When I started my Invisalign program, I had been told by other dentists that either Invisalign would not work or I would need two years of metal braces that would cost more than $10,000. Not good news. When I did finally find the wonderful Dr Jacquie who is one of the top Invisalign practitioners, I would have been happy with just a visible improvement. But I started to see results so fast and the benefits just kept coming, that I wanted more than better– I wanted gorgeous.
The Science of a Beautiful Smile
I’m now near the end of my second set of aligners, and I’m so happy with the smile I see in the mirror. But as a science writer, the process is at least … Continue Reading… →
The first series of Invisalign made a remarkable difference in my smile. When I originally embarked on adult orthodenture, I just wanted some improvement. I wasn’t looking for perfection. But at the end of the first treatment, Dr Jacquie offered an even better result– and at no additional cost. I have waited more than 40 years to get a really pretty smile and now it was within reach.
Dr Jacquie made another set of scans to develop the next set of aligners. I thought that I would need another 8 or 9 plastic tray and I was a bit surprised that my new set of aligners had 15 new trays. However I will be changing them every 10 days rather than every two weeks, so the time was about … Continue Reading… →
I was really looking forward to my six week appointment with Invisalign. I had gone through three sets of aligners and felt a definate change in my bite. The first set of aligners were super easy to wear. Not only were they totally comfortable, they kept me from snacking. Without aligners, I would reach for a random cookie or chunk of cheese– but with Invisalign eating even one bite meant taking it out, scarfing down the food, a trip to the sink to brush my teeth and replacing the aligner. Few foods now seem worth the trouble. I also noticed that my teeth were much whiter because I could not drink tea and coffee while wearing Invisalign. Cutting back on my 5-6 cups of tea and coffee certainly kept my … Continue Reading… →
When I first started my anti-aging journey I identified a dozen different signs of facial aging. On that list I noted only a single dental problem– stained/ yellowed teeth. Turns out that changes in our smile are part of often unrecognized changes that make us look older. The overbite that I see in the mirror was just a symptom of changing dental contours, rather than the cause of my aging smile.
Here’s how it works: According to Dr Jacquie, the full wide smile of gorgeous celebrities ( think Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Halle Barre, Kate Middleton) is a youthful smile. As we get older, our smile often becomes smaller as the jaw loses bone mass, shifting the teeth forward.
There are before and after pix and then there is the panoramic digital radiograph. This shot shows how age related bone loss in my jaw has shifted all my teeth forward. You can also see the shape of the teeth- wider on bottom and smaller on top- contributing to the problem. This shape does not line up well and Dr Jacquie will be shaping the contours to make the teeth look more feminine. What you don’t see is overcrowding. There is plenty of space between the teeth as they all shift forward. It makes me cringe to think about the dentist who wanted to take out four back teeth. It would have made my teeth even worse.