"Cant" needs to be replaced with "CAN" 4 months post Op



cant 1  (knt)
n.
1. Angular deviation from a vertical or horizontal plane or surface; an inclination or slope.
2. A slanted or oblique surface.


{notice the distance in the lower canine on your right side in comparison to the distance on your left.}


So Im sporting a "cant" on my lower jaw. Its small, millimeters, but in my mind it may as well be an incline only compared to Mt. Everest. 2 weeks ago, my OD mentioned that we will have to "tinker" with my teeth. The very word "Tinker" sent my heart into my gut. My limbic brain kicked into fight or flight, and I had moments of temporary insanity. 2 days ago, I saw him again, and shared  my concern about the black diamond ski slope in my mouth. I asked him if I needed to see my surgeon and have him adjust it. His chuckle and slight shaking of his head provided temporary comfort and he said "NO." I realize that I must look like a crazed woman with OCD, but I dare any one to have a saw taken to the skull bones, screws and plates left as remnants holding it all together, and the months of nerve repair and healing, to come out on the other side and shrug their shoulders when it appears to have been placed back on crooked! Now I understand that in correcting an asymmetry exact perfection  may present a challenge, but in my case, the right side of my teeth, are still not making the kind of contact one would expect after this surgery. The whole point was to align my bite so that my teeth would touch and I could chew my food like a real human, and not be on a pureed and liquid diet at a premature age. 
Solution?... Yes there appears to be one. He installed a surgical hook on my first bottom molar, and has me wearing a tiny but thick triangle rubber band. This configuration puts me on a time machine at full throttle going back in time, ohh say four months. It clenches my teeth totally shut. My words are spoken through the bondage of a tooth prison. Suffering from a cold and stuffy nose, my breathing is compromised as I suck air through the windscreen of clamped down teeth. And as far as pain goes.. can you say OUCH!! This process is pulling the bottom teeth up from the roots. The good news is that after only 2 days, Im already noticing a difference, and he chained my upper teeth which is bringing back together the "billy bob" spaces. I am a woman who has come to expect miracles every day. I have total faith in my Ortho. He has been creating beautiful smiles for years, and I have total faith in his ability to help me achieve an end result that will make us both happy. I am determined to hold out for hope and know that very soon, I will be sporting a smile as strait as a balance beam! And just for the record, I dislike the word "Cant" even when its definition is describing a slope. I say lets call a slope a slope or a slant, and discard this word "Cant" I do not believe in "Cant" only "CAN!" There is always a way to transform the shadow into light and so going forward I will refer to my lower jaw as an angle, tilt, slope, or slant. But I have a feeling that by the next time I post, there will be no need for any of these adjectives! 

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. 
Some come from ahead and some come from behind. 
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. 
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!" ~Dr. Seuss



2 comments:

  1. Tresa,

    I'm inspired by your diligence and positivity through all of this. The healing process (and the process of this being "over") is a real test of patience and wills. It's refreshing to see that you are willing to take this thing head-on, seeing that it means a lot to you. I wish you the BEST in your healing process, and I look forward to seeing your progress.

    Sending vibes of un-cants!!! :-)

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  2. I wish mine was as simple as yours!! Yours looks fine but your teeth do not quite touch on one side. For me, my teeth touch on both sides...but I look way slanted. Both my upper AND lower are slanted creating total asymmetry. Sigh... I cannot even bring myself to see my surgeon again. Let's just get this show on the road, right?

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