So this was a few weeks of fun!
My husband was offered an amazing opportunity within his company so we moved from Melbourne, Victoria to Brisbane, Queensland (1,660 Kilometers, 1,030 Miles, 18 hours’ drive, 2 hours flight……) you get the idea here – it’s a long way.
In addition to the challenges of packing and moving all our things, leaving our friends and me finding a new job I also had to contend with moving away from my dentist! As Invisalign is arranged & paid for through a specific provider it is not practical to change to a different provider and to do so would mean I need to pay all over again and explain all my personal needs, preferences and idiosyncrasies. I have worked up a great relationship with my dentist and his team and they have a thorough understanding of everything that I need from the fact that I am more comfortable with a higher percentage of oxygen in my medical gas to the specific colour of my attachments.
After a sketchy childhood dental history I, like many people, developed a fear of going to the dentist. To add to this I have always had extremely sensitive teeth that are prone to holes. Prior to getting my Invisalign I had to have some extensive fillings work done including removing and correcting some of the ones I already had from over the years. I will need more work done before I finish my Invisalign and afterwards will at least need a root canal in the tooth that became infected last year. All of this makes me very concerned about finding a new dentist closer to my new home.
So, on to the rookie mistake I made when moving house. As I said in my last post, I moved house immediately after working over sixty hours in four days. Because of this I was not on my A game when everything was being packed – including the Invisalign drawer in my bathroom. Thanks to this stunning oversight I had no access to either my next sets of aligners or my retainer brite! Between the packing of the truck, transit of our belongings on the train, then having to find not only the right box but the specific contents within that box it was another 2 weeks before I got to my new aligners which made it almost four weeks that I had the one set in mouth – with no retainer brite!
I coped alright through the month as I was extra careful about cleaning the aligners in particular. I was also a little more relaxed about wear time, though that was a natural consequence of living out of a suitcase for a few weeks. I managed to get to the end of this with only a light staining to the aligners, it wasn’t noticeable to anyone else (I asked to be safe) but I could see it when the aligners were against a white surface. I have seen many people discuss that their aligners get a foul taste & significant discolouration but I have never had these issues.
So it has been a big few weeks and after all that I need to find a new dentist, or do I? Given that I have all of my friends in Melbourne and my Husband will be travelling there regularly for work so I am lucky that I will be back there in a few weeks. I will need some of my attachments cleaned up and re-applied and will also check in to make sure I am on track. Thankfully this means I have deferred the issue of finding a new dentist for now though I will need to come up with a plan soon no doubt.
I’m off to explore my new hometown this weekend so will hopefully have more tales to tell soon.
Until next time!