Monday, January 14, 2008

First post-op adjustment (#13)

Today was adjustment #13, my first adjustment after surgery. I'm in my 10th week post-op, a little bit later than usual due to the holidays and rescheduling. I was 10 minutes early, and a good thing too because he ended up doing a lot more work than expected. He had to replace 5 or 6 brackets on top, I lost count! They were all broken or loose from surgery and I didn't even know it! Probably due to the elastics is my guess. My intuition about my right central incisor was correct, the bracket was clearly broken and in the photo below you can see that it has already almost put the tooth back in place. Dr W did the rebonding himself this time and had me outta there in 40 minutes flat. Speedy gonzales! Best of all it didn't even hurt an ounce! I think he put a lighter wire on, so that definitely made it easier for me, but I was sure I'd feel something when he tightened the ligature ties. Go figure. I do feel some burning now but nothing unbearable, and I took an Advil before I left anyway. All the brackets were intact on the bottom and he ran out of time so he didn't change anything there. I go back in 8 weeks, seemingly forever! (But I see Dr T on Friday.)

Another great piece of news is that I only have 2 payments left! Woohoo!


At 11:15 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Its funny how those teeth move so fast, makes me wonder how on earth they stay put when you get your braces off. Hmmmm

At 6:21 AM, Blogger JenNicole said...

I can not believe how far you have come!!! Your teeth look so amazing! But even after being out of braces, I see those thick wires and my teeth hurt! Another thing I am seem to have one longer/bigger frontal incisor? The more I look at your teeth the more they remind me of mine. Congrats on your amazing progress!

At 6:38 AM, Blogger Tara said...

YEAH!!! Only two payments left! That's very exciting. I was SO excited the day I paid my braces off. What a nice feeling. Will the ortho change your bottom wire next time? I HATED those surgical hooks. It makes it that much harder to floss.

Lookin good!
~ Tara

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Kristy Clucas said...

wow your teeth are fitting together so nicely in that picture, but how come they left the surgical hooks on? Do u still need them for elastics?

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Graham said...

Michelle: I ditto that! They begin moving within hours so I dunno what to think. I guess it's all ok though if you realize that ortho has been done this way forever.

JN: Yeah I know the right one looks bigger/longer in the photo, that's because that bracket was broken. He fixed it yesterday and now the tooth is already back in place and looks the same as the left again. I'll be updating the photo again in a couple of weeks probably.

Tara: Yep, he'll do the bottom wire next time. We ran out of time yesterday is all. I was contemplating calling in for another appointment to do it but I'll probably just wait.

Kristy: Actually I had 2 hooks on before the rest of the surgical hooks went on, so I guess he left those two there, but I am not currently using any elastics. The bottom hooks will come out next time. I would have liked them to be gone yesterday but he ran out of time. They don't really bother me except for the odd bit of food getting stuck.

At 3:08 AM, Blogger Shontell said...

Oh I envy you with those midlines Graham! ;)

At 11:01 PM, Blogger GrAciE said...

Hi there,

I haven't even got my braces on and was just trying to find out about Dr. Tocchio as I heard he's one of the best in town. To my surprise (fortunately I might add..), I landed on your blog and saw your progress and man.. it looks good. I know I need surgery, but not sure what I need exactly yet, but have tons of questions. (a bit scared abt the whole thing really..) Do you mind me bugging you with some qs? ;p

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Graham said...

Hi Gracie... Glad you found my blog and I hope you find it helpful. Sure, hit me up with some questions. Drop me an email if that's easiest. Dr T definitely is the best in Canada.
gstephen at hotmail dot com

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Connie said...

Hi Graham!

My name is Connie. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I just found your blog. I had the LeFort and BSSO done last Tuesday. My God, I never expected pain like this! I"m currently wired shut, not able to open my mouth at all, and can only drink liquids. My first port-op check-up is coming up, Feb. 6/08.

Your blog is giving me something to look forward to everyday, knowing that someone else has gone through what I'm currently going through. For that, I thank you.

The numbness of my upper lip, lower lip & chin is about ready to kill me....and the swelling too. Sometimes I wonder if it's ever going to get any better? I'm tired of taking Dilaudid, Naprosen and Tylenol for pain, and I'm only 5 days post-op!

Anyways, keep writing, I enjoy reading!

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Graham said...

Hi Connie, thanks for reading and I'm really glad you find my blog helpful - it's the main reason I started it. I hope your healing goes well. Just remember that it takes time - by the end of week 3 you will feel miles better. Keep drinking as much protein and calories as you can manage!

At 1:27 PM, Blogger bridget said...

Graham! I hope everything is going swimmingly with you. We need an update!
For previous-commenter Connie, I couldn't help but notice the words "wired shut". Hoo boy do I feel your pain. Feel free to give me a shout!


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