First Set of Trays, Self-Conscious About the Attachments/buttons
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I have somewhat of a minor underbite, so the plan...
- 26 May 2009
I have somewhat of a minor underbite, so the plan is to push my bottom teeth in, and at the same time close two minor gaps on my lower teeth. My plan involves 16 trays on my lower teeth, 11 on top. So this is my second week on my first set of trays and I can't stop thinking about my aligners. I'm consciously aware of them whereever I go and no matter what I'm doing. My ortho drilled on the attachments/buttons on my lower teeth and will put those on my upper teeth the next time I see him. Thank god they're not yet on my upper teeth because I'm a single gal who has just started dating again.
It's a hassle having to brush your teeth after each and every use but I guess that's the price you pay for the results you're going to get at the end. Another thing --- when eating w/o the aligners on, the attachments would sometimes brush up against the fleshy part of my mouth and irritate the flesh. Don't know what to do about that...
I speak with a slight lisp and feel so self-conscious when I do anything. The lisp allegedly goes away after a few days but I feel that it hasn't yet. I feel like I smile and speak less since I'm so aware of the attachments.
One thing that I didn't read from all of the online reviews is the problem of trapped saliva/water bubbles underneath my lower aligners. Does anyone know what I mean?
It's not so easy being a single gal with the attachments and the aligners in...at least with the aligners I can remove them should there be a need to, but there's no getting around the aligners. I haven't had the opportunity to engage in an open-mouth kiss (yet?), but dread the reaction of my date.
Oh yeah, and there will be some...
- 27 May 2009
Oh yeah, and there will be some "shaving" of select teeth in order to make more room for those teeth to move. Some reviewers have been outraged, but for me, the shaving is quite minimal and the amount of teeth shaved off is equivalent to the side of a piece of paper. Not a big deal in the whole scheme of themes.
I forgot to add that my lower tray don't "cover" my teeth entirely; the edges of the tray that touches the inside of my lips/cheeks are not exactly tapered but not greatly flared out either, and don't seem to reach my gum line. The non-tapered edge of the tray influences my constant awareness of the trays whenever I speak and smile. Does anyone else have this issue/problem?