California Crookedteeth

Location: California
Member since 1/1/2008


  • 74 total posts
  • 5 reviews

Reviews & Stories

Should Be Done Under Full Anesthesia.

I am on my fourth day of recovery after my Fraxel Re:pair procedure. My recovery has been uneventful, so far, but the procedure was unimaginably painful. It was done in a surgery center, under "twilight" sedation -- and with nerve blocking injections in my face -- but I felt everything. The passes of the laser were like being peeled with a hot knife. This procedure should be... READ MORE

Works for Me, but Start Small.

I've been getting Restylane injected into my lips, and some of the wrinkles around them, for a little more than a year and a half. I love the effect, and have had no side effects other than some bruising and swelling (when I was taking a lot of Advil). The injections do hurt quite a lot, but I feel that it's worth it to correct that caved-in look that happened when I went into menopause. I... READ MORE

Terrible Experience That Damaged my Skin

I had deep an pervasive adult acne that was not responding to antibiotics or topical creams, so my doctor suggested this procedure some years ago. I had three or four treatments. The entire procedure was slapdash and not controlled at all, and my skin ended up damaged and more aged than it was when I started. I ended up with those fine crinkle lines everywhere, so who cares whether my acne... READ MORE

Went Back to Restylane

I tried Juvederm in my lips, on the advice of the nurse who gives me (usually) Restylane. She is very good at what she does, so I don't blame her for the problem I had with the product. The Juvederm bunched up and was visible under my skin after a couple of days, almost like unerupted pimples. In the soft body of my upper lip, one of the injections actually started to come out, like a thin... READ MORE

Wish I'd Done Braces

This was such a mistake! I've just finished seven months of Invisalign, and my teeth and bite are nowhere near where they are supposed to be according to the computer projection I was shown when I was sold on the job. I went through this extremely disruptive procedure (forget all that hype about the trays being invisible...they are awful, as are the "buttons") to correct a... READ MORE

Recent comments from California Crookedteeth

Good post, Simon6. I agree with the practitioner who said that Invisalign is a very poor choice for people with bite problems -- voice of experience here! You are correct that the "Premier Provider" designation does not indicate... READ COMMENT

Jessrose, I remember a lot of tooth and jaw pain at the start of treatment, as well as general mouth swelling. I stuck with soft and mild foods for the first couple of weeks. You don't want to do too much chewing, or consume anything... READ COMMENT

Ycformosa, you make good points. As the person who started this thread, I have been alternately intrigued and disgusted by the responses. This is not a fight. I didn't post my review to throw down the gauntlet on the question of... READ COMMENT

Paul, I suspect that a lot of the negative reviews you've read (regarding pain, especially) are on Fraxel Repair, a much stronger treatment than Restore (which you and the reviewer had done). And it's a really, really bad idea to drink... READ COMMENT

(in reference to your snappy comment above) Wow. It sounds like you are having a bad day and looking for someone to punish, tx808. Amazing. Update on how my teeth straightening has held up: My front, bottom teeth sank somewhat in... READ COMMENT