I’m Alive!

Hi everyone, and thank you for the wonderful messages wondering about my Incognito Hidden Braces experiences.  I PROMISE you all, in writing, that I’ll update my blog.  I sincerely apologize as I’ve been a complete slacker, and I have SO MUCH to tell you all.

1) Yes, I did have a debonded bracket.  It was so embarrassing.  I’ll fill you in.

I've got buttons on my lowers and have to wear elastics to fix my overbite and midline as of May 2013.

2) Yes, I have elastics now!  My advice is to get Forsus Class II Correctors if you can.  It has to be decided at the beginning of treatment because the brackets are custom-made, but I like that I can relax and let my ortho do the work for me.  I’m soo not compliant with my elastics.  I just hate that people can see them (even though he totally warned me about that at the beginning of treatment).

3) There have been (and will be) some exciting online materials for you.  Did you see our updated website?  It’s HiddenBraces.com.

4) I’ve been to so many places and met so many people

I have lots to share.  So…come back soon, please!!  Why?!  Well, because I’m studying for an exam.  Sorry, but I have to wrap that up before I can sit down and write a year’s worth of posts…but oh, I will!

I am still LOVING my Incognito Braces!!!   As a reminder, I specifically asked for lengthened treatment so I could show people my Incognito Braces at trade shows and such, so do not think my treatment time is typical.  They’re coming off this summer – and I’m actually sad about it!  They’re a part of me now!!

Okay….more soon.  Keep sending me messages!  I write back WAY faster than I update my blog. ;)

*Update*

I’m putting up the posts from the past year!  A lot happens in a year…and I look way older now.  Ugh…  Check them out and let me know if you have any questions. :)

About Jacqui

I'm the marketer at 3M Canada for Incognito Hidden Braces, and I'm trying to get to know my product better by actually wearing them. I had braces as a kid, but my teeth moved over the years. I'm sharing my progress and experiences honestly to help others decide if Hidden Braces are a good choice for them, too.
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2 Responses to I’m Alive!

  1. Sandra says:

    Hi Jacqui,

    I am interested incognito and just very scared. I am wondering if your speech was affected. I don’t want to sound like daffy duck. There is a guy at work who has invisalign and he has the worst lisp. I just don’t want to sound ridiculous. I am in the Toronto area and saw Dr. Trohatos” web site and that she uses incognito. Is this where you went? Wondering how she is. I went to another Dr., who promotes incognito on her website, but when I went for a consult, she was quick to recommend invisalign and I asked her if she had any patients using incognito and she said no. Thanks

    • Jacqui says:

      Hi Sandra,

      I emailed you about this directly, but just in case anyone is wondering the same thing, here is my response again.

      So first of all, thanks so much for considering Incognito Braces!! I am glad to hear that you’re thinking about them as a treatment option.

      I absolutely adore Dr. Trohatos. She knows me well! And her new office is gorgeous. She is a Premier Provider of Incognito Braces, so she is very competent clinically and definitely has patients in them. If you are interested in a consult, she would be great. She’s not my ortho as I live in London, Ontario….so it’s a bit far to go for appointments! I go to Dr. Ali Tassi and he’s awesome!! I’m really happy with my results. Dr. Trohatos will be able to give you great results, too. Not to worry! You can find other doctors that offer Incognito on HiddenBraces.com. You just put in your postal code and it tells you who offers them near you. It also identifies doctors by their expertise (Centre of Excellence and Premier Providers have done more than those that are just certified).

      Now as for your actual fear: speech. I’m a very honest person, so I’ll tell it to you straight. You will find it affects your speech at first. In fact, you may very well want to remove your Incognito Braces after wearing them for the first couple of days. The good news is……..you will totally adjust! I do a lot of speaking engagements and I put a lot of tips up on my blog to help patients protect their tongue from the braces. If you choose to get them, just time it well. Give yourself two weeks to adjust and know that you will certainly adjust (I would say for me, it took about a week and I felt great, 10 days, and I forgot I was wearing them, but everyone is different). Remember, it sounds a million times worse in your head than it does to others. People that knew me for years didn’t even know I had them after I adjusted. In fact, to this day, people forget I’m wearing them. It’s kind of awesome. As an aside, when you get a wire change, you’ll find that you’re a bit lispy again. Don’t worry! It’s normal and will go away pretty quickly. This kind of shocked me the first time as I thought that after I adjusted once, I’d be good to go forever. Just keep that in mind for future appointments.

      Let me know if you have any other questions! I am always available to help. Oh, and if you decide to get them, let me know and I’ll give you some specific tips to help you adjust your speech.

      Have a great day, Sandra!

      Jacqui

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