Apparently she didn’t want him to leave now, so he sat down again and sighed.

Waiting was boring.

Thomas observed the kids in front of them. One had brackets as well and a younger child definitely needed brackets. His teeth stuck out of his mouth, even in rest mode.

He looked at Sarah again. She owned beautiful teeth and didn’t mind showing them. Her smiles were often toothy smiles and she happily laughed with her mouth wide open during parties.

These were her last minutes with an empty mouth. After this she would walk around with appliances for approximately more than a year. Appliances she couldn’t all take out.

Thomas felt sorry for her.

Sarah’s knee bounced up and down at a fast pace. She then spoke up: “Let’s just get it over with. It won’t be that bad right?” She nodded firmly. “I’ll just let it wash over me.”

Thomas's eyes got bigger. Did she really say this? Did she really go for it? Maybe his words from before made a change in Sarah or it was the fact that she couldn’t really escape her braces anymore, now that they were already at Davies’ surgery. Maybe she’d realized that she’d better just accept her faith.

Whatever made Sarah’s attitude towards her braces installment shift, Thomas was glad about it. He put his hand on her bouncing knee and smiled. “That’s the spirit. You’ll do great.”

Sarah smiled. A toothy smile, like usual. “Thanks.”



Not shortly after, the couple followed an older assistant, together with a Justin and a Kaylee and their parents. The assistant, named Sandra, directed them all to the right chairs. While the children found their way through the open space, Sarah and Thomas were brought to a private room situated in a hallway at the side of the main treatment area.

“Welcome, Miss Wilson,” the assistant said in a friendly manner.

Sarah smiled. “You can call me Sarah.”

Thomas looked around. The place was fairly small, white and bright with just one window at the ceiling. A blue chair was situated in the middle of the room and attached to it was a shiny white construction of a sink, a table with mechanical dental instruments and a lamp attached to it.

It was quite a unit to be honest.

Before Thomas could take in any more of the environment, they were asked to sit down. Thomas in a normal chair and Sarah in the treatment seat. She bravely shuffled her way into the chair. Her feet were already a bit up.

“How are you doing Sarah?” Sandra asked.

“Good, bit nervous.”

“No need for that, we’ll take care of you and take it step by step.” She briefly put a hand on Sarah’s shoulder. “So any plans for the holidays?” She asked and sat down on a stool pulling a movable table on wheels closer to her.

“We’re going to Italy,” Sarah happily said while looking at Thomas.

Sarah really was going for it! She seemed way calmer now and Thomas gave her a an encouraging wink.

“Italy..,” the assistant nodded cheerfully. She put her gloves on and started preparing some tools on a tray. “So lots of culture and beautiful, old towns to look forward to!”

“And pizza,” Thomas added.

“Oh, love pizza!” agreed the nurse.

Sarah chuckled a bit.

Well, this was a surprisingly relaxed start, Thomas found. He noticed that he had been sitting at the edge of his chair up until now as if he must rescue Sarah any moment. But he decided that he could sit back.

“So, what we’re going to do today is install your braces,” Sandra waited for Sarah’s acknowledgment and continued. “First, I’ll clean your teeth and get everything ready. Then Dr. Davies will come in and we will fit your braces, make sure the're comfortable and possibly make some adjustments. Then he’ll put them in and after that I will give some further instructions on how to wear them... how to take care of them etcetera.” 

Both youngsters nodded.

Didn’t sound too difficult. Just like Thomas and probably Sarah as well had expected.

Thomas tapped his armrest with his finger. “Sounds like a plan.”

“Any questions?” Sandra asked.

When no questions came up, the older lady tilted the chair back and only stopped when Sarah was laying fully horizontally. Then Sandra brought the horizontal chair up a bit, so she wouldn’t have to bend over as much. She asked Sarah to crawl upwards a bit so that her head was nicely laying on the headrest. Lastly she pulled the dental instrument tray that was attached to the unit closer, over Sarah’s body, so she could reach the tools she needed for cleaning.

Sarah crossed and uncrossed her feet a few times and did the same with her arms on her tummy.

Thomas took a deep breath in and out. He prayed Sarah could hold on to her calmness.

Though Sarah didn’t freeze, which was a good thing, she did follow all of Sandra’s movements with a watchful eye. She also gazed at the tray several times, that had been put just above her upper body.

You can do it Sarah, Thomas internally cheered.

“Do you like me to tell you what I’m doing whilst working? Or would you rather not?”

“Eh,” Sarah blinked her eyes, “I think so.”

