Before I start on my second and final round of Invisalign devices, Dr Jacquie shaped my teeth. I didn’t even know that this technique existed. Most people have little “saw tooth” edges on the tips of newly emerged permanent teeth. Over the next few years, the edges gradually smooth off. Not me. The ridges that were there when I was in third grade were still there when my third grandchild arrived.
Using a tiny, fine sanding tool, Dr Jacquie smoothed off the bumps and ridges, Then, not unlike a sculptor, she worked to refine the actual shape of the teeth. The teeth of the ideal female smile have gently rounded edges. By contrast, the teeth of an ideal male smile have square, straight edges. As it turned out, my front teeth had a decidedly square shape– perfect for a dude. For a 50 plus women, not so much. I had always focused on my overbite and I was totally unaware how tooth shape was affecting my smile. The 15 minute painless shaping made a striking difference in my smile and a huge boost to my self confidence. The ‘before’ photo at the top clearly show the ridges and masculine angles. The ‘after’ photo below reveal a smoother, softer smile. Very nice.
Next Steps With Invisalign
Tomorrow I get my new set of aligners and I wonder if I will now need the buttons and bands for increased impact. As long as I continue to wear the aligners as directed and return for follow-up during the treatment period, there is no additional charge. No problem. I waited so long to get orthodenture, I am the poster child for the good patient.
Getting braces, albeit invisable ones, was a hard decision to make at my age. Most people are dealing with SAT’s and acne when they get orthodenture. I, on the other hand now get AARP and need stronger reading glasses. But I am so glad I did follow though. Maybe I’m reading too much into it but I think there is a life lesson here– to make changes and take chances at any age. Do you have a life issue that you finally changed? How did you make the decision to take action?