THE CULPRIT: Takot ako magpabunot ng ngipin nung bata pa ako. In our hometown, ‘di uso ang dentist. ‘Yung tatay namin ang nagbubunot ng mga ipin namin.
So what happens when a tooth is “ripe for picking”? – he gets this thread, pinapakapal nya (dun pa lang kinakabahan na ako), and then ties it on the tooth. Pulls it off in a snap! Most of the time, hindi naman masakit yung pagkakabunot but the process was traumatic. So what I did when I had a loose tooth before was I wouldn’t tell anyone, especially tatay. THE RESULT – the secondary tooth grew at the back of the primary tooth, hence, the crooked teeth.
|The result of my hard work — years of not telling my tatay I had a loose tooth. There’s the reward, haha!|
I was OK with my teeth before, I knew it was a consequence of not taking care of it. Sadly, I didn’t really give importance to my teeth when I was young – I just thought of it as my personal trademark – “who’s Nilyn? Ahhh, ‘yung ‘di ayos ang ngipin? OK. lol.”
That changed when Dane convinced me to get it fixed. He was like, “Love, magpabraces kaya ako dito (KSA)”. And I went: “no need, OK naman ngipin mo e”. And then he goes to me and said, “ikaw kaya magpabrace, Love, gusto mo?” I was reluctant at first but dinala nya ako sa sales talk nya.
Long story short, I contacted a church mate who was offering an upper and lower braces promo a few years back and asked her for a rate. Funny, they had Valentine’s Day promotion going on so I went to the clinic to get it done.
|Wow! I didn’t realize how crooked they were until I had the braces!
Last month, I decided to have my braces removed. The lower part is not completely fixed yet but I was OK with the result and I am honestly “tired” of it already. So finally, after 1 year and 8 months, I AM FREEEE! yaaay!
|One of my teeth has a stain na ‘di kayang tanggalin ng fluoride. Any tips on how to whiten this is highly appreciated! ♥|
Was I happy with the result? Yes, I was.
Ako yung tipong “kita-gilagid” pag ngumiti. The dentist offered to extract 4 teeth to change the profile of my face, para daw mas pasok na ang ngipin ko, and no more gilagid pag nag smile. I didn’t do it. Why? Because it means another 2 or 3 yrs with braces on. We have plans for next year which could mean na hindi na ako makakavisit monthly for the regular adjustment. Secondly, my friend said, sayang daw ang 4 na ngipin kung di naman sira. Minsan, lumuluwag daw sila, and that’s what happened to her. So I chose not to do it anymore. Maging happy nalang at naayos ang ngipin. 🙂
So what should you expect when getting braces? Here are a few things I learned during my (I call it) braces journey:
1. THE PRICE
The rate varies from one dentist to another but it is in the range of Php 25,000 – Php 130,000 if I’m not mistaken (mine was at a promotional price of 25k). You pay a small amount as a downpayment (mine was 5k DP) and pay the remaining balance during your regular visit.
2. THE FIRST DAY
After malagay ang braces, kumain kana ng marami because the pain doesn’t occur immediately after. Expect it to start the following day. So lamon na, bes!
3. SALIVA HERE and THERE (lol, excuse me lang)
OK, this may not happen to most people with new braces on but during the first night, I was so unprepared. I woke up with, errrm, a lot of saliva on the pillow. EWWW! Just being honest here, haha! That lasted for about a week. After that, nakapag adjust na yung bibig ko.
4. USE SOFT TOOTHBRUSH
Soft toothbrushes help greatly, especially during the first few weeks that you have your braces on. Sa sobrang sakit nya, wag mo ng dagdagan ang parusa ‘pag nagtu-toothbrush.
5. HERE AND THERE PART 2: SINGAW
Ugh! Expect this one too! Those braces can hurt really bad!
6. YOU CAN EAT RICE
It’s not true na hindi ka makakakain ng rice during the adjustment phase. Oatmeal is advisable, pero di ko kinaya ang oatmeal. So kumuha ako ng rice, nilagyan ko ng maraming sabaw, kinain ko without chewing. lol!
7. THE TIIS GANDA DURATION
The pain lasts for 2 weeks up to a month. First & second week, soooobrang sakit, you can take pain reliever ‘pag di na talaga kaya. You can also drink cold water para mahimasmasan kahit papano, at samahan mo na rin ng dasal, lol! Third week, don’t worry, unti unti na ‘yang kakalma. Later on, kada adjust nalang sya medyo may mararamdaman kang sakit.
8. SOME “DONT’S”
When it comes to food – say goodbye to chewy foods like gum, caramel, gummy bears, Mentos, Chubby, Frutos, etc. Don’t eat soft bones, kung mahilig ka nyan, babye muna. Ilang beses natanggal ang bracket ko because of eating my fave Jollibee Chickenjoy, lol!
9. WHAT YOU CAN’T DO
‘Pag may braces, more likely, di mo na mabubuksan ang sachet ng shampoo gamit ang ngipin mo. Pati na rin yung mga junk foods, putukin mo nalang or gamit ka gunting, haha.
Lastly, expect tinga tinga when eating! Lol! Well, meron naman talaga yan but when you have braces, it’s doubled, even tripled, haha! So bring toothbrush or gargle thoroughly after eating.