I wanted to get my bottom teeth straightened...
23 Apr 2014
10 months post
I wanted to get my bottom teeth straightened because as I have gotten older my once perfect teeth started to shift, almost as if they were turning towards each other. I have always had very tight teeth and when I got my wisdom teeth, they came in on their sides, it really crowded my lower teeth together. My top front teeth were perfect but the tooth next to my right front was Very slightly turned, if I smiled you would have never noticed it. I told my dentist that I thought my teeth were starting to move and she said that was common as you get older, especially when your teeth are very tight. Then she said we have this new procedure that I was an ideal candidate for because, I have a perfect bite and only wanted to straighten my lower teeth and one top tooth. She also said it was less expensive than going to the Orthodontist, a big selling point for 6 month smile, and would take less time. Time wasn't the concern for me but if I could pay a little less that would be great, only later did I realize that it my area at least, it is actually a lot more expensive. Getting them on was pretty easy and I only had discomfort for 2 days. At some point between getting them on and my 2 week appointment I lost a rubber band on my left upper tooth and now my tooth had shifted to the right. They put the rubber band back on and she said that the tooth would go back into place. Then she said that they would have to do some minor sanding to get my teeth to fit together, at which time I told her I did not want my teeth sanded so that they would look like skinny tiny teeth, to which she replied that it was very minor and wouldn't even go through the enamel. I believe that she ended up sanding them a total of 5 or 6 times in 9 months. In October I noticed that my molars were starting to shift inwards making my arch on the bottom very narrow and making it hard to chew. I told her about this so she kept an eye on it and in January they put a bracket on my very last molar to widen the arch. It did not help and by March my bite was completely changed and it changed the shape of my face and not for the better. I saw her for the last time in March at which time she did a sanding that hurt my teeth, she asked if I wanted Novocaine and I said no I want you to stop. After that appointment I went to see an Orthodontist to get a second opinion. I did not even open my mouth when he said your bottom brackets are on wrong. When he did examine my teeth I was told my wires are the wrong size which is why my lower arch is so narrow, and my teeth should have never been sanded, and sanding is reserved for very rare case when the teeth do not fit after trying everything else. He also said my bite is completely off. I asked him if he could fix it and would he take me as a patient, thank God he said yes. I never went back to my dentist. After nine months the only thing she did was sand my teeth and my front tooth never went back into place so she now I have crooked front teeth. I will be in braces another 10 months to fix all the mess that was made with my teeth and to make matters worse had I gone to the Orthodontist in the first place I would have my braces off already. There weren't many pictures of the 6 month smile when I had mine put on but there are now and except for the ones that were put on by Orthodontist the center bite is off on everyone. Had all those pictures been on the net when I was doing my search I would have never had them done. Check into the Orthodontist in your area first if you want you teeth fixed. Most of them offer great payment plans are very up to date on the latest procedures, including the faster braces. After my first visit with the Orthodontist,he fixed my brackets and after two weeks my face is back to normal and so is my big wide smile, which I love. I know now that I will have the teeth I wanted in the first place and it will be worth the extra 10 months.
6 May 2014
11 months post
It has now been a month since I started going to the Orthodontist and my teeth have moved so much I can hardly believe it. My bottom canine teeth have almost completely turned and my lower front teeth are starting to look very straight. I am still trying to get my pictures from the Dentist so I can post them along with my new pictures. My upper front teeth are almost perfect once again so I am very thrilled with my results so far.