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« Reply #15 on: 08. November 2020, 16:22:07 PM »
chapter 6.

The big day was here.  I didn’t know what to expect other than I had a ton of work things to do this morning in prep for our big meeting this afternoon. I got ready and headed out the door taking one big look at myself smiling in the mirror.  Not like I knew anything might come about after today but figured it couldn’t hurt but look.  I stopped at the coffee shop again to see my new friend behind the counter smiling big again revealing all her teeth, ever so particularly tied in with each other with a series of wires.  I smiled and asked do they bother you a lot? She kinda just looked at me as I awkwardly pointed to my mouth.  She laughed realizing what I was talking about and said oh no you get used to them. I grabbed my coffee and headed out to the office.  I worked my way to my desk and settled in beginning to get everything planned out for the day.  I was anxious but knew I had to stay focused.  The morning seemed to crawl and I found myself begging to get nervous.  I was at the point of sheer excitement to an almost pit in my stomach to the point that I didn’t want to eat.  I had an hour till the appointment and it seemed to take forever.  I tied a few loose ends together and gathered some of my things stopping in to see Joe before I headed out.  I popped up and said I had to run and that id see him this afternoon and flashed him a big smile as he nodded me goodbye.  Would this be the last time he saw my teeth like this?

The trip to the orthodontist office seemed like forever.  I felt like my heart was pounding out of my chest.  Was it the uncertainty of my demise? The thought of what my new look could be like? The thought of him saying everything is fine and send me on my way. I felt it could have gone any which way and it was only a matter of time. I was now standing in front of the office and I walk in glaring right at the receptionist in front of me. I walk up and introduce myself stating that I have an appointment.  She hands me a clipboard with some forms and instructs me to have a seat and fill them out.  I sit down and glance around at the few people in the waiting room.  It seemed to be mostly kids and one other young adult I would say in his early 20’s. He saw me looking and I have kind of a half ass smile.  He gave me an awkward smile back revealing that he had braces and didn’t seem quite too confident with them.  They called 2 of the people waiting back as I was finishing up my forms.  I handed those in and was instructed that they would be with me shortly.  My mind is all over the place doing circles in head.  My name gets called by a girl from the back room revealing her beaming perfect smile.  She escorts me towards a chair similar to the one I sat in 2 days ago for my cleaning saying the doctor will be with me shortly. My legs are shaking when I see a man who seems to be my age roll next to me in his chair introducing himself.  He too like my dentist seems to have a very calming and relaxed attitude.  He makes a little small talk and asks what brought me in here and what I was look to do.  I responded saying I was new to the area and recently had a dentist appointment where he stated my arches were a little narrow therefore my bite not lining up as it should be.  He asked if I had any prior orthodontic work done to which I declined.  He said my teeth looked in pretty great shape for not having much movement corrected.  He then leaned my chair back and asked me to open up while he could take a look.  I went through the same procedure as earlier getting his fingers felt all through my mouth and having my bite down multiple times over and over.  It didn’t seem to take long before the chair was already working its way back upright.  He basically concurred with what my new dentist had said and had the assistant take me over for some X-Rays.  He explained they will do some quick scans and then meet in his office to discuss a plan.  I followed the assistant to another room where I got more X-Rays taken as well as my mouth stretched to what seemed like places it didn’t wanna go for some pictures.  This wrapped up and made my way to his office where he was looking at my X-Rays.  He had me take a seat at his desk as I sit right in front of a display of teeth all covered in various types of braces and appliances.  He glances up at me and says so would you like the bad news or the bad news??

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Re: Story- Taste of metal in my mouth
« Reply #16 on: 08. November 2020, 18:41:29 PM »
Double bad news.... Bad for her, good for us.

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Re: Story- Taste of metal in my mouth
« Reply #17 on: 08. November 2020, 20:29:26 PM »
He will tell her that he needs braces and 30 more braces or he will find that she wants the braces just for fun.

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Re: Story- Taste of metal in my mouth
« Reply #18 on: 09. November 2020, 17:48:32 PM »
Great job, looking forward to reading the next chapters!

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« Reply #19 on: 12. November 2020, 03:16:36 AM »
Chapter 7.

