I finally made the 1,600km trek down to Melbourne this week and visited Dr John & the team at Freedom Dental.
I chipped the surface off my back right tooth again last week (the same one that fell apart last year if you recall). I safely kept the piece that came off in milk to keep it in good condition but, because I am an airhead sometimes, it stayed in my fridge when I flew down to Melbourne. Good job me!
Dr John decided that the best way to repair it was to dig out the filling that made up the core of the tooth, clean it up and replace the bulk of the tooth as a filling. Some happy gas and two needles later he was able to get the job done with only a few groans of horror from me and did a very neat job of it – it needed almost no adjustment to fit my bite. After we was done and I was left drooling from the complete numbness of the right side of my face he cut that tooth section off my aligner so I could put it back in.
Luckily the rest of my mouth was still intact – no other fillings or work needed and the temporary corner of my front tooth is holding up better than expected. He did earmark one tooth that will need to be checked next time I have an X-ray but it is nothing too concerning at this stage.
We got onto the topic of my Invisalign treatment and Dr John told me exactly what I feared & expected, that even though there are only 2 aligners left we are not quite there yet.
Off to the itero I went for yet another darn rescan. I am so used to the process now that my fear and the pain (from the cold air on my sensitive teeth) seems silly now. Here is a look at that scan – I apologise for the quality but shot it quickly on my phone from the screen beside me
As it stands right now I actually haven’t said yes to this latest refinement. The tricky part is that if I just needed one or two attachments I could get them done locally in Brisbane for a small cost and kick off the treatment but for 14 attachments it will actually be cheaper for me to fly to Melbourne and have them done. Which is not exactly cheap either.
The other concern is that attachments are done a little differently for me, my teeth are too sensitive for the normal process of sticking them on so we need to do it in a way that is less solid which means they fall off! Usually this happens in the first few days which means that it probably makes sense to stay in Melbourne for a few days to give me time to have them reapplied if needed.
Food for thought at this point…
In the meantime here are some snaps and comparisons (again in black and white because the coloured images are a lot to take in… Haha!):
1. Front on, pre Invisalign on the top and last week on the bottom.
4. Clincheck software view provided by Invisalign. My very first clincheck front on view is pictured at the top and this is the latest scan on the bottom. Although the technology and image style has evidently changed I still think this is a less gross way of seeing the difference in my teeth!
Until Next Time!