I feel like I want to share something with you that is going on in my life. I have recently decided to begin a new chapter in my life and begin the process of getting my jaw fixed.
I had orthodonture done at a young age, like many people (I had an expander and braces). However, after getting my wisdom teeth out in high school, I had difficulty playing the flute. My jaw would quiver and I could not maintain my embouchure for a long period of time. For that reason, I did not attend music school for flute as I had originally planned. (Imagine how different my life would be!)
My teeth have been slowly moving out of place for several years now. I have noticed waking up in the morning and feeling my jaw tense. Yes, I know, I should have been wearing my retainer, but I didn’t when I got my wisdom teeth removed, and then it didn’t fit again afterward.
After having several consultations done with orthodontists and oral surgeons, every single doctor told me to have my jaw surgically corrected.
The entire process scares me to death, but I am going through with it. I want my teeth to look great for a really long time. I do not want to keep looking at pictures and disliking how my jaw protrudes out from my face. I want to (someday) look at my wedding pictures and like my smile in them. I am making this a goal for my future, and just like many things, it will not happen overnight.
And so, I now have braces. I can only eat soft foods/soups/pudding that my wonderful boyfriend brought over to me. I look like I am ten years old again. But I keep reminding myself that this, like all things, is temporary. The pain will subside, and I will be left with a beautiful smile for the rest of my life. I am blessed that I am able to go through this process and grow into a better, healthier person for myself and my loved ones. I think of my braces like I do with my fitness journey: an athlete is not made with one week’s worth of workouts and healthy eating. A runner does not train for a marathon in one month. It takes years for some of the most successful people to attain the goals they set for themselves. Being healthy, being well is a constant process. But small, consistent changes towards a better “you” creates a compound effect towards someone whom you never thought possible. I want the same for you.
And, with that, I will retreat to my fridge to get a bit of that pudding…