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One step closer! 😃

I got the band holders on my teeth today!!
I wasn’t sure what to expect or what they even looked like, I couldn’t find any pictures of them without braces.

I got to my appointment and was told that my surgeon sent a letter to my ortho stating that she didn’t think my teeth were straight enough for surgery. (This got me a little upset for a couple reasons, but I’d rather not rant about it.) … but after my ortho talked with her, he convinced her that my teeth are literally as straight as they can be. She approved, that’s all that matters. 🙂

I feel like getting the band holders on, was a big step. I recognized an hour before my appointment that my smile would never be identical to how it was at that moment. In a short time, I’d have some kind of metal on my teeth (alteration of my smile) which would lead to the actual surgery (huge impact of my smile).

So, in memory of my old smile…. my very last picture.

Out with the old, in with the new… until surgery.

They look similar to braces! They put them on most of my teeth. Here’s a closer picture.

The purpose of these band holders are: when I get the surgery, they’re going to wrap rubber bands around them, connecting my upper teeth to my lower teeth. That explains why they’re so close to my gums. It’s the most solid point of the tooth, and it’ll put less strain on them to shift/move. The rubber bands will keep everything tight for awhile to give the jaw time to heal properly. Pretty logical.

They took my retainer and carved around each of the little brackets, so I’m still able to wear that.

I’ve been getting things to eat afterwards. So far, I’ve bought (or thought of) Boost/Special-K protein drinks, broth, yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal, jello, mashed potatoes/eggs/beans. If you have other ideas, let me know, I’ll probably get bored of eating soft food lol. I’m trying to eat as many of my favorite foods that I can in the last 2 weeks. 🙂

I can’t believe it… one week from today. So crrrrrazy!