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Journey Into My Wonderland....Excited and Nervous! - Long Beach, CA

I'm almost 40 years old, and I've always...

I'm almost 40 years old, and I've always been very self conscious of my teeth and never show them when I smile. When my dentist told me that she wanted to help me I almost wanted to cry. She knew I didn't have a lot of money but I saved up enough in a year for a down payment. My insurance covered a portion of it and she is allowing me to make payments to her each month. I'm expecting to get them in soon. I cannot wait! I'm excited and nervous, mainly nervous cause I'm a wuss at pain, but I'm willing to do this. It's one of my dreams coming true!

Well it has been a month and a half now since I...

Well it has been a month and a half now since I have had my molds done. Still no word on when I will get my invisaligns. I have called the Dr. office off and on in the past month and all I get is, "It should be any day now." Getting a little discouraged here! Grrrr! Still undecided!

Speak of the devil, I make a comment of it taking...

Speak of the devil, I make a comment of it taking forever and I get a call today that they are ready for me! I have my appointment tomorrow! Yaay! I'll update after I get them!

Today at 4pm Pacific Time, I'm suppose to get my...

Today at 4pm Pacific Time, I'm suppose to get my Invisaligns. Anyone else experienced anxiety attacks before getting them? I'm realizing it is a huge life adjustment for me. Finally getting my teeth fixed that have embarrassed me all these years. The fear of the future... The pain I may have to endure, (I'm a wuss with pain) Are my teeth going to turn out right? Am I going to talk funny? My diet it going to change drastically, I'm a snacker and not eating as healthy as I should, I know this will be better for me in the long run, but I don't want to give it up just yet...lol I'm freeeaaaakkkingggg out!!!!!!

Just got home from the dentist. They ended up...

Just got home from the dentist. They ended up taking out a root tip where my upper wisdom tooth used to be so only got my bottom invisaline in while my upper heals, going back in 2 weeks to get my upper invisalign in. I have 4 buttons on the bottom which aren't too noticeable. Not much pressure surprisingly. I was disappointed though my dentist seemed in a rush and I have no idea what's going on. I don't know how many trays I will have to wear, how to take care of them, or even how to take them off, she didn't give me any type of tool, just said slowly try to work them off. I did hear her in the background say she never saw a patient that has to wear so many and all the many buttons I will have to wear, she mentioned my top tooth will have 2 buttons on it, ( 1 button is noticeable, but 2??? Don't know if I like that!) I only got to ask a few question because my mouth was numb from her taking out my root and feeling hurried. Hmmm still undecided vote. I hope the next visit in 2 weeks will be better.

Last night I descided to try to take them out to...

Last night I descided to try to take them out to brush my teeth before bed, it took me about 10 min to get them out, they are tough to get over the buttons. Once out, my teeth felt ok. I don't know how I'm going to be able to eat though, I can't close my mouth all the way to chew because my buttons are in the way. Popping the tray back in was another story, they popped on and OMG the pain, thought I broke a tooth! I've been taking Advil to help ease the pain. I slept ok through the night, but woke up this morning about 5 am with my teeth throbbing. I don't know if I'm going to take my tray out today, but I need to eat something or I'm going to pass out at work.

It's been a week today since I've gotten my bottom...

It's been a week today since I've gotten my bottom tray. It feels a little more loose. EAsier to take on and off. My bottom teeth are still a little tender, I can't eat anything that I have to take a bite out of using my bottom front teeth, so I have to either tear off and chew with my molars or still eat softer food.
I'm suppose to get my upper tray on June 5th, so I will update then.

(I wish there was a way to edit our updates, so you can shorten it, so the page isn't so long or after so many updates it archives it into pages!) lol

I got my 1st upper tray today, no buttons this...

I got my 1st upper tray today, no buttons this time, next visit she is going to put buttons on and shave down a few teeth, I don't know if I'm going to like that, my teeth are small as it is! Got my second tray on the lower teeth, she missed a button last time but it must not be important? She said don't worry about it. I still feel rushed when I go in, I didn't get a chance to ask many questions, I did ask about the Advil and this site, she asked me why people said nit to take it and she said don't listen to them, it's ok to take it... Hmm... She basically handed me my trays had me pop them in and I was on my way. I still don't know how many trays in all I have. I don't like being left in the dark on things. I just hope she knows what she is doing!

I'm on my 3rd trays now! Pain isn't as bad, but...

I'm on my 3rd trays now! Pain isn't as bad, but it is there and they are tight. Got new buttons on top, definately feel the preasure now. Bottom teeth, I'm used to the buttons. I have 5 buttons on top, (double buttons on front top tooth) and 4 on bottom. Still do not know how many trays I have all together. When I asked they told me that they really don't know either, that I will have more trays than they originially got, there is going to be a lot of them to refine my teeth.

Can not see a change in my teeth yet, besides I can floss a few bottom teeth a little easier. Patience though!

My diet has definately changed, the first few days with new trays, I have to eat soft foods or jumba juice. I have lost 8 lbs. since May 16th! Yaay!

Well it's been 9 months since I have had my...

Well it's been 9 months since I have had my Invisalign!!! And THEY ARE TOTALLY WORTH IT SO FAR!!!! I've noticed a huge difference already! Not only are they straightening out but they are not pointing inward as much also! Yaay! I'm not going to lie, there has been some major pain off and on. Each time I change them it's different, some are tight but pretty painless, but some you can tell they really want to move my teeth and have to take pain meds for a few days. I wear mine at least 22 hrs a day. I do not like to not have them in. I feel naked without them, so as soon as I'm done eating, I brush and hurry to pop them back in. They are so worth it so far!

I attached a new pic!

I attached a new pic!

Getting there!

I am on #19 trays out of about 25 so far and my teeth are moving pretty well! I've had my ups and downs with pain, but it has been worth it so far! Adding an updated photo.

Almost Done!

I'm on my last lower tray and 2nd to last upper tray. I don't know yet if I will need refinements. But I'm almost done!

MY TEETH ARE STRAIGHT!

It's been almost 2 years and my teeth are just about at the end of their journey. We had our ups and downs, but it has been worth it!
Dr. Denette Anderson DDS

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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