Saturday, 29 September 2012

GETTING BRACES (First 3 Days)

September 26, 2012 (Day 1: Installation)

First dental appointment. New dentist. (Dra. Rue & Lassyl Galao – 1462 G. Tuazon Street, Sampaloc Manila)

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I went to get a dental check-up at around 2:30PM. I had plans with my friend April that night and I thought, “Oh, this wouldn’t take long, it’s only a check-up.” I got my teeth structure (or whatever it is called) molded.

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Dra. Lassyl examined everything and told me my case isn’t that bad. I didn’t need any extraction as I have spaces at the back of my upper teeth (she had a dental term for that but obviously, my brain wasn’t able to remember it all) We talked about the terms of payments and the date I wanted to get my braces installed. I initially said “next week”. I chose conventional braces for PHP25,000 (up & down).

Dra. Rue (Dra. Lassy’s mom arrived) and took a look at my case, as well. She asked me if I wanted to get the braces installed that day. I was like, really??? Right now? WITHOUT EVEN THINKING ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES, I IMPULSIVELY SAID YES.

Oh man, I didn’t know what I was in for.

All I could remember was seeing myself with a perfect set of aligned teeth. (I don’t really have any problems with my lower set, I have overcrowding teeth on my upper set, though).

We first took photos for the “before” shots. I still don’t have them, but I’ll totally add them in here when I get them next week.

After the photo-taking, Dra. Lassyl did some tooth filling first. And then came the installment of my braces.

“BRACES”—sounds mighty evil, doesn’t it? You’ll know why if you keep on reading…

First thought upon finishing with the installment?

“HOLYYYYYYY CRAP. MY MOUTH IS HUGE.”

I felt like the little girl from FINDING NEMO. I looked like a dork, and I COULDN’T SPEAK PROPERLY.

NO PAIN AT ALL. (LET’S GIVE EMPHASIS TO THIS.) I was overjoyed. Damn, I don’t feel pain baby!

Dra. Rue gave me wax (apparently for the braces—I didn’t think I would need them coz I didn’t feel pain at all.) I got a new orthodontic brush (a toothbrush for people with braces), my molder “BEFORE” set of teeth, and a prescription! Dra. Rue told me I would feel pain the next afternoon. I was quite skeptical.

I bid them goodbye and went out to meet April.

I was still able to eat a bit properly that night, albeit feeling a little “BRACED”. No PAIN, STILL. After dinner, we went out partying. I felt NO PAIN AT ALL.

I was still able to smile like this:

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Level of pain: 0 out of 5

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 (DAY 2)

GOOD MORNING, BRACED LINDSAY!

Woke up slightly feeling weirdness (in my mouth) Slight pain, yes. I noticed how my braces SCRAPED THE INNER PARTS OF MY MOUTH. No pus, no sores, just straight up SCRAPED SURFACES.

I did not mind. I told myself, this would go away.

I had COFFEE for breakfast. And I made soup, too! That was all I could eat. Biting was difficult already. I felt a little scared.

AFTERNOON CAME & MY MOUTH JUST SUDDENLY DECIDED TO SHUT DOWN. I WAS IN PAIN. It felt like ALL MY TEETH WERE GONNA FALL OFF.

I drank my  pain-killer. The ones that Dra. Rue prescribed.

I DIDN’T TALK THE WHOLE DAY. MY MOUTH WAS JUST SHUT.

Level of pain: 2 out of 5

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 (Day 3)

I learned how to use my dental wax. I STUFFED MY MOUTH WITH THEM. They prevented the devil braces from scraping the inner parts of my mouth even more.

Slight discomfort felt, but the wax kept me sane.

I had soup soup soup.

I was able to edit videos and blog a few posts.

Level of pain: 2 out of 5

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 (Day 4)

2 hours of sleep because I had a lot to do today (yes, today is the 29th) I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony in Bulacan in the morning. My mouth felt SO FREAKIN’ BIG. I had a difficult time pronouncing words and even talking to people. Damn, I was like, what the heck is happening to my mouth…

After the ribbon cutting I went straight to the UAAP game for the shooting of the Silverworks Courtside Charmer. I kept re-applying my lip balm because my lips felt SO DRY and CRACKY.

