Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Nose Update: My Modeling Career is Over

Under pressure from TrophyHusband, I went to see an ENT guy today. (Who has an unprotected wireless network from his office, bonus!) He looked at an old picture of me, then wrestled with my nose a bit (ouch), and finally said that it looked like I had done a reasonable job resetting it on my own (thankyouverymuch!), but yes, it was probably still a tad out of joint (no surprise to those who know me), and if I wanted he could put me under anesthesia and yank it around some more. I joked that my modeling career is pretty much over at this point anyway, which he laughed a little too heartily at, in my opinion. Anyway I said thanks but no thanks.

Now I'm off to the dentist to get the first two of seven fillings replaced. At least they'll be swapping my metal fillings with white ones, so even though my nose is less lovely than it once was, my mouth will lose some of its Terminator appearance.

12 comments:

Menita said...

I;m still amazed you snapped your nose back into place on your own. I'm queasy just thinking about it.

MFA Mama said...

Aw, go on, get it fixed. It's not like you're gonna pull a Michael Jackson and that'll be the first step down the road to looking like Janet. Is TH going to be okay with his wife looking like a hockey player who got pucked (yeah okay, that was not very Ms. of me; probably I kind of want you to suffer a little because of the agony you caused me today)? He he he. Yeeees.

suzie said...

i'm more terrified of the dentist than just about anything, but you're so tough you probably yank your own fillings!

Orange said...

Of course, those replacement composite resin fillings won't last nearly as long as your old amalgams did. (But they'll look lovely in the meantime.) Did your dentist mention that to you? (I used to be heavy into dental editing. Now I stick to medical editing.)

thumbscre.ws said...

Seven! Eeeeeeeek. My condolences.

I'm kinda ticked that everyone's using composite resin now... insurance doesn't cover it AND they don't last as long? Woo hoo, SIGN ME UP! My teeth are already taupe (years of diet soda abuse) and snaggly (should've worn that headgear)... putting white fillings in my mouth is like putting a sprig of fresh-cut organic mint atop a squashed Twinkie.

DoctorMama said...

I know they don't last as long, but the white ones look sooo much better -- I have so many amalgam ones, I might as well have braces. And now they have this new technology that uses ceramic for the ones that are most likely to wear out. Outrageously pricey and also not completely covered by insurance, but super cool. They match all this stuff to the actual color of your teeth -- he showed me the material beforehand, and I felt ashamed about the deep ivory shade. No Chiclet teeth in my mouth, thanks to years of coffee.

Orange said...

DoctorMama, you should consider doing the Brite Smile tooth-whitening thing like I did. I plan to go back this spring for a refresher.

kimberly said...

I'm glad to hear that your at-home nose reconstruction turned out pretty well. You are one tough chick!

ozma said...

You are totally amazing--fixing your own nose and then willingly submitting to dentistry? I had hippie dentist put white fillings in (the mercury scare!) and then I ended up with a crown because the junk pulled away from the tooth and left a little space for decay (of course, I chewed an economy bag of Double Bubble a week and at least 1 box of Lemonheads a day while writing my dissertation...so this probably won't happen to you). I had no idea they didn't last as long and never would have had them put in if I'd been told that. I would get my teeth stained green if it meant I never had to go the dentist again. It's not even like I'm so afraid of pain; it's just not my thing, the dentist.

There used to be this woman--a mom of a friend--her name was Bette. And I LOVED her. I used to pick flowers and leave them anonymously on her doorstep, etc. Anyway, she had fillings that you could see and for some reason I just thought those were the COOLEST. There was just something amazing and fascinating about a flash of black in the sides of her mouth when she talked. I really wanted to have a metal crown or whatever it was she had. Remember that some so-called flaws can be adored by others!

DoctorMama said...

My mom thinks the gypsy look of gold teeth is really cool, so she has some anachronistic gold crowns in her mouth. I do like the look. But my silver ones just remind me of my years of sugar abuse. (Double Bubble is the BEST bubblegum -- the only kind I ever liked.)

I can't stand going to the dentist either. People prying your mouth open and poking sharp instruments around -- ugh. Premedication is where it's at.

thumbscre.ws said...

The only good thing about the dentist is that, while in that godforsaken chair, I learned breathing techniques which helped me get through labor. No shit. That was ALSO the only good thing about cracking my toenail in half with a dropped plate last year (well, and my husband field-dressing the wound and giving me a cup of ice cream... aww).

I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

...and you will be less likely to be sucked into a big magnet, too, right?

I'd love to get all the metal in mouth changed to white...maybe when I am out of school. :)

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