Invisalign – Before and After in Real TIme

Frist and final alignersWhen 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…

Fine Tuning My Invisalign Smile

DeborahChaseAfterShapingOctober2012The first  series of Invisalign made a remarkable   difference in my smile.  When  I originally  embarked on adult orthodenture, I just wanted some improvement.   I wasn’t looking for perfection.  But at the end of the first   treatment,  Dr Jacquie offered an even better result– and at no additional cost.  I have waited more than 40 years to get a really  pretty smile and now it was within reach.

Dr Jacquie made another set of scans to develop the next set of aligners.  I thought that I would need another 8 or 9  plastic tray and I was a bit surprised that  my new set of aligners had 15 new trays.  However I will be changing them every 10 days rather than every two weeks, so the time was about … Continue Reading…

Invisalign– Shaping the Beautiful Smile

  DeborahChaseBeforeShapingOctober2012Before  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…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week Staness of Menopause Makeover is hosting Fashion Flash– and you don’t have to be  menopausal to love this site.  Packed with health and fitness info, Menopause Makeover  offers important advice and support for a wide range of medical and emotional issues.  For example,  Staness looks at heart disease risks, breast cancer  care and weight control changes  as we pass birthdays.  Her easy to do and delicious recipes make  staying healthy a lot more fun. 

 The December issue   of  New Beauty magazine has two comprehensive articles that make it a keeper.  I was thrilled  to see that my orthodentist Dr Jacquie was one of the featured experts for their comprehensive piece on new ways to get a beautiful smile.  Using celebrity smiles for examples, the eight page article  explores  … Continue Reading…

Invisalign Update

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…

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…