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My Transformation with Six Month Smiles
I've been wearing adult braces from Six Month Smiles for just about 7 months now, and my teeth keep getting straighter and straighter. In fact--I'm nearing the end of my braces journey, which I have to say, makes me SO happy.
Because let's face it, even when we can't wait to get braces because we want to have that perfect for us smile--braces are braces. They aren't fun, but they sure get the job done. And for that, I am ever so thankful!
You can see the first couple posts in my Six Month Smiles series here and here.
And while I totally didn't get in this picture as much as I intended to--the point is that I actually took a selfie with the family when I used to avoid taking pictures all the time.
Now you'll see me popping into one of my kids selfies just for the fun of it--and smiling! Braces and all.
Six Month Smiles Adult Braces Journey
I can't say that I've loved every minute of having braces, because lets face it--food gets caught up in them and there can be some mild pain associated after having brackets adjusted and new wires put in.
That being said, overall my experience has been amazing!
I've been so fortunate to work with the lovely staff at JoAnn Martens DDS in Waunakee, Wisconsin. In my opinion, they are the friendliest dental staff around, and that means a lot coming from me, because I am prone to dental anxiety.
As in, each time I come into the dental office just to have a few things adjusted, you'll find me carrying in headphones which are my little way to jam out to some fun music while drowning out any sounds associated to a dental office. Music also gives me something to focus on, which really keeps me centered when I start to stress out.
The staff at JoAnn Martens DDS totally gets my dental office induced anxiety though, and I'm certain they've seen it before. The awesome part is that in spite of that (and probably partially because of that), they go out of their way to be amazingly accommodating and sensitive to my needs. And you really can't beat that.
Six Month Smiles Before and After Pictures
The first thing that we do every time I go in for an appointment at the dental office is take photos. It's a series of photos that is used both for comparisons to show how much movement has been accomplished as well as to show the dentist where things are now and what might need to be adjusted throughout the remainder of treatment.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of my pre-braces appointment and my appointment at the beginning of May:
And yes, I changed my hair. And no, I didn't get Botox...although I'm certainly not at all opposed to it. I must have been a lot more hydrated in the second picture, and heavily moisturized!
I have to say that the amount of change is so significant to me. I know that once I get the braces off I am going to feel so much more confident smiling.
My whole point in getting adult braces is boosting self confidence and maybe some might think its silly that a cosmetic fix like braces can have that much of an impact, but it does. Really, there is nothing wrong at all with admitting it.
In addition to my teeth being cosmetically more attractive, having straight teeth that can be easily cleaned in between is a huge health benefit.
Braces are a big decision.
Deciding to get braces is a huge decision. Where to go, which kind to get, and so on. No matter which route you decide to go, make the best decision for you.
Six Month Smiles was the only choice I felt confident with for me.
I wanted to ensure that I would have a much nicer smile in a shorter amount of time. I'd had other orthodontic consults before, and those consultations indicated 2-3 years in braces. At 40, I just didn't want to be in braces for that length of time.
The final countdown.
At my last appointment, we were concentrating on moving just a couple more teeth around. I'm pretty sure that is what we will continue to work on at the appointment I have this week.
My hope is that I'll have about another month in braces and then they'll be taken off.
And then it'll be time for teeth whitening and a brighter smile--which sounds SO great. And of course to eat food without having to worry about it getting stuck in my braces--because that's never fun!
I'm continuing to use my Waterpik flosser (lifesaver!) and Braun electric toothbrush with round tip a couple times a day. I'm not sure what I'd do without these because they have saved me SO much time.
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