When is the right time to take action?
What makes you take that first step in a new direction?
How long do you think about things before taking action?
We had a patient who we first met about 4 years ago. On her first visit, she mentioned that she was very interested in Invisalign. She had noticed shifting of her teeth and it was beginning to bother her more and more. She didn’t take action at that time. Every time we saw her, she mentioned that she wanted to begin the process. Then, she moved away and we lost track of her.
The other day, she returned to the office. She had moved back. And she was still interested in correcting her shifting teeth.
Since we saw her last, she began exercising, eating a more natural diet, and was working on quitting smoking for good.
Her teeth were in good shape and she wanted us to see if she was still a candidate for Invisalign. Everything was pointing to yes. We made a 3D scan of her teeth with the iTero (no more goopy impressions) and were quickly able to determine that she was indeed a great candidate for Invisalign!
While looking at the computer simulation of how her teeth would look after Invisalign, she knew she was ready. Her next question was about the cost and how she could spread out the payments over time? We reviewed with her the cost of the solution to fix her shifting teeth and were able to work with Invisalign’s third-party financing company to provide a payment schedule that worked with her budget. And, with the money that was freed up from kicking the smoking habit, she had an extra $150/month. With a plan in place for the treatment, timing and financing, she was ready to get started! With the click of a mouse, her clear Invisalign aligners were ordered. The process had begun.
I’m excited for her. She knew for quite a while what she wanted. For whatever reason, the time just wasn’t right before. Now it was. She was taking steps to improve her overall health and her shifting teeth were part of her long-term plan. I’m glad she’s pursuing something that will not only make her happier, but healthier for years to come. I’m glad she’s allowing us to be a part of her team.