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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.
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The gum grafting was going to be done to just two of my lower teeth -- the ones that needed the most attention. I was injected with a local anesthetic that would block out the sensation of flesh being liberated from the roof of my mouth and then stitched on top of my lower gum line. After a few scrapes I was quite sure that I was feeling the scraping much more than I should be...
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.