Monday, October 8, 2007

Six Month Post Surgery Update

Wow, I'm having a hard time believing it's been six months already since the surgery. Time surely does fly by ... although when you're waiting on word that your braces are ready to come off it does seem to slow way down. Guess Einstein was right when he said that time is relative.

Here's my six month photo:

The Orthodontist is "fine-tuning" things at this stage and he has me wearing three elastic bands - one medium elastic band in a triangle pattern on the left and two heavy elastic bands in triangle patterns (two triangles) on the right. If you remember, two weeks before the first surgery the surgeons decided I didn't need to have the upper jaw surgery ... even though I had (have) a two millimeter cant. I keep thinking the Orthodontist wouldn't be having to do so much "fine-tuning" if I'd had both the upper and lower jaw surgeries.

My next appointment is Wednesday, 10 October so we'll see if I'm ready to schedule a debracing date. I tell myself that I'd rather get it as close to perfect as possible regardless of how long it takes but December will be my three year bracing anniversary and I'm anxious to get this over with.

On a separate note - does anyone have any experience with Porcelain Veneers? I've got significant tetracycaline staining on my teeth due to taking antibiotics as a kid and want to whiten them up (nothing Hollywood - just a natural color).


Mary said...

Hey Bill, wow six months! (Its my 1 year anniversyar today!) You look great! I was anxious to have the braces off too but sometimes now I actually miss them. Its amazing with braces how much attention you pay to things. I'm not sure about veneers, is there some other treatment you could get to get them whitened? Veneers are pricey and you need to find a really good cosmetic dentist so that they don't look phony.

Jessica said...

good thing that you have updated us about your situation. I hope you were able to have veneers now. I have had my veneers at Quincy Dentist and I find the outcome very satisfactory it may not look so Hollywood but it was really a good-looking result.