I sat there pretty stone faced when he turns his computer monitor showing my X-Rays.  He shows where my teeth are positioned and how they narrow out in the back of my mouth.  He explains that this is how my teeth have always been and is usually tried to correct by widening the jaw in younger patients.  He stated this obviously didn’t occur with me and my teeth have kinda stayed in position since.  He took a model out and showed how my bite is supposed to line up vs how mine actually is.  He did agree that looking at my teeth from the front you would never know there were any issues, but where my teeth are right now are causing problems and will continue to unless corrected.  He could tell I was trying to take the info in and process it. The biggest question going on in my head over the last few days was now my main focus and I basically blurted it out.  How do we fix this and what are my benefits?  He chuckled and said well your benefits are a nice healthy smile, while includes a good and healthy bite with no issues down the road.  Getting there is where it takes some time.  I swallowed trying to gauge how I was feeling.  He could tell I wasn’t too familiar with a lot of the terminology he was using. He pulls out another model with perfect teeth and points to all my molars.  He starts with the upper and says we need to widen all of your upper molars. In your case we would fit you with an expander which goes across the roof of your mouth and is going to attach to bands that go completely around your first premolars and first molars. He explained that it is used to try and widen the palate and get your upper molars to where they need to be bite down correctly with your lower molars.  I was following him and seemed to make sense to me.  He goes back to the tooth model and now points at my lower teeth.  He exclaims that we need to do the same with my lower molars and expand them out a little further so they will then be in the proper position to line up with my upper teeth.  This too seemed to make sense to me yet didn’t know exactly how this would all get done specifically.  He puts the tooth model down and then lifts up the one right in front of me that I seemed to glance down to throughout this conversation.  He says last but certainly not least, your molars will be shifting around and now we need to align everything together and close some of the gaps the expanders will create.  We do this using braces and for your specific case I wouldn’t recommend anything other than these, the metal braces almost identical to the ones my roommate sported throughout a year of college.  At this point the words resonated through my head and I began feeling flushed.  He began describing many other things that just seemed to go in one ear and put the other.  I heard him say I know its a big commitment but will be worth it in the end and turns out your new insurance will cover a good portion of the cost.  I ask what now to which he says well we agree on the treatment plan, put a down payment down, and figure out when you want to begin.  My juices were flowing back to the thoughts circulating in my head the night before and I blurt out lets do it.  I ask what’s next to which he says I would need to come back and get some molds taken for the appliances and spacers put in to make room in my teeth for the bands.  The appointment had taken less time than I had imagined and I joked asking if we could start today before I change my mind.  He laughed back and said if you wish stating that it shouldn’t take long.  He escorted me out to the chair and discussed with the assistant the plan of action.  He came back over and explained the process one more time ensuring that I was onboard.  He did make it a point to say that while my mouth is quite narrow right now, the appliances are going to feel extremely bulky in the beginning and assured me that I was still on board. I agreed and rested my head back in the chair.  The assistant completed the molds taking them away and dropped a handful of what looked like blue cheerios on a little moveable table next to me.  The assistant explained that these go on each side of the teeth that are going to be banded and that I will feel a fair amount of pressure.  I complied and looked over briefly trying to count how many I was about to get stuck between my teeth.  I count 12 and think there’s no way all of those are going on but I do as I’m told and lay my head back.  Sure enough I can feel one by one them getting stuck between my teeth.  I sit up and she hands me a mirror showing them and giving a quick run down on how they work.  I can immediately feel the pressure and can’t say I completely hate it. As Im looking in the mirror I can see them clear as day.  8 on the top, and 4 on the bottom.  I can’t say they were as discreet as I would have imagined but what was I going to do.  I got up and worked my way to the door to meet with the receptionist one last time.  She instructed me that they will call me when my appliances come in and to allow a few hours for my next appointment.  I agreed and headed out the door thinking the process has just begun.

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Re: Story- Taste of metal in my mouth
« Reply #20 on: 15. November 2020, 01:37:29 AM »
Good story.  I like the build up and the mixed (?) emotions.  Please continue.

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« Reply #21 on: 15. November 2020, 12:34:37 PM »
Interesting story... Looking forward what will happens next in her treatment plan

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« Reply #22 on: 15. November 2020, 15:06:31 PM »
Chapter 8.

