Sunday, August 10, 2014

I definitely needed braces...

In going through old pictures I realized something: I definitely needed these braces.

Exhibit 1: Summer 2012. 
If all you see is yummy food, look closer.

This is what my bite looked like completely biting down on the posterior molars. I have an open bite, so you see a dark gap between the top and bottom teeth. There is where the teeth do not overlap (or touch at all).

Exhibit 2: April 2014.

The picture is after 18 months of ortho treatment. My bite has completely closed down and you can't see the gap between my teeth at all. My braces has also straightened out my crooked teeth on the top and gotten rid of the gaps in my bottom teeth. These are minor things compared to my open bite, but as a future dentist, I know these would have bothered me.

So in looking at my old pictures, I realized that I benefited a LOT from my braces. It's funny because I didn't think I needed braces when my dentist first suggested them. As a dental student (with two years of finest dental education under my belt) I can see the problems in my teeth/occlusion- those I was completely blind to before starting dental school. Also I now have nerdy things like "cavity fighter" stickers on my water bottles.

I'm now 22 months into my orthodontic treatment! It's been a long time but looking at those old pictures, it was totally worth it. I think I'm going on a diet of chocolate fudge and kettle corn once these come off...


  1. Aww Yesle, reading through your blog inspires me to write more!! I feel like I'm in a blogging slump - especially since the people at my school know about my blog now, and it's harder to write about personal things. Also, I have an open bite too! That's why I still have mamelons.. haha but yeah, I've been thinking about whether or not I should get braces again and ask if they can fix my underbite..

    Anyway, I love that you are so consistent about posting, and I hope that I can be that way over the next year :) D2 is supposed to be crazy, but blogging definitely helps bring a little sanity back into my life :3

  2. Hi Yesle! It’s great to know that you’ve been taking your dental issues seriously as you study dentistry. It will definitely help you in the future, when you’re already treating patients. Anyway, I do hope you continue your passion for healthy and whiter teeth. I also wish I could see more of your before and after photos in your future posts. Have a great day! :D

    Byron Kennedy @ A+ Family Dentistry

  3. I think your future patients will get genuine encouragement from your personal experience of using braces. The knowledge of knowing how it feels to have misaligned teeth and to endure the pain of braces just to get a perfect smile will be one of your advantages. Anyway, I’ve scanned your post and saw that you’ve finally removed your braces. I hope you’ll enjoy your healthy smile, and please continue sharing happiness to everyone. Have a great day!

    Denise Walker @ Flushing Implant Cosmetic Dentist

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