Adult Braces

#Invisalign

When I was about 13 I went to my mom and asked if we could go to the orthodontist to see about getting braces. She looked at me like I was a foolish child and said no.  I was a persistent little thing, I kept on and on until finally she took me for a consult.

At the appointment the doctor pointed out the obvious, I had crooked teeth (good thing this appointment was free, I could have done that). He stated that most of my overcrowding should go away as I age. After I got my  wisdom teeth was the prediction he made as to when I would have more room and they would straighten.  That was the only thing my mom needed to hear to say a big fat NO to braces. So I was stuck being the girl with jacked up teeth.

Fast forward to my senior year in high school. My mouth started aching and little did I know I was getting all four of my wisdom teeth at the same time. I had oral surgery on Christmas break of my senior year to remove those bad boys. Let there be room in my mouth to straighten up my teeth… waiting…waiting…still waiting… um yeah… it didn’t happen.

As I mentioned in my previous post I am 29. My smile has never been horrible, I make decent pictures. However it has always been something I wanted corrected. I hate feeling like when I bust out into random laughs people are looking at my teeth. So I decided to go to an invisalign consult. At this appointment they said I was a perfect candidate for it.

After careful consideration I decided to go along with it. I wanted to start the straight teeth journey and hopefully it wouldn’t take too long. It was not a cheap investment. It cost a total of $5000.00.  I can only hope it is totally worth it.

The Consultation and Trays

At the consultation they stuck this mold in my mouth with a bunch of nasty gunk. It was pink and blue putty. She stuck in in and shoved it to the top and bottom of my mouth so the mold would stick. Now when I tell you this was horrible , I am not lying. I chocked so many times. I thought I was going to swallow a ball of the mold. Slobber was everywhere, my eyes were watering, and all I could do was count down to when she would remove this big ole thing in my mouth. Whew, it’s over! Not.. now time for the bottom molding. Literally the same process, chocking, gagging, swallowing nasty stuff (sounds like I am being x rated lol). Finally after about 20 mins of stuff stuck in my mouth it was finished. They took plenty of pictures up close and personal and I was free to go.

Now after the consultation it takes about 10 weeks to get the invisalign trays back. The dentist sends all the molding and pictures to the company and then they do their magic and create the trays. Finally it was time for me to go pick up my aligners. I couldn’t be more excited!

I walk in and sit down, ready to get this show on the road. First things first they did what they call IPR. Which is when they file your teeth to make room for shifting. I was completely unaware that this was going to take place. I did not like this one bit. It hurt , my teeth were so sensitive. Not to mention now I had gaps. I went from having overcrowding to small gaps between my bottom teeth. Weird. After I had my IPR, Which not everyone has to have, they then showed me a video of the process for each tray. Now this is very interesting and exciting. I then stopped feeling guilty for the amount of money I spent and just knew I made a good choice.

 She looks at my mouth and hands me my first set. I have a total of 28. That was more than what I was hoping for being that I have to change them every 2 weeks that is a whole year on them. She showed me how to put them in and made it look so easy. The hygienist then hands them to me and tells me to go for it. Yeah… 20 minutes later I was still trying. Finally I got the stinking things in my mouth and boy oh boy were those suckers tight on my teeth. They weren’t painful though. Just tight. She asked me if I wanted to take them out and put them back in at night, as most people do so they don’t have any pain during the day and they will sleep through the annoyance. I said nope, I want to go ahead and start as soon as possible. That was a mistake.

Three hours after my mouth was killing me. My head was hurting, my teeth felt like they were going to fall out, and I had the worst speech problem. The lisp that those things give you the first week is terrible. I work in the public so I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t even say my name. I went home, got some orajel , took a pain pill, and passed out.

The next morning I woke up , went to take the trays out and holy smokes my teeth felt like they were all loose and going to fall out with the slightest touch. Two days of this went on and I really thought I had wasted $5000.00. I didn’t know how I was going to do this for a full year.

