Eight years after my old dentist in New York told me that I needed to straighten out my teeth (the bottom row), I finally got braces installed the other day. My NY dentist wanted me to get Invisalign, but that $5,000+ price point made me super hesitant. Why? Well, my bottom row has been crooked since they grew in; I was used to them. Plus I’ve also mastered how to smile without showing them at all. MASTERED IT.
I do, however, have a tooth in the front that is slightly slanted, or it’s starting to push outward ; it’s hardly noticeable, but I know it’s like that and that was more than enough for me to consider straitening them. It started to become more recognizable to me in the past 2 or 3 years. I think that the older I get, the more the tooth is going to start pushing out more and more.
Instead of getting Invisalign, I opted for another option that my new Atlanta dentist completed in-house called 6-month smiles. The process took about 2 hours to install, and the pain wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I am still sore, so I’ve been eating the softest foods I could find for the past f ew days. Lorenzo and I keep a few packets of Oodles of Noodles on standby just in case of emergency. We started keeping a few of them in the house about two years ago after that government shutdown where we both ended up out of work for a month. But I digress.
As per the name, I only have to keep them on for six months or so. I had to buy a travel toothbrush and a water flosser to help with the transition. So far, I just can’t wait to get used to them so I can go back to eating real food (because that’s what’s most important).
I may write about the progress in a follow-up post at another time.
Here’s to straight teeth!
feature photo credit: wfsmile