I am living proof that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks……If you read my previous post, ‘Take Care of Your Teeth’, you know that despite Ginger’s teaching, I was never 100% on board with meticulous dental care – until now……What prompted the change? #1 Vanity. #2 Fear.
At my last dental cleaning, I mildly complained to the hygienist, “Ugh, you’re killing me…” She replied, “You might want to consider Invisalign braces to fix the crowding of your bottom teeth (seen in above pic) – I am wearing them now.”…..Really?? Even looking right at her, you could not tell that she was wearing the clear tooth ‘trays’…..You mean I could have my lower crooked teeth corrected – VANITY – without obvious braces? Off to a consult I go!
In my consultation it was suggested that I see a gum specialist (periodontist) first….”No, thanks!” was my reply. Well, I soon learned that this was not really a choice – having healthy gums is imperative to the success of Invisalign…………Oh, shit….oh, no…..I have never flossed – FEAR…..Bet you can guess what comes next……From the exact day of that consultation, I have flossed and used an electric toothbrush every single day. (If Ginger only knew…)
Fortunately, my gums are healthy enough to proceed with Invisalign, and while vanity initially motivated me, I have greatly improved my dental care and chances of future gum disease…..this is certainly not my most fun post, but I thought sharing this experience (and baring my bottom crooked teeth!) might help someone else.
The process has been started – impressions were taken and I am now waiting for the ‘trays’ to be made…once they are ready, I will need to wear them for about 15 months, only removing them for brushing and meals…….this ‘old dog’ welcomes new tricks! Do you?