22 Years Old, No Previous Ortho Work - Wethersfield, CT

I had been interested in getting braces for a...

I had been interested in getting braces for a while, but when I was a teenager (and one of six kids) we couldn't afford it. Fast forward to 2015, I said enough was enough. Living on my own, and having a decent savings, I decided to take the leap. I went in for a quick consult, and boom! Scheduled to have them put on two weeks later! He even threw in a free teeth whitening when I was done (which is great because years of coffee has gotten to me) Admittedly, I was suprised at first when it was his assistant that put them on. She was nice, seemed like she knew what she was doing, and answered questions I had, as did the doctor. The process itself, took a little over an hour. They took x-rays, a mold of my teeth, and put them on , all in one appointment. The mouth-opener thing did hurt my bottom crooked tooth though, because it pressed hard at the base of the tooth/ the gums. They gave me a kit and a quick "braces 101" class. I left and tried to eat breakfast. God, it was so sore. I just wanted to pull them out. Ate lots of soft food, egg salad, smoothies, yogurt, etc.

That last review was my first week (March 30th) This is a picture of Week 6

Week 6- bottom teeth have made a bit more space. I go for biweekly "tune ups" (tightening, adding rubber bands, springs etc)

Just a heads up

The ceramic gets stained VERY easily. I brush twice a day, and try to brush immediately after colorful meals (tomato sauce, coffee, etc) but they're STILL stained. Initially, they'd get stained by the blue mouthwash I use (Colgate), but now, they're green when I use the mouthwash. Wish I knew how to get rid of the staining :c

Bottom teeth movement!

Teeth that are shifting are SUPER TENDER. Nothing cold or that requires chewing. Lol
Dr. Neil Shapiro

Super friendly and overall understanding, despite my frequent rescheduling due to a busy job.

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
3 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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