Embarrassed about your smile? Have you ever wondered about Invisalign? We’ve all seen people wearing them, browsed the little pamphlets in the waiting room at the dentist, but do these clear plastic trays actually work? With an overbite that begs for correcting, and some teeth that constantly recede I‘ve decided to try it out for myself. And of course I couldn’t make such a commitment without taking you dearest blog reader along for the ride. Today I’m sharing some information about Invisalign and what you can expect!
Recently I’ve partnered with Halifax dentist, Dr T Daniel Lawen, of Lawen Dentistry conveniently located on Spring Garden road in the professional building. And honestly I can’t say enough about this man. Not only is he informative (which is good because I ask a lot of questions) he’s also very kind and considerate. His friendly personality makes being at the dentist a breeze, and for someone who’s had a number of things go wrong with other dentists in the past being in Dr. Lawen’s chair with his lovely staff feels very safe: something I haven’t felt for a very long time.
The biggest issue with my teeth is that my mouth is actually child size, I’m not kidding my trays fit comfortably inside an adult tray. Needless to say there’s not really a lot of room to work with, and I’ve already had three teeth pulled not to mention all my wisdom teeth. So thanks to things like genetics I have a really small mouth, and jaw. There’s simply no room in the inn as they say, and it just sets off the entire alignment of my teeth. I get headaches, neck tension, my teeth grind together, and it’s just overall not a great experience.
It’s different for everyone. Your dentist will have to customize your treatment plan for you depending on the level or correctness (and trays) needed. You’ll have an initial Invisalign consultation and your dentist will evaluate what you‘ll need. Staff will take X-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth to create a digital 3D image (THIS IS SO COOL) and outline a treatment plan.The best part is that consultations are free, so they are completely risk free.
The most interesting bit is the virtual presentation of how the teeth will move with each stage of treatment. Let’s just say we didn’t have this technology when I was in high school, and it’s so neat to see what the end results could look like. To be able to see the potential (nothing is 100%) is absolutely amazing, and very motivating. Just ask Dr. Lawen my mind was blown when we went over this together. It was like he gave me a million dollars; there have been little things bugging me about my teeth for years, and knowing they could possibly be corrected was enough to sell me on committing to the trays.
What is Invisalign ?
While I’m sure you already know, but in case you don‘t. Invisalign uses a custom-made series of aligners that are created individually to suit your teeth correcting needs. The trays are made of a smooth, comfortable, and clear plastic that are worn over your teeth (think of it like a retainer but clear). Wearing the trays gradually and gently shifts your teeth into place based on the exact movements your dentist or Orthodontist plans out for you.
You should wear them ideally for 22 hours a day, and remove them only to brush and floss. And guess what? It’s now recommended that you can even eat with them in. Obliviously you don’t want to eat things like curry or drink red wine, as this could permanently stain the trays, but I was pretty pumped when they mentioned I could drink my tea and coffee. See the issue is people take them out when they eat, and don’t put them back in right away, so it’s just better to leave them in (when you can) so you’re not losing that time. Just be sure to brush your teeth and liners when you’re done (as much as you can obviously life happens and it gets tricky).
What is also great when you decide to opt for invisalign with Dr. Lawen, is that it also includes a free Phillips Zoom Whitening Kit ($175 value), and everything you see in the image below. So not only will your teeth be super straight when you‘re done with Invisalign they will also LOOK AH-MAZING. I’ve used the teeth whitening kit before, and I still get compliments on my teeth (read more here). Also believe it or not I don’t think I‘ve ever had an electric tooth brush ($65 value) and I AM OB–SESSED with this thing after just a few uses! I mean you kind of have to be obsessed with your tooth brush when it comes to Invisalign, but it really does feel dentist clean, and I love the small round tip both for cleaning your teeth and your liners.
If you’ve been thinking about Invisalign hopefully you found today’s post helpful. I’ll be checking back in soon to let you know how things are going. If you have questions at all feel free to comment below or reach out to me on social media @shortpresents. I’m happy to answer what I can, and forward any other inquires to Dr. Lawen as well. If you’re local and interested in Invisalign do yourself a favor and book a consultation with Dr. Lawen or visit their website at www.ourdentist.ca
I’ll be also be using the hashtag #SPinvisalign on social media, so if you lose track here and there simply plug that in, and it should bring you back up to speed!