Whenever I get bad news from a dr about some new medical problem, I always call my mom and thank her for contributing her awful genes.
I know that sounds terrible, but I’ve watched my mother slowly deteriorate since I was in preschool, being subjected to surgery after surgery. The poor woman doesn’t have any of her non-essential organs left. The scary thing is, that a lot of the things that have gone wrong with her are now slowly starting to go wrong with me. Yay for aging!
One of the things that I thought I had missed out on was my mother’s family’s awful teeth. My mother and aunt both had severe crowding and were in braces throughout my early childhood. My mother’s case was especially bad, as the crowding was coupled with an overbite so severe that she was completely lacking a chin.
She had jaw surgery when I was around 5 and almost died due to the stellar care she received in my hometown’s local hospital. She was apparently given solids before she was supposed to be and her incisions got severely infected. Her face blew up like a balloon and I wasn’t allowed to see her because she looked so awful.
Somehow, due to more stellar south Georgia medical care I’m sure, I was diagnosed with the same severe overbite during a consult with an orthodontist about some minor crowding of my upper teeth when I was 13. It’s amazing how I had a dentist that just missed that considering I’d been going to the same one every 6 months since I was 5 years old. I never had any idea anything was wrong because I have a prominent chin and no one had ever told me.
I didn’t have the surgery. I had braces for 9 months to fix the mild crowding and went on with my life. However, once I hit my 20s, my teeth started to shift much as the orthodontist said they would. My lower teeth started tilting forward to close the gap, which I was told would cause the roots to destabilize and make it much more likely that I’d lose those teeth.
I chatted with a few different dentists around atlanta about it, and they all agreed that I needed the surgery. I never acted on it because I am terrified of surgery and didn’t have adult ortho coverage on my dental insurance.
Fast forward to landing my new job with ridiculous benefits. My dental insurance now covers adult ortho, and within a couple of months I had made the leap and gotten braces. I’m in them for 2ish years, and I’ll have my jaw broken and reset sometime next spring/summer. My jaw will be tightly wired shut for 2 weeks and loosely wired shut for 6 weeks after that.
I’m expecting lots and lots of milkshakes.crossposted from fuzzdecay.com.