Overbite? What Overbite?

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…

Invisalign- Almost Halfway Done

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…

Invisalign- Visible Results After Just Six Weeks

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…

Invisalign- The First Three Weeks

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…

Invisalign — the first week

Two months after my first appointment with Dr Jackie, my Invisalign  devices were ready.  There are twenty- one in the set and I am to wear each one for two weeks.  This means that in 42 weeks, I will be done.

  There were rules.  Not that  many and not that bad, but still rules:

*  I cannot eat or drink hot  or colored liquids.  The  heat can distort them and the colors can stain them

*  I need to wear them 22 hours a day.  This means I need to wear them all the time except when I eat– and I need to eat quickly.  After eating I need to brush  my teeth before reinserting the aligners.

* To  clean them, I swish the aligners in … Continue Reading…

Invisalign for an Anti-Aging Smile

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.

To check this out, I dug out old family photos and there it was– … Continue Reading…

Help! I was Rejected by Invisalign

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…