I never gave much thought to braces. I’ve never wanted them and, to be honest, I wondered why some people did. Their teeth looked fine to me… I guess deep down I thought braces were rather vain.
Everyone needs a fresh perspective at times and, apparently, now is one of those times for me. I got my spacers today and the form for my braces. As I sit here typing away I keep pressing my tongue up against my teeth in hopes of making that awful feeling go away. I tell myself it’s only going to get worse.
“Three days on pain meds” the dentist told me. And I wonder if there isn’t an easier way to do this. I could let this baby canine fall out on it’s own and go with a missing tooth for the rest of my life…but I’m too vain for that. So I go with the pricy, painful braces and the “chain” that will hopefully pull my adult tooth down into the place that it should have occupied 15 years ago.
“What were you thinking Adult Canine? That we wouldn’t notice you never showed up? That you could hide away forever and let life pass you by?”
It’s time to bite the bullet. I dread it. I thought I was fairly good at tolerating pain, but the thought of the impending affliction – along with my now aching teeth – is turning me wuss.
Despite the fact that my tooth hasn’t been extracted yet, that I don’t have the braces on yet and that the chain (I’m picturing a truck hauler chain here. You know, the ones you can only pick up one end at a time.) is not pulling my adult tooth down yet, I have a growing sympathy for anyone that has gone through orthodontic procedures. Who would have thought that spacers would grow compassion? God uses the small and seemingly insignificant things.
I can do this. I’m preparing my mental attitude.
But more to the point of this blog, I’m planning defense tactics too. Ice Cream, miso soup, smoothies, Blackberry panna cotta and chilled tomato bisque.
I’ve mentioned this bisque before and linked the recipe, but it’s too good not to blog about. And if any of you blog readers are bracing for orthos, and looking for something smooth and cool to eat that isn’t all sweets, you’ll love me for it.
Fresh Tomato Bisque
3 c. tomatoes
1/4 c. raw cashews, soaked in water for 4-6 hours
1/2 c. water
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 T. olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 T. lemon juice
1 t. honey
2 T. fresh basil
Simply put everything in the blender…
And blend until smooth.
Chill and enjoy at leisure.
Save a jar for tomorrow.
I’m not sure if I’ll be able to eat some of Mom’s crusty sourdough bread with this tonight. Perhaps if I soak it in soup long enough…