In 2007, I visited Dr. Amy James & Associates, I was supposed to get braces and fix my bite issues, but because of my insecurities, I decided to push it off for 14 years. Mainly, I felt I wasn't worthy enough of getting braces and fixing my smile, so I thought I could live on with my overbite. Finally, in the summer of 2021, I decided to try again after I was having difficulty sleeping and biting. Making the call to the office scared me and caused a lot of worry in me, mainly because I thought it was too late. Nonetheless, the team was very open and detailed; they still remembered me from 14 years ago! During my first appointment, I was anxious coming in. Still, Jordan was great at explaining the entire timeline of fixing my smile, the various treatment stages, and the financial aspects of the process, allowing my stress and worry to leave. Throughout the coming months, I could gradually see the progression of my smile, despite the occasional pain. During this time, the team continuously reassured me that I was not too old to start my smile journey at 22 and always offered support when necessary. The team was great at adapting to my tedious work schedule and working with me to make sure it was possible to make every appointment. Once I got my adult palate expander, it was during this time that I experienced the most amount of pain and worry. Having to come in every week and go through this expansive change was very difficult, but the team was again there to answer any questions and meet when I needed it. Mainly, the team throughout this time showed extreme patience with all my needs and openness about my progress and concerns. While fixing my smile hasn't been easy, it's allowed me to understand that I deserve this confidence. So grateful to still have a supportive team behind me that can help with any questions or concerns I may have with my treatment plan.