I am now in my 7th tray, 14 weeks down and a lot more to go. It gets better with time. Honestly the first tray is the only one that gave me so much trouble. My lisp is gone , your tongue gets use to it and works in mysterious ways. I can tell my teeth are starting to straighten up. So exciting. I strongly recommend invisalign to adults, I would not put it on a child. It is so easy to not wear them, forget them at dinner, and lose them. You are suppose to wear them 22 hours a day, so basically the only time you are to take them out is for eating. You also have to brush your teeth every time you take them in and out. This is a pain, but at least you have a clean mouth. I do not see a teenager do all that comes with the process. Responsibility is the key.

I will continue to take you along my journey. I wanted to just give a quick detailed description of the process I had to endure. Overall , I am happy with it! img_20160920_122750

When I left the dentist with my first set of trays in.. I have buttons on pretty much all of my teeth. Buttons are the attachments that click into place on the trays. They are tooth colored for the most part.

Trying New Things

#newyear 

Saying bye to 2016 and Hello to 2017

This year has had many ups and downs as do most. However I had my 29th birthday this year. I was not excited about it. Birthdays are kinda a big deal to me. I start celebrating in June and my actual birthday is in October. I am not really sure how this came about, but some years ago I just started getting birthday presents in June up until my actual birthday month. When October came around I had an event booked every weekend and then after. This year, I wanted to skip my birthday. Something about the “9’s” I hated 19. I remember crying even though everyone tried to make it as memorable as possible. They succeeded for the most part, I spent the whole next day over the toilet due to stupid alcohol. This year, I didn’t say a word to anyone really about the dreaded birthday. I just went about my business. My plans were to come home and clean my house, which is exactly what I started to do…. until… the better half surprised me with beautiful diamonds, flowers, and told me to get ready in 30 minutes for a nice fancy smancy dinner. He definitely took the blahhhh out of the 29th and turned it into a memorable one yet again.

Enough of that , along with my birthday I decided I was going to do 29 things I have never done before leading up to my big 30th. Which leads me to this, a Blog. I have never had a blog before. Honestly I didn’t even know what one was until recently.   I actually found it through youtube, which I spend a lot of my time watching. After doing a little bit of research I decided to give it a shot. Whatever else I can use it as an electronic diary , right? Carrie Bradshaw made a living off of it, who knows maybe I might have the next sex and the city column 🙂

I am not that exciting of a person. I have a full time job, I recently started back to college to finish my business degree, and I enjoy doing small things here and there. I work 8-6 Monday through Friday, and come home exhausted most days. I think it has something to do with age. I use to have so much energy and now I am like a 29 year old trapped inside a 90 year old.

Like everyone else in the world I have so many things I want to do in 2017. Hopefully I can apply it to my 29 things I haven’t done in life. I have a couple of journeys I will start blogging about. One being invisalign which I got this year and am on week 10. Another being that I want to shape back up so I am not the pudgy girl in the bikini this year. I’m damned and determine to be in the best shape when I turn 30. Hopefully I can find a happy medium of scheduling everything and get into a good routine.

I do hope to do a lot of traveling, nothing major. Maybe a few states here and there. I went to Jamaica 2 years ago which opened my eyes to a whole new world.  After going to a country like that you come home feeling like you take life and materials for granted. Ever since then , I just want to go as many places in the world as I possibly can. Getting out of the comfort zone is a must in 2017!

As I wrap up my very first blog, I will close with one other thing I want to work on in 2017. I need to become a better friend. Over the years I have lost relationships because I have kept to myself more. I have stopped responding to text messages, I find every excuse in the book to turn down invites, and I have realized I have let the people who have always been there for me become distant friends and that is not okay. Pretty selfish , but life happens. So my number 1 thing I will work on is making my rounds to seeing friends and spending time with them. I have just realized over the years that I spent so much of my life being socially committed to people and events that I just didn’t want to be that person anymore. I never had time just for myself. Somehow over the past 2 years I have made nothing but time for myself and not enough time for others. So I am stating that in 2017 I will open closed doors, I will stop being so selfish,  growth and journeys will occur, and eye opening experiences.

This excites me! Cheers to a new year where only we are in control of what the year can become. Thanks for reading my very first blog. Until next time I leave you with a quote.

“Years end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that can experience can instil in us.“- Hal Borland