It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about Invisalign since I was in the refinement phase. This is another way of saying that my orthodontist and I were fighting two very stubborn bottom teeth – known as the “Stubborn Two” – that refused to move. As part of my Invisalign treatment, I got two refinement series of trays. When the first series of trays didn’t do much to move the Stubborn Two, my orthodontist decided to fit me for traditional bracket and wire braces on just the bottom four front teeth. He told me I’d only have to wear them for a month or two.
Well, it took nearly another five months to get the Stubborn Two in line even with traditional braces! There was some fancy wiring, sanding in between my teeth (twice!) and using a rubber wedge to get those teeth in place. This is when orthodontics is an art not a science and it’s all about how good your orthodontist is at his or her craft.
Now I don’t want you thinking that Invisalign failed – no way! It did a great job with the teeth on my top jaw and all the other teeth on the bottom. See the picture above – don’t you agree? I have a pet theory why the bottom teeth were so stubborn. You see, I have a dental implant in my bottom jaw, which may explain why the teeth had such a hard time moving and needed a lot of extra work to get into place. My orthodontist couldn’t say for sure, but if even traditional braces had a hard time with it, you have to realize that no matter what system you use, teeth straightening isn’t an easy process for everyone.
Smiling it Forward
To celebrate getting my braces off and finishing up my Invisalign treatment, I’ve been given a $500 gift card to “smile it forward” to a person or charity of my choice. I’ve decided to give the $500 to Meningioma Mamas, a not-for-profit organization, which provides support and valuable resources to all those affected by meningioma brain tumors, and is dedicated to raising meningioma awareness and funding for meningioma specific research. Their website and private Facebook group have been invaluable to me since I had emergency brain surgery back in July for a benign meningioma brain tumor.
Ironically, on the day I got my braces off and my permanent bottom retainer put in, I had spent the morning getting an MRI to determine if I needed follow up surgery for an infected incision. I did have the surgery a couple of weeks ago and was glad to share it with the Meningioma Mommas who had similar experiences with infections and PICC lines. Getting their support made me feel less afraid when I went into the hospital for the second surgery.
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Disclosure: I’m a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board. I received complimentary treatment from Invisalign, and all opinions and experiences expressed are my own.