“I was ashamed to smile, whenever I took pictures I would smile with my lips closed so that my crooked teeth wouldn’t show. My main problem was that I thought an orthodontic treatment was way too expensive since I don’t have dental insurance, and therefore out of my reach.
Besides having very crooked teeth and a weird bite and smile I also had bruxism (teeth grinding at night) – my mom said I got it from my dad, but I think it was because of my stressful days. When I started using a night guard as to not grind my teeth at night anymore (I had a cracked tooth and exposed root because of it and had to put a crown on my molar), I started thinking about braces again, but when I broke my night guard because I still grinded my teeth at night, I knew I needed help.
I looked into “cheap” and “quick” solutions like the “6 month smile” treatment (this does not fix your bite or any other orthodontic problems you may have) and found out it wasn’t for me because of my night guard. Without any other options, I visited an orthodontist in my town and she told me that I would need to have about 5 teeth extracted in order to start the treatment… I ran out of there like I had seen a ghost. I didn’t know what to do, I had to choose between a temporary help [another night guard] or to tackle the problem by its root once and for all. I decided on the cheapest although temporary solution: I went to my dentist for another night guard – and then she told me to go to Dr. Lee in Framingham and have a consultation with her instead.
Dr. Lee saw my problem, and knowing I needed help ASAP, started my treatment that same day – exactly 1 year and 1 month ago to this date. She worked with me on a payment plan that I could afford and my treatment was done within 13 months! I am now wearing my permanent retainers and for the first time in a long time I can’t stop staring at my teeth in the mirror and smiling! Dr. Lee’s entire staff is great and very knowledgeable and above all caring. They helped me with emergencies and endless questions and worries and always had a smile on their faces because of everyone’s hard work, today I’m the one smiling!
Dr. Lee I want to thank you for your hard work and diligence and for also thinking outside the box so that your patients can have better treatment and therefore better results! I truly hope more people will come to you before having an orthodontist pull their teeth without letting them know about the terrible consequences of such actions in the near future.
As for me, I’m looking forward to days filled with more smiles and mornings without a dislocated jaw due to teeth grinding at night, because now my smile and my bite are in perfect sync!”