Invisalign- The Final Weeks

Before InvisalignSometimes 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…

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…

Invisalign Progress Report

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.

In the before and after X-rays you can see the flare in both  my upper andContinue 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…

Getting Started with Invisalign

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.

My  profile was taken with a companion machine called  to take a … Continue Reading…