May is National Smile Month and I’m almost halfway through my Invisalign treatment. Every two weeks, I change my current aligner for a new one that’s just a bit tighter. This week, for the first time since I started Invisalign, I went to to my dentist for a routine cleaning. I have somewhat sensitive teeth and sometimes I have found that the cold air and warm abrasive tool of a cleaning were a little uncomfortable. Since the sides of my teeth were filed down a bit and the pressure from the aligners can make my teeth a little bit sore, I was concerned that cleaning would hurt.
Not to worry. There was actually less discomfort than usual and the dental technician was thrilled with the state of my teeth and gums. Turns out that the plastic aligners that cover the teeth dramatically reduce plaque build-up and kept the teeth super white. She also was so happy to see the progress in my bite. Pulling out earlier pix of my mouth , she pointed out that the overlap in both the top and bottom teeth have practically vanished.
When I got home, I pulled out my set of “befores” from Dr Jacquie and took some homemade versions of “afters”. Check out the difference in the flare of the bottom teeth in the before ( left) and after ( below) pix. When I started Invisalign, I would have been happy with modest improvements. This change far exceeded my expectations and I’m not even half done.
When I began Invisalign I found the idea of wearing an aligner 22 out of 24 hours a day a bit daunting. But IRL it was no big deal. And wearing the aligners kept me from snacking and I’ve dropped a whole dress size of the past four months. However I do find it hard to cook while wearing aligners. I’m such a foodie and I taste and season as I work. I find myself automatically taking out my aligners as I tie on an apron.
One final thought: In the past few weeks, several people have casually remarked that I had a beautiful smile. Just to be clear, other than my mom, no one has ever said I had a beautiful smile. Great hair or a cool bag, but never a great smile. Its certainly a great confidence builder.