A Teen’s Life: BRACES!

This post is going to be quite long because I’m gonna be recalling all my memories with braces. Because everyone knows that having a big chunk of metal in your mouth is more than just getting them on and off, duh. I’m not going to be talking about the pain and soreness, but more about my treatment plan in detail. Again, you don’t have to read the whole article since it is quite in-depth.

I remember when I was at the dentist and she had told me that it was time. Time for me to make my smile more straight and confident, time for me to get braces. I actually was really excited because I really didn’t like my teeth. They were big and I had a big gap right in the middle of my teeth that I was really conscious of. So anything that I could do to make my smile all in line, I would do just that.

So my mom booked a few consultations with different doctors. I went to three doctors and all of them had different treatment plans. Two of them included getting a Herbst appliance while all of them were in the 5k-7k price range. I was mind blown, all my friends had treatment for $2,000 or less! After a few weeks of pondering, we chose the cheapest treatment plan (which was around 4,000 with insurance) and I don’t regret it one bit. My orthodontist had a great team and knew what he was doing even when I was doubting myself if all of this was gonna work.

So I got my braces in June 2014. Luckily I had no crowding in my teeth, so I didn’t have any of them extracted. They also took a mold for my Herbst appliance. In case you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a smaller version of a headgear that is used to correct a really big overbite/underbite. Usually rubber bands can fix the problem, but a Herbst appliance is used for extreme cases, which for me was having a big overbite. Here’s a picture if you have never seen one.

Basically whenever I smiled, I had two big bulges on the side of my face because of the two screws. I got the Herbst appliance in July, and man, was that a pain to handle. It really did take quite a time to adjust since it was really uncomfortable. I remember going to the office every few weeks because the glue would just wear off. After 2-3 times when that happened, they just glued the Herbst appliance with like really, REALLY strong glue.

After a few weeks, the doctor told me I needed to get a expander for my upper jaw. I got that and I saw that I was getting a bigger gap in the front of my teeth. Apparently, he needed to do that because my front teeth were slanted. So he needed to straighten the teeth together so that he could bring them together in a straight line. In the meantime, one day in October, my Herbst appliance snapped. I went to the orthodontist the next day and he told me had never had to deal with anything like this. That day, he had to remove the appliance so I could get a new one. Remember when I said that the glue was really, REALLY strong? Yeah,  I cried so much that day because the pain was UNBEARABLE. It just hurts to think about it. It felt like my teeth were being pulled out and ugh, it just sucked. My gums were bleeding and my teeth were sore. So anytime I tell myself to be brave, I just compare it to the pain I went through getting that monstrosity off.

In November, I got a new Herbst appliance, and this one was really comfortable. The appliance just stuck to my teeth the first time he glued it using regular glue. Now that I think about it, I think the molds that I took in June for my first Herbst wasn’t that good, that’s why it was so uncomfortable. After a few long months, I got my Herbst appliance off in May 2015. It hurt a little bit, but not as much as the first one. My teeth were coming together in a straight line, my expander was off, I only had braces, and it looked like everything was going in the right direction.

Except…

I needed to get rubber bands! You would think that the Herbst appliance would fix my overbite, but noooooo, I had to get stupid rubber bands because somehow my teeth was moving in an underbite position. I had rubber bands for about 2-3 months.

But, finally! I finished the treatment with having just braces for the last 6-7 months. I got my braces off on May 24th, 2016. Not quite 2 full years, but my teeth moved really fast. I got a permanent retainer on the back of my front two teeth (because of the gap), and a removable Essix retainer. Most people have to wear their retainer 24/7 for a year before they can wear it only when the sleep. In my case, I only had to wear my retainer 24/7 for 3 DAYS. I was really lucky!

To conclude, my consultation with this doctor was basically just getting a Herbst appliance and braces. However, it turned out that it also meant having TWO Herbsts, braces, an expander, and rubber bands. My only tip is to follow your orthdontist’s instructions. I had a friend who got her braces off 6 months earlier because she wore her rubber bands when she needed to. I know some people get lazy or really just don’t want to be seen with rubber bands, but just do yourself a favor and WEAR THEM. Also, can you believe all of this happened in 2 years?! I can really say that all of this was worth it. I love my teeth now!

braces 1

June 2014

braces 2

February 2015

braces 3

May 2016

braces 4

May 2016

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Book Review: The Divergent Series

I’m pretty sure that every teen has heard of this dystopian-ized series written by Veronica Roth.

Basically, the three stories include Tris Prior’s perspective of the future Chicago. There are 5 factions that run the society. Erudite: the smarty-pants (intelligent), Candor: the loud-mouths (honest), Amity: the hippies (peaceful), Dauntless: the show-offs (brave), and Abnegation: the generous (selfless). Each faction plays a vital role in making sure the society runs smooth. You also have the factionless, which are the people that don’t fit into any faction for various reasons. Tris is 16 and that means it is time for her to pick the faction that reflects her real personality and the faction that she will stay in for the rest of her life. However, there are some evil plans that are in the making which will change Chicago for the good, or destroy Chicago for the worse.

The 5 factions that divide the society based on their personality.

Divergent vs The Hunger Games

I prefer this series more than its competitor, The Hunger Games, which is quiet similar since both have to do with overthrowing the corrupt government. Both books have very unique ideas for their fake world, which I think, is what made these books sooo popular. Once you open the page of one of these books, you’re basically transported to a whole new world. That’s how well thought out they are. Also in common, is the budding romances that come with these novels that make it hard to put down. Hence, why you mainly only see teenage girls reading these very popular books.

For me, The Hunger Games novels were quite confusing… don’t get me wrong, there were A LOT of parts in the Divergent books that I didn’t really get. But, for some reason I always found myself wanting to find time to read the Divergent Series. It wasn’t really the same for The Hunger Games… I found the plot to be moving at a slow pace and maybe that’s why I wasn’t a huge fan of the books. I liked the main setting of THG, which was having a tribute being picked from each district and fighting for their survival as mass entertainment. And maybe I also kinda liked the romance of Peeta and Katniss…? But, you can’t beat Tris and Four’s relationship. I mean, come on.

The Final Verdict

Now for the final grading, I give the Divergent Series a whopping 4 out of 5 stars. I really do the love the books. You start to love all the characters, good and bad, and you really get to know them throughout the 3 novels. I adore the relationships between all of them and the way the whole plot lines throughout the books come together. I didn’t give it full 5 stars, mainly because there were quite a few parts in all 3 books which didn’t make sense to me. However, there never was a part in the book which I felt went really slow… it was well written and there was always something happening. Also, the way Allegiant ends is something I wish never happened. That’s why one star is cut.

The Divergent Movies

The Divergent series also have there very own movies. If you didn’t know that, I don’t know which world you have been living in. 3 movies have been made and the 4th one comes out next year. Can I just say, the movie casting is on point. They really help bring their characters to life and put all the words in a picture form.  If you have read the books, please do watch the movies and tell me what you think about them.

 

 

The Casual Corner.

Dear reader,

Welcome to our world.
Welcome to my world.

 

This little corner on the internet which I rightfully claim as mine.

This little corner where I can write about anything I want.

This little corner where everything is about me.

This little corner where I can relax and wind down.

And this little corner where I let my fingers do all the talking.

 

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