Dental Progress

(Post 69 of 233. Thanks again to those who participated in the Fundrazr!)

My dentist says I should be done with braces by Christmas! I’m through the part I was dreading most, the elastics. My teeth have been achy and sore and loose for five straight weeks thanks to them and I’ve been limited in the foods I could eat. As expected, the “braces diet” was good for my weight, but not so much for morale! So I decided to look for a visual reminder of how far I’ve come in the last ten months. I remembered that back in December, just after my consultation appointment, I had treated myself to a Reese’s peanut butter cup and taken a photo of my dental impression. So I picked one up today while running errands so I could compare my dental imprint then from now. I think this picture says it all!

My dentist/orthodontist here in Mérida is Dr. Javier Cámara Patrón of Quality Dental. I can’t recommend him or his team too highly. They really care about their patients, do excellent work, and their rates are affordable. I’ll have spent about 9,000 pesos in total by the time this is done, and the most I had to shell out at one time was 2,000 pesos. That’s about 425USD or 550CAD total for the entire year-long treatment. I could never have had this work done in Canada and, like Dr. Susana in Mazatlán told me, it’s not just a cosmetic issue. It’s helping with the wear on my teeth. It has also eliminated some pain on the left side from all the work I have had done on the top back teeth so that after nearly 15 years of only chewing on my right side, I now chew all but super hard foods on the left side as well. I have also been plagued most of my adult life by random shooting jaw pain that appears to have been resolved!