I was thrilled with the effects of the Zoom teeth whitening. Admiring my gleaming white teeth in the mirror of my dentists waiting room, another patient ageed they looked great, adding ” It makes your overbite less noticeable.” I have an overbite? I knew that my teeth flared out a bit, but was it that bad?
Growing up, money was tight for my writer father and artist mother. Instead of fully tricked out braces, I had a bite plate with wires that were tightened every so often. In later years, I had thought about getting real braces, but I didn’t want to walk around with a mouth of metal as an adult.
The night after my Zoom treatment, I saw an ad for a new tooth straightening technique called Invisalign. I knew my amazing dentist offered this technique so I decided to explore my options. Invisalign uses plastic forms that fit very tightly over the teeth. As the teeth move back, new forms are made to keep up the pressure on the teeth. Since they are the same type of form used in bleaching trays, I knew I could handle them. Even better, the forms are practically invisable and don’t interfere with talking. Time extimates vary from 12-18 months and costs depend on how long treatment is needed. I’m starting next week by getting a mold of my teeth to see what needs to be done. Getting braces at my age makes me feel like I’m back in high school. Maybe this time, the hottest guy in the school will deveop a huge painful crush on me.