Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Brace Face: Tray 4/14

Hi! I went to the dentist this week and it was good news!

After all the grinding and filing of my teeth (not the good news), I told her that, so far, the trays have only been tight the first day and then it feels like nothing is happening. She explained that the adjustments are smaller this time around so it won't feel like that big of an adjustment. Then she dropped the (good) bomb on me - we can do this quicker, and instead of switching trays every ten days, I can bump it up to SEVEN!!!!

YAY!! So now I will be done with this phase on June 29th instead of August 4th. Please, holy Mary mother of GOD, let this be it!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Brace Face: Trays 2-3 of 14

So things have dramatically improved since my breakdown on Day 1 of the revision phase.

In fact, they've improved too much....

I don't feel anything.

I snap the trays in, they feel tight for about 30 seconds, and then....they are fine. This makes me incredibly nervous that maybe nothing is moving. So of course I did a comparison picture.

The top is Day 1 of the revision phase, the bottom is halfway through tray 3. So not a ton of difference on the bottom, but I can see some movement. I guess it does look a little better.

Also, today, April 10th, is the day I started Invisalign last year! So, for fun, here is a one year comparison shot.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Life update

Hi. Sorry I haven't written in awhile. I go through these phases of feeling overexposed and worried that some people out there are stalking my blog for the wrong reasons.

Anyway, here is what has been going on:

1. Easter came and went. It was a good weekend. Nick was home so I got to spend some time with his family. I'm looking forward to the weather getting nicer so I can go see them and get on the BOAT!

2. I have been having a personal crisis lately about people and relationships. Is it even possible to really know someone? Is it possible to be 100% honest with someone about yourself and your thoughts? I don't have a single person in my life that I can say I am 100% honest with. Is that sad, or normal? How common is it to tell half-truths? Will I actually get so inside my own head that I will drive myself crazy?

3. This weather is driving me insane. I need it to be nice so I can get outside.

4. Some things happened in the last few weeks that caused me to analyze possibly moving two hours away. I struggled hard at even entertaining the idea, and decided ultimately not to even consider it. Do I really want to move somewhere where I have to drive an hour to shop for Rae Dunn?

5. Quinn.

5a. And if you really want to cry, Quinn last year compared to this year.

Monday, April 2, 2018

March check-in

Hi! As you may remember (or maybe not), my New Years Resolution was to log 250 workouts this year. I tracked everything I did in March, and here are my results!

31 workouts completed (This included 7 two-a-days and 7 rest days)

1330 minutes of working out, or just over 22 hours
On to April!!

Total workouts for the year so far: 91

Friday, March 16, 2018

Brace Face: Here we go again...Tray 1 of 14

Yesterday I had my appointment to get my new set of trays and get the buttons back on my teeth. It was awful. I am miserable.

I don't know if I blocked out the process from the first time, but this seemed much, much worse. First they put some weird stuff in my mouth that tasted seriously AWFUL. It was like a mix of battery acid and pickle juice. It was so so terrible that I'm gagging right now just thinking of it.

Then they placed the buttons, and then like "molded" them to my teeth. This included some sort of tool that was quite hot, and it actually burned my lip on one side. That's fun.

Then, of course, sliding the tight-as-hell trays on was terrible.

When I got home, I needed to get and taking my trays out was terrible. Seriously terrible. The buttons on my teeth feel terrible, but of course I think I had just gotten used to a button-free life.

I do remember the first few days from my first set of trays, and I remember feeling like this whole thing was a mistake and it wasn't going to work for me. I got over that in a day or two, so I'm hoping that happens again.

If I did the math right, I will be done with this phase on August 1.

Phase 1 Tray 1 vs Phase 2 Tray 1 comparison

Gym selfie.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Brace Face: the waiting game

I am still waiting for my trays to come in for my next phase of Invisalign. I am assuming it will be in the next few weeks, so I will be starting the revision phase just about a year after starting this whole adventure in the first place - around Easter.

I had a pretty terrible nightmare that Invisalign came back with 33 trays for my next phase of treatment. I had been reading online that a lot of patients had even more trays for their revision phase than they did for their first phase. (I had 28 trays for phase 1). I texted my dentist the next day and asked her to tell me as soon as she had a number so I could put my mind at ease. So I was super relieved when she let me know 14 was the number they came back with. 

When I tell people 14 they are like.."oh boo...that sucks". But I am very happy with it. I don't think there's a lot of movement left on my bottom teeth, but it's fine. I can deal with 140 days of trays again. I will miss chewing gum, though. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Being artsy

The other night Missy, Katie and I met for dinner and then went to Corky Canvas for a painting session. I loved it.

It was so relaxing and fun. I want to do it again and again and again.