Adventures in Orthodontics, Episode 1: Maisie, the Literal Mold Breaker


As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I am getting braces soon! I am starting a series here on my blog where I will chronicle my experiences with having braces over the next 12 to 18 months. I’m not actually getting my braces yet (the big day is August 5), but today, I got the molds for my braces made, and let me tell you, it was far from boring.

*Note: to protect everyone’s privacy, I will refer to the dental hygienist as The Dental Hygienist and the orthodontist as Dr. Orthodontist.*

The first thing I did at my orthodontist’s appointment this morning was getting a side view X-ray of my teeth. I already had all of the other X-rays done but the side panel, so that is what I did first.

“Bite down hard,” The Dental Hygienist commanded. She then went to the computer to take the X-ray. My jaw was in immense pain from being clenched for so long, so I decided to relax it.

After The Dental Hygienist came back from the computer, she scolded me: “Maisie, you didn’t bite down hard enough. Try again.”

For five minutes, I had to hold my jaw stiff. By the time The Dental Hygienist said that the X-ray was done, I could barely open my mouth without yelping in pain. It was the most successful attempt at getting me to stop talking that I had ever experienced.

After we meandered down the snaky corridors to Dr. Orthodontist’s work station (Dr. Orthodontist’s office is at an enormous university-affiliated dental clinic), The Dental Hygienist told me it was time to get my molds done.

“The key here is to breathe through your nose. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT breathe through your mouth.” The Dental Hygienist explained. She then mixed up a purple substance that looked like Silly Putty and put it in the mold tray. I would be doing my bottom teeth first.

The Dental Hygienist pressed the Silly Putty-like stuff onto my bottom teeth. “Lift up your tongue,” she instructed. I did as I was told, and breathed through my nose, and the bottom mold was done a minute later.

The Dental Hygienist then filled a tray for my top mold with the purple Silly Putty stuff, and pressed it against my top teeth. I could feel the mold against the back of my throat. It felt like a big muscular guy was clenching my neck in the crook of his elbow.

“Breathe through your nose!” The Dental Hygienist pushed.

I tried to, but the big muscular guy would not loosen his grip on my neck. My gag reflex kicked in, and I puked.

I puked all over The Dental Hygienist.

And the dentist’s chair that I was sitting in.

And my favorite pair of DESIGNER WHITE JEAN SHORTS.

For some reason, whenever I throw up, I start crying, and this time was no different. I frantically apologized to The Dental Hygienist, who assured me that I wasn’t the first patient who had puked on her when getting their molds done, and mopped up my shorts with wet paper towels. I drank some water, and The Dental Hygienist tried making the top mold again. However, she let the mold harden a little bit before putting it in my mouth, so it would only have to stay in my mouth for 10 to 15 seconds rather than a whole minute, and she used a smaller mold tray. Miraculously, I didn’t produce a tsunami of yesterday’s dinner after that second attempt. My dad and The Dental Hygienist applauded the successful making of my top mold.

Dr. Orthodontist came in a few minutes later to discuss logistical stuff about getting my braces on and about the procedure that she would follow when I actually got my braces. I’m getting my top braces only first because I have such a huge overbite that they have to move my top teeth up a significant amount before they can work on the bottom teeth.

Needless to say, I had the story of the day at camp.

Next time on Adventures in Orthodontics…Newly Minted Metal Mouth Maisie!

Author: fabulousfeministfangirl

Intersectional feminist and fangirl of many things, including The Voice, Broadway musicals, Glee, and Jane the Virgin.

5 thoughts on “Adventures in Orthodontics, Episode 1: Maisie, the Literal Mold Breaker

  1. Mazel Tov I hope u have less pain/ discomfort in the Treatments ahead Xxxxxhugs grandma

    Sent from my iPhone Ansi


  2. Great reporting and suspense!! 🙂 I am so proud of you for sticking with the process and letting them finish!!! I also love that you can look at this experience with humor!!! You are sooo awesome!!!! I am sure so many people relate to your story today!!! Soooo proud of you!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 and love you soooo much!!! Oxoxox

  3. Oh my gosh, what a GENIUS idea to chronicle your braces adventures in these blog posts!!! I’ve had mine on for a little over a year and your post captures all the “joyful experiences” that people with braces go through! Great job (and good luck- you’ll be fine)!

  4. Very Funny . But it must have been an uncomfortable experience.

  5. What a wonderful idea to report all your braces experience Maisie! Your amazing writing will help all of us in the dental world become more understanding and compassionate with our patients and to provide the absolute best treatment possible. I congratulate you for successfully finishing that very important appointment and looking forward to reading about the day you get your braces!
    I hope you are having a wonderful summer and good luck at BHS! you are going to love it!:)

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