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Exciting Changes!

Hello!

I know that I have been away for awhile, and I sincerely apologize.  I am still in Invisalign, and have three more trays.  The end is in sight!  I would have been done by now, but I had a bit of a set back.  I recently found out I am pregnant!  If you've ever been pregnant, and even if you haven't, I'm sure you've either heard of or experienced all the wonderful (and not so wonderful) symptoms that happen during your first trimester.  I can assure you, without going into great detail, that I experienced every single one of those symptoms to the extreme.  Thus, it was difficult for me to wear my retainers for the required 22 hours a day.  I took a break from wearing them for about two months until I felt somewhat normal again.

I am still able to wear the set of trays I was given all the way back at the beginning of January; thank goodness!  I'm hoping to switch into my next set of trays next week.  If I am able to stay on track, I will be finished with Invisa…

Another Day, Another Tray

There's not much that's new to report.  I'm still in Invisalign and still struggling to keep my trays in for 22 hours a day.  I'm having to wear my trays for three weeks instead of two, due to not being able to keep them in for the required amount of time.  If I had left them in for 22 hours a day I could have been done with Invisalign by now.

I will tell you it is difficult to step away from the front office to brush my teeth after eating and drinking coffee or tea every time.  Part of that is my laziness; not wanting to constantly pop the trays in and out.  I have two trays left, just two!  After my next tray I will go in to have my last round of IPR.  Here's hoping I can get it together and power through my next couple of trays.

I'm excited to finish up my implant crown after Invisalign.  It's been almost 2 years that I've not had a tooth on my lower right side.  I've adapted the way I eat to avoid that side.  Not because of pain, but it's ha…

Invisalign: IPR

I am now on my 9th tray and I can really start to see movement!  My teeth are looking straighter than they have in years.  Not only straighter, but I am also noticing a less "gummy" smile.  Invisalign has actually helped push the teeth on my right side up into the gums to create a more even smile.  As this was one of my biggest concerns with my smile, I am thrilled that Invisalign has helped correct this. 

The last couple of times I have had my check up with Dr. Chuck, I have required what's called IPR (Inter Proximal Reduction).  This is a very simple and quick process that is occasionally done during the Invisalign process.  The best way I can describe it is like the doctor is taking a small piece of sand paper and filing a little bit off between the teeth that need more space to move.  It is not painful, and helps the teeth to have enough space to move into correct alignment.  After I am done with my next trays (10, 11, and 12) I will have one more session of IPR, two…

Halfway Finished!

I'm halfway through my Invisalign!!

It feels as if I just started.  I haven't always done a great job about wearing them for 22 hours a day, but I can see movement happening.  It's exciting to see my teeth start to shift into alignment!  This is only the first step in my smile journey, but it's one of the longest parts.  Once I am finished with my Invisalign I will move on to my implant crown.

The implant has already been placed and has healed.  Once I am finished I will meet with Beth, the in office implant guru at Bell Dental Group.  She will take impressions for my new crown and send them off to the lab.  The lab that we work with will then fabricate the crown so it fits perfectly in place.  This process will take about 2 weeks.  Once the crown is back to us, I will go to Beth and she will "seat" the permanent crown, with the abutment, into place.  The crown abutment is a small piece in between the implant and crown.  Without the abutment the crown would …

Dental Truths

I promised that this blog would be a truthful look at my smile transformation, and this week I am going to lay down an abundance of truth.

I am through my first group of aligners.  I have found this last set of retainers is hard to keep in my mouth for 22 hours a day.  Not because they are painful, but because I am lazy.  I let things get in the way of taking two minutes to brush my teeth; too busy at work, too busy with my son, etc.  When I have them in, I typically forget that they are even on my teeth.  I need to start making time to be able to step away, clean my teeth and retainers, and put them back in.  Usually you would keep the aligners in your mouth for 2 weeks, but I'm now on my third week with this set.  I'm due to have my next batch of retainers given to me.  However, Dr. Chuck is not going to recommend moving forward with new trays if my teeth haven't fully moved where they need to be.  The staff here at Bell Dental Group has kept me on my toes about wearing …

Two Months In

Hello again!

I have been slacking on my blog these past couple of weeks.  Between vacations, illnesses, and the practice growing busier and busier each month, it hasn't left me much time to sit down and write.

I am now in my fourth set of trays and have really started to feel my teeth move.  It's not painful, but there is more constant pressure on my teeth now.  When I take out the aligners it takes a minute before my teeth feel normal again.  Other than that, much is the same.  I've gotten into a routine of brushing and flossing after eating or drinking.  It's not near the hassle I thought it would become.  I see slight movement in my bottom teeth already, which is exciting!

While I'm waiting for my teeth to move into perfect alignment, I have been giving more thought to the next step in my smile makeover journey.  To be honest, my teeth are not horrible looking.  The enamel is worn, as is the bottom of the teeth from grinding at night, but they aren't bad lo…

Let the Invisalign Process Commence!

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It's here, it's here!  My Invisalign is here!  That was quick! It's been less than a week from when the case was approved, to when it arrived back in our office; I'm impressed.  I need attachments or "buttons" with my Invisalign.  The purpose of the buttons is so the teeth, that need to be moved more aggressively, will correctly move into place by the end of  treatment.  I was told, that without these buttons I would not get an ideal result.  I am in it to win it, so dealing with the attachments is just a fact of life.  I happen to have 16, which seems to be a lot.  Despite wanting to constantly run my tongue along the rough spots on my teeth, they are hardly noticeable.  I've even had several patients tell me that they wouldn't have noticed, had I not told them!
I'm not going to lie, the trays are tight!  It's pretty hard to get them in and out, but I was told by the dental assistant that each day gets easier.  I've heard that some peop…