Brace Yourselves - 09/24/13

  I didn't need braces when I was a teenager but I can't say that anymore.  For the past several years I've been watching my teeth shift.  The top have been more problematic than the bottom.  

  It got to the point I was more than a little self-conscious about it.  I didn't discuss it with anyone other than my wife.  I had actually stopped smiling quite as much, which is hard for me, for fear someone else would discover my little problem. 

  About two months ago I broke down and went to my dentist to seriously explore my options.  He sent me to a colleague who specializes in orthodontics.  The answer for me is something called invisilign.  They're like personalized whitening trays with a snugger fit.  I change the trays every two weeks.  I'm about six-weeks in and feel good about doing something to fix my smile.  Only about 18-months to go. :)

 

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