The shoe went on the other foot a few days ago, when Dr. Wilson experienced the same procedure that thousands of his patients have gone through. And now, like them, he’s adjusting to life with braces. Dr. Wilson explains why, how, and expected outcome below.
When I was a kid my twin brother got the braces, since my parents couldn’t afford to have both of us in orthodontic treatment at the same time and his teeth were worse than mine. I have always wanted to fix my teeth since I’ve had a bite problem forever – it’s fine on one side but off on the other. And the teeth with the alignment issue have been wearing down to the point where I finally needed to act.
We made models of my teeth for reference, and I marked where the braces should be placed on each tooth. Lisa, our Clinical Coordinator, handled the actual installation. That’s something she doesn’t normally do but I coached her through the process, sometimes using a mirror to check her progress. And thanks to Lisa, things went just fine!
Wearing braces really helps me relate to the experiences of my patient. I haven’t had any discomfort at all (actually fell asleep in the chair during the procedure!), but the process has made me appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into the living with braces. I’m really watching what I eat and concentrating on proper cleaning and oral hygiene.
I’m expecting to be in my braces for about a year and a half but I’m hoping to be finished in a year. When they’re gone, I’ll need some restorative dental work done by my general dentist to repair the worn teeth. Then, I’ll finally have the new healthy bite that I have always wanted and feeling a lot more comfortable. Hooray for orthodontics…you’re never too old for braces!