The Journey to that Perfect Smile! Part 3

Seventh Visit: Placing the lower braces

It has been a month and now I’m back to place the braces for the bottom row of my teeth. I have been living well with those metal wires in my mouth. Getting used to it. The only nuisance is that after a night of sleep when I wake up, my inner lips stick on to those metal brackets which is kind of disturbing. I’ll have to puff my cheeks with air to get them OFF each other. Not sure if there’s anyone facing the same situation as me Frown

But otherwise, it’s fine. Not as bad as the others have described. So I’m quite looking forward for them to place the bottom row of braces so that it can start WORKING and make them all straight since the major problem lie with the bottom row.

The procedure was almost the same as the top except there was no arch wire attached from my pre-molars to molars. I am not sure why. Probably Dr Vaz feel that he should let those front teeth straighten themselves out before closing the gap between the pre-molar and molars. However, before I could feel relieved, he placed something which acts similarly to bite turbos on my top molars so that when I close my mouth, my upper teeth would not come in contact totally with my lower set of teeth hence preventing it from breaking my braces.

This really annoys me because I’m unable to chew food properly hence having to revert to soft foods again (Really depressing). For those who have no idea what is bite turbos, check out the video below!

For Dr Vaz’s clinic, I’m not sure what’s the official term for the appliance they use but its a blue elastic mould attached on the molars. For illustration, this is how it kind of looks like.

Elastic Mould
Illustration of how it looks like

I started to Google about how to go about having solid food again because I detest being on liquid food. Most people say that it’ll probably take months for me to get used to these. However, there’s a good news. Because ITS NOT TRUE as long as you have the determination. It took me probably … a day? It was actually quite easy to figure out how to chew using these elastic moulds and my bottom teeth. It just takes a little practice in finding the perfect placement of both rows of teeth in order to exert the largest chewing power. I was able to chew Mac’s nuggets the next day! (Accomplishment. Applause!!)

How it looks like
How it now looks like

As you can see from above, my bottom teeth looks like it needs a lot of managing. Probably take a significant amount of time to get it fixed Frown

Eight Visit: Tightening of braces

I went back to tighten my braces today afternoon. What I mean by “tightening” is actually removing the arch wire from my braces and replacing them with shorter ones. From what I figured, Dr Vaz placed shorter wires on the brackets and then twist it so there’s a new tension acting on the teeth. While working on my teeth, he knocked on one of my tooth with the dental instrument and mentioned that it needs more work. At that point of time, I was quite confused on what he meant because from what I remember, there’s a lot of teeth that need more work in my bottom row of teeth (LOL).

But anyways, I was able to choose a colour again and this time I chose white. Definitely a bad choice unless your teeth is whiter than the brackets. Well, mine wasn’t so in the end it made my teeth look yellowish and dirty! Lesson learnt. Another month till I can change to another colour! The entire process took only around.. 15 minutes? It was quite fast.

After that, I could feel a slight ache in my lower jaw because this time he attached my molars with the pre-molars with an arch wire so I guess he felt that it’s time to fix the gaps already. After reaching home, the ache started to worsen. I could no longer eat foods like bread which require me to exert force on my front teeth. But it really isn’t that bad since the problem can be easily solved just by cutting the bread into smaller pieces Cool

At night while I was doing my usual cleaning routine of my teeth, I realised something really fascinating. I totally didn’t notice at all.

Top: a month ago
Compare and contrast!

If you look carefully, you’ll realise that my bottom row of teeth have already shifted! What’s even more amazing is that it has only been a month. I guess being 22 doesn’t make it longer for my teeth to move. So it started to dawn on me from what Dr Vaz said during the appointment about a tooth needing more work. It was because the other teeth have already straightened themselves.

Now I’m starting to believe his estimation of only needing a year and a half for my entire teeth to align themselves properly before I can take it off because the usual period is 2 years or more. So fascinated and of course, glad that my age isn’t an obstacle to this braces treatment. Can’t wait for next month to come. I have a feeling I’ll be seeing a perfect straight bottom row of teeth!

Till then! Laughing

Ps. I realised I did not explain the cleaning process of my teeth after installing braces. The orthodontist provided me with a Colgate toothbrush that is specifically for braces, a small toothbrush that is used to clean in between the brackets and also dental wax which isn’t really needed (till now).

