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Almost three years ago, I decided to live out a teenage nightmare and I signed up for braces to correct my raging overbite. I've described my experience of having braces as grown up lady as well as the surprise jaw surgeries and gum grafting that came with it. Let me tell you, those operations pale in comparison to the daily drama of living with braces for three years.
I've had braces on my (finally straight!) teeth for over two years now and I have been documenting the trials and tribulations along the way. Aside from braces, upper and lower jaw surgery were deemed necessary for me in order to obtain a correct bite. My teeth were so poorly formed that braces could only accomplish so much.
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I discovered two alarming things while recovering from jaw surgery. The first: Now that my jaw was in two pieces, my teeth moved when I brushed them. The other major bit of news was that I was severely allergic to Percocet painkillers
I entered the years-long journey into adult braces in 2011. Amongst the list of banned foods were: hard fruits and vegetables, pizza, crusty bread... Pizza?! I was going to Italy in two weeks. Once there, I longed to bite into the plump and crispy cornetti pastry. I switched to a late morning glass of wine.