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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Finally my braces are off

It's been over 2 years and finally my braces are off.

The baby tooth on my upper right side (canine) that has caused this entire ordeal  is long gone.   
The pic you can see that my canine was tiny and dark.  After my daughter was born that baby tooth shrank and then a piece of it broke off and I started getting a cavity.   Since I was a kid the dentists took X-rays of my entire mouth and said I have no adult canine to move into the baby tooth canine area.  Bummer!!!

Well, I took tons to care of my teeth to prevent it breaking of damaging it, until my pregnancy as I've already said.  

I was given a few options regarding replacement: 
1.  remove the baby canine and add a tooth the hooks-up/ flips into the back called "flipper".   The issue, I would always have to remove it to eat, sleep and brush my teeth.  Plus, the natural teeth would shift into that area and the gap would have bone loss.
2. Remove it, file the two teeth next to the baby canine to make a bridge.  But that would file down two good teeth!!! Plus you need to replace the bridge every 10 years.  Plus the attached teeth shrink!!! What an ordeal.  Plus bone loss would still occur and a possibility that the two teeth next to it would begin bone loss and in about 20 years they would fall off as well.  I consider this the tooth loss domino effect! No thanks!!!
3. Remove it, get braces to expand the area and get an implant that will look like my natural tooth and not damage the other two teeth. 

I went with option 3. The pics below are about three months after braces were put in...

I got porcelain braces as you can see here, and a fake tooth was attached to the braces to fill in the empty space.  First the space had to be expanded to fit a regular sized canine ( twice the size of baby canine).   That itself took about 9 months, plus although my teeth weren't crowded or too crooked, my bottoms were attaightened and two of my last bottom molars were turned about 45 degrees.  All that messed with my bite and ended up having to wear elastic a for about 6 months at the end to straighten my bite.  

I do have to add that the orthodontist showed me an X-ray of my teeth and said my two upper had shortened roots.  That simply means he has to do my treatment slower than others or the roots would shrink even more and fall out. Scary!!!  So something that could have taken 15-18 months to correct took 25 months. 

Here you can see the empty space I have now that my braces are out: 
Now I need bone graft since there is no bone in the area that was stretched.     For now I only need to wear my retainers at night and the top one if I want to pretend I have no gap during the day. Here is my teeth with retainer and fake tooth attached to it.  

I plan on getting the bone graft in June 2016, since it's quite a bit of money.   Plus, it has to heal for 7-9 months, the plan is to have the implant beginning of next year.   

This is taking forever, but I know I will love my smile for decades to come once the entire treatment is concluded. Hopefully I won't have teeth issues as a senior citizen. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sleep overs

Remembering when I was in first grade seems like such a long time ago because it really was.  That's over 30 years ago. 

Here's some great sleep over activities recently noted.. Eating hotdogs, fruit, making s'mores, watching a movie in a sleeping bag.  

Wow!  S'mores anyone? 

Great way to spend the night

Make you wanna join the fun, doesn't it?
Prince says, you can't baby!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Awesome flashback weekend

I went with my lovely girlfriends to check out several 80s new wave cover bands.  There was Billy Idol band, The cure, the Smiths (Morrissey) and Depeche mode.  Here's a few pics,I know none look like the actual bands mentioned, but they're cover bands.  They sound far better than they look. 

Plus,I got toasty and has a blast while at the front row of the concert!!! Woohoo!!
Check out the pacman ice sculpture 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Santa Ana really has changed

I had a chance to visit the new Santa Ana  East End Shop center.  It's located an a renovated building that used to be full of little gift shops and had an indoor swap mall feel.   
Well that look and feel certainly isn't there anymore. The place has ultimately changed and virtually unrecognizable from its old business model.   It has many food vendors ranging from fresh Asian noodles, home made sausages, gourmet cookie ice cream sandwiches, pulled belly pork sandwiches, Asian/Mexican fushion burritos,  fresh squeezed juices, Mexican Popsicles (paletas), Portola coffee, a beer/wine bar and a wine and cheese shop.

I was extremely impressed with the quality of the food displayed and also the location  has a back patio with graffiti art filled with local artists work. Plus tables are huge butcher blocks and bars stools fill the place.  This is a place to go alone or with others and enjoy a nice lunch or impromptu meal. 

Here's a good article from the OC register with more info: 

I'm providing a picture of the Portola  coffee shop that smelled amazing, but I didn't have time to sample any since I was in a rush.  They even roast, package and make their coffee drinks.  It reminds me of Intelligencia coffee shop in Hollywood located next to ArcLight theater. 
My pick of the day was a poke bowl from MAR.  Which was $8 and includes fresh tuna, arborio rice, w/ garlic ginger sauce, topped with avocado, sesame seeds and two spicy sauces on the side.  

I'm sure going to visit this new location soon.  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Alejandra... American girl

So last year for Christmas I bought my daughter what she knows as her American Girl doll.   However, it's not AG, hers is a replica purchased at Target for only $15.   That's 1/10th of the price of an AG doll.   

She absolutely adores her doll.  She has even cried if it's falling on the floor, if she's forgotten it at home, or if her doll simply doesn't sit the way she wants it to.   It's completely adorable how much she adores the doll.   

We visited  the American girl store on Valentine's Day.  I purchased an outfit for Alejandra and had a memorable lunch at their Cafe. Alejandra has the exact proportions of the AG doll so Zoe didn't even realize it's not an AG doll.  Here some  pics at the cafe with an AG doll she was given to carry with her during the visit. 
 The very next day she even slept with Alejandra wearing her new ballerina outfit. 
Just the other day while she was gone and left her at home I was mischievous and posed Alejandra in different poses.  Almost as if she missed my daughter it's so cute

My next purchase for Alejandra  is probably going to be a wardrobe closet.  Currently she has about 16 different outfits to wear along with accessories.  She even has real American girl dog called Honey.  

I really think this was the most used and greatest use of  $15 I spent on anything. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween q&a special at the Egyptian theater

Thats the director and actress of the 1978 cult classic, Halloween.  Yes Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter.    

It was amazing to see them together.  Apparently it's been over 10 years since they've done a q&a and this is also the last.  
It's one of my favorite movies and I feel so special to have been honored to see this. 

San Diego with the gals

I had an amazing time with my girlfriends in San Diego visiting, walking, shopping, eating and most of all just spending time with girls.