BRACES WEEK 4 X FIRST BRACES FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENT

Hey there,

I know I’ve been a little behind schedule with this update. Everyday i wake up with the determination to write up a new blog post, and while I’m having a shower I draft the post out in my head. For some reason, I am able to come up with a whole chunk of things to post about when I’m in the shower but the moment I step out of the toilet, all my ideas seem to drain away from me. That makes me really discouraged and I end up starring at a blank screen not knowing what to write. (sigh)

Nonetheless, I finally decided that I do not have hit perfection on a post because it should be candid and sincere, so here I am typing away without a care, and IT FEELS GOOD!

Anyway here are the pictures for the 4th week of braces!

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Before braces and after 1 month of with braces

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Is it just me or do you find that my bottom crooked teeth seem to be even more crooked?! Is that even normal?

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Bottom row week 1 to 4
I think I am not just seeing things and that it’s true! Notice how the crooked teeth is week 4 is way more severe than the one in week 2? I hope it’s just an angle problem. :/

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Top row week 1 to 4
There isn’t much of a change except the closing distance between the spaces that my extracted teeth left.

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The wires on the bottom row has left little dashes on my inner bottom lip. It hurts terribly when I close my mouth and the wires sink back into the “moulds” again. In addition it hurts like hell when an ulcer decides to make a home in the little “moulds”. I had a week of #FML moment thanks to them.


I went back to the dentist for a change of wires and rubber bands last week. My dentist is so popular I had to wait about 45 minutes before I get to see him despite having an appointment.

I complained to him about the poking wires at the back of my mouth and he said that it was only 1mm protruding.. LOL But it hurts ok! Nonetheless he still trimmed the wires extra short for me this time so that don’t feel any pain. The ulcers at the back of my mouth finally had peace and healed pretty quickly. I love you Mr Lee 😛

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Can you spot the color of the bottom bands?
I was pretty excited to go for the appointment because I can finally change out of those yellowish transparent rubber bands and also get a new pop of color on the bottom row. I don’t know if it’s because i was too excited or if I am just traumatized with my previous fainting experience due to the extraction, the moment I arrived at the clinic I started having butterflies in my stomach and had to rush to the toilet. This has been happening almost every visit, even when I knew that there wouldn’t be any extreme procedures or pain during that visit. Anyone on the same boat as me?

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It’s PURPLE!!
I was having a hard time deciding if I should go for lavender or bright purple, but decided that the lighter one will most probably stain faster than the darker one. I think the assistant was a little pissed at my flickering mind. Ops! But hey, it is a big decision for me because I have to LIVE with it… for a month.

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Bottom row – start of 2nd month

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The crooked teeth has definitely slanted to a whole new angle and right now I have a gap between the crooked teeth and its neighbour, so food gets stuck in between. And let me tell you, it is freaking tough to remove the stuff stuck in between when I’m eating. It’s so annoying!

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Top row – start of 2nd month

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Week 1 vs start of 2nd month

The slanted tooth circled above has definitely closed back in and start to rotate anti-clockwise.

All in all, I just hope that the crooked teeth don’t stray anymore further, and that the extraction gaps close up completely soon so that food like noodles don’t start curling around the expose wires.

That’s it for now!
Oh here’s a unnecessary #OOTD picture from my instagram (wide grin)

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Outfit from MARIXSTYLE (http://www.carousell.co/marixstyle)
XOXO,
Iris
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BRACES WEEK 3

Hey there!

I’m back for a mini update on my week 3 braces!

There really isn’t much of a noticeable difference this week, hence I will make this post short and sweet.

I have been eating things without a care in the world, and my teeth are holding up pretty well!
Slacking all around at home means that I have the tendency to snack excessively.
Since I had my braces on, I have had crazy cravings for otah, bubble tea (PEARLS!!) as well as chips.
I was not able to enjoy these fully until a few days ago! I drank my favourite WOOBBEE Honey Mint with Pearl, and I felt like I was in heaven. To be honest, I did not enjoy it as much as I did when I didn’t have braces. That’s because the mini pearls get into the gap left behind from my extractions and refuse to leave its position. In addition as I only have 2 back teeth left, I find it hard to chew many pearls at a go. Nonetheless, I am contented. (Wide braces grin)

Also, everytime when I eat chips, my Mom will remind me that my ceramic braces snap easily. I mean, chips are really not that hard to chew, so there’s no need to worry, right? (I hope..) Furthermore I try to take smaller bites so I’m sure the snapping situation will not happen to me. FINGERS CROSSED.

Anyway, I just want to express my relieve about getting ceramic braces. Because it is seriously quite unnoticeable, people who haven’t seen me for awhile did not even realize I had them on until I mention to them!! That’s a good thing for me, because I hope that my braces stay as unnoticeable as possible and slowly work their magic secretly. 😛

Pictures time!

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Week 3 – Natural Smile

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WEEK THREE

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WIDE GRIN

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Bottom row

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Top Row
To be honest, I cannot wait to go for my next braces appointment.
In my opinion, any time whereby your teeth are not aching is time that has been wasted.
I just want to hurry and go to my next appointment, get my teeth tighten a whole lot again and let them shift as soon as possible. But there must be a reason why dentists make us come the next month, right?
Oh well, I shall be patient. (Sigh)That’s it for this week! When I see more improvements in my teeth, I will be sure to update!

XOXO,
Iris

BRACES WEEK 2 X MY VIEW ON KDRAMA “BRIDE OF THE CENTURY”

Hey there!

I survived Braces Week 1! (Happy dance) It may be too early for me to celebrate, but I feel like I’ve overcame the worse part of this braces process.

