Well, the temps are off and the shiny, bright white veneers are on.
Whose smile is that on my face? It is so odd ... that is not my mouth.
Which, I suppose, was the whole point of this very tedious and expensive endeavor, eh?
Once again, the dentist had to tear up my gums. He warned me it would hurt tonight ... and whoa Nellie, he was not kidding!
I promised before & after photos and it will happen. Actually, el dentista took many "before" digital photos and when I go back next week for a follow up and to get my permanent nightguard, he will take the "after" pictures. He wants the hamburger-look of my gums to heal and fill in first.
I have to tell you this ... the dentist is a hoot. He is young, funny and very playful with his staff. They play satellite "soft rock" music in the office and he sings along or makes sarcastic comments about the lyrics.
Today, when he first got started, he popped off the temps and laid the first veneer on the tooth to check the fit. Ooops, he dropped the veneer in my mouth and my tongue "caught" it. He went "whew!" ... then said, "I am sure glad that you did not swallow it. We would have had to reschedule you in 3-4 days, depending on how regular you are."
There I was, laying almost totally horizontal with a klieg light blinding me, rolls of cotton distorting my lips, mouth numbed to paralysis ... and he totally cracked me up.
The cosmetic work is done. The structural improvements will be made over the next few months. Oooh fun.
Anyhow, tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo ... so go eat some yummy chips, guacamole and hot salsa for me!