Bracie Gracie

Power Chain

Went to the dentist today. I was expecting a tooth extraction but HURRAY THERE WAS NONE TODAY!!

Dentist gave me a power chain. I know…sounds so canggih right? It’s just a super strong elastics to close the gap of my previous extraction. Suddenly I feel that my mouth is full of gadgets. And there’s going to be more added to the current collection next month.

Dentist suggested me to have a mini-screw. I don’t really like the sound of those 2 words. Mini-screw. Eww!

It’s going to be screw that would go through the gum. I have this very protruding molar which is giving me problems. I don’t want to lose it so I think I’m going with the mini-screw which would help to support that molar to move inwards then the dentist can extend my braces so that that molar will join the rest of the teeth. I don’t know if it hurts but I would want to think it hurts. Whether or not it hurts, I don’t really have a choice. So it’s just something I need to do next whether I like it or not.

Then, I might need a mini-implant. This one sounds scarier. Mini-screw will be taken off once the molar is corrected. Implant would mean  permanent because I’m planting a teeth. And thanks to my previous dentist who screwed up by removing my healthy molar… I have to do implant for my lower jaw…or else the mini-screw that supports the molar of the upper jaw will be knocking against my gum. I will be cursing my previous dentist until my braces treatment is over. It was supposed to be a much simpler process but because of that molar that was extracted when I was in secondary school, the story has changed.

Anyway, I’m seeing progress with the gap though. It’s still big but I know it’s moving inwards.

God bless Gracie and her teeth!

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My Teeth is Moving. Moving.

Read The Star and Sin Chew today while waiting for a friend in a hair salon. It’s been so long I actually finished reading 2 newspaper in a day. But what I read are mostly PKR.UMNO.PKR.UMNO. Can be a bit mind numbing.

Teeth hurt a little last night when I was about to sleep. I think it’s because there’s a gap now so the teeth are doing their job. They are MOVING. I was contemplating whether to pop in that painkiller. It wasn’t so painful that I need it but I just wanted to sleep. In the end, I told myself I can hang on to this numbness and I did. When I woke up today, it no longer hurt. I have to be careful when eating now because I’m sticking to soft food and smaller chunk of food. I’m okay with meat so long it’s tender and it’s small in size. I am not comfortable with the idea of food bumping up the gap of the 2 extracted teeth. Feels a bit geli though I’m not very sure if it would hurt. Maybe the food are already touching them when I eat now and it’s not painful but my mind is playing tricks. I’ll give it a few days before I take out some courage to bite more solid stuff.

I can’t wait for the day when I can chew on whatever I eat without thinking.

One troublesome thing added to the list is that I have to have the rubberband hooked on the braces all the time, except when I’m eating. But I’m sure I’ll adapt to that.

Spent some time with mum at the mall and did some groceries shopping because she wasn’t in a jolly mood. Pappy and her had a fight but they are in talking terms again now. Wanna soak up the remaining weekend with Oprah at 8pm and whatever’s on the telly.


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Bye Bye Teeth!

Finally, the day has come!

I was all prepared for it and actually couldn’t wait for the teeth to be extracted because I don’t see any progress due to the lack of room and space for the teeth to move.

I had 2 of them extracted at 10am today. It’s been 7 hours now and I still don’t feel any pain. A bit surprise about that..because I was expecting some pain. I hope it’s going to be painless even after this. The only painful part is the injection but I wouldn’t really call it painful because it’s like like an ant bite. Then I was asked to leave the room for the gum to get numb while the dentist worked on other patients. So I was nursing with the numbness outside and when I get back in, the dentist helped to do scaling, to clean away my plaques and then extracting my teeth. It was really really fast and I couldn’t believe my teeth is gone without feeling any pain. Wow!


This is how my teeth looks like now. There are 2 gaps at the upper right and upper left jaw in the picture. There’s also a rubber band that is hooked from the 2 teeth towards the back of my lower jaw, to tell the 6 front tooth of mine (grouped together with twisted wire) to move together inward. It may not seem obvious in this picture due to the angle of it but my upper jaw is more protruding than my lower jaw.


This is a close-up picture. Hope it’s not too gross for your liking. hahaha. I will be taking pictures of the gap from time to time to see how long it takes to narrow it.

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6 Months and Counting..

About 3 weeks ago, a small stretch of the braces wire (in between two teeth) broke and it was lucky that I realised it before I actually swallow that sharp thing. I was chewing on the very tough and chewy suckling pork and after dinner, I was checking my teeth with my tongue and I felt the loosening of the wire and then felt the broken wire.