I have gotten comfortable with having my braces on, to the point whereby I sometimes forget I even have them in my mouth. However, eating is still quite a hassle because the food gets stuck in every single gap possible!! It gets very annoying and when my tongue tries to get the food out, the brackets/wire cut at it, resulting in tongue ulcers. No fun I tell you, not fun. Now I’ve learnt to be more diligent and keep my tongue away from my braces, especially the back area where the wire ends because when the wire cuts the tongue, it’s hell lot of pain.

I did not experience any major ulcers whatsoever, just that the wire at the back still pokes into my cheeks. I no longer put wax on the rough areas because it’s so troublesome and I don’t want to eat any more wax than I already did. (I know it is non-toxic, but still..)

One problem I realized is that lipstick smudge easily onto my braces because the brackets are protruding. This is a big problem to me because I love bright lipsticks, however when the lipstick smudges onto the brackets, it is usually hard to remove without the flossing tool. In order to avoid this problem, I usually do the finger trick (insert finger into mouth, purse lips together and withdraw finger) to ensure that the lipstick do not get too close to the teeth.

My lisp is slowly going away, however I can no longer smile without my teeth showing because it looks very forceful and the sides of my lips will not close together thanks to the protruding brackets. (And that means I cannot selfie without showing my braces TT )

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Week 2 – Natural smile
More toothy pictures under the cut!
Click on “Read More” on the right!

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A comparison between my teeth at the start of week 1 and 2.
I used a proper camera for week 2’s picture instead of my phone’s camera, and that is probably why the image looks so much clearer and whiter. (However, I would like to think of it as my teeth getting whiter due to the extra amount of care I give them. DON’T POP MY BUBBLE PLEASE!)
There is not much visible difference at this angle, for the moment.

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Here’s a comparison of my bottom row.
I understand that week 1’s picture is really blur as compared to week 2’s. (I promise to use a proper camera from now on!)
But the image below will show the areas that have slight differences.

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The red circles identify the areas that are of slight difference.
I have really crooked front teeth at the bottom row, and if you look closely at the areas that are circled, there are some improvements despite the short period of time.
The circled area on the left shows that the tooth is no longer overlapping as much as before. When I look into the mirror, from the inside, it is more obvious because I start seeing the edge of the slanted tooth that used to be covered by the tooth beside it.
Similarly, the circled area on the right shows that the tooth does not overlap the tooth beside it as much as before.
These are really small improvements that may not seem obvious enough to others, but because they are my teeth, I am able to better notice and even feel the difference.

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Here’s my upper row comparison picture.
The upper row has relatively less movements as compared to the lower one. Probably because the upper row does not have as much problems as the bottom row.

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Not sure whether you can see it clearly or not, but my two front teeth on the upper row has shifted slightly inwards and is not as protruding. I feel like the degree that they protrude has lessen, which is awesome. Because the braces has made my teeth feel so tight, when I push my tongue against the two front teeth, I can feel them shifting outwards a little and when I use my tongue to pull them back, they shift back a little. They feel a little loose, like baby tooth that can be shook when they are about to fall out.

It may not be as clear from the above picture, but from the picture below, you can see the difference in the degree angles of the “V”.

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See? I’m not delusional, right?

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I haven’t seen much improvements in the 4 gaps’ closure. The upper gaps are about 0.7cm now, while the lower gaps are about 1cm. Hopefully they will close up soon because the food kept getting stuck at these holes and are unable to be rinsed out because of the wire blocking.


I’ve been watching the Kdrama “Bride of the Century”, starring Lee HongKi, thanks to Dav’s recommendation!
It’s quite an enjoyable drama, and seeing that so many drama reviewers have been hooked on the show, this is definitely a good drama to catch. However, despite the awesome plot concept, I feel like the show is seemingly lacking.Putting aside the visually attractive actors (HONGKI <3), I feel like there are many loopholes in the development of the plot. The actresses’ acting skills  are beyond awesome, especially the lead actress! She carries a double role so well! However, I feel that the guys are the ones that need some brushing up. In my opinion, Hongki did so much better as Jeremy in “You’re Beautiful” than this drama. I feel like he wasn’t able to sink into character and sometime you can see from his eyes that he’s not immersed in his role. I’m sure he is capable for something better than this, but probably the role of a cold hearted heir does not really suit our bubbly band singer.

Tell me I’m not alone in this, but I have an issue with his character’s fashion sense as well. Like, WHAT’S UP WITH THE NEVER ENDING TURTLE NECK?! I don’t have a neck fetish, mind you, but Hongki does not seem very tall and that disappearing neck is not helping!

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We need some Hong Ki Collarbones please, stylist Noona!

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Neck neck neck.

In addition, when the show is at its climax, I find myself hoping that Doo Rim will appear weaker instead of acting like Hercules and braving through all this shit alone because what Kang Ju needs to realize is that he’s not the only one hurting. Seeing his beloved being so strong makes him whimper even more. Maybe it’s just me in this one though, because many viewers seem to like that the girl doesn’t act all weak and stuff. Call me outdated, but I still prefer the traditional storylines whereby the girls are always weaker in order to fulfil the appearance of the knight in shinning amour.

Oh, another issue I have is that the drama’s editing seems a little awkward and unnatural. I find that the show does not seem to flow very well between scenes and that bugs me a lot. I find myself getting confused sometimes, when a scene comes to an abrupt ending, and the introduction of a new scene does not link up with the previous one.

In addition, I absolutely hated the part whereby Yi Hyun is in coma because he’s protecting Doo Rim. As if there are not enough obstacles to cross, now Doo Rim has to be guilt-ridden by her Oppa?! It just drives me mad.

Despite my many complains, I still managed to sit through episode 11 and 12 consecutively yesterday, and this goes to show that the drama is not bad, if I can try to ignore all the tiny rages sparking in my head.

Now, to end off this post…
Here’s a mandatory awkward selfie for you.

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XOXO,
Iris