“All right, let’s get started then! We want your teeth nice and clean before the braces go on, so I’m going to do some normal cleaning. Just like at the dentist, okay?”

That was good! Thomas thought. ‘Just like at the dentist,’ well… that was what Sarah could do. Easy peasy…

And…it turned out to be exactly that. The cleaning went pretty well. The sound of the drill was unpleasant and a few times Sarah’s cheek stuck to the suction device that vacuumed all the water from the drill. But Sarah didn’t seem startled by it.

It gave Thomas the opportunity to study the cupboards and the movable table. It contained a metallic tray with lots of tools. Some wires and a little plastic. The plastic form Thomas recognized as an expander. Would that be Sarah’s? It looked quite an appliance.

Suddenly the door opened.

“Well, look who’s in here!” Dr. Davies clapped his hands. “Family Wilson. Good to see you.” The tall man walked around, padded Thomas on his back and took place at a stool next to Sandra.

Somehow the energy in the room changed. Thomas tried to ignore it, but found that all he could think about was that the moment Sarah got her braces was incredibly close now.

“I see you’re almost done cleaning, Sandra. Have you talked through what we're going to do today?”

Sandra explained a little and Dr. Davies said hi to a laying Sarah.

Immediately the girl picked up her habit of crossing and uncrossing her limbs, like she couldn’t find a comfortable position to stay in.

Why did dentists always have to say hi at moments when patients couldn’t respond? Thomas got a bit frustrated, but kept his cool.

After Sandra finished cleaning, she engaged in what looked like preparing tools for the braces installment. Meanwhile Dr. Davies took the lead.
“So Sarah, we’re about to fit your expanders. Have you already spotted them?”

Sarah shook her head and licked her lips, like they were a bit sore from having been open during the cleaning.

“Okay, so here they are,” Davies grabbed two pieces from the movable tray. “This is your upper expander. You see the acrylic on the sides? That’s going to cover your molars.”

Thomas creased his brow. The thing looked massive. Different from the example Dr. Davies had shown during their first appointment which didn’t have any plastic on it. Was this whole thing going into Sarah’s relatively small mouth?

“It’s called a bonded expander which is a bit different from a banded expander. The acrylic makes sure your whole jaw is going to expand, instead of only your molars tipping to the sides. Plus, it will help to close your open bite. Which is what we want to achieve don’t we?”

The next part of the explanation Thomas couldn’t follow, because Sarah started breathing faster. Where her belly had moved a bit earlier, now her chest was rising and falling at a faster pace.

Because of his soccer experience and Sarah’s previous explanations about breathing, Thomas knew that abdominal breathing was way better for relaxation than chest breathing. It allowed deeper and steadier breathing.

Which Sarah obviously was not thinking about.

“- it’s removable. So you can take it out for cleaning and for important meetings at work. That was important to you as I remember. Though try to wear it as much as you can. So the appliance can do its job.”

This was a lot of info.

A lot.

Bonded. Tipping molars. Open bite…

What did all of that mean?

Thomas had already missed a part of Davies’ lecture and the bits that had reached his ears he didn’t think he would be able to recall.

Apparently Sandra noticed the overwhelming amount of information as well. “Let’s just fit it, shall we? We can go through all details after. I’ll give you a step by step explanation of how to use it. Don’t worry.”

Okay.

So this was it then.

Dr. Davies adjusted the lamp above Sarah’s head to make the light shine directly onto Sarah’s lips. He put a mask over his nose and mouth and got his dental mask with a small lamp and magnifying glasses.

With a pedal he adjusted the chair to his own liking.

Thomas watched Sarah go up a bit. She almost touched the tray above her belly.

He wondered what she was thinking. Was she thinking about the expanders that she’d just seen for the first time? Was she focusing on her toes? Was she imagining walking through the Colosseum in Rome? Or was she thinking about the removable appliance she apparently had to wear all the time?

He couldn’t figure it out.

Sarah was gazing at the ceiling. Pokerfaced.

She got a lip spreader which looked funny and Thomas would have commented on it if the situation had been different.

“Okay, can you open for me?”

Thomas watched as Sarah obeyed and Davies, together with Sandra, checked her teeth out.

“Can you move your chin up a bit?”

Again Sarah followed orders.

“Well done. Sandra, could you pass me the upper palatal expander?”

While Sandra tackled the complicated wire-and-plastic apparatus, Sarah began wiggling her feet and toes more and more.

