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… →
My first two weeks wearing Invisalign were painless, both literally and figuratively. Just four days after I started, I thought I could see changes in the alignment of my lower teeth. I assumed it was my imagination, but by the end of the first 14 days I had objective proof of change. My teeth had been so tightly packed together that I had needed to use the thinnest dental floss to get the job done. By the time I packed away my first set of aligners, I had to switch to a broad floss for optimal dental care.
The Invisalign rules are easy to follow , so easy that I got a bit lazy. Instruction sheets make a point of advising me to always place retainers in the plastic … 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.
Back in the fall I decided to explore ways to straighten my teeth. Over the years the once healthy teeth had developed quite a slope and I had a full-blown overbite. I didn’t want to go the permanent metal mouth route and was excited about a program of clear plastic devices called Invialign. Your mouth is fitted with a series of progressive plastic trays that slowly apply pressure to push teeth into line. Not only does Invisalign avoid the metal brackets and wires of traditional orthodenture, it’s far less expensive.
First step was making a plaster mold of my mouth and teeth which were then sent off to the Invisalign HQ. I waited eagerly for the results. And waited. And waited. Finally after more than two months I got the answer. I was not a good … Continue Reading… →
I was thrilled with the effects of the Zoom teeth whitening. Admiring my gleaming white teeth in the mirror of my dentists waiting room, another patient ageed they looked great, adding ” It makes your overbite less noticeable.” I have an overbite? I knew that my teeth flared out a bit, but was it that bad?
Growing up, money was tight for my writer father and artist mother. Instead of fully tricked out braces, I had a bite plate with wires that were tightened every so often. In later years, I had thought about getting real braces, but I didn’t want to walk around with a mouth of metal as an adult.
The night after my Zoom treatment, I saw an ad for a new tooth straightening technique called Invisalign. I knew my … Continue Reading… →