First Day...Danville, VA

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Today I started my first day with my first set!...

Today I started my first day with my first set! I'm so excited! I had no problem learning to take them in and out. For the first few hours I felt fine but mid day I felt the shifting and now I'm having tons of pain. I've read about people using pain killers and tried it myself. The pain killers seem to ease some of the pain but will the pain go away? Also, I didn't realize that having them would make my mouth stay open :( I have dry mouth, dry lips, and the plastic is still too sharp after filing it down some. I just hope that this isn't my experience for the full 18 months. If it is, oh well because it will be totally worth it :)

On to the Next One!!! 2nd Tray!! :)

Tonight I've decided to put my second tray in and deal with the tightness and soreness while I sleep for a few hours. I'm really excited!! Learning from my first tray, I filed down any sharp edges so that they could fit in my mouth slightly comfortable because I do expect I'll need to file them again once they loosen up a little. I took some pictures of what my teeth looked like prior to put the trays in and I'm really excited. Just by looking at the second liner, I noticed that my bottom with "should" move the spacing in dramatically with very minimum spacing. I expect my bottom teeth to correct prior to my biggest opportunity, my front four teeth :( It doesn't matter because I'm excited with the results in the first tray. I know the shifting will hurt but I'm hoping I'll be more tolerant to the pain since I'm on my second tray. Thus far I haven't died from the pain because I've been popping liquid gel pain killers to act quickly. It works!

I have my next appointment after tray two and I do have some concerns and questions... I read that some people develop more spacing in their teeth during treatment than when they first began treatment. I hope that this isn't too noticeable for me because I want to correct the horrible spacing I have and not have more spacing than I began with. Also, I noticed that some people were prescribed to change their trays after five days? Why is that? If the teeth does the shifting in the first five days, why do I need to wear my liners for 2-3 weeks? After my first week, I noticed that my liners were becoming more loose and they were nothing to pop them in and out. I didn't feel that they were really doing anything for me beyond that. I'm just going to do as I'm told until I get direction that I can change them sooner.

Another thing I noticed was that my four front teeth haven't had any change in the spacing. I definitely feel my overbite coming in just as much as my underbite. The worst feeling is that my two right front teeth hurt the most when I put my liner in. I don't have any crowding but I can tell that it's difficult to put the liner on that side because it' may be slightly crooked. It makes me feel like my teeth are going to break out of the roots! It's so painful.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with the treatment progress. In two weeks I'll be getting my attachments so I'll get the full experience! I'll keep you posted and will post pictures soon!

3rd Tray With Attachments

So I'm nearly a week into my third tray and I'm really excited. I didn't expect many changes in my first two trays but the results have been unreal! With this tray, I was able to get my attachments/bumpers put on. My orthodontist team is so amazing because I couldn't even see them when they were first applied. The neat thing is that the attachments for my four front teeth are on the inside of my mouth so they aren't seen when I smile. The other attachments are barely visible. I don't feel so odd with the attachments as I thought I did.

Barely being a week into this third tray, today I've felt a slight pain coming from the inside of my gum line near one of my front attachments. Does the liner cause the attachments to shift with my teeth? I don't think that's possible but something has definitely shifted. I feel my attachment pushed up towards my gum line and it hurts so bad. I had to take my liner out just to not have my gums bleed. I feel that I might have done something when I was flossing. Although this is a minor setback, I was able to text Dr. Jones at 9pm and let him know what was going on. He's super awesome and will allow me to come to the office tomorrow morning for correction. Thank God I don't have to be in pain too long :)

So overall I'm loving my treatment and this awesome team. My journey has been awesome and I'm so happy that I get to document my progress here. I've gotten tons of compliments on the progress this far. I'm even more excited about how my spacing is closing so quickly. Additionally, both my overbite and underbite have been brought in tremendously. My bite has definitely changed. My snoring is even more minimum which allows me to sleep better. Before my teeth would cause me to sleep with an open mouth and now I notice it.

I just started my 4th tray and pretty much have...

I just started my 4th tray and pretty much have fallen behind on treatment for nearly one month. I had to go back to my 3rd tray because the 4th was way too tight. I guess my teeth began to shift while I had my trays out too long. It's my own fault but now I'm back on track!

So for my last orthodontist appointment I saw Dr. Deshon and she was awesome. It was my first time meeting her and I was very pleased with the exam. I found out the reason why two of my front teeth caused so much pain was because they slightly overlapped and it was difficult for the liner go "glide" between the teeth. Since the beginning of the treatment, I have felt more pain from those two teeth than in any other area of my mouth. Dr. Deshon used what appeared to be a light sand paper but said it was diamond paper. She used it to slightly file my tooth down just enough to wear I could floss without much effort. When she put my fourth tray in, it was immediate relief of those two teeth. It was a perfect fit!  Although the trays suggest 2 weeks of wear, I've decided to go three weeks because I want to make sure I'm not rushing the process. Also this allows my bone structure to not be as stressed. The last two trays have really focused on closing my overbite and underbite. I can definitely see the difference in my bite. My spacing is still coming together so I'm excited. I may not have as long of a treatment if I continue to get this fast results.

Back At It...

So, shame on me for not wearing my liners for nearly a month. Some how or another, I took my liners out because I had gotten a massive infection and inflammation on my gums. I think the liners were irritating my gums while having allergy drainage. Has anyone had this happen? Tonight I picked back up and put in my sixth liner to continue my process. I guess I'm not going to push the process and just make sure I complete the process. I find it more difficult to wear them during the day so I've decided to wear them evenings and overnight. I know this isn't recommended but this is the luxury of having liners versus braces :)

Dr. Jones and Dr. Deshon

Love them both!

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
5 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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