I was on my way back to work as pressure began amongst my molars, while also feeling an empty stomach feeling wondering what exactly did I just get myself into.  Do I tell people what I am doing or do I just go for the surprise approach.  Why didn’t I even ask if there were other options or anything a little less noticeable.  Im realizing I was so caught up in the idea of having braces and everything surrounding them that it drowned out all of my thoughts.  I let my emotions control, not even realizing I have an extremely sociable job with a big high roller who ultimately uses me as a reflection on him.  How do I explain to him that he wanted me for a position for me to look the part that I did so well throughout my whole adult life.  I knew I had to tell him but how and what would he say.  I channeled those thoughts and walked back into the office putting my bag down and begin finalizing a few things before our meeting.  The meeting was with a few prospective clients and I sat in to take notes for this one and work out the timing for some of their proposals. I walked in the office saying hi to Joe and giving him a few papers that I had prepared before the meeting.  He kinda looked at me funny asking what I had for lunch.  I exclaimed that I didn’t end up having anything I Jut had to run out for an appointment during my lunch break.  He replied saying, “Oh alright.  It looks like you have some blue stuff stuck in a few of your teeth”. I began to blush saying yeahhh I kinda would like to talk to you about something if that’s alright.  Right as I said this some clients began walking in and we stood up greeting the new arrivals.  The meeting went a bit better than expected and I could specifically notice one of the guys paying a large interest in me.  I noticed him always trying to take look at me and kinda shoot me a stare.  Was he staring at my mouth? Or was it the fact that I had a top on that might have seemed to fit a lot more conservatively at home then it did at the office.  The meeting wrapped up and they all departed looking to review the topics discussed and meet up again to make a business decision that wold hopefully work out for everyone.  Joe turned back to me apologizing for our conversation getting cut off and asked what I had to tell him.  I basically froze not even knowing how to tell him or even what to tell him for that matter.  All I could blurt out was “drinks after work”?  He laughed and agreed and said you really have a way with words.  It was shortly before the day was over and Joe came out ready to go signaling to me to come on.  We’re make this an early day.  I wasn’t gonna argue with that and gathered my things and we headed out. 

We made out way out of the office headed towards the sports bar a few blocks away.  He was making casual small talk with me about how the meeting went and all I could feel was my teeth beginning to throb.  Ive never felt my teeth so sore and began pushing my tongue on my teeth as I began to feel more pain.  I began to think about all this soreness from 12 mini rubber bands, what’s it gonna be like when these bands getting replaced with something a little stronger.  We headed up towards the bar and figured I needed something a little strong to help with the pain and my confidence to tell my boss his assistant is about to look like a 14 year old girl.  I ordered a vodka drink and began talking about work and the plans for the rest of the week. He interrupted saying how about we talk about something other than work.  He said you have something to tell me and you are scared to say it.  He smiled saying I know I haven’t worked with you long but don’t worry I’m trying to figure out. He looked right at me and said so why don’t you talk to me about those little guys that you’ve had stuck in your teeth since lunch time that my little sister had back when she was in high school.  I was almost frozen and didn’t really know what to say as he sat there with a smirk on his face like he just figured me out.  I really didn’t know how to sugar coat so I took a big sip of my drink and said I have to get braces.  I apologized and said apparently you realize things you don’t know when you go to new dentists and I’m not exactly looking forward to it (which was kind of a lie).  He just chuckled saying its no big deal and he’s not gonna judge.  I continued to apologize and express my concerns about looking the best for the park and how I didn’t have many options and began to kinda ramble on.  He put his hand on me and said relax.  I want to work with you as a person, not with how you look.  That made me feel better and safer that I wouldn’t have to worry about him tossing me to the curb for how I look.  He ordered me another drink before we wrapped it up.  I apologized again and he ensured me not to worry.  We walked out to go our separate ways and him telling me that there’s a dinner on Thursday of next week with the clients from today to finalize a few things so try and keep your calendar open.  We both smiled and went our separate ways.

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« Reply #23 on: 17. November 2020, 16:42:39 PM »
Chapter 9

The remainder of the week was rather uneventful and the pain in my teeth more or less subsided.  Now I just felt like they were annoying as it felt like I was constantly biting on something chewy. I was sitting at my desk when my phone rang, I glanced down seeing it was the ortho office calling me.  I picked it up with them saying my appliances will be in on Monday and to schedule an appointment to begin.  I figured I could make Tuesday work since the morning would be slow.  They jotted me down for 9 am and told me to expect approximately 2 hours.  I hung up and thought to myself how in 4 days, I’m going to look like a totally different person.  My thought of braces began swirling in my head again and I pull out my phone and decided to google expanders.  I didn’t know much about them other than what was explained but figured id do some reading up on them.  It for sure looked pretty intense and beginning to read about everyone needing to learn how to speak again because they could cause a lisp began to worry me.  I think about this dinner on Thursday and realize that all eyes for the meeting are gonna be directed at my mouth.  It was nerve-racking but realized there’s nothing I can do.  Whats going to get done is going to get done.

