Hi everybody, I am so glad I
found this web-site (ArchWired).
I never had braces as a child
or teenager, so am probably a big baby about this braces thing,
but I very much want to correct crowding, especially in my lower
teeth. The crowding started about age 40, and I am now 50. It
got worse over 10 years' time, and I figure my teeth will
continue to crowd in the future. So with the big 5-0, I decided
to go for braces now.
That said, my first day or two
was something of a disaster. I took ibuprofen every few hours,
so the aligner didn't hurt at first, but I made the mistake of
going out to dinner with girlfriends on day 2. I popped the
Invisalign aligners out in the ladies room at the restaurant
before our drink order arrived, so I could speak clearly to my
friends and enjoy the food.
By the time I got the aligners
back in, 2 hours had gone by! I developed a splitting headache.
My friends and I had plans to go to a fashion show at a local
church that evening after our meal ... and I was driving 2
friends. So I couldn't just go home. I went to the show with my
head practically splitting open (it felt like - I know I am a
baby) - I started to have a panic attack and took out the
aligners again just to get through the evening.
It took a few weeks for me to
get the nerve to try again. I hadn't had a panic attack for 10
years ... anyone who has ever had one knows it is very intense.
I told my orthodontist's
assistant this story, and she was TOTALLY unsympathetic. I even
considered not bothering to do the Invisalign thing at all, and
waste all the money ... but tried again with the idea that I
would NOT go out with friends for the first 2 weeks. My regular
dentist (not the orthodontist's office) was very kind & took the
time to tell me that the first 2 weeks are the most difficult,
and also to try taking Aleve, which is also an
So after a break of 3 weeks,
this week I tried again, and it has gone MUCH better! It still
isn't fun wearing the aligners, but after 4 days, I finally
slept normally at night & feel pretty much normal. I cannot say
I like having these things in my mouth. It is sort of like
wearing tight control top pantyhose - you do get used to it, but
it sure feels good to take them off! But I am very hopeful that
I will have the fortitude to make it through the 9 months that
this is expected to take. I am "into" my looks, and will be very
happy to nice straight teeth.
Meanwhile, my husband's
colleague invited us to dinner at his home with other co-workers
... and I asked my husband to use the excuse "my wife just got
braces and she doesn't feel comfortable eating out with friends
for a while." The co-worker accepted this excuse quite well, and
we avoided the dinner party from hell! ha-ha-ha. You see, there
is a silver lining to everything.
I don't plan on becoming a
total social hermit! We are going to a wedding July 4 weekend
and there are several days of activities and parties, and I plan
to attend and enjoy myself .. but that is over 1 month away, and
I hope to have the Invisalign well under control by then.
Good luck to everybody going
through this braces thing. No pain no gain, and we do want to