Finally Doing It! - Minnetonka, MN
My sister and I (two years younger) had always...
- 7 May 2012
My sister and I (two years younger) had always complained about our teeth. Our parents didn't have much money when we were growing up so we had basic dental services and nothing more. She decided to do it at 37 b/c she said she wanted straight teeth before she was 40. Well, oh crap, I would be fourty in just a few months. Now the race was on! She lives in a very small town, at least two hours away from any major cities, so was unable to find an orthodontist to do Invisilign for her. I consulted two doctors, one referred by a friend who had been a dental assistant. I went with her referral-the only Dr. in the state with the ability to 'scan' my teeth with the invisilign machine/software so I didn't have to do yucky impressions. THAT WAS AWESOME.
I had to have 11 buttons and will have some shaping between the teeth at some appointments later on. I am on my fourth set of aligners (today). I will do 22 on the bottom where I have mostly minor crowding. There are 24 on top so far, but there will be more. My front four are twisted and the two just off the center are both kicked out pretty bad. So, after the 24, we will re-evaluate and do new 'scans'. I anticipate another 12 after that. I've been switching out aligners every two weeks. The 1-3 days with the new set my teeth are a little sensitive. It is very minor though. Only had Ibuprophen two days total since my first set. I had read somewhere to do the switch at night before bed so that you sleep through the first several hours. I've been doing that and really appreciate that tip. Otherwise, I eat a lot of soup, smoothies, yogurt and bananas the first 1-3 days of the new aligners.
Popping them in and out became pretty easy after a day or two. I am a rule-follower so I really try to put them back in as soon as I am done eating. That gets difficult with work when I am at lunches with co-workers/clients and I have to go off and brush my teeth while everyone is still finishing up and chatting. But, as an adult paying for her own treatment, I do it anyway. I spend a lot of time in hockey arenas and drank lots of coffee and hot cocoa as a result. I've had to seriously cut back on that since missing part of my daughter's hockey game to brush my teeth is not an option. So, yes, to do it right, you will find there are some sacrifices. However, minor changes in routine and lifestyle for a year or so are pretty minimal for straight teeth the rest of my life. I have already noticed some minor movement and I love it. I am so excited to see the end result. I am sure this time will fly by.
Everyone is great to deal with. I have only met the actual Dr. twice. But the staff is all very good, efficient and friendly. Appointments at the times of day I prefer are hard to get and I am pretty flexible since I work only ten minutes from the office. It just seems that the times I suggest are never available. Luckily I have an understanding manager so I can take off and come back at any point during the day.