On June 23, I plucked up my courage to face... the sonic toothbrush. :o
At my dental visit on the 19th, the hygienist recommended a sonic toothbrush. While I love using power tools in my DIY projects, I was not keen on the idea of a power tool for my teeth. But I'm willing to do just about anything to keep my teeth healthy, so I did some research online and dropped $120 on a Sonicare Flexcare Plus from Amazon.
It arrived on Tuesday the 23rd in an innocuous-looking brown box. I carefully read all the instructions and then reluctantly carried the Terrifying Teeth Trembler Tool down the hall to the bathroom.
I added a small dab of toothpaste, pressed the power button... and sonically dispersed toothpaste in my face and all over the mirror. Wow, that was stupid. :P Note to self: Put the Terrifying Teeth Trembler Tool in your mouth before pressing the power button.
I tried again. Figuratively and literally gritting my teeth, I managed to get through the two-minute cycle of brushing. IT WAS REALLY UNPLEASANT. Not pain, but an intense vibration as if my skull were a tuning fork.
Now four days later, I am happy to report that the experience does improve. I'm still working to master the technique, but the vibration is much more tolerable and the two-minute cycle no longer feels like an eternity. I think it might even be worth the tolerance curve because my teeth feel super-duper squeaky clean and are even a little bit whiter.
During the rest of the week, I took additional steps in my quest for better self-care. I made an appointment for a haircut. I arranged a consultation with a dermatologist. And most importantly, I made an appointment with the orthodontist.
I've been wanting to correct my overbite for ages. But it was only for cosmetic reasons, and there were always other things to spend my money on (such as the house, the house, the house, and the house). Now, however, the dentist thinks that my imperfect bite might be a contributing factor to my receding gums. So orthodontia just got pushed to the top of the priority list.
My plan is to go with Invisalign. I can take the aligners out to brush my teeth, ensuring there are no sneaky cavity makers hiding behind a piece of metal. This is a hugely important factor for me. I've never had orthodontia, so I don't really know what to expect. Nonetheless, I'm almost looking forward to it. I've always been self-conscious about my large front teeth.
Anyone had Invisalign? How did it go?