The mouth being one of the most important parts of our body, from verbal communication to food consumption, will never be that effective without its consisting set of teeth. These stubbed little bones, 28 all in an average adult person, will always share value with the mouth the same way the table is with its legs.
Teeth, as far as we’ve known since childhood, are bone structures found in our jaws that bite, chew, scrape, tear, or any possible usage that you may think.
For some a little bit of information, a single tooth in the most basic sense is made up of two parts: the crown and the root.
The crown is the part of the tooth starting from the gumline to its tip. It’s what you always see in a person while smiling, while eating, opening the mouth, and many more.
And the root is the opposite. If the crown is what you visibly see inside your mouth, the roots are the ones beneath those.
In some cases these set of teeth, from the incisors (the four front teeth), the canines (the fangs extremely elongated in horror flicks), to the molars (last three biggies), will misalign upon growing up—just like mine. Let’s not talk about its degree of disorder but let’s just say my dentist, Dr. Susan Yvette Morgia-Navarro, D.M.D., had little reasons to smile upon seeing my pearly whites last May 8, 2007, Tuesday.
On that same day, I finally had my braces. Wow, what joy I felt upon picturing myself flashing, smiling my straight set of teeth to anyone (no, not the horizontal kind of straight but the curving kind if you get what I mean). But my, oh my, the great happiness that came into my mind that time was just suppressed by the great stinging pain I am experiencing today. And still I am going to deal with my two impacted wisdom teeth next week, but that’s yet to be mentioned in a much later post.
According to the HealthyTeeth organization in their website, “Orthodontic treatment (or braces and retainers as they are sometimes called works by exerting a gentle pressure over time to straighten teeth that are growing, or have already grown, out of place.”
Braces have three basic parts:
1) Brackets - brackets that are attached to each tooth
2) Bonding or band - the material that attaches the bracket to the tooth
3) Arch Wire - a thin metal wire that runs from bracket to bracket
“Braces have come a long way from the "train track" look of years ago. Today, many orthodontic patients can get braces that attach to the backs of the teeth, or use transparent brackets.”
And because of this excruciating contraption wired in my teeth, I can neither bite nor chew. Oats and cereals in the grocery stores are trendy for me these days.
Mentioned in the same website, “having straight teeth is important. Teeth that are crooked or out of place (misaligned) affect the way a person chews and talks and how their smile looks. Because they have unnatural spaces, crooked teeth are harder to clean and are more likely to have cavities.”
This is very true.
Two years. Two years! That is the duration I have to patiently endure before witnessing the glory that impends before me.
And there’s just one thing that keeps on horrifying me aside from the fact if this metal-mission would fail: What will become of me this school year as a junior in a college?
Why, I don’t have plans strutting around the acacia-lined campus in a skeleton look!