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A Year of Braceface

A Year of Braceface

January 16, 2018

Hey Everyone,

As of the 10th, I have had braces for exactly 1 year. 12 months. 365 days. Only 10-12 more months to go.

BracesLooking at the before and the now, there has been such a tremendous transition. I have gained so much confidence when I smile and also am more than willing to be in a picture. Before I had braces I would look at other people and see their perfect teeth and get very self-conscious.

At first, when I got the braces it was just the top and my front gap was closed right away. Only the top was applied because I had such an overbite that if I got the bottoms they would be bitten off in like 10 minutes. Ouch!!

Since I have Hypodontia and have either missing teeth or just have baby teeth halfway through the year I got my canines shaved down to look like the missing lateral incisors and my 1st premolars reshaped into the canines. The other option would have been to have implants put in to replace the lateral incisors, but that costs a lot of money $3,000- $5,000, which we do not have, and I think I would have looked funny with perfectly nice teeth but no incisors.

Also, the orthodontist found that underneath one of my baby teeth on the bottom there was a “hidden” adult tooth that could have become infected down the road. I had another decision to make: I could just leave the baby tooth alone and then in 3-5 years have an oral surgeon surgically remove it (ouch!!) or…I could have the baby tooth pulled and try and pull the adult tooth up and get a cap put on. Either way, the adult tooth was going to need to be dealt with so I didn’t get oral cancer. Being that I am scared of the possibility of getting any type of cancer I had the surgery to remove the baby tooth and found that the adult tooth wasn’t viable so it was also removed and a good chunk of my jaw bone. The recovery was longer than when I had my wisdom tooth removal, and I have to say more painful. Still a good decision.

The past year has changed my oral hygiene for the better. I have had to learn how to properly do it, and also the time and money needed to invest in the correct care. At first, it was difficult because I knew that I needed to brush but it was usually a quick 30 seconds of minimum effort once a day. So to do it twice a day for a full 2 minutes and add flossing, mouthwash, and the last few month using a Waterpik. I gotta say 30 seconds a day to a full 15-20 minutes twice a day was quite a transition for me. Now I can feel when my mouth is dirty.

Some of you will say, “How could you not know?” or something about how I was so gross. I have to agree. It was gross and I didn’t know because I wasn’t taught. I never went to the dentist growing up, I got a new toothbrush once a year. I’m very lucky that I even got a toothbrush in general with how I grew up. Now that I’m older and making a conscious decision to better myself and my family I’m learning a lot. This is all part of the journey. My kids will not have to worry about not knowing how to take care of their teeth. They brush, floss and Waterpik with me every morning and night. And if they need it (knowing Husband had braces for two years, and I have braces now they most likely will as well) they will be getting them.

Did you have braces? When? How long? Do you wish you had braces? Are you going to get braces in the future? Let me know. Be a part of this journey and tell me your experience in the comments.

See you on the other side.

 

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A Good Twist In the Journey

A Good Twist In the Journey

January 14, 2018

Hey Everyone,

So on Thursday night Husband, boys and I had dinner with Husband’s mom (MIL), step-dad (FIL), and brothers (BIL1 and BIL2). A get together is not a big deal because it is a very close-knit family that randomly has get-togethers like this, I would say every one-to-two months. Thursday was a little different.

Looks like MIL and FIL are moving all the way across the country to Tennessee in 2019. 2,316 miles away. None of us were really surprised because they had been talking over the last couple of years about the possibility of going and what would need to be done to accomplish that goal and other stuff. What surprised me was that they are going to divide their property into four equal parts and give them to Husband, his brothers and another person in FIL’s family. 8.25 acres each.

That was a major twist. A good twist in this journey.

Since that night Husband and I have been having serious discussions about the possibility of moving to TN with them. We would need to start getting our stuff together and paying down debt to save for putting up a house on the land if we decide to do it. Either way, though the land is there if we use it, or not.

Another great thing is that my job moves with me, so I don’t have to go through the awkward stage of moving to a new place and also looking for work. Unfortunately, depending on when we depart is on if Husband will have to go through the same song and dance. Finding an accounting job in TN shouldn’t be too difficult? We shall see when we cross that bridge.

What do you think? Have any of you ever move cross country? What would be some advice for us? Look forward to seeing some responses.

See you on the other side.

Car Update

January 04, 2018

Hey Everyone,

So in September, I was in a car accident. Both my boys were in their car seats. Everyone involved was okay. Thank goodness. I couldn’t imagine what would have happened if they had been hurt. It was only the car that was totaled.

What happened was it was during evening rush hour and we were on our way to the gym to do swim lessons and my training. Everything was stop and go, and the vehicle in front of me stopped suddenly and well. . . the car didn’t exactly stop at the same time. The other person’s vehicle barely had a scratch on it, the bumper came off. And they were super nice and understanding.

We couldn’t drive the car safely anymore. Since Husband had been with his brother at the time (BIL1), BIL1 drove both of them to the accident and so that Husband could drive the car straight to our house until we could find an alternate solution for the vehicle.

Over the next day or so Husband and I were very upset with what had happened because we couldn’t afford to replace the vehicle, make a down payment or make monthly payments, or so we thought.

I called my friend, Mediocre Supermom, and her husband,  Mr. Smith to see what the best options would be for a car replacement. Husband and I know almost nothing about cars and we’re not going to go to Husbands parents for help. I’ve known Mr. Smith since I was like 6 years old, he’s like an older, bigger protective brother so I trust him to help us find a vehicle.

In the end, we got the same exact color, make, model, year and mileage as our old one. I know, super original, but like I said, we know almost nothing about cars and knew we couldn’t afford to have a large monthly car payment so we went back to what we knew, Ford Taurus.

Mediocre Supermom and Mr. Smith loaned us the down payment, which we are paying back to them in monthly installments. The vehicle loan amount came out to be reasonable monthly installments with low % interest, $117 for 36 months at 3.5% interest. And since I constructed my spreadsheet in Excel for my bi-weekly paychecks I was able to calculate what we could do to pay everything down as fast as possible in 2018. It is expected that we are finished paying off Mediocre Supermom and Mr. Smith in February and finish paying off the vehicle in May.

Next time we need to get a new vehicle, we are going to get a large down payment and research what safety features we want to be included. Because while this is a great vehicle. 2005 is getting a little older and so maybe we can upgrade to 2015 model, that fits in with our budget, and not have it be out of desperation to get a replacement.

I am so grateful for having amazing friends. We wouldn’t be able to make it without their friendship and support. Especially on this crazy journey.

See you on the other Side.