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Thu, Jul 11, 2019 12:48 AM

3 week update

Hit the 3 week mark on Monday 7/8. Honestly from all the things I’ve read, I’m confident I’ve had it pretty easy. I made it through my first week back at work without incident. Thank goodness because I was really dreading it. Matter of fact, I got TONS of compliments on my hair (didn’t change a thing either lol) and my boss asked me if I had lost weight (13lbs!) and commented on how great I looked.

Last week and this week I’ve made progress with food. I’ve been able to eat things like carrots (a bit over cooked), asparagus (finally a green veggie), kielbasa, meatloaf, pita and sourdough bread (minus the crust, a bit too chewy still), and even tried a cracker with semi-success.

I haven’t had another adjustment since the last one 2 weeks ago today and comfort has been A-okay for the most part. Over the weekend I noticed I’m losing suction in the upper to the point where it would slip if I laughed too hard and it was starting to impact my speech just a tad also. Both the upper and lower move around quite a bit when chewing and food gets under them which feels uncomfortable and kind of gross, plus it makes it difficult to continue eating. I decided for the first time on Monday to use a little adhesive (just on the upper plate, not cleared to use it anywhere else yet) which has helped quite a bit. However, I suspect that won’t last long, so I have a reline scheduled for next Tuesday. I’m seriously looking forward to it!

I’m definitely getting used to the aesthetics more and more everyday and the toothiness I was hating before seems to be slowly reducing. The gal that’s been handling all my adjustments tells me that once the line is in they’ll be able to make more adjustments that will help with that a tiny bit more as well.

I still haven’t been able to look at my mouth without my teeth in. I just can’t bring myself to do it. That’s crazy/ridiculous right? I’m not sure why I’m being such a coward about it lol. I’ve seen myself without them in of course, but so far I’ve avoided seeing my wide open gummy mouth hahaha. Oy!

Oh! I discovered I can whistle with these puppies. Not well but I can and I think that’s pretty darn cool.

Overall, I’m feeling pretty good, am happy with my progress and the sense of normalcy that’s slowly building back up.

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a year ago

I feel pretty lucky I never had all the problems i'm reading about ,I just uppers and yes I use the glue I call it, it stays in better and it doesn't move or pop out , which can make your mouth sore. I can tell the difference., the only problem I have is getting it out of my mouth I use warm water and it doesn't help , the dentist told me there's not much you can do, I had a reply which was stupid, they said use a tongue scrapper that's nuts  

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Today is only my 4th day using adhesive. It’s fixodent with scope. Just a small sample given to me by my dentist. I haven’t had too much of a problem getting it off. Granted it’s the only type I’ve tried so far so I can’t speak to how well it performs against other brands/types, and I’ve only been using it on the upper plate. When I take the dentures out I’ve just been doing my usual warm salt water rinse and then use a soft toothbrush and/or dampened wash cloth to gently wipe it off the roof of my mouth. I can’t imagine a tongue scraper would be very effective.

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Good to hear you’re doing so well! Keep us updated

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Thank you Charlie! It feels pretty good! Going into this whole thing I assumed the worst. Not that I haven’t had my fair share of lows during this process but I feel pretty lucky to have had very minor issues (so far anyway). In fact, they fit so well to begin with, I feel like I’m more aware of them now that things are settling than I was even on day one. Right now, even the tiniest movement causes them to shift slightly. I think that must be why. Hopefully the reline on Tuesday will correct that, at least for a little while

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It will. I’m having to use adhesive, the goo kind, again. Starting today. Blah. I hate that stuff. But it’s just temporary. It’s always changing, but hopefully that will make me appreciate the permanents that much more

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How far in are you now? And how many reline have you had so far? I’ve only used the gooey stuff so far. Do you find the powder is better as far as hold, comfort, etc? I have this rocking that happens now in the uppers but in only using adhesive on the plate. I’m assuming once I can use a dab here and there along the gum line it will feel more secure

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a year ago

Glad to hear you’re doing so well! Don’t worry...I just hit 3 months and I still haven’t looked at myself without them in. I have no problem putting my fingers in but I just can’t look!

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Thank you Lauren!! And I’m super pumped I’m not the only one that won’t look! Maybe I’ll get there someday but for now, I pay the avoidance game pretty well lol

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Wow, I accidentally looked on like day 2. It doesn’t bother me. Now my wife hasn’t seen me without them. I’m not sure she ever will. That’s what bugs me

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oh I totally get that Charlie! My bf hasn’t seen me without them in either... I mean I’m sure he has, he’s up before me on the weekends, but I don’t walk around the house without them in. In fact, I can’t even speak to him once they’re out for the night. The first night I took them out, I climbed into bed and he said “I love you to” to me just like every other night but when I tried to respond, I couldn’t form the words properly. That pesky “V” sound! I sounded like I had a speech impediment and I immediately burst into tears. I was so embarrassed. Now we just have a little nighttime routine where we catch up and chit chat about life before bed. And then I go do my denture life thing lol He’s really been so great and accommodating to ensure I’m comfortable. It’s my own insecurities. I pretty sure he couldn’t care less but I’m also pretty sure that I don’t ever want him to see me without teeth

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Yeah, we need to get over it. I do still talk to my wife after I take them out. It was bad at first lol. I was embarrassed but I lived. She doesn’t care at all. Your boyfriend doesn’t either. If he is with you just for your teeth he wouldn’t be a very deep person.
Since I got this viral stuff going on I’ve been taking mine out after dinner. Healing and all, and I’m not gonna glue em back in. That has helped me get more comfortable in my own skin. Life’s too short to let such a small thing hold you back.

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You’re absolutely right. Honestly my confidence has been slowly building back anyway. I hope I can get to point where it doesn’t matter to me anymore... at least in the comfort of my own home. My daughter hasn’t seen me either. But I know she doesn’t care, she’s the sweetest, most compassionate person I know.