Hi everyone/anyone who's reading this!
Not much to write about at the moment, ever since the initial swelling went down and the infection of the cheek passing nothing much has been happening. I will be getting braces on the 4th of May, so I am sure I will be writing up about that experience for sure as from what I am told you feel a lot!
One thing that I would like to mention is that, out of the blue, it seemed as though swelling started coming back on the side where the infection was before! I thought the antibiotics didn't take it out completely, and was quite worried. I decided to sleep on it though and wait a few days before potentially getting another round of antibiotics. I'm glad I waited! It thankfully went away on its own in a few days and went back to normal. THEN, swelling seemed to slightly come up on the other cheek! That went away in two days. So, as it stands now, no visible swelling at all!
In terms of nerves and feelings, most of the feeling in the top gums and teeth are back. Previously, I couldn't feel myself brushing the top gums or the teeth, though now I can, that's nice! If I push on my sinuses near my nose I can feel what seems to be a bit of muscle soreness/tension of some sort, but there's no visible inflammation/swelling.
Chewing and all that jazz is completely back to normal in my opinion; I've eaten steak, burgers, chewable vitamins, and peanuts too. I don't think I'd be able to break a jawbreaker just yet though ;)
One of my front teeth have flared out due to the expanding, and because of its movement and expanding of the gums it almost looks as though a "chunk" of the gum is gone, but it's just where the front teeth used to be; it will all go back to normal I was told. So, if anyone is worried and thinking things like gums degrading or some weird infection, it most likely isn't any of those things; it's just caused by the movement of the teeth when you're expanding!
I put a piece of napkin where my gap is to make it look like I have a full smile, I stepped back from the mirror a bit to make it less noticeable that it's a napkin and smiled - it got me really, really excited! I am so happy that I am on my way to a broad, functional smile! :)
If anybody has questions, please feel free to ask me. At the moment, I don't have much to write about so if I'm not answering something you're wondering about please post it in the comments and I'll get back to you.