Insivalign: Week 17 (bringing tears to my eyes)

Yes, you read that correctly.  I just put in Week 17’s aligners last night!  17 out of 22.  That’s 119 in dog years.  Or dog weeks?  Is that the same conversion?  I need coffee..

I haven’t been noticing a change in my teeth (especially the bottom front 4), until I put these two pictures side by side (today vs a month ago):

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For the first time IN MY LIFE, my gap is officially closed.  I am almost in tears looking at this.  You have no idea what the gap between my two front teeth has done to me all of my life.  As an adult, I’ve grown to no longer give a flying fill-in-the-blank; however, as a child, this was my biggest source of insecurity.  I would NEVER smile for pictures big enough to show my teeth if I could help it.  One of my childhood nicknames, Pumpkinhead, was not simply an affectionate pet name.  I would later learn that it was because of my tooth deformity that reminded people of a Jack-o-Lantern,  It’s okay, you can laugh.  I’m 29 and over it.

But today, a Pumpkinhead no more.

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