- Pain: 0/10
- Inconvenience: 2/10
Ya’know how some people have cool little “body tricks” they’re able to perform? I’m talking about movements such as bending your elbow backwards, rolling your tongue, wiggling your ears or flaring your nostrils. I’ve never been able to perform any of those cute tricks for anyone. What I could do, however, was lick my nose (yes, like a cow). Since surgery, I’ve lost severe mobility in my tongue. I find it quite difficult to clean my teeth after eating these days because I’m unable to even reach parts of my top teeth. Those of you who were not bestowed the honor of wearing braces will fail to comprehend the frustration I speak of.
“I look like a horse when I smile.”
I’m still very uneasy about smiling. It’s taking me a long time to adjust to having these big, bold teeth in such a prominent place in my mouth, not to mention the gaps that are plaguing them once again because of the soft wire I had put on post-surgery. I find myself covering my mouth quite often when smiling. I was having a difficult time figuring out what I looked like, but one of our readers summed it up quite perfectly: I look like a horse when I smile. I promise my teeth aren’t stained like that.
I met up for a coffee with Lindsay a few days ago. In case you haven’t been riding shotgun during this entire journey, she had jaw surgery on the same day as I did. Lucky for her, she only had one jaw operated on to fix an overbite, so she healed substantially more quickly than myself. Her bite is perfect, her teeth are straight and she’s been eating for over a month already. She’s happy with her results and she looks great! I realized, as I was on my way to the coffee shop, that I have never actually seen what this girl looks like, nor have we spoke before. Our entire friendship was based on 2 days of drooling and staring at each other in the recovery room, complete with ice packs wrapped around our heads. It was like meeting her for the first time!
To finish up here, the day after my post about polished balls, the number of visitors to this site skyrocketed. It’s funny how all you have to do these days is add the word “balls” to a page, and the traffic floods in.