Macam macam.

I went to the dentist today for my monthly checkup. The dentist changed to a harder wire for me. It’s so hard, even the dentist was having a harder time fixing it on me, stretching and putting it in place with more force than he usually does. I could feel that it’s tighter than the other times, it felt like it’s as though I’m putting on braces for the first time.

After a few hours, I was really beginning to feel the soreness of it. I cannot bite because it hurts. Just picture my teeth as a set of cymbal (the tung tung qiang instrument), when the upper teeth meets the lower teeth, the pain echoes. Just like when you clash the cymbal, it makes a loud noise and then echoes a little and then the sound stops.

I had porridge for 3 meals in a period of 2 days. That also I spend at least half an hour to finish up one bowl of porridge. Brushing teeth is another pain, especially when it comes to brushing the front teeth, both upper and lower jaw.

Although it’s painful this time around as compared to the previous times, I’m happy also because when it’s painful, it means the teeth is moving. So the more painful it is, the faster it moves. I can see some difference now. A few teeth that is caved in, is caving out. Once shy but now braving itself to see the world. Haha.

The doctor told me to be prepared for extraction next month, depending on the progress of my teeth. Another scary process I need to go through but for the sake of my teeth, this is a must-do. Just hope it doesn’t hurt that much.

It has been half a year that I’ve braces. Another year to go. It shouldn’t be too difficult.

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Keropok Lekor and Me

I like the idea that Obama won! 😀

I was eating keropok lekor during lunch, as my dessert I would say and I heard a sound coming from my mouth. Like something clashing but ignored it because I couldn’t feel anything, it didn’t hurt.

I felt that there was like something stuck in my mouth after that, thought it was some leftover of the keropok still stuck in my mouth. But no…it was one of the brackets of my braces. It came off! It’s now hanging on the arch wire, sliding left and right with much joy after having stuck on my back teeth for close to 5 months now. Times flies doesn’t it…I’m going into my 5th month of wearing braces.

I’m reporting to work very early tomorrow so that I can go off earlier to see my dentist after work. No more keropok lekor for now!

I’m also growing back my hair. It has been about 6 months since I cut my hair short and it’s about time I grow it back. Pappy loves me with long hair and he has been reminding me twice about keeping my hair long.

“I don’t look nice in short hair, is it?”

“No…I didn’t say that..I just asked you to keep it long.”

“I really don’t look nice in short hair, is it?”

“I didn’t say that…just keep it long.”

Some guys really dig long hair. I’ve got pretty mixed reaction with the cut of my hair. It’s either, “What happened to you?”  or “You look damn nice in short hair.” I’m not really sure which one I look better in but the thing that prompted me to cut it short is when I see someone who can pull it off with short hair and looks great, I have this sudden urge of wanting to cut it and have that kind of style too.

I still like my hair short…but I’m going to keep it a long short. Not too long and not too short. Get it rebonded and I’ll look like a goddess.

Then you’ll see me walking like there’s a strong wind blowing towards me…but there’s just no wind…just me swinging my head. Hahaha.

I also liked the idea that I found another alternative to drive home from my work place. That would make it the 4th route to drive home from work. And do you know that one of the favourite things I like to do is to keep track of the odometer? Knowing how far is the destination from my house. And do you know that I only knew that I could actually reset the odometer (not the main one) to zero so that I can see the kilometres going up instead of jotting down the kilometre from the main odometer then get it subtracted with the new kilometre measurement once I reach my destination….after 2 years of having this car?

That’s not the only thing. I also realised that I could actually make the wiper to do a quick job, just one wipe of the windscreen by pushing the steering column switch up lightly…after maybe a year and a half of driving this car of mine?

The most classic one of all hor…is I don’t even know that a spare tyre existed…because it’s hidden in the bottom of my boot and I don’t get to see it. It’s covered and when I don’t see it, I think it doesn’t exist. I had the guts to tell AAM when I called them up one day to fix my flat tyre that I don’t have a spare tyre and asked them to bring one for me to have it replaced with my flat tyre. The operator must be laughing at me then it suddenly dawned on me that a spare tyre do exist after calling my dad. I had to then call AAM back again to rescue me…because I had a spare tyre with me. They don’t fix it for you if you don’t have one.

So you see…sometimes I’m a bit dungu…but it’s being dungu that makes you smart.