I realize this is redundant for those of you who know me from Facebook or Instagram, but my littlest girlfriend had her braces removed. And just in time for the new year!
This was immediately following some rough treatment of her teeth and gums, unfortunately. She is also wearing an Invisalign tray, which acts as her retainer. My how things have changed from the days of my sister’s braces. Luckily I was able to avoid braces myself, but I made up for it in cavities.
And speaking of cavities… I also had some dental work done to round out 2013 when I had the dentist remove all of my black amalgam fillings. I did a lot of research on those old fillings, and even though everyone at the ADA says they’re perfectly healthy, I just didn’t feel comfortable carrying around a mouth full of unstable mercury in my mouth. Whether it’s a placebo effect or real science, I am quite pleased with myself and my decision. And, of course, with my dentist, who used all the best methods of removal to prevent mercury poisoning in the process (the dentist and hygienist also need to use precautions for their own health.) I’m so pleased that I go to a dentist who stopped using amalgam a long time ago, so that my kids don’t have to go through the process of removal themselves. Because, really, as a kid the only thing worse than getting a filling (well, besides a fluoride treatment, don’t even get me started…) is getting a filling removed and refilled. I would know. It took two visits to get my mouth whitened up (2.5 hours total with my mouth wide open, ugh!), and that was pushing it. The dentist would have preferred I spread them among three visits, ideally, but two doses of Novocain were plenty for me.
If you are currently carrying amalgam fillings around with you in your mouth, I strongly suggest you do some of your own research on the mercury content in those old fillings (and the stability of the mercury) and make your own decision on how they could be affecting your body and mind. For me, it just made sense to have them removed for health reasons. Some people want them replaced for aesthetic reasons, and that’s all good, too. I like laughing with my mouth wide open as much as the next gal!
I love one and done improvements, don’t you? I mean technically it was two for me and almost two long years for little CC, but who’s counting?