My Mom thought I was perfect. It wasn’t until I was around 9 that our family dentist had to tell my Mom that my ” big strong teeth” was a big strong overbite. She was an artist and Dad was a writer , pretty alternative and were opposed to the idea of the discomfort of traditional braces. At a rally for Adlai Stevenson, they met an equally alternative dentist who believed that my teeth were sticking out because my lips were too weak to hold them back. His solution? I was to hold a coin between my lips to give them an isometric exercise. I was to start with a dime and gradually work my self up to a quarter. This approach lasted two weeks. I gave up and that was the end of my orthodenture until this year when I started Invisalign.
I am now on the last of nineteen aligners. Last month Dr Jacquie switched my alignment schedule from every two weeks to every 10 days. My mouth definately knew the difference. While all aligners are tight initially, the sensation wears off in a few moments. On the 10 day rotation, the aligners stayed tight. By the end of the day, I would look forward to taking a break in a few hours. When I got a headache or congestion, I need extra breaks. In the last 30 days I’ve had to drop bagels and corn on the cob from my shopping list. I’ve been eating more chicken and fish rather than chewier beef and lamb. My teeth are not more sensitive to heat or cold so iced coffee and soup are still on the menu.
At the end of my planned Invisalign program the results are impressive. The photo at the top was taken at the start. There is such an overbite on both top and bottom and I’m surprised that I could eat solid food.
The photo on the bottom shows PERFECT alignment on the bottoms and at least 60% reduction of flare on the upper jaw. I’ve been living with an overbite with more than 40 years and in the last 38 weeks my crooked flare has been brought into line. ( no pun intended). I’m delighted at the results, but Dr Jacquie is an artist. I’m scheduled for another facial scan so that additional aligners can be created to finish the job– and at no extra charge. I don’t know how many aligners are in store but I’m ready to for the last push.