November 13

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Invisalign

I’m more than halfway through my Invisalign treatment. I have 18 weeks left. Mine is a 7 month treatment in which I get a new set of Invisalign trays every 2 weeks for a total of 28 weeks or 14 sets of trays. What Freddy didn’t tell me until after I did my impressions and it was the day I would get my first tray is the following. I didn’t know that I would have these plastic balls on my front teeth that are basically stoppers for the Invisalign to align properly. That was a major blow to my self-esteem. I thought that since I could take off the trays any time, that I would be fine in the dating department.  

 

What I didn’t know was that I would have these plastic stoppers on my front teeth for the entire treatment. I’ve slowly gotten over it but I still feel a little ugly when I smile. Definitely when I’m wearing the Invisalign I don’t feel confident when I smile but I still don’t feel fully confident even when they’re off. Related to that, another problem is that I have to wear the trays at all times other than when I’m eating. The suggested wear time is 22 hours per day. He told me that I could take them off whenever I want, but then I would need to wear it for the same amount of time in addition to the 2 weeks already needed. The problem is that I still don’t feel that confident when they’re off because of the plastic balls and more importantly I want to get the treatment over with. There is a small amount of information on his website at http://www.wholelifedental.com/ but most of the Invisalign schooling is done in person once you commit to getting them. 

 

The biggest blow to my stomach figuratively speaking was when he told me I couldn’t drink hot coffee! You can’t drink any hot liquids at all but I am an avid coffee drinker especially being a Cuban. Coffee is my drug of choice and my guilty pleasure. Coffee is also a social thing for me that I like to do with friends and professionally. When I found out that I couldn’t drink hot coffee for 7 months I almost died again figuratively speaking. What I didn’t know was that I couldn’t drink hot liquid even with the Invisalign off. I thought that it was just that I couldn’t drink coffee because it would stain the trays. I thought I could just take them off and drink hot coffee but then I melted the plastic balls. I then realized that not only could I not drink coffee with the trays on, but I also couldn’t drink it without them on. Ever since then I have had to drink lukewarm coffee or iced coffee. Since I love caffeine so much and don’t really like iced coffee, I have kind of gotten used to it. I’ve drank coffee at the room temperature since that day and it’s pretty depressing.  

 

Another thing I didn’t consider was that if I wanted to keep the trays clean and not smell bad, I would basically have to brush my teeth, floss, and pick out any food from my teeth after everything I eat. Of course you can’t eat with the trays on. I never cared to much to chew gum although it has been my choice of maintaining fresh breath throughout the day. Since I can’t chew gum with the trays on, and every minute with the trays off is an extra minute with them on, that’s one thing I have chosen to give up. I’ll just wait until I finish my treatment to chew gum again, because it’s just not worth the extra time. I have taken off the trays for a few hours like when I have gone out drinking with friends but because I haven’t been chewing gum, I didn’t even think about it.  

 

In conclusion, I don’t regret getting Invisalign. I already feel and see my teeth getting straighter and having a perfect smile is more important to me in the long term than the short term embarrassment I have as a 24 year old single man. I know that it will pay off in the end.

November 7

Weston FL Things To Do – Take In All The Natural Beauty & Recreational Activities

Part of Broward County, Weston FL is a beautiful community. The community has grown into quite the city, and it is a very affluent one indeed. The city isn’t far away from The Everglades, and there are some gorgeous natural areas to visit when you’re in that part of the Sunshine State. Here are three top attractions and things to do when you are traveling to Weston FL.

The first is Markham Park, the city’s #1 place of interest. It’s said to be great for bikers, and it is a very scenic and beautiful area. The address is 16001 West State Road 84, and the park is said to be a recreational cornucopia. You can tell there are plenty of things to do there, and it’s a great place to park the RV for some camping. Go mountain biking, take a stroll, enjoy some kayaking, have a picnic, have fun skeet shooting and more.

Flamingo Gardens is located at 3750 South Flamingo Road, and there aren’t just flamingos there. There are peacocks, too, and the gardens themselves are beautiful. When is the last time you saw a flamingo? They are gorgeous, and you will also find otters, an aviary and much more. Flamingo Gardens is a great place to visit in Weston.

The list of parks in Weston is extensive. One was already mentioned of course, and this next one is another wonderful stop to make as well. It’s called Vista View Park, and its address is 4001 SW 142nd Avenue. You’re talking about a beautiful place to take a stroll and beautiful views, too.

There are so many things to do in Weston FL. You and your family are going to be delighted. That RV campground and all the facilities there sure does take the cake, don’t you think? Have a great time in Weston.