After using them for a month or so, the small toothbrush had to be replaced and I didn’t really want to get from the clinic because I assume that it would be expensive. My mum managed to help me find stock at the pharmacy at a hospital. They have refills too referring to the brush part of the tooth brush.

brushes
the different brushes

And so, the cleaning process of my teeth would be to first use the orthodontist toothbrush. After that, I’ll use the inter-dental brushes from Oral-B to brush between my brackets and lastly, floss my teeth. (Tip: PLEASE DO FLOSS BETWEEN YOUR MOLARS because I realised most food particles get stuck at this area due to the molar bands!) The entire process takes around 15 minutes after a while. At first, it takes around half an hour. Patience, patience and patience! It’s worth it because there’s no point getting straight but unhealthy teeth!

Hey, I (unofficially) graduated

Disclaimer: Do not read this post in the middle of the night, especially if you are trying to keep yourself from eating supper (:

This is really a backdated post. Haven’t had time to blog because I was busy celebrating my “unofficial’ graduation.

Q: Why the “unofficial”?

A: Because exams just ended on 11th May 2013, Saturday and results aren’t out yet so if I (touch wood) unfortunately didn’t make it for any of my modules, I will not be graduating.

Well, at least I’m hoping that all will be well since I seriously hate the thought of extending this last semester of mine with just one module for the whole six months. Sounds like a total waste of time. But anyways, since it’s the end of my school life, we had to celebrate right? 😀

Episode 1: Brunch

For every celebration, we cannot forget desserts! Whether it is cake, ice cream or whatsoever, sweets are critical! Hoped over to Department of Caffeine at Duxton Road to have a short brunch. When we stepped into the cafe, the first impression I had was “wow, it’s quite squeezy”. In other words, it was filled with people and luckily we had a reservation or we would have to join the queue for seats. Even though the place is quite small, the owner managed to maximize the space they had by furnishing it with rows of tables and chairs a little too close for comfort. However, we weren’t complaining because the  next moment, we were overwhelmed with the aroma of sweets.

My habit immediately kicked in and I started to scan through everyone’s orders, trying to locate the most popular dish out of what they have in the menu. I had to say the most ordered dish was the thick fluffy waffles topped with an ice cream. Next was what I realised as “French Toast” since it is presented in a way that is different from usual (you’ll know what I mean later when I’ll upload some photos for illustration). And so, my tummy started growling for having used so much brain juice during exam in the morning.

Once we got settled, the waitress passed us the menu which didn’t have much choices (to my surprise) but my friends and I still had a hard time deciding on what we wanted to order. After much contemplation, we agreed to order a different dish each so that we can have a taste on the variety of food they had. Below are photos of what we ordered.

Photo credits to: Geraldine

I ordered the French Toast which was served with maple syrup, bananas, blueberries and yoghurt. I have never tasted this combination before so I expected much from it. On first taste, it gave a really great impression because the sweetness of the maple syrup coupled with the sourness of the blueberries and yoghurt was perfect. Not forgetting to mention that it was the first time I ate french toast that was presented in such a way. Usually french toast would be served as a whole and really crispy on the outside. This was a little soaked and soggy (not that I hated it) with maple syrup sandwiched with bite sized bananas. However after awhile, the strong taste starts to get on the wrong side of my taste buds and I found difficulty trying to finish the entire order. My verdict? Definitely recommended for people with a sweet tooth and those who wants to try something novel.

Me being biased with chocolate made it hard for me to give up the ice chocolate on the menu. The ice chocolate was good in the sense that it was very chocolaty (or in other words, chocolate “gao”) and to my surprise, chocolate ice cream was also served which wasn’t written on the menu (or I kinda missed it somehow). I feel that this is a must try for all chocolate lovers except that the portion might be a little too small to satisfy us and our craving! :p

The most recommended dish to order would definitely be waffles (or what they call it brown butter pancakes as stated on the menu).  The waffles were thick and fluffy. Super, super AWESOME. It’s really crispy on the side too. I prefer the blueberries one in comparison to the bananas because I was a little sick of bananas after trying to finish my order. Even though the ice cream (which we think is homemade) isn’t very tasty, the waffle itself already covered its flaws (I’m not exaggerating.  The waffles are really good). If I were given a choice to go back again, I would definitely do for the waffles.

The pulled pork burger and roasted chicken was average in our opinion. A little salty in my perception for the pulled pork burger but I didn’t eat it with the bread so my judgement might be a little inaccurate. The roasted chicken was just so so. It tasted like a roasted chicken, nothing more.

