Sometimes 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… →
When 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… →
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.
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.
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.