"Your teeth look like you're married to a Dentist," said my Orthodontist.
I smiled and thought to myself, "Oh, I wish." Because, I'd love to marry a Dentist. Free dental care for life? Yes, please and thank you.
I then pondered if he had talked to my mother recently and knew that her wish was to see her young 20something married or at least with a boyfriend. Anyway, that's a topic I'd probably discuss on my other blog.
Remember when I talked about my brace-face saga? Well, I had enough of the jaw pain and the gap in my two front teeth. (I know. I should accept my imperfection, but not when my shifted imperfection is causing me strife!) Right before work, I headed over to my Ortho and told him enough was enough. I told a dramatic tale about my retainer breaking and how it subdued the pain in my jaw and how I hated the gap in my teeth and blah, blah, blah.
Mr. Orthodontist, then confirmed that I was in fact grinding my teeth at night and that a mouth guard wouldn't help my problem. He said that I would not only need to get a new retainer (uh, duh), my retainer would have a bite plate to prevent my grinding teeth from breaking the retainer's wire. Some type of twisted wire is going to be placed in the middle of the retainer, so my gap closes and I am back to commercial ready teeth.
In the meantime, I've been working on my dental care. That involves flossing twice a day, using an antiseptic mouthwash and restoring my enamel while whitening my choppers with Crest's 3D White Toothpaste. I haven't really seen great results, as I've only been using it for a week. The tube claims that in 90 days my pearly whites should be multiple shades whiter! Well, we'll see...