And so, that marks the end of the first episode of my celebration! In conclusion, this is a really great place to hang out for it is quite new and the menu keeps changing now and then so I guess I’ll definitely go back again to try new dishes (:

Episode 2: Anti-oxidant centre

We came across this (or should I say my friend) place through another blog, the luckiest chick. There’s an offer of $10 for the first visit so we thought that we should reward ourselves after studying so hard for three years in university. Apparently, they claim that there are several health benefits for this treatment and they are stated on their official website. To say the truth, I just wanted to experience something new so I didn’t really pay attention to what the staff said when she was explaining the health benefits of the treatment to us. I only remembered the magical sentence “It helps with weight loss”. HAHAHA Okay, not very significant benefit out of all that’s available but that impacted me the most.

The staff was really patient and helpful. There wasn’t any double standard service even though we were students. Normally when they see that we write “student” under the occupation field, they wouldn’t really treat us seriously but this was different. So, thumbs up for that. Before we went in, we had to change into yukatas (japanese pajamas). We weren’t allowed to wear anything except for the yukatas so I felt a little weird (not that I should after the experience of being totally naked in Korea’s onsen). After changing, we were given our personal tumbler to ensure that we are hydrated during the whole course of the treatment. We were requested to drink half of the bottle before entering the treatment rooms.

Since there was only three of us, we had to share a room with another customer. We were told that the temperature of the air in the room is 30 plus degrees and the stone beds were 40 plus. Upon hearing that, I was already starting to feel a little regretful since I really don’t do well with heat. So when the room door was opened, true to what she said, I could feel the 30 plus degrees. Felt like a really warm day in Singapore and kinda sucks since like I said, I prefer an air-conditioned room anytime to a warm one.

Oh, forgetting to mention, the staff also courteously informed us of the four positions we should do when we are on the stone beds (which we faithfully did during the treatment). The entire treatment lasted for 45 minutes (but I felt that it was longer, seriously). We perspired like crazy. Our yukatas were totally soaked. The first five minutes felt like hours to me. I tried to not fidget and breathe slowly to get use to the heat from the air and the stones.

After awhile, we got used to it. It really wasn’t THAT bad. But I’ll have to confess that when we were able to leave the room, I was quite thankful. The cold air that enveloped us once we opened the door was so welcoming. I felt really drained and the 2 small cups of cold enzyme drinks which were served to us felt like drinking from an oasis in a desert. We chatted for awhile about our experience and then went to shower. Before that, we being girls took some photos! (Remind me again why we didn’t take them before because we looked so haggard after all the perspiration).

Before we left, we retrieved our belongings from the lockers we were assigned to. There wasn’t any hard selling and that’s another thumbs up. Even though we didn’t sign up because we couldn’t tolerate the heat, we were convinced that it must provide some health benefits since the number of customers they have are quite a figure. Furthermore, there were also Japanese customers.

That’s the end of my (first) celebration post. More to come up soon ~ (: Till then!

The Journey to that Perfect Smile! Part 2

Disclaimer: This is a continuation from one of my previous post (:

Continuing from my post earlier, if anyone ever wondered, this is how my bottom row of teeth looks like!

MESSY!
MESSY!

I apologize for that epic expression of mine (lol). But anyways, most people wouldn’t really notice that it’s so messy given that my top row of teeth is straight D:

Fifth Visit: Cleaning my teeth & putting on the separators

Cleaning my teeth was awesome since I wasn’t a regular customer at the dentist :p I guess I wasn’t too surprised to hear from the hygienist regarding the state of my teeth too. 2 decays and 3 at risk -_- Seems like regularly brushing your teeth isn’t enough to prevent all these evil plaque. Plus, I haven’t been brushing it the right way as pointed out by her. She mentioned that the part where it connects to my gums weren’t clean enough which means when I brush, I did not clean the area near the gums enough. I never noticed that before D: Have to change the way I brush my teeth now ><

Another reason for this unhealthy predicament of my teeth which was guessed correctly by the hygienist was that I must be someone who love sweets D: BINGO. Sigh. Who can resist the temptation when a chocolate bar or ben & jerry ice cream is right in front of you? 😡 After hearing all these bad news from her, I decided to not get lazy with my future dental regime. The verdict was that I have to get these cavities filled up and to have those at risk protected.

Next was separators!

To confess, I have no idea what the orthodontist meant when he said the next visit would be placing separators so I did a little search online. Separators or some people use the term, spacers, refer to rubber bands that are placed between your molar teeth so as to create a small gap. This gap is to ensure space for the tooth brace when actual braces are fitted in.

