Day 117 – My birthday dinner!
Just an update, a week into living without braces! Wordy post coming up!
As expected, it’s beyond magnificent. I’m no longer conscious whether there’s food stuck, I’m able to FLOSS. I missed flossing so much!!! Yes I did use the special flossing threads for braces when I had them on… but it was so troublesome and it was almost impossible to reach the back teeth!
Sometimes I forget that my braces are off, and I wonder why my mouth feels so strangely free… then I feel happy all over again when I realise I’m braces-free. Haha.
My friends and family all expressed surprise and delight at how much better I looked without braces, which made me even happier! Honestly, I didn’t think it made *that* much of a difference, but I guess they thought so? In any case, it makes me happy that they made a fuss! Haha.
The only person who was nonplussed was my husband… whoops. Haha. He thinks that I pretty much look the same with and without braces. In a way, I’m thankful for that I guess… since I personally felt that my mouth looked grimy with braces on. If he didn’t think so, then… phew? I think?
Since I’m also retainer-free for this week, I’m also pretty nervous about my teeth shifting, and I randomly do checks and look in the mirror in fear that they have shifted back to the original pre-surgery position. :S I know I’m just being paranoid, but it’s scary…
Anyway… thought I’d post a photo right of us right after my surgery too, just to remember…
Day 0 – RIght after surgery
Looking back, I’m pretty amazed by myself, at how positive I managed to be throughout everything. Looking at my photos in the first week, I now wonder how on earth did I find the strength to go through what I did? But yet, during those first 2 challenging weeks, I was genuinely happy and at peace with the recovery process.
If anything, this process has taught me that it is possible to cope with situations with strength that I didn’t even know I had. It’s my small but lofty hope that my experience can let others believe that it is possible for them as well. :)
However, I hope that I don’t give the false impression that a smooth recovery magically happens without any hard work.
It is indeed possible, but only with a relentlessly positive attitude, thorough knowledge and solid preparation (mentally, emotionally, and getting supplies ready).
I probably read through at least 200-300 jaw surgery blogs, and even found a medical journal on orthodontic procedures and painstakingly read through it as well. Then I bought every supply that I thought I could possibly need. I ended up only using maybe 50% of what I bought.
Over-preparing, perhaps? But my mentality I was not going to take any chances, not when I have the opportunity to make it easier for myself in advance. Why should I?!
“Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.”
Any underestimation of how tough the recovery process will be, can potentially cause it to be devastating and miserable. I have read a lot of bad experiences people go through during jaw surgery recovery, and I was determined not to be one of them, as far as I could help it.
And just to say this in advance for those who haven’t gone through surgery – if you don’t feel like eating after surgery, or don’t usually enjoy dairy/calcium-rich foods…. for goodness’s sake… put aside your mood for a moment and eat anyway!!
While I understand that emotions are very real and all that, sometimes, in some situations, there are things that are more important than our feelings. I hope no one goes through a painful recovery where they lose weight, hair, then go into depression… because it really, really doesn’t need to happen. Ok?
Ok that has been pretty heavy, so here’s a photo of me and my cat to lighten things back up!