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… →
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… →
When I looked into my bag of Invisalign aligners and saw only three sets remained it meant that in six weeks, I would be done. While I was not sorry that this journey was almost done, I didn’t think six weeks would be enough time to get the rest of my overbite under control. My right profile looked pretty good, but the left profile still had a pretty significant flare. Check out my last scan to view the progress.
Dr Jacquie agreed. My actual progress was behind where the Invisalign digital treatment program expected my teeth to be. So she tweeked the original plan. Rather than changing the remaining aligners every two weeks, I now will be switching out every ten days. At the end of the month I will be … 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… →
I am now at 26 weeks of my 42 week treatment program with Dr Jacquie. My lower jaw is gorgeous! I keep sneaking peeks in a mirror, barring my teeth like a puppy to check out the perfect row of even white teeth. I never really cared about the overcrowding in my lower jaw and focused on the flare on my upper jaw. However one of the reasons for the almost scary overbite is that the flare from the lowers pushed out the upper teeth. Now that the lower bad boys have been brought in line, the Invisalign retainers can focus on my upper bite problems.
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.