For those who still do not understand, just watch the following video and you’ll know what I mean!

I had five separators. It was a horrible experience. The process of putting them in wasn’t bad at all, just a little discomfort like a piece of meat stuck between your teeth. However, when you try to eat, it really hurts badly. I couldn’t eat at all. Had to go back to liquid diet once again ): When I researched online, some people didn’t find it painful and some did, like me. I think it is because of the original space which already existed before you put these things in. My molar teeth are very close to each other and it is hard to even floss it normally which I guess was why it is so painful for my case.

But not much to worry because after around 3 to 4 days, it didn’t hurt anymore. I guess my teeth decided that they are not that meant for each other anymore (okay, not funny) so they moved apart. And I think they found out too much faults about the opposite party and one of the spacer fell off which was really troublesome for me because I had to go back and have another one placed. Not that it hurt or anything but the clinic isn’t really near my house =/

Sixth visit: Putting on the top braces

After exactly one week, I’m back again. Ready to have my spacers removed and for the real thing. I had to open my mouth for what felt like half an hour. The procedure went like this:

  • Removing the spacers
  • Cleaning the surface of the tooth in preparation for the brackets
  • Putting on what the orthodontist said “conditioners” for each teeth
  • Inserting metal bands (mine was 38mm, think I have huge teeth)
  • Cement for every single tooth so as to place the brackets
  • Placing of brackets
  • Wire
  • Rubber band

I got to choose which colour I wanted and thinking that having braces was enough uncomfortable, I decided to choose a colour which I liked, HOT PINK! The nurse which was helping Dr Vaz was like oh okay. Having such a response from her, I guess few people choose that colour? Oh well, who cares ~

The entire process was a little uncomfortable since I had to open my mouth really wide for a while. They used some equipment to make sure you do not close your mouth and I hated it. When it was all over, it felt really weird because I can no longer feel my top row of teeth. It is not covered by metal brackets which doesn’t really taste nor feel great. It’s a little sharp which makes me put those dental wax on every single bracket dutifully in order to prevent any cuts leading to ulcers. That would definitely be a pain.

Even though everyone said that it’ll be really painful, it actually feels fine to me. I wonder if it’s because my top row doesn’t have much of a problem so not much tightening is needed.

Hot pink braces! :D
Hot pink braces! 😀

Eating wise seems fine.Not much difference just that I can’t really “feel” the food anymore. Think I’ll need to get used to this. Another issue is that the food keeps getting stuck in the metal bands. There’s really no way to remove them except for gargling. Never ever use your tongue to try and dislodge it because the edges are really sharp.

I have one month to get used to this and then spend another month to get used to the lower row of teeth when I’m back there again.

Sixth visit: Filling my cavities

I hate filling them =/ When I was in primary school, the dentist apparently knows me really well since I’m there frequently >< This sweet tooth of mine existed ever since I was young so I had a lot of tooth decay problems D: I can still remember those drilling sessions (Oh my) and the stickers the dentist gave me after the sessions so as to make me feel better. I really detest the drilling sound and of course, the pain that came along. I think it’s much worse that tooth extractions since there’ll be anesthesia applied.

And this time I have two evil cavities to fill in. So I’m back to Dr Tang at Bishan and as usual, he’s professional. He started chatting with me again not sure if its because he noticed that I’m really nervous this time round. I found out from him that in the past, Dr Vaz did not appoint any hygienist so everyone’s teeth would “go through” him first which includes all the extraction, cleaning and filling. After that we’ll be packaged “swee swee” (quoting from him. It means pretty in Hokkien) to Dr Vaz.

Actually, the entire process didn’t take more than 10 minutes and it wasn’t as painful as I expected. Probably because the level of tolerance I have for pain increased since I was young or I just had a traumatic experience when I was young. He gave me a choice of either the silver colour fillings, amalgam or the tooth coloured one, dental composites. He advised accordingly with the silver one as cheaper and lasts longer and the latter as more expensive and lasts for a shorter period of time. I guess the only advantage for the other one was that it looked nicer.

Me being realistic as usual chose the silver one. I don’t really fancy going to the dentists often to get them “re-filled” so forget it. Plus most of my other molar tooth are also filled with amalgam so it doesn’t really make a difference. Hence, I’m now all done and prepared for the next visit with Dr Vaz for placing braces for my bottom row of teeth! 😀

To end off, here’s a picture of me with braces! (hot pink ones, yay).

