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… →
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… →
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.
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.
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… →