Filming with Silverworks was el horible. 10 seconds of FAKE ASS SMILING BECAUSE MY BRACES WERE IN THE WAY. I haven’t seen the replay yet, it’s gonna air tomorrow night 7PM Balls Channel, contrary to what I announced which is today at 8PM—scratch that, watch tomorrow at 7PM. First quarter of the ADMU-DLSU game. You will SEE how awkward my smile was. My sister’s boyfriend said I was like smirking.  -_-

I didn’t have any lunch. I couldn’t eat anything. I just drank Gatorade and milktea to somehow fill my tummy with SOMETHING because I honestly felt like fainting. I MISS FOOD WTF.

MY MOUTH BLEW UP BY 2PM. MY MOUTH SWELLED. I DID NOT TALK THAT MUCH TODAY. I JUST KNEW MY MOUTH WAS BECOMING MORE AND MORE AND MORE PAINFUL.

I SKIPPED 2 OF MY LAST CLASSES TODAY BECAUSE I COULDN’T TAKE THE PAIN. I just HAD TO GO HOME.

My mom made me soup and sausages (the soft kind) I ate and drank water. OH MAN. I AM STILL IN PAIN.

I just got out of the bathroom CRYING MY EYES OUT OKAY? ANG SAKIT. THIS IS TOO MUCH PAIN.

I now have 4 HUGE MOUTH SORES. By HUGE I mean HUGE. Remember the scrapes I told you during day 2??? THOSE SCRAPES DEVELOPED INTO SORES. (sores=singaw in Filipino)

Okay, so I took my makeup off and I teared up. It was PAINFUL TO EVEN TOUCH THE AREA AROUND MY MOUTH WITH A MAKEUP WIPE!

Then I went in the bathroom to gargle. Oh man. I cried like a baby. THE PAIN WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD. I TELL YOU. I felt so weak because of the pain. I FELT SO WEAK.

I CRIED CRIED CRIED. Gargled with BETADINE Mouthwash (great for mouth sores)

Then I realized every time I fill my mouth full of water, I don’t feel the pain. SO HERE I AM WITH A MOUTHFUL OF WATER. I WISH I CAN SLEEP LIKE THIS.

I WANT THESE BRACES OFF MY TEETH. I DON’T WANNA GO THROUGH MONTHS (AND GOD FORBID, YEARS!!!!!!!) OF THIS TORTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am damn serious. I WANT THESE OFF ASAP.

I NEED A MOUTH PIECE OR SOMETHING. Just PLEASE prevent these evil metals from cutting my mouth inside…………….

I NEED A HIGHER DOSAGE OF PAIN KILLER. I CANNOT STAND THIS PAIN. I DON’T WANT TO SUFFER ANYMORE.

Nothing can comfort me. No words can comfort me.

I can’t believe I’m paying PHP25,000 TO MAKE MYSELF SUFFER LIKE THIS.

Imagine me SWEARING non-stop right now. THAT IS HOW PAINFUL THIS IS. I AM NOT KIDDING YOU.

“You should’ve gotten Invisalign!”—OH BELIEVE ME I WOULD’VE, but keep in mind that I am spending my OWN money now. 25,000 is already a huge. What more a hundred grand?

I WANNA WAKE UP WITH MY ORIGINAL IMPERFECT TEETH.

THIS PAIN IS JUST TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.

More updates in the next days.

Level of pain: 5 over 5


 

47 comments:

  1. Saaay! You can do it! Nakaya ko nga eh. Next week will be better. No pain, No gain. Best of luck! :)) xo

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  2. omg! my sister had her braces a year ago but she did not feel any discomforts at all for the first few weeks. Try using daktarin for the canker sores. I hope that the pain will subside soon! :)

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  3. Hi Say! I felt this way when I first had my braces. It feels like that in the first days if you get it adjusted :) But in the long run, the pain will gradually decrease :) I remembered I wanted mine to be taken off at first too but when the time came that it should be taken off. I skipped going to the dentist for 6 months just cause I didn't want it off! I am brace free now for 4 years and I wish I still had my braces :) What you are feeling right now is just normal. Hope this makes you feel better! :D

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  4. Oh dear! Didn't know braces could hurt that much. I feel bad for you.

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  6. Hi Say! Hope makayanan mo pa, mga 2weeks or less mawawala na rin yung sakit... Sobrang sakit talaga pag first time.. Twice na ako nag braces... Iba talaga ang una... Nga pala buti mura ng braces mo.. yung first ko up & down 35K... now up nlng pinabrace ko 22K... Aja Say!!! Consult kaw sa dentist mo baka need mo nga ng higher dose of pain killer...