Hot pink braces ~
Hot pink braces ~

The Journey to that Perfect Smile! Part 1

Disclaimer: This is a lengthy post. Prices are subjected to my memory so it might be a little inaccurate and no, this is not a paid advertisement.

Hello everyone! No idea if I’m fortunate or unfortunate to be starting my braces journey. Fortunate being that I’ll be having totally straight teeth after one and a half years. And I’ll be able to get rid of the tooth which is protruding out of nowhere at the top left (you will understand later). Unfortunate being that I’m “forced” to do this due to my rotten (as used by the dentist. more commonly used term would be decayed) pre-molar tooth );

The Story

I had totally no intention of getting braces even though my clique kept feedbacking to me saying my lower set of teeth is so messy! But in my opinion I was thinking that since when I smile, only my upper set of teeth can be seen braces just to rearrange those messy ones below is so wasteful! My friends always describe my lower teeth as tsunami -.- So sad. Sigh. But anyways, what drove me to this decision was what I have mentioned earlier, my ROTTENNNN pre-molar tooth. As you all know, after a tooth extraction, it would be unwise to leave a gap there as neighbour tooth from both sides will start to shift or tilt towards the centre in order to fill up the space. The other matching teeth depending on whether your extraction is top or below will also start to grow “longer” since it cannot find its “friend” ):

The dentist gave me four options to choose from: root canal + crowning, bridging, dental implants or braces. The first wasn’t recommended as my tooth as told was pure ROTTEN so the chances of a successful root canal is low hence OUT. Second one requires the neighbour tooth to be reduced in size which is so so harmful to healthy tooth so OUT too. Third, it costs a bomb D: 4k plus as quoted. So I’m left with the last resort, braces. Especially since I’m young (said by the dentist but I do not feel that way anymore).

The Plan

I searched online forums intensively, determined to find an orthodontist that suited my budget and expertise. Finally decided on About Braces after numerous positive comments given by people in the forums. According to them, Dr Stefan Vaz is an awesome orthodontist and it is worth the price he quotes. Therefore I decided to give it a try!

The Experience

I called them to ask about their prices since almost nothing was on the official website. The response was really prompt. I got an email replying to my queries the next morning and to ensure that I have seen it, the receptionist gave me a call. After that, she also tried to clarify further doubts I have which was really good and in no time, I had an appointment made for the next day.

First Visit: Taking X-rays and constructing a mould Upon reaching, the receptionist was very patient and recognized I was a new customer immediately. Gave me a form to fill in and in less than 15 minutes, I was in the waiting room. Once inside, a nurse assisted me to get ready and wait for Dr Vaz. When he came, he checked the condition of my teeth and asked why I wanted braces which I honestly gave a reply to. For some reason, I had a feeling it wasn’t the answer he wanted so he replied “But you want to make your teeth straight as well right?”. I nodded and the nurses tended to me after he left the room.

They started to prepare for dental plaster to make a exact mould of my teeth then two X-Rays. She also took a few pictures of my facial features so that they can analyse my jaw structure, etc. After which, I was told that I can leave (pretty shocked, thought there’ll be more) upon payment and making the next appointment for the advising of braces choices. I paid $200++ for the X-Rays and mould which the receptionist said would be refunded if I ever decide to do braces with them as it’ll be included in the package. The earliest appointment which I could make was a month later unless I am able to make it during mornings.

Impression till now: Pretty good service even though I saw the orthodontist for less than 5 minutes. I expected that anyways  because when I was waiting, almost every five minutes, a patient came in. So I guess they have the appointment packed really tight. Efficiency at its maximum. The nurses were very helpful, definitely knowledgeable about what they are doing and are quick to respond to any queries you may have.

Second Visit: Advice on braces choice A month passed. This time once I reached the place, Dr Vaz was free to attend to me immediately and started to explain what the arrangements would be. First he elaborated about which teeth I needed to extract with guiding illustrations from the X-ray taken the previous appointment and the already ready mould. I had to extract four tooth (seems reasonable), two from each side, top and bottom. I didn’t take a picture of the mould but this was how it is.

Diagram of my teeth
Diagram of my teeth

The picture pretty much explains the condition of my teeth and what I would have to do next (No my teeth aren’t too little. It’s just that I couldn’t find any diagram that is completely the same as mine). Oh, and the lower row of my teeth is supposed to be messy. Not like how it seems on the picture. And so, four pre-molar tooth to be extracted. Next, he continued and advised me on the type of braces they had. Basic metal ones were $4800, ceramic additional $500, self-ligation additional $1400 and invisalign starting from $7000. I chose the first one since he felt that self-ligation braces have no substantial evidence on it working faster than normal ones. Plus, ceramic is just for colour sake and invisalign is too expensive and troublesome as I’ll have to go back every 2 weeks to get a new set.

