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  1. Well, it sure has been a while...

    Hey guys, sorry I flaked out for the last 2(ish) years. It's been pretty crazy, but I figure you all deserve an update and anything that I have to offer.

    First off, I've completed all of my 45 original trays and just went to number 20 of 32 in my refinement set. The process has been significantly shortened by my decision to start using the Acceledent system in November of 2013. That said, as I'm coming down the home stretch, I can't really imagine not having my trays in all day. ...
  2. 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!
  3. 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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  4. 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 ...
  5. Moving my blog...

    by , 12-23-2013 at 01:51 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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  6. Tray 29!

    by , 12-13-2013 at 04:24 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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  7. The R-Word!!!!

    by , 12-03-2013 at 11:12 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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  8. Counting Down.

  9. Counting down.

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  10. Tray 28

    by , 11-24-2013 at 11:29 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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  11. Tray 27

    by , 11-13-2013 at 09:57 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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