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  1. My Journey with Braces 8 months in!

    Not too sure how many people actually read this blogsite anymore but I have thus far documented my journey at the blog address below:

    http://maijourneyinbraces2013.blogspot.com/

    all the highs and lows through my journey!
  2. 18 months.

    so after 18 months and aged 26 my brace is out, it wags worth it and I can finally smile with no worries. I recommend it to anybody.
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  3. Tray 4-refinements

    On tray four of my refinements. My teeth hurt, so it must be working. I have to admit, refinements aren't as fun as the original treatment was. At the beginning I could notice the slightest improvements but not I barely can tell anything, aside from the slight pain. At the end of the month I go to get my 6th tray plus a few more. I'm not sure if I'll get more IPRs or what. I can't believe I have a whole year more of this. So strange. My teeth were so bad before and I had 35 trays and now that they're ...
  4. Moving my blog...

    by , 12-23-2013 at 12:51 AM (Take Two: My Second Go at a Straighter Smile)
    So, the site isn't as vibrant as it was last year, and seems the site itself has had its technical issues... but I still want to blog my journey and show the photographic progress of my teeth. So I copied my prior entries and saved my photos off-site. I made a new entry about Tray 30, so feel free to pop on over and check it out (though it's not terribly exciting, haha)

    http://invisaligned.weebly.com/

    I'll still check out the boards though :)
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  5. Tray 29!

    by , 12-13-2013 at 03:24 PM (Take Two: My Second Go at a Straighter Smile)
    Okay, so I let time get away from me. I'm over halfway done with Tray 29, and just now talking about it. Haha.

    The usual soreness but nothing special.

    The orthodontist appointment, well, I talked about last entry (refinements are coming sooner than I thought!!!) but I also had more IPR done. It was a little rougher between a couple of the teeth, but the others already had plenty of space. I still can't tell when I look in the mirror where it was done... which is ...
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  6. The R-Word!!!!

    by , 12-03-2013 at 10:12 PM (Take Two: My Second Go at a Straighter Smile)
    As I'm writing this, I'm supposed to change to Tray 29 tonight but haven't done so yet (ordered a pizza to have a late dinner... would've done so earlier, but ended up having a 2-hour phone conversation with a very dear friend of mine). ANYWAY I am so excited that I couldn't wait to post about it. I'll do the obligatory "Tray 29" post later to update about pain/movement/etc.

    So what is this news? I had my orthodontist appointment today. Was given Trays 29-32. Had my ...
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  7. Counting Down.

  8. Counting down.

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  9. Tray 28

    by , 11-24-2013 at 10:29 AM (Take Two: My Second Go at a Straighter Smile)
    Not too much to update on! Changed to Tray 28 on Tuesday night. A little soreness, but thankfully not as much as Tray 27! Still not tracking completely right, but at least they still mainly fit... so I may be able to avoid mid-course correction and can just do refinements after. My next appointment is a week from Tuesday.

    Can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here, which means the holiday season is coming soon. I haven't even done any Christmas shopping yet! Ha. I feel like ...
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  10. Tray 27

    by , 11-13-2013 at 08:57 PM (Take Two: My Second Go at a Straighter Smile)
    Oops, I forgot to update! I've had my new trays for over a week (so halfway done with this tray) and I've neglected an update. Sorry about that :) Though I doubt many people are reading this, haha. Well, if there's a few that are keeping up, (all two of you) then here ya go ;)

    Tray 27 started off quite painful. From what I remember with the Clincheck, now that my formerly-crooked right lateral incisor is in line with my central incisors and left lateral incisor, those four teeth ...
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  11. It's been 18 months!!

    So it has been about 18 months and there has been quite a bit of movement. The spaces where my teeth were extracted are still open so today my orthodontist put some "buttons" on the outside of my teeth and attached a chain to the spaces so that they will close faster. She said that my treatment time was 30 months so I still have a long way to go! She could tell I am getting impatient so that's why she is putting the chains and buttons to make it go faster

    Anyway today ...
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  12. Invisalign, in refinement state

    Hello! I finished 28 trays of Invisalign in late September and I am now in the refinement stage. I have 11 refinement trays and should be done in March! I absolutely love my results and I am sorry I waited so long (I'm 55!). I'm trying to decide if I want the permanent retainer (easier) or the Viviera retainer -- what are your thoughts on this?
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  13. Getting my brace taken off very soon.

    I went to my Orthodontist appointment this morning and I was told that this is my last wire change. I had to ask, 'Really'?!? (In shock) ...Because, I was told I would need a brace for around 18 month - 2 years. I have only had a brace for a year (on 15th November). I will get my brace off very soon. I wasn't expecting to be told that at all, so I am really delighted. As soon as the brace is off I will post before and after pictures. Which are pretty 'whoa'. I'm really pleased with the overall process ...
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  14. Vivera Retainers

    Hi guys! (If you're still all here!)

    I updated you a few months ago telling you that i lost my retainer somewhere in the middle of Australia.

    We'll i've replaced them with vivera...The original essix style i had did its job wonderfully, but rather bulky compared to invisalign like i was used to.

    So i shelled out money to "upgrade" to the vivera.

    I've had them for a few days, initially with the test fit at the ortho it was rather ...
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  15. Tray 26

    by , 10-24-2013 at 07:17 PM (Take Two: My Second Go at a Straighter Smile)
    Nearing the end... slowly but surely! I can't believe that next Tuesday will mark ONE YEAR in Invisalign!!!!

    So I had my checkup this past Tuesday. It was a little different, because my usual assistant was gone (on vacation), I was in a different chair, and the original orthodontist saw me (versus the newer one, who saw me the last two times). I got that attachment off (whoo! that tooth feels SO smooth), and a little bit of IPR (though that was SHORT and sweet! Apparently there ...
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