Finally Fixing my Teeth! London, ON

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I have had crooked and overcrowded teeth since...

I have had crooked and overcrowded teeth since elementary school as I have a small mouth and narrow arch/smile that actually runs in my family on the female side. I've been self conscious for as long as I can remember. As I got older the more I would hide when cameras are out or avoid getting any family photos done. The pictures that are taken I must admit, if I like the photo but my teeth are screaming then I photo edit them to be a little less messed up looking (got to love Photoshop).

As like most people on here, my family never had the money to invest into my teeth so here I am at the age of 26 years old finally starting the journey on my own. I've always debated the idea and always put it on the back-burner because it always seemed like the money could go elsewhere and I thought of others before myself. It wasn't until recently I had someone make me question my image and then I started researching and decided why not for once in my life invest in myself. Haha with this being said, lets just say buying a house has been put on the back-burner instead (ouch).

I made the initial consultation with Dr. Bruno Paliani in London, ON, Canada, he was the recommended dentists from the Invisalign website itself and I had met him once before previously and was getting his marketing material all year. He apparently is the first one within the region I live in to start using Invisalign which I guess would mean he has the most experience out of anyone or at least most that are located here.

He sat down with me did a very quick check of my teeth to give me some sort of idea of how much it would cost and also if I would even be a candidate for this kind of treatment. He had many past clients and before and after photos which also seemed comforting. The month I went to him they had just started a promotion where you could receive UP TO $1500 off your whole treatment. However with me he offered $2000 off and mentioned that it was the biggest discount he had ever given someone. The original amount if I didn't take the promotion would be $8500 but obviously why would I pass that up so it came down to $6500. This includes all costs for Invsalign treatment, teeth whitening, reshaping, etc, and plus one extra set of refiners. However anything past the first 2 sets then I will have to pay almost $500 for each set after. He did mention given my extreme crowding that my treatment plan is an estimate of 2 years to complete and that is even with speeding up the treatment to weekly instead of every two weeks like regular.

I've done my initial exam, he said everything is in good condition and we can continue, just need an initial deep cleaning and then we start the process of getting the information to make the Invisalign movies to see which is the best scenario for me as there is talk of possible extractions in different places of my mouth.

I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. Ahhhhh wish me luck!

My Motivation

I have: over crowding, crooked teeth, cross bite, narrow arch and smile, big gaps on the left and right of my mouth and teeth that are caving sideways due to the lack of space in my mouth.

So far I have been told I may or may not need teeth extraction, however it sounds more like yes than a no and also the plan will be to widen my arch and push my teeth forward to create space so that we can extract less or no teeth.

I was also told that moving my teeth will cause my face to look a little less droopy and more proportioned (which I didn't really get at first but after looking at many photos of other patients I think I get it, imagine where your lips are that your face is almost completely flat and then image where your lips are that your lips are more "pouched" out, kissable, not retracting in, also below my cheek bones I'm assuming there will be more teeth spread out so it may change my face a bit but not sure how much. This is something I haven't been able to find much information on the internet about so I will be monitoring this closely during my journey and reviewing if there was much face change or not after a major restructure of teeth and arch positioning.

Old fashion braces did the job!

Quick update, will provide a full one later.
I went to get a second opinion from a orthodontist about my teeth. Right away the orthodontist said no way were my teeth a good option for Invisalign, it made sense the more it was explained. When you think about teeth that are high up and need to come down and relying on something similar to a retainer to do the job will not do it as fast or as easy as braces.
I ended up going with the Dameon braces and I saw movement within the first day! My top teeth had moved so fast I almost couldn't believe the amount of progress I was satisfied within 3 months of how my top teeth we're looking.

In total the treatment cost $7500, about $2000 upfront and then $200 paid monthly.
I was quoted 2 years but I know I'm getting close and feel they will be off sooner. The orthodontist is just finalizing my bite and my one tooth that to me seemed a bit crooked still.
It was absolutely worth the time and money and my only regret was not doing it sooner.

If anyone is in London Ontario, Canada I recommend Dentalign Orthodontics highly.
Also word of caution from a lesson learned, if you meet a "cosmetic dentist" that is offering orthodontic treatment, remember they are not an Orthodontist go get a second opinion from an actual orthodontist before moving forward with any treatment or else you could be paying double or triple in fees.

Before & After

My braces came off yesterday!! I still am in shock how fast this whole process feels and how used to braces you get.

When they first came off I actually missed my braces, how they looked and felt and almost like a security blanket but after one day I couldn't stop smiling and looking at my before picture I'm blown away!

Soooooooooo worth it!!

Before and after

1 year and 10 months treatment time
Dr. Bruno Paliani

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