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  7. Hi Say! I feel the same way! gusto na agad ipatanggal yung braces ko.. and when I asked my dra to give me ortho wax sabi nya out of stock! and its like. OMG! kahit sa watsons walang ortho wax. I even woke up wherein I have a dry mouth and nakabakat yung bakal ng braces sa gums ko and that hurts! I even laugh tapos biglang sumabit yung wire, that hurts too! but you know after 3 months sabi ng dra sakin .. May improvement na! and then BOOM!- I now know the meaning of TIIS GANDA.

    that kind of pain wont last long for a month.. pero baka next month pag nagpaadjust ka ulit ganyan ulit kasakit.. then the following months wala na.:) mkakaklimutan mo na nga yung feeling ng walang braces eh :)

    you can take flanax by the way :)

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  8. Yes ang mura nga ng braces mo Say. I got mine for 35K up and down too..

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  9. Yes, ang mura nga ng braces mo Ms. Say, I got mine for 35K too, up and down.. After the pain for 1 0r 2 weeks, you can see papayat ikaw. :)

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  10. Hi Say, normal lang ang pain for the first week. Mawawala rin yan. No pain, no gain. Kaya mo yan. In the end, all the pain will be worth it. Good luck! :)

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  11. hi say ang mura nga ng braces mo ako 40k ung sakin... up and down kso di gmyan k grabeng skit nkakakain pako cguro depende sa pagkaadjust nang braces at ung sa bkal n hinamit sayo ( ung straight na hinohold nang braces) if makapal o manipis... well balik ka ulit sa dentist mo pra bka mbigyan ka nang advice...

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  12. Kaya mo yan Say. I know you've been hearing/reading this a lot. But this is normal. You're lucky you didn't get any of teeth extracted or anything. I know that the term 'lucky' is a bit of a stretch, but compared to me, lol. I got mine extracted. Pero, keri mo yan. Just think of the outcome. You'll only have them in months and you can smile w/ perfectly aligned teeth as long as you want.

    Btw, I agree with the makeup wipes thingy that you mentioned. :)

    Take care Say.

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  13. Hi say :)) Sa una super sakit talaga but eventually a week after you can eat whatever you want na :)) Stay on the positive side na kaya mo yan and its for your own good :)) Go go go!! :>

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  14. Hi Say! Goodluck sa braces mo! tiis lang! after a week or so it will be better. sasakit lng siya ulit after the next adjustment. For the singaw try applying Daktarin (orange flavor) every 3-4 hours, it will be gone in a day or two. Got braces din kasi so I know the feeling! Kaya mo yan!!!

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  15. Hi Say! I know the feeling! grabe 1st week palang I want to rip it off my teeth! haha. Tiis ka lang! for the singaw apply Daktarin (orange flavor) on the sore every 3 to 4 hours, it will be gone in a day or two. Goodluck to you!

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  16. sis ganyan talaga tiis ganda muna >.<

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  17. Wow, ang mura ng braces mo Ms. Say. Mine is 45K up and down excluding pa ung 2 wisdom teeth extraction plus 1 surgery for my impacted tooth. Bale aabutin around 60k above. Kaya mo yan Ms. Say. It's normal for your first two weeks but for me naman I didn't experience too much pain which I think you are experiencing because of your braces. Maybe you can go back to your dentist and have it checked.

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  18. Hi.ms.say..can u. Pls give me a contact number of dra.rua.. im planning to get braces..=)) tnx

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  19. Hi.ms say.cn pls give me a contact info.about dra.rua.im planning to get braces tnx..=)

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  20. Hi Ms. Say, hang on in there coz I know how it feels..dreadfully awful! But like what they say, tiis ganda, I remember being so thin months back coz I can't eat especially when the braces get adjusted monthly. Oh well, whenever you feel the pain, just think about how your teeth will look like soon! My upper looks amazing now, comparing to my teeth before, I was like..I should have done this before, before even getting married! geeez! Go go go Ms. Say you can do it! ^_^

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  21. Hi Ms. Say, hang on in there coz I know how it feels..dreadfully awful! But like what they say, tiis ganda, I remember being so thin months back coz I can't eat especially when the braces get adjusted monthly. Oh well, whenever you feel the pain, just think about how your teeth will look like soon! My upper looks amazing now, comparing to my teeth before, I was like..I should have done this before, before even getting married! geeez! Go go go Ms. Say you can do it! ^_^

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  22. Hi! do you have contact number of your dentist? thanks! i really need a checkup for my braces. my dentist flew to US na. err.

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