“I’ve asked the lab to let it cover her deciduous canine to the second deciduous molar. Maybe I need to adjust the surface. Can you hand me the- ”

It took a lot of professional jargon to get the device into Sarah’s mouth. Thomas could see it was uncomfortable. Sandra had to ask Sarah to open even wider than she already did and when the expander was in place, Sarah had her eyes shut and her nose scrunched up.

Davies held the device into place and moved Sarah’s head around slightly. “Perfect. Can you bite down? Slowly?”

When Sarah had her teeth together Davies gently took her jaw and brought her head to the left side, inspecting her molars. He did the same on the right side.

Sarah let it all happen, let it all wash over her, like she had told Thomas in the waiting room. However, she looked very tense. Muscles held tight and all.

“Let me scrape away a bit of acrylic on the left side.”

After Dr. Davies had taken the appliance out for adjustments, Sarah opened her eyes. Like she had just been for a swim, taken a deep dive into the ocean and reached the surface again.

“You’re doing well,” Sandra said.

Another dive into the ocean started. This time it took less long and when Davies took the plate out, he seemed satisfied with the result.
The procedure was repeated with the bottom expander. Thomas learned that the bottom expander was less wide, but seemed more plastic than the upper one.

At some point it clicked into Sarah’s mouth.

Sarah immediately recoiled, but couldn’t really step back as she was laying in the chair and Davies hand was still holding the device in her mouth.

“Easy, sweetheart. It’s okay. It’s just clicked into place,” Sandra told her. “That’s a good sign!”

Within a second Davies took it out. “It all fits properly. I see no issues.” He places the expander back on the metallic tray. “Ready to start, Sarah?”

As if they hadn’t started yet, Thomas thought. This was quite the adventure already.

Thomas put his chair a little closer to Sarah, so her hand was within reach in case he was needed.



Sort of braces time? But almost, almost, almost real bracestime…


Offline corynnehunzyker

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Re: Story - Relax a little
« Reply #17 on: 22. July 2022, 23:12:01 PM »
congratulation, very interesting proceeding!

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Re: Story - Relax a little
« Reply #18 on: 23. July 2022, 00:36:52 AM »
I make this suggestion to all the writers. Use a good spellchecker while you are writing your stories. It makes it easier to catch the mistakes as you write.

I recommend the free version of Grammarly. Sparky. m1090y and I write our stories using a variety of programs such as Word, OpenOffice, Google Docs, and Grammarly. It is easier to do it that way and then copy and paste it to the Forum. I also offer to proofread each chapter before it gets posted to catch any spelling mistakes that may slip through. Even the best writers miss things when they proofread their stories. Feel free to ask for help if you feel you would like it. There are a few of us that are willing to help, just ask.

I'm really enjoying your story. Keep going.

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Re: Story - Relax a little
« Reply #19 on: 23. July 2022, 01:10:24 AM »
congratulation, very interesting proceeding!

Thanks!  :D

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Re: Story - Relax a little
« Reply #20 on: 23. July 2022, 01:19:32 AM »
I make this suggestion to all the writers. Use a good spellchecker while you are writing your stories. It makes it easier to catch the mistakes as you write.

I recommend the free version of Grammarly. Sparky. m1090y and I write our stories using a variety of programs such as Word, OpenOffice, Google Docs, and Grammarly. It is easier to do it that way and then copy and paste it to the Forum. I also offer to proofread each chapter before it gets posted to catch any spelling mistakes that may slip through. Even the best writers miss things when they proofread their stories. Feel free to ask for help if you feel you would like it. There are a few of us that are willing to help, just ask.

I'm really enjoying your story. Keep going.

Thank you for the suggestion and offer to help! I write in Word and I've now put this chapter in Grammarly and corrected some mistakes. I'll try to do the same with upcoming chapters. Hopefully, the mistakes don't bother readers too much. I'm not a native speaker, so writing English is quite challenging already.

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Re: Story - Relax a little
« Reply #21 on: 23. July 2022, 01:53:54 AM »
You are doing just fine. Even the writers like Sparky, m1090y and I can use a little help from time to time. If we all help each other, we all get better at writing.

You write very well and have an interesting idea for a story. Being able to write in more than one language is impressive, and to write as well as you do is amazing.

The more that you write, the better that you will get.

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Re: Story - Relax a little
« Reply #22 on: 23. July 2022, 05:50:03 AM »
I am really enjoying this story. Very well though out and written, excellent work.

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« Reply #23 on: 26. July 2022, 17:53:52 PM »
Good job!

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Re: Story - Relax a little
« Reply #24 on: Today at 02:23:18 »
Great story????????????????????????