I was also told that they outsource the extraction services to dentists at Mount Elizabeth or a Bishan branch. Prices vary by around $10 with ME being more expensive. Then the receptionist assisted me with the referrals. I wanted to choose ME because I trusted their expertise more but she said that the next appointment would be in late April which I couldn’t accept. So I decided to go along with the Bishan option and had my two appointments arranged 5 days from each other in the following week. That’s pretty fast. Then, I was able to book my next appointment which included having seperators inserted and cleaning of my teeth (cleaning includes 8 or 10 sessions spaced throughout the entire braces duration and costs an additional $200++).

Impression till now: Really smooth delivery and I couldn’t ask for more. All I had to do was turn up at the dental clinic at Bishan, hand them over a referral letter and the dentist would do the rest. Sounds good.

Third & Fourth Visits: Extraction of teeth I had a hard time finding the place despite using Google Maps because being located at the shophouses, the layout was really messy. In the end, I realised I took a long detour which wasn’t needed to reach the dental clinic. To my surprise, the receptionists was really friendly (Pardon my stereotyping). Completed a really short form and in 1 minute, the dentist was ready to see me (I was early by 15 minutes for my appointment). As I have not stepped into a dental clinic since two years ago for the extraction of my wisdom tooth, I was feeling really fidgety.

The dentist Dr. Tang was very approachable. He puts me at ease with his outgoing personality with questions like “Where are you studying now? How is it?”. In no time, I was feeling much relaxed than before. He proceeded to numb my gums which wasn’t painful at all (I do not generally feel much pain for injections). The only slight sting was when he injected into my gum bed which I was grateful for because I do not want to suffer the aftermath of inadequate anesthetic. He gave me the option of extracting both from my right or left first. I had no preference and left it to his discretion since he was the professional here. He admitted that it was a challenging decision to make as both sides are quite on par.

The right side where there is a decayed tooth at the top is a tough one as it might not withstand the pressure while extracting and crack halfway. This would result in a minor operation to cut my gum to remove the remains. The other side where the tooth is growing out of nowhere would require much wriggling as it is difficult to grab hold of it with the instrument (I had a tooth extracted when I was in primary one due to decay. After that, it refused to grow till I was secondary two and my remaining teeth had already grown. So it had no space and therefore protrude).

The extractions at the left side was amazingly fast. My decayed tooth was able to come out in a piece (thank god, no surgeries) and Dr. Tang was relieved too. He started to joke that he must be really good at this and was really proud of himself (lol). The healthy tooth gave way easily.

For the right side, the protruding tooth proved to be a huge problem. I swore he used 4 tools to try and wriggle the tooth out. However no matter how he tried, it just keeps wavering there and does not come out. Every time he changed a tool to grip hold of that stubborn fella, it would chip a little and he would say “Oh no. Now it gets a little more challenging”. That wasn’t very assuring. Me on the other hand who was trying to tell the tooth mentally to just give up. Finally after five minutes or so, the tooth gave way and as predicted by Dr. Tang, it was a curved root. The root was hinged between the neighbouring tooth and therefore was stuck unless pulled in the other direction. A clearer illustration is as seen below (Pardon my drawing skills through paint :p).

Curved root
Curved root

After the extractions, I was given a mask so as to not scare others away with my blood. My own walking dead series (haha). Paid $145 for the right side and $165 for the left side as it was more complicated.

Impression till now: I feel guilty for stereotyping and doubting his expertise. He’s really skilled in what he is doing. Have to stop judging them by where they are located.

For four days after the extractions, I couldn’t eat properly. My mum was so excited and bought one whole cupboard full of baby liquid food for me to eat and I was trying to tell her that I can’t finish them all. Oh well, now that I can eat solid food already, I’ll have to think of ways to finish all these -_-” But I’m still grateful to my mum because she’s so worried I will not be able to get much nutrition and kept cracking her brains to think of foods which I would be able to take in easily. Mash potato, ice cream (BEST FOOD EVER), potato porridge, baby cereal/oat, tauhuey, agar agar, etc.

Okay, shall end here as this post is getting far way too long! Next post will be about the cleaning of my teeth and separators (: