My Invisalign story starts here...
Wednesday 21st January 2015:
I'm sitting here the night before my first Invisalign consultation. The nerves, apprehension and anxiety are settling in, no doubt they'll be in full effect tomorrow. This journey has been an uphill and lonely struggle. For the major of my life I have been dealing with unstructured teeth due to being accident prone in my childhood. At the age of 7 or 8 I jumped off a Little Tykes car over and onto a climbing frame. As a child you don't know the risks of being confident and living without fear.
As you can probably figure out I hit the side of the climbing frame and onto the garden floor. One of my front teeth popped out after pushing my gum forward. Luckily you have an adult set however that tooth came through distorted.
Primary school was like a walk in the park, a few comments and questions here and there but nothing was thought of it. Until you get into secondary school (High school to those in the US) things get a bit tougher. You learn to grow thick skin on the outside, not react to the comments and steer away from those around you. Being bullied, name called and disrespected for three years has had a profound impact upon me. It changed me, changed my friendlier, carefree attitude to those around me.
I built up a good group of friends which turned a lot of things around but I never talked about it with them and they never asked.
Wanting to get this issue dealt with I visited many different orthodontists; all of which ended up making the 'fight or flight' within me kick in. I chose flight. I'm the type of person who will bottle things up and not speak about them, I'd rather listen to someone else's problems and deal with mine alone. It was easier that facing the problem.
After those unsuccessful attempts I stopped caring about it all together. Throughout sixth form it wasn't an issue.
However University is a bit different, I'm going into a profession where a smile can change someones outlook on a situation, make them feel comfortable, at ease or reassured. I needed to change things. So I took a big step and started going to the hygienist and getting back on track, ready to go and find another orthodontist.
As I am over 18 now, even though I am still in full time education I have to go to a private practice for my treatment. My parents found a place called Inglewood House. It is a dental practice which specialise in digital moulding for braces. No more horrible putty like material that chokes you anymore. This makes me feel better about the consultation and process. I don't have the best teeth in the world, thats a given. I should and can do a lot more. Hopefully this will give me the confidence to do so.
So tomorrows a new day and a new chance.
I hope it goes well.