Growing up, I was teased. From the clothes I wore, my glasses to my last name, they always found something. But the icing on the cake would have to have been my teeth. With two parents with classic British -like teeth, two wrongs didn’t make a right and all three of us daughters ended up needing extensive work over the years.
For me, my teeth were twisted and once I lost my baby teeth, the two in the front beside my front teeth, were totally missing. So picture this, a softer 11-year-old, with the nickname “Porkum” (my maiden name was Corkum), big glasses that my father had picked out for me with electrical tape keeping them together because I kept falling asleep with them on, and buck front teeth and then a big space until my molars. Yes, I was an obvious magnet for the bullies of the world. I couldn’t get away from it.
Once I was in middle school, my parents let me get contacts and it was time in grade 7 to get braces to fix my teeth and figure out what to do with the holes in my smile. It took almost 4 years of wearing the old school silver braces, with bands and bite plates, you name it, for my smile to be closed. They moved all of my teeth forward, filling in the space with my Canines ( the fang-like teeth) and then shaved the points off so that the looked like the incisors I was missing.
It was a long process over many years and in the end, my bite still wasn’t fixed (they recommended surgery and told me my tongue was too big and may need to be shaved on the sides). At the same time, my Orthodontist had gotten married to a dutch Orthodontist and brought him to Canada to work with her. He took me over as a patient. To say his English was bad was an understatement, and within a few months of wearing my retainer after my braces were removed, he told me that I didn’t have to wear it anymore.
Over the next 15 years, my teeth shifted and moved. The lower teeth became crowded and started to brown because my toothbrush couldn’t reach as well. My buck teeth tried to come back and I started to feel the shame of my smile return. Of course, it also didn’t help that I began to be a blogger, and not only was I starting to have people follow me outside of family and friends, but a few years later, Instagram stories came about. Talking to the camera was easy, As you know if you follow me on there, but watching them back, my eyes would automatically be drawn to those horribly crooked teeth. I needed to do something about them for my mental health.
Around this same time, I was reached out to by a close friend from my childhood who remembered my time and journey with braces. She now worked for a high tech Orthodontist clinic called The Brace Space in the city who was trying to get more information out there about orthodontics and how not only it differentiates from dentistry, but also how easily reachable it is for any person to learn more about. I was excited to hear from her as I was wanting to find out more about Invisalign for myself.
We are now 4 weeks into my Invisalign journey at The Brace Space and I actually am shocked at how easy it has been thus far. These first 4-5 weeks, you wear two different trays, or as they call liners. Then, next week I go in to get brackets glued to my teeth. These will be strategically placed on teeth in certain places to shift my bite and my teeth. Once those are on, I will begin to change out my liners each week. Dr. Davidson, who is fantastic, is estimating for about 18 months of Invisalign and I don’t need surgery after all.
So many of you reached out with your own Questions about both Invisalign and The Brace Space since I began this journey. I wanted to make sure you were answered properly, so Dr. Davidson herself answered them for you. See below:
What Is The Overall Cost On Average?
What Does The Cost Cover?
On average, How much does Insurance Cover?
How Long Does The Process usually take?
What is the Difference between Invisalign and Braces?
Why not just go to my dentist?
Will Your Teeth Move Better during pregnancy?
A Few Facts You Should Take away
Thank You to The Brace Space for GIfting me with my treatments