Growing up, I had the perfect smile, like never needed braces. The dentist always told me I had textbook teeth and a textbook bite, and I was like, “Yay, never have to do braces.” I was so excited.
But as I got older, I started having a couple of teeth that were starting to turn or move forward and backwards. And just in… Probably the last 10 years, it really started to shift. I was actually starting to have a little bit of pain when I was biting. And when I was chewing, I was finding that I was biting the inside of my cheek a lot more.
And so, in talking with Dr. Niegsch, I found that that is pretty common when your teeth start to shift. And he said, “That’s only going to get worse.” And I was like, “Yeah, kind of figured.” They were starting to really cause some issues for me.
And so, the idea of mitigating those issues and getting rid of some of that pain and that struggle was appealing to me. And like I said, thinking about Invisalign, that’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do for quite a few years now.
So, it was just that final little nudge that I needed. They’re really good about walking me through the step-by-step process. It wasn’t just, “This is how we start, this is the end, this is how much it’s going to cost.” It was, “This is the whole process. Let’s break it down.” You know, your day-to-day or your week-to-week, or your month-to-month, how long it’s going to be.
And I really appreciated the extra information. I’m very much information oriented and so, the more information I have, the better decision I can make.
Well, I think one of the first things I noticed is my bite. It is almost naturally realigned itself, which to me seems a little odd because you would think with normal braces, that’s what fix your bite because they have the wires that kind of move everything around.
And so, I wasn’t thinking really along the lines of improving my bite with the Invisalign. I was thinking, “Oh, it’s just going to straighten my teeth. But I’ve noticed that my bite has improved as well.
And so, through the process, I’m at that point where I can start seeing the difference now in my teeth, and I can start seeing that they have moved and that things are starting to turn, and they’re starting to even out.
And so, it just makes me more excited to… I wish I could speed up the process. I want to get to the end because I want to see that final result because I think it’s going to be really exciting.
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