I never wanted braces and I never envied those who had them. But, I’ll admit, I can be a bit vain—especially in the “selfie culture” we’ve all grown to be a part of.
It wasn’t until high school that I realized that I had a special smile case. My right canine never grew straight down. Instead, it decided to allow my baby canine tooth to remain the star of my smile show, while it hid behind it. I grew accustomed to my slightly crooked smile and J. Cole only made it easier to accept this. However–my sister, Dr. DeShield, is a dentist and I’m 99.99% positive that this always annoyed her.
So I grew into adulthood. I got a big girl job with real benefits and have paid more attention to the state of my health–smile included. Every time I had a dental meeting, my crooked smile would come up, followed by the resolution: braces. As a 28 year old, I, personally, felt like I missed my braceface days long ago (back when ABC Family first started up). But Dr. DeShield gave me options and even became certified in ClearCorrect: clear aligners and the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces.
So I took the plunge and decided that it is now or never. I also decided to document the progress of my ClearCorrect experience for Best Smile Dental. I plan on posting ClearCorrect Confessions biweekly (every 2 weeks) to share and possibly help others considering the road to their best smile.
Day 1: My mouth feels weird and I’m in a bit of pain. Clipping my first set in literally hurts and taking them out is a bit difficult. I’m afraid I’ll break them and my teeth will fall out when I eat! But Dr. DeShield was great in laying out the line—telling me everything I can and cannot eat and even clearing me for popcorn at the movies lol.
Day 2: Trying to get better with speaking! I notice I mumble and/or have a lisp when communicating so I have to over annunciate. I actually don’t want to eat much because chewing is super uncomfortable and I don’t like the hassle of taking out my set and putting them back in—still experiencing a bit of pain, but I may have a new diet plan.
Day 3: Back at work! I feel like I sound weird so I’m debriefing each of my co-workers on my ClearCorrect. A lot of them are telling me stories of when they had metal braces back in school. Horror stories at that– so I’m thankful. Only thing is, I’m reaching for chapstick and water every 2 seconds because of mouth dryness. I’m determined to figure out a way to keep something (mint leaves, etc) in my mouth to prevent dryness. When I worked out, it completely took my attention away from my Clear Correct buuttt sleeping was still a bit awkward when it came to how I rested my jaw.
Day 7: I think I’m finally getting the hang of this! I went out this weekend and just went straight for the restroom to remove my ClearCorrect and tried to at least rinse my mouth completely with water as an alternative to brushing after every meal. In the morning and every night before I go to bed, I take them out, brush my teeth, floss them and also brush the set clean. I’m a bit nervous to start the next set solely because I feel like I may have to start back at square one. This will literally be a weekly process!