Thursday, October 11, 2007

I've Decided To Get Invisalign!



My obsession with my crowded teeth probably started around 4 years ago. I just discovered a passion for photography and an outlet to sell images. The photos that I create are sold as stock photography and are used in anything from magazine ads to billboards to television commercials, etc. When I started this hobby/business I needed models for my images but I didn't have the time or studio space to hire them. I am a stay-at-home mother and at the time my babies were still quite young. So, I decided to jump in front of the camera while they took naps and pose for my own shots. This was tons of fun for me as I had a dream at the age of 14 to be a model. My shyness held me back from ever pursuing that fantasy. Here I am 21 years later fulfilling an old desire! I love being in front of the camera as much as behind it but there was one thing that really started to annoy me. My teeth! From straight on, they aren't "too bad." But turn me to the side and WOW! I never realized that the were so jammed in there. Over the years I got really good at Photoshopping my teeth to perfection! So good, in fact, that I actually found a dentist using one of my photo on his website when I was searching for Invisalign!

So, why did it take me so long to finally do something about this? Part of it had to do with the cost and the other part was due to my insecurity about it. My husband is the most wonderful man on earth! He so often told me that my teeth were beautiful just the way they were despite hours of listening to my complaining about them. I believe that he feels that way but I don't feel that way when I see them for myself. I would on and off think to myself that maybe they are fine. Then I would plan my next photo shoot with myself. And I would be back to the beginning with wanting to fix them. So, I started saving some money in case I got bold enough to do it.

Here I sit after a four year struggle with myself about what to do about it. I recently visited 2 orthodontists that had total different opinions on how to fix my problem. One was an old schooler and really tried to push me into traditional braces. At 35 years of age, the idea of that doesn't excite me (or my husband). The orthodontist even went to the extent of pointing out a click in my jaw and would insist that I sign a waiver in case there should be any problems. The second orthodontist was a younger woman who happened to work on my husband's teeth when he was a teenager! I really liked her and she said that my click was so minor that she doesn't see it being a problem. She said that I was a perfect candidate for Invisalign. She was even willing to just correct the top (which really bothers me) but highly recommends doing both. The price difference wasn't much. I thought that the bottoms looked just fine and wasn't going to fix them but after taking some additional images, I see where improvement could be made. Plus, I would hate to have any regrets of not doing it.

So, I have an appointment set for Monday the 15th with the female orthodontist to have the records taken! This is it! I am really going to do it! I'm so excited and quite honestly frightened as well. I know that there is pain involved and also tooth shaving. (it hurts just to say that...) But like they say, "No pain, no gain!" Below are some snapshots of where I am today:



7 comments:

Christine said...

So what happened???? I'm considering Invisalign but will need to have some teeth shaved. I'm not sure I'm up for that. My dentist is hesitant about it. My teeth are similar to yours - not bad at all but I have some things that bother me. Good luck!!

Sharon said...

Click on December to see the latest! :) I'm still early in the process.

Anonymous said...

Hey im gettin invisialign put in very soon..how long does it take after your clin check?? i have my apppointment for a clin check tomorrow- really dreadding it as i have really bad teeth..they stick out from the front which are not that noticeable from front view but noticeable from the side view..crocked teeth from the bottom, they're over crowded and worst off have an overbite...theres going to be a lot of work needed to my teeth..but really can not wait for end results..did you feel u loose weight coz you have to brush your teeth straight after or is that just crap ive been told??...ur teeth have improved loads since invisalign x

Lawrence said...

Hi, Sharon! Honestly, I think your teeth looks good, but I gotta say that after your treatment, your teeth look even more wonderful! It's a big improvement, which got me thinking that I should visit my Collierville dentist and ask for an invisible brace. It would be fantastic if I could have a perfect set of teeth like yours after the treatment. I can't wait to travel and meet my dentist in Collierville and start the Invisalign treatment!

Wish me luck. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Your teeth before look sexy, like Kirsten Dunst ! I put invisalign, worst decision of my life. We sometimes have complex that others find beautiful. I would never recommend to anybody...

Jas davis said...
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Jas davis said...

I am in the stage were i am also thinking of going for an invisalign treatment from
Dentist In Thornhill
, hoping for the best.