February 14, 2014
The hardware went on at approximately 10:00 this morning. It is 12:30 in the PM as I type this update. The good Dr. advised that the pain will start within four to five hours of the install… so I’m still okay.
A good deal of anxiety was experience during the installation process; I came very close to ripping that face spreader thingy out of my mouth and running screaming from the building. But I didn’t. I kept telling myself it would be over in a few minutes, she (Carol) was almost done. And then she uttered those sweet words “Okay, I’m going to take this out now” but then she kept talking, and not removing. I could feel Ralph Kramden welling up inside me, I wanted to scream “GET IT OUT, NORTON”. In reality, it was probably only a few seconds, but that bloody thing hurt so much it felt like it was taking forever.
Finally with that torture device removed from face I composed myself (have to admit I was so very close to tears that my face may have leaked a little bit) and was able to ‘enjoy’ the remainder of the process. I am so very grateful that that part of the process is over.
All-in-all not a completely horrible experience, although I must say I am not looking forward to having the bottom tracks put on in four months. Oh yeah, did I mention today was just the uppers? Too much carnage in my mouth to put top and bottom on at the same time.
I would like to take a moment to thank the good people at Village Orthodontics in Mississauga for inflicting so much pain and for, ultimately, giving me a beautiful smile. My experience thus far has been stellar; great staff, very warm and friendly.
Next visit: April 11, 2014