Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Let's Get this (Refinement) Party Started!

So I went to the ortho today to get started on this refinement process. In my last post I mentioned that the ortho thought we would be able to do the refinements in 5 trays or less and possibly no attachments. WRONG!
I was pretty upset about the outcome and reluctantly let them place 4 more attachements on. 2 on my front right tooth, 1 on the tooth right next to it, and the 4th one on a lower inscisor. And there are 10 trays (5 on the bottom)! And they had to do some IPR between my front teeth so that they will come together like they're supposed to... so now.. another gap! :( I hate life right now.

As you can see in the pictures below, my front right tooth (left in the pics) is not straight up and down. Most of the work being done is to straighten that tooth out by torquing the root, hence the two attachments on that tooth.  This tooth has been a problem the entire treatment, so no surprise there.

Anyway, after they saw how upset I was, she offered to just stop where I was and go to retainers, then I reminded myself how much money I've put into these things and decided I better keep going.

There were some pluses though;
-She showed me my new clin-check and it made me realize they are fixing things I didn't even realize was wrong because I was too focused on my two front teeth and that darn gap.

-I convinced her that we should try 10 days for each tray since I'm almost done. This will take me from 140 days to 100!
She didn't want to at first but I reminded her how compliant I've been. We agreed to 10 days on the condition that if the new tray doesn't feel right, I will wear the previous trays for the full 14 days. And when I come back in 3 trays, she will reevaluate and see if this is still a good option for me.

-The last three trays are over-correction trays, so it will be up to me if I think I need to wear them to pull everything in a little tighter or not.

All in all, I left the office feeling pretty good again after seeing how awesome my teeth will look (in theory) when all is said and done! :)
Without Trays Beginning Refinement 9/10/2013
With Trays Beginning Refinement 9/10/2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Waiting For Refinements - Initial Round Is Over

Well... I had my ortho appointment this last week. She removed my attachments, man does it feel weird to have smooth teeth again!

I had an issue with one side not completely closing like my bite was off. She stuck this red piece of paper in my mouth and when you bite down, it leaves little red mark on your teeth where the top and bottom hit together. From that, she said she could "shape" one of my teeth (shave it off a little) and see if that helps. I was skeptical, but it worked!
She then told me to look at my teeth. She said they look amazing but told me to look at them good and really be critical and let her know if there was anything I didn't like. I asked her if I was just paranoid that my front teeth weren't as close together as they should be, kind of hoping she would tell me I was just paranoid. Her response was that she knows that was my main concern going into this and that she wants to make sure I'm completely happy, so we're doing refinements. Basically what's going to happen is that there will be a few more trays so that it kind of pulls everything in a little more and tightens everything up a bit. She thought that it would only be around 5 trays and we could probably do it without attachments!!! :)
Oh! And whitening is included with my treatment, but normally at the end. I asked about it today to find out the details for sure. Then went ahead and gave me a whitening kit to use since I don't have attachments for at least the next two weeks! :)

I will update again once I know what refinements are going to bring for sure. I have my appointment to go back in on September 6th.

I will also post pictures later of the whitening results. Just one treatment made a HUGE difference!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Waiting... trying to be patient...

I realize I haven't posted for a while. There hasn't really been any new developments to update with. I am currently on my last set of trays for the initial round. YAY!!!

My son started first grade earlier this week, and I took some pictures of the two of us. I made one of them a the lock screen on my cell phone. Yesterday, I kept picking up my phone and thinking, "WOW, who's that hot mama?" LOL I love my new smile!

I go in a week from today. I will find out at the appointment if I need refinements or if I am done. I'm ok either way really, I've just grown accustomed to them now and feel naked without them in. I can't imagine what it will be like to go all day without these things in. I don't know for sure, but I'm assuming I'll eventually get down to night time wear only for retainers, hopefully that will be sooner than later.

I will update again in a week after my appointment when I have more news, and I know they'll be taking pictures for me again! :)

Friday, May 31, 2013

I Can't Stop Smiling!!

Another orthodontist appointment yesterday...
I got my new trays and put them in at my appointment yesterday. I had them in for about 3 hours and by the time I took them out for lunch...

Tray 25 without trays 5/31/2013
I have a FLOSS-ABLE space between my font teeth!!! :) :) :)

The space is still not completely closed, but it is pretty darn close! I when I run a piece of floss through, it touches both teeth now. :) I would imagine that if it was someone else looking at me, they wouldn't notice anymore, but I do since I'm currently teeth obsessed. LOL

Update! So as I was typing this I went to take some pictures and apparently my teeth have moved more!!! :) I'm calling this case closed!!! :)

Everyone in the office has been really excited for me. We went back and looked at my ClinCheck from where I started and man! I can't believe those were my teeth!! I'm now in trays 25 of 30! I can see the downhill side now. My orthodontist said that my teeth are tracking great because I'm so good about wearing my trays like I'm supposed to. There is still a chance for refinements, but at this point I'm not thinking about it. I'm just really glad that everything is finally "coming together." (Pun intended)

Tray 25 with trays 5/31/2013
P.S. The two front teeth look a little crooked. I'm not too concerned at this point as they have gone from straight to crooked and back again throughout this process. I'm sure with the remaining five trays, it will be straight in the end. :)

And a comparison photo from shortly after I started... :)
July 2012

Monday, May 13, 2013

Look, Mom! No Cavities!

Well, I went in for my 6 month dental checkup and... No Cavities! I know this isn't much of an update, but there seems to be some concern about Invisalign causing cavities. I have had Invisalign for 11 months, this is my second 6 month check up in that time, and no sign of anything.

Not that I'm recommending this as all, but I don't really brush and floss like I'm supposed to according to Invisalign. I generally eat, then chew some gum for a few minutes, then put my aligners back in. When I get a few minutes, I will brush and floss like I'm supposed to and make sure my aligners are clean again. 

My point is, you must have to have some REALLY bad hygiene with Invisalign if that's what's causing your cavities, in my opinion...

Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm Lovin' It!

For the first time in my life, I am genuinely happy about my smile! And I'm not even done yet! :) That's all for today! :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Well, I just noticed on my little ticker thingy to the right over there that I'm on day 300!!! -----> 

I'm feeling unstoppable right about now. Man, I remember starting thinking that this would never end. Time files when you're having fun! :) 

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