Thursday, October 21, 2010

Braces at 55

In July I decided to make a change in my appearance. I had been noticing my lower teeth making decisions on their own; slowly they have been rearranging themselves.  I was not pleased with the new pattern as I had always had beautiful straight teeth.

It took me a while to decide on who I would like to help me in this latest endeavor, I finally made my way to Dr. Picard’s office.  He came highly recommended and his office is very close to ours. 

This next year my teeth will be, as Harley says, "in jail."

I had an appointment yesterday and this morning my teeth are sore.  Dr. Picard says, "just be glad you didn’t decide to do this 20 years ago.  Back then there was a completely different technology that was much more uncomfortable for pattients."

When I asked Dr. Picard why my teeth decided to move on their own he told me they didn’t.  He said he could tell from the muscles on the side of my head I clench my teeth and that is what caused the movement.  Apparently, those muscles are quite well developed.

Dr. Picard said his adult business is much improved since stress in adults has risen over the last decade.  I thought I was handling the small amount of stress in my life rather well.  It appears I need to reevaluate.

I will keep you posted on how I do.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to read this as I was recently advised to consider braces to straighten out some problems with lower teeth as well (mine have always been crowded though..just getting worse). At 57 I tended to think this was a bazaar thing to do...Guess I will go ahead and make my appointment though...can't hurt to get the evaluation and opinion of the orthodontist I was referred to. Thanks for everything you do!