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… →
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.
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… →
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.
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… →