The weekend came and went and here I was back in the office on Monday stressing about tomorrow.  Tomorrow was the big day whether I liked it or not.  I had Joe about what was going on since I needed to make sure I could take a few hours off in the morning.  I tried not to dwell on it and surprisingly found the day to go by rather quickly.  I began wrapping up my things and popping in his office to say goodbye.  I said goodbye and tried making humor out of the idea saying to make sure you say goodbye to these teeth too.  He had a good personality and chuckled.  He joked saying not to worry, honestly with technology nowadays I’m sure you’ll barely be able to see them.  I didn’t really know what to make of that and left.  I headed home thinking of what he said when it dawned on me.  I never told him the extent of my treatment by any means.  For all he knows I might be getting Invisalign and trying to be as discreet with them as possible. There was nothing I could do now and walked in my front door, dropped my things and settled in for the night.  I relaxed knowing tomorrow will be a totally different story.  i brushed my teeth and flossed knowing this would be the last time for a while that something like this would become so effortless and easy.  I took a long look in depth at my teeth and a deep breath knowing this is it.  Tomorrow is the day.

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« Reply #24 on: 17. November 2020, 17:03:08 PM »
good story, looking forward to the next part :)

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« Reply #25 on: 19. November 2020, 02:46:38 AM »
Really enjoying it. The shock for her boss but also probably for her is a thrill. Nice when somebody doesn’t know too much then suddenly realised they’re in too deep
I can’t wait for more, thanks for sharing with us.

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« Reply #26 on: 20. November 2020, 04:09:59 AM »
Chapter 10

The big day was here and got up nice and early.  I had to think about what to wear.  Part of me was saying something comfortable yet had to look somewhat presentable for work after.  Decided on a nice black dress with some comfy flats.  I figured I had a good excuse today if I looked kinda crummy.  The butterflies were setting in big time as I worked my way to the bathroom again examining my teeth one last time.  I ran my finger over my teeth feeling how smooth they were and how smooth they weren’t gonna be in just a few short hours.  I gathered my things and knew this was it.  I headed out on my way to get braces.  The trip to the ortho office seemed like it took forever.  I starred at the door thinking what did I do.  Before allowing myself to think I walked straight in and said to myself lets get this show on the road.  I walked in and headed to the receptionist.  She gave me a big smile asking if I was ready for my big day.  I replied as ready as I’ll ever be and she escorted me back into one of the chairs.  The assistant came over introducing herself again and placing a bib around my neck also asking if I’m ready for a big day.  She said the doctor would be right over and to make myself comfortable.  The butterflies in my stomach were going crazy and couldn’t believe what I was about to do.  Anybody who knew would be shocked to see me about to endure what going to happen.  The girl who naturally seemed to have everything so easy was about to look like a middle schooler.  I glance over at the table next to the chair and I see what looks like the mold they took of my teeth.  Looking at it I could see the bands he was talking about.  4 bands on top with 2 at the bottom.  I sat there smiling while putting my finger on the tooth that would be banded and thought to myself, yup that’s gonna be very noticeable when I smile.  I could see what looked like a button on the outside of the band that would go around my premolar as well as a button on the outside of my lower band.  seconds later here comes the ortho rolling over saying good morning and picking up the molds of my teeth.  He pulled them apart and explained to me exactly what they are and what they would be doing.  He started with the lower showing me the bands that will go around my rear molars and the bars that come together into a screw mechanism that will sit behind my lower bottom teeth.  Next was the upper and showed me the 4 bands with metal all going into another mechanism that he explained would sit along the roof of my mouth.  Between the molar bands were also bars connecting that alongside the inside of my teeth.  This would be used to push all my molars out evenly.  He explained that my mouth is going to feel very full but will get used to it and my speech should return to normal with practice.  I had to admit I was feeling a bit nervous, as the appliances looked pretty intense.  He said lets get them fitted and will be the worst part of today and then see where were at.  The chair began to recline and I knew this was the last time feeling my empty mouth.

The assistant came over as well and removed my spacers.  She grabbed a cheek retractor keeping my mouth open and my tongue back.  She grabbed the upper expander and placed it in my mouth checking the fit.  It felt very tight trying to go in and was extremely tight trying to get the bands to go over all my molars.  After a few attempts and adjustments it seemed to fit good for them.  They left it in my mouth and grabbed the lower one and began fitting that in.  Luckily this one seemed to have a lot less adjustment and seemed to fit quite good for them after only 2 attempts.  She removed the cheek retractor and I could feel it for the first time.  Holy Shit.  I immediately thought to myself, where does my tongue go and what happened to my mouth.  I felt around at my new hardware and boy was in intense.  He wasn’t kidding about it feeling huge in my mouth.  The doc came over and asked how it felt to which my reply was nothing short of gibberish.  Holy Crap I couldn’t even make out sentences clearly.  This is going to take some getting used too.  He had me open up and bite a few times over checking the fit and making sure everything was ok.  He seemed content and instructed the assistant to go ahead and cement them in.  The cheek retractors went back in and out the expanders came.  From here on out they would be permanently in my mouth.  I had to think about that and realize there was no ‘I’m sick of this and need a break for a few hours’.  There was no going back.  I laid back as I repeated the process one last time after a nice thorough cleaning of all my teeth.  The expanders were placed and cured in place. With my mouth still wide open I would feel a paintbrush on all my teeth.  The assistant said they were cleaning them extra good to help with the glue.  I rested back closing my eyes feeling vulnerable as I could feel something getting pushed on each of my bottom teeth one by one.  They worked around my bottom teeth and out came a light to harden them all in place.  She grabbed the cheek retractor and slowly pulled it out of my mouth.  Again I got the feeling like what is going on in my mouth.  I could now not only feel the lack of space in my whole lower teeth, I could now feel the brackets glued to each of my bottom teeth.  The doctor asked me how I was feeling and if I wanted to stop here and give me some time to adjust or finish off today and place my upper brackets.  To be honest I felt like at this point I was so far invested, I didn’t wanna have to go back and redo the process so I mumbled back to just keep going and finish off.  The temptation was killing me and I asked to see a mirror.  The assistant handed it to me and if I wasn’t shocked enough just feeling everything going on.  I was now when I saw it.  I couldn’t believe how visible everything was.   The molar bands around my premolars with the gigantic buttons sticking out just looked intense.  Couple that with the lower expander and that alone was enough going on to be like she has some serious dental issues.  I placed the mirror between my legs as the chair began reclining back. They worked on my upper teeth one by one putting the brackets.  I could feel them all and decided to take one last look.  All I could see was metal with the exception of my front freshly whitened 6 teeth.  One by one they slowly disappeared behind a piece of metal getting cemented to my teeth.  I couldn’t believe what I saw.  You could barely make out that there was any white left in my mouth behind all the metal. They cured all the cement and I was officially a braceface. The lip spreaders came out as the assistant asked what color I wanted.  I decided to keep it to silver and they laced the wire in-between all my brackets tying them off with a silver ligature.  I could slowly feel the tension and pressure build as each tooth was tied down. Id be lying to say for whatever reason that I didn’t slightly enjoy the pressure slowly being created. They finished tying everything in and sat me down to go over everything. The orthodontist rolled over to my side asking how everything felt and I couldn’t help but mumble out a few words. He assured me that the speech would improve significantly with practice yet could still give you a bit of trouble due to the lower expander. It was a bit late to consider my next question but I asked how long all of this would take. He began to explain that due to me being an adult and my palates being primarily fused together that we would have to do thinks more gingerly and cautiously. He said if all goes well we hope to slowly complete expansion over about 6 months. While this is going on we will slowly be adjusting your bite into a more optimal position. Once expansion is complete we like to keep everything in place for at least another 6 months to ensure no relapse. We’ll begin shifting your teeth around for about the next 2 years and leave you with a perfect smile. There’s always chances we may need to alter the treatment as things progress but will deal with that when the time comes. He pulled at a key and showed me how to begin turning the expander. I was to turn the upper every week while the lower one every other week. He showed me how to insert the key and push back to begin the expansion. Immoderately I could feel even more intense pressure among all of my upper molars. He moved to the lower and could as well feel significant pressure. He handed me the key and said we will see you in about a month to see how you’re making out and if you’ll be ready for a few extras. I stood up trying to lick my cracked dry lips as they could barely even make it over my teeth. I made my way to the receptionist to schedule my next appointment as she did her best to understand the words I attempted to say. I got my appointment card and hung my head walking out the door. I pulled out my phone and looked at the camera to check out my new smile. A sea of metal across my whole mouth. The intense pressure within my mouth and closing my lips only to find that my lips couldn’t go over the giant brackets and premolar bands. There was no hiding them. I snapped a picture to save the moment as a text comes through the top of my phone. It was my boss saying dinner has moved to tonight. Does that work for you? Did I even have a choice as I walk outside with nothing but a mouth full of pain and the distinct taste of metal filling my mouth.

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« Reply #27 on: 21. November 2020, 00:05:05 AM »
That was a great chapter.  I eagerly awaiting an update and it didn't disappoint  8)

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« Reply #28 on: 24. December 2020, 03:48:56 AM »
Can't wait for the next installment!