Monday, December 7, 2015

Improve Your Smile With Invisalign

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My smile today - after Invisalign.

They say you don't get a second chance to make a first impression and one of the first things I always notice about a person is their smile. Regardless of how old you are or what you do for a living, making a good impression is crucial. And how you feel about yourself is critical too, as it affects your confidence entering into any social situation. A couple of years ago I started to notice that my once straight teeth were starting to get crooked on the bottom. Like really crooked. (The only reason this didn't happen to my top teeth as well is because I have veneers) I became very self-conscious about my smile and it definitely affected how I felt about myself. I can thank both my parents for this issue.

My teeth (before Invisalign) in February 2014
From my Mother, I inherited a mouth too small to accommodate all of my teeth, so I have had many teeth pulled over the years to make room for those left behind. On my Father's side of the family, I inherited what I call "bad teeth DNA" and I have a filling, cap, crown or some sort of dental procedure that affects literally every single tooth in my mouth.

I'm pretty sure I could have put at least 4 kids through an Ivy League education with what I have paid to dentists over the years. So, I am not surprised that even though I had braces in high school - over the years my teeth started to shift until one day I woke up and went, "What the bloody hell is going on here..."

I have a friend who lives across the street from me and one day - out of the blue - she said to me, "You know, you'd be a great candidate for Invisalign." When people start unsolicitedly telling you your teeth are crooked to the point that you need help - it is time to take action. Now granted, my friend was a dentist so maybe she felt like this was something she could say to me as a professional, but it still stung.

In April 2014, just a few months into my Invisalign treatment
my teeth are already straighter. You can also see the "buttons"
that your Invisalign retainers grab onto to hold them in place.
I took the hint as the Universe's way of telling me to quit thinking negative thoughts about myself and do something about