In the Process...things Are A-changin! - Corning, NY

I chipped my G tooth and went to the dentist. They...

I chipped my G tooth and went to the dentist. They used a bonding compund to reshape it, but the dentist warned me that it would more than likely not hold, and I would probably need a crown. It held for quite a while, but after getting angry and gritting my teeth together, I broke the compund. I went back to the dentist and explained what happened, and told him that it was my M tooth on the bottom aiding the issue, as it seemed to be uncharacteristically sharp and puncturing the tooth if I created enough pressure. They ground doen the M tooth just a little and re-bonded the G tooth.

Months later, and chipped again, we FINALLY got dental insurance and a great dentist. I talked to her about the chip and the steps we'd gone through. She asked if the other dentist had tried to figure out the root cause of why it was chipping. That would be a no. She explained that my alignment was slightly off. I had mild crowding in the front of my teeth and they could adress that with Invisalign. She showed me what teeth should look like and showed me mine, and I could see the comparison. In fact, I had been told a decade earlier that my alignment was "funny" by a hygienist at yet another office, but "it wouldn't cause any problems."

So I had to come up with $5,000, BCBS wouldn't cover orthodontia, which Invisalign is classified as. They took the molds, which were easy enough, but they also had to take pictures of my mouth to send to the lab as well. They were uncomfortable and the one side, to get it at just the right angle, took 45 minutes alone to get the one shot right.

It took several weeks for the liners to come in, just in time for me and my husband to go on our cruise...I wore the first set for 3 weeks then went in to have the buttons bonded to my teeth. The buttons help to aide the movement of the teeth. The aligners are worn just over two weeks at a time and the next ones are put in.

I go to the dentist once a month. They install the next set, make sure they look like a good fit nd there aren't big spaces then send me with the next set to install myself. They are removed for eating and drinking and brushing and flossing. The ONLY thing you can consume while wearing them is water. You should be wearing the liners 22 out of 24 hours a day roughly.

They are very painful upon initial install. The first few days of a new liner are terrible and definitely require pain medication. I recommend taking Tylenol (or your choice drug) an hour before your appointment, so you're ready for the new liner. After the first few days, the pain subsides, but you still feel a constant pressure on your teeth.

I have been wearing mine since last June now and I can DEFINITELY tell a difference in my teeth, and have recently began seeing it. I didn't really notice a difference until about the 6th or 7th liner, but it's obvious, to me, now. My husband says he can't see it, but I can just feel the correction in the way my teeth line up. My I tooth is also turned slightly, which I'm told will start to be corrected toward the end of the treatment with the help of the liners.

Although it has been a painful process, I am very happy. My dentist is GREAT and I can tell my teeth are being corrected.

Tip: When you get your new liners, put your old ones back in. Put the new ones in before you go to bed at night, then proceed from there. It's MUCH easier to adjust to them if you wear them overnight to start.

Hi Susie -- Thanks for writing such a detailed, helpful review! The tip about taking Tylenol right before your appointment is something I never would have thought of, but it makes complete sense. I hope you'll keep us updated as you progress through the rest of your treatment, so we can see the final results too. :)

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Maria Marzo, DDS

Professional, knowledgable, polite

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
4 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
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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