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Chapter 2

One week later

It was Friday afternoon and we were headed to the orthodontist’s office.

Since the previous week, my wife hadn’t talked much about any of this leading up to today. We both saw this appointment as a minor annoyance. On the way, she did ask me if I thought she would be in pain.

In my experience, retainers weren’t that bad, and since they could be taken out, it wasn’t that big of a deal. Coming out of last appointment, it seemed like her retainers would just need to be worn at night, so there wasn’t much to worry about, she said.

We arrived, checked in and waited a few minutes. We both had appointments for 4 p.m. though they were running a little behind. We went ahead and paid for our treatment, since we had a few extra minutes. We opted to pay in cash, which actually gave us an additional 15 percent discount.

At 4:15, we were both called back and this time led to a more public, working area of the office. Six chairs lined a pairs of huge windows that overlooked the busy road outside. We were told sit in two chairs on the end. The office was fairly quiet and not too busy given that it was a Friday afternoon.

The same assistant that we had seen before got started on Sara while I sat watching, waiting for someone to give me my replacement retainers. I looked over towards my wife and I noticed two appliances sitting in a model of her teeth on the small table attached to her examination chair. Interestingly, the assistant started to attach bands to her back two molars on top and bottom.

“You will hardly notice these, but they will anchor the appliances and hopefully make your teeth move a little bit faster,” the assistant said.

As that started, another assistant, an older, slightly overweight woman, threw on some gloves and leaned my chair back.

“Hi Mark…I see we made you some retainers.”

“Yes,” I remarked, adding on a lame joke about how my teeth had moved a little bit and it was free so here we were.

Before I put those in your mouth, I’m going to put some small, clear build-ups on a couple other your teeth in back to help these stay in place,” she said.

This was different than before, but they had said we would try to move a couple of teeth. That whole process took about 10 minutes and I went to rinse. Other than feeling them slightly, I hardly noticed them. They were just back on my molars.

At this point, Sara was still having the bands placed.

I went back to the chair and laid down and my assistant started to try in my retainers. They were Hawley- style, but the metal bar had a clear acrylic around it and there were a couple of springs on the inside.

At this point, Dr. Sandusky had appeared and slipped the bottom retainer in first and then quickly the upper.

“Bite down,” she said.

I immediately sensed the increase of saliva and the clunkiness of the acrylic on the inside of my mouth. This was a feeling that I had not missed.

For the next several minutes, she made several minor adjustments to the appliances, which were the standard pinkish red acrylic. When she was finally satisfied, I felt a subtle but constant pressure on both arches of my teeth. This was from the small springs that differentiated this from my retainers of the past.

“How do those feel?” she asked.

“Fine,” I responded, as I could sense the lisp.

As she was putting my chair upright, I noticed that Sara had left to go rinse. They were evidently done with the installation of her bands. I was happy that I at least not have to deal with that, or the horrible glue taste that came along with the process.

“Mark, I want you to start wearing these 12-16 hours per day,” the doctor said, as I looked at her confused. “For meals, you should take them out, but feel free to leave them in for snacking.”

“Not just to bed?” I remarked, lisping once again.

“No, let’s start with more time to try to get the movement done. Plus, this will help your wife since she’ll be wearing her’s whenever she’s not at work.”

I nodded, while at the same time realizing how upset and surprised Sara would be by this piece of news.
The doctor motioned for me to move to a chair to the right of Sara’s examination chair, and I sat there, silent, lips pursed over my new appliance,  managing an influx of saliva, waiting for Sara to return. I would not be the first to tell Sara the development in her wear time.

Sara returned to her chair, “That was fast. Are you done?” She asked.

“Yes,” I responded, trying to act natural but at the same time hide the metal and plastic bar that ran in front of my teeth.

Sara didn’t seem to notice I was still wearing my retainers. After all, we had both thought that we were coming into pick up retainers that were to be worn at night. This would be an interesting weekend, I thought to myself.

Sara was back in her examination chair and leaning back, her headrest practically in Dr. Sandusky’s lap.

“OK, Sara, let’s see how these fit.”

The assistant handed Dr. Sandusky the top appliance first and it was snapped into place. I heard a small groan from Sara, the noise and feeling likely just startled her.

With Sara’s mouth still open, the doctor snapped in the lower appliance.

“Do you see how these sort of clip in, Sara,” the doctor said. “To remove them, reach back to these bands and snap the small clip out of place and they should pop right out. This is going to help with compliance but also anchorage while we try to shift things around.

“Sara, this is going to feel a little awkward, but you’ll get used to it,” Dr. Sandusky said. “This is what we call a modified twin block appliance that also contains a spring retainer. This will get your bite, as well as your teeth, into the correct alignment.”

Sara bit down. I saw the look of terror on her face. Saliva dripped from the right side of her mouth. She hadn’t quite figured out how to get the appliance to fit together so that she could close her mouth.

Dr. Sandusky made some more minor adjustments, and had Sara practice taking it out and putting it in, which was especially important given that they snapped into place over the bands on her back teeth.

With the appliances snuggly in her mouth and Sara sitting up in the chair, selecting her case, Dr. Sandusky broke the news, but did so without realizing it was news at all.

“So, wear these whenever you’re not at work, and try to wear them while you’re eating, Sara.”

“Whathh?” Sara responded.

“You need to wear these day and night. You can take them out for important functions, but the only way we can get this done quickly is if you’re wearing the appliances.”

I could tell she wanted to protest, but also could tell that she knew this was right for her, and that she didn’t feel like figuring out how to say words with so much new plastic and metal in her mouth.

“You husband is wearing his during the day too. You guys keep each other wearing these.”

I sheepishly smiled, revealing the bar, which Sara also had, that went across both rows of my teeth.

Sara semi smiled, revealing not only metal bars across the front of her teeth, but also large clear blocks near the back of her mouth.

We went to the front desk, made our appointments for eight weeks and headed to the car. No one saying a word.
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