Sometimes in life you make a big decision that’s so right and just keeps getting better. For me getting orthodenture after 50 is that kind of decision. When I was a teen ager, braces were just not financially possible for me. When I was a young working mom there was just no time to deal with an overbite. And quite honestly, I did not want to spend two years with a mouthful of metal braces.
Getting Started with Invisalign
When I started No-Nonsense Beauty Blog to try out different beauty options, I finally had the time and resources to deal with my overbite. But what really made me pull the trigger were the arrival of clear invisable aligners that did not need to be attached to the surface of the teeth. I started with 30 aligners to pull … Continue Reading… →
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… →
Before I start on my second and final round of Invisalign devices, Dr Jacquie shaped my teeth. I didn’t even know that this technique existed. Most people have little “saw tooth” edges on the tips of newly emerged permanent teeth. Over the next few years, the edges gradually smooth off. Not me. The ridges that were there when I was in third grade were still there when my third grandchild arrived.
Using a tiny, fine sanding tool, Dr Jacquie smoothed off the bumps and ridges, Then, not unlike a sculptor, she worked to refine the actual shape of the teeth. The teeth of the ideal female smile have gently rounded edges. By contrast, the teeth of an ideal male smile have square, straight edges. As it … Continue Reading… →
My pile of discarded Invisalign aligners tell the story. The nine month Invisalign treatment is almost over and I have just four more aligners to straighten out my overbite.
The first part of the Invisalign program focused on the bottom teeth. Not only were they crooked, the flare was pushing out the top and were a major cause of the overbite. When I first went to Dr Jacquie I really didn’t care about the bottom row of teeth. I felt they weren’t that visable and the problem was above. She explained that they had to be corrected before the top could be put into line. ( no pun intended).
Last month with my lower jaw practically perfect it was time to get serious about the top. I … Continue Reading… →
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 … 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.