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 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 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.
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… →