I had 3 goals when I went to Clear Choice:
(1) I hoped to reverse a protruding upper lip created from bad orthodonics from my youth. They said they could do that. (2) I couldn’t chew or talk without biting myself. I wanted my molars to be narrower so this didn’t happen.
(3)My teeth were very decayed. They said I would never have gum disease or decay again. They said they could make my new teeth to solve all these problems.
I regret the decision SO much that I am looking for another cosmetic dentist to find out if I have any options. Five months in and I have become extremely depressed over this. There isn’t a moment of the day that I am not aware that this foreign thing is in my mouth. They were very nice to me. They explained all the other options and I signed a statement saying so. I was very enthusiastic when they said that they would be like “my own teeth”. They explained that I would not be able to eat solid foods for 6 months when the temporaries would be replaced by permanent. They said I’d get used to the “feel” in a month or two. When they showed me a sample of the teeth, they were mounted on an artificial gum and palate. When I asked if MY teeth would be on “that” (pointing to the palate) they said no, it was only there to show the teeth. I asked this several times, so I thought the teeth alone would be screwed into the posts. I was shocked when they pull out my set of teeth mounted on a gum looking bridge and put it over my own gum. Now I salivate and slobber all the time. I have that “slurppy / juicey” sound that old people have when their dentures are slipping. The saliva gets tacky and slimey and I feel I can’t wipe it off my lips. As far as achieving goals above — my problem with protruding upper lip is worse because of the thickness of the prosthetic. Sometimes when I smile, my upper lip rolls up over it and disappears into that space over the thick fake gum. Instead of teeth that go straight down, these tilt at a sharp angle into my mouth. I had specifically said I did not want that! Instead of each front tooth itself shaped like a tooth, it curves around like a hook so that the upper edge fits into the prosthetic, but the lower half touches the lower teeth. I don’t think it will prevent my biting myself after the last four molars are put in They told me after my first month check up that I must water-pick and floss under the fake gum twice a day or risk gum disease. It takes 1 hour minimum to floss because it’s so hard to get the floss chord up under there. I hate this thing. It was not what I was promised. I wish I could find a way out. It has made my self-image so much worst.
- Julie from Virginia
Sorry to hear you had a bad experience. I think the best way to avoid the problems you had is to have a dentist who knows you personally and is willing to address all your personal issues. A clinic like Clear Choice is not conducive to solving the kinds of issues you have, though I think their dentists are generally quite skilled.
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