Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tooth patrol

The braces had a great weekend.  My husband and I went to a fund raiser for our daughters school which was fun.  The more I drank the less I cared about the braces!  But be warned that braces can still get hangovers.  I was exhaused all day Sunday and with three little kids that may not be worth it.  A big thanks to my mom for coming up to watch the kiddos.  Back to the gala, someone even told me  that they liked my braces.  How funny.  We got a good laugh out of that! I wore a short dress as to distract from the braces but then I realized when we were out I was just drawing more attention to myself.  Note to self, no more hooker dresses, they don't work.

 I am on constant tooth patrol now and always stare at peoples teeth when they are talking to me.  If I am keeping it real, there are a lot of people who should be wearing braces along with me.  : )

I am starting to really care less about the braces.  I was so paranoid at first about people seeing the braces but now it is starting not to bother me.  Thank goodness as I wasn't liking this new self-conscious me.  Very annoying!

So the big meeting with the Oral Sugeon is tomorrow.  Wish me luck as I am nervous.  I will report back tomorrow after the appointment.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Doing better

One week with the big braces on and my teeth are finally starting to adjust. The pain is to a minimum now and I have started to eat harder foods. I had some Cheeze-its today with was great until I realized how bad they get stuck in the braces. EVERYTHING gets stuck in the braces.

My friend:

My appointment with the Oral Surgeon is on Thursday morning and I am very excited and ready to see what he says. Is it bad that a part of me is hoping he will say I am good to go and ready to schedule surgery. Unrealistic expectation I know but hey, a girl can dream right?!?!

Tomorrow my mom will be in town and we haven't seen her since the beginning of Janurary. J and I are headed out on the town to a dressy fundraiser for the school with a lot of alcohol. Needless to say the braces may go hog-wild. Consider yourself warned!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Husband Approved!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Braces LOVE Champagne!

My first 48 hours with the braces have been interesting. Trying to get used to these babies isn't easy. It is virtually impossible to shut my mouth now and the inside of my mouth is sore from the braces rubbing it. I have a new lisp and drool a bit here and there. All that being said it is getting better by the hour and I am adjusting quite well.

Last night we had some friends over and it was my first showing of the braces. I kind of dreaded the reveal of the braces all day. I was mopey joe all day and even moped at Kroger. Once our friends got here all was good. They were very positive and complementary of the braces. I popped the champagne and yum it was good! The braces had such a great time they drank the whole bottle. So yes, it is now proven, BRACES LOVE CHAMPAGNE!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Braces Day!


My what a large overbite you have

The dreaded profile before braces

Super huge gummy smile before braces

Smile right before braces on
Well they are onI have had them for three hours now and am already feeling the pain! Not really pain, they just feel really strange. I had some soup for lunch and the veggies kept getting stuck in them. OMG...I really feel for people who have to wear these for a long time.

No turning back now about the surgery so I am really happy about that.

I am going to post some pics from this morning pre and post braces.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Gummy McGummerson with no chin

Relieved....for now

So I called my insurance company and it looks like orthognathic surgery is not excluded thank god! Now the battle for approval can begin! So I will be moving forward with the big braces day this Friday. I am nervous but hopeful! :)

I plan on posting some pics soon to document the process including the dreaded profile pic so stay tuned!

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Sorry for such a negative post my second post out of the gate but I am so upset! Here I finally decided to go ahead and correct a problem that has been plaguing me for almost 20 years and now I find out my insurance may just flat out exclude the surgery.

WHAT?!?! I knew it would be a battle with the insurance company but I was prepared for a fight not to be shot down without even a chance.

I am supposed to get my braces on this Friday and don't even meet with the oral surgeon until April 1st. From what I have read this is normal to get started with the process because approval from insurance companies takes so long. I am already paying $7,000 to my ortho and then to find out that my surgery could potentially not be covered. I was also expecting my $3,000 deductible so I was prepared for $10,000 out of pocket. That seems like a ton already! What the hell am I going to do? Braces do nothing for me other than to get my jaw ready for surgery. UGGGGGGG

Insurance companies can kiss this mamas bootie!

Stay tuned for next steps and anyone with insurance that isn't as big of a pain in the butt as mine, congrats. :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

And so it begins

Let me get you caught up. Back in my day of high school (think big hair bands- Skid Row and Poison were some favs) it was pretty clear that something was not right with my jaw. I had an overbite (9mm but who's counting) and a weak profile. Met with an ortho and an oral surgeon who both came to the conclusion that the only way to fix this jaw issue was with surgery and braces. Well apparently I was too cool for school because braces to me were NOT an option. My teeth were straight and I didn't really care to much about my bite so I said no.

Went to collage, got married, had three wonderful kiddos and guess what- my bite STILL SUCKS! Big shocker, I know. Gee somehow it didn't magically heal itself. So I decided one day this month that I was just DONE. Done not being able to close my mouth properly, done sleeping with my mouth open, done with my weak profile, done avoiding my profile in the mirror, done with the headaches, just DONE.

So I started doing some research and came across some very helpful blogs to help guide me in my decision that, yes this is the right thing to do. So I made an appointment with a highly recommended ortho who just so happens to be one half mile from my house and moved forward.

I met with the ortho yesterday who confirmed that I do in fact need orthogathnic surgery and he thinks on both lower and upper jaws (OUCH). Without the surgery there is not much he can do. So I had my impressions made (NASTY) and set the brace date for next Friday. OH MY Friday. Not much time to mentally prepare but I suppose I am ready. I also set my appointment up with a veteran oral surgeon in Detroit Dr. Hitchcock (true story) for April 1st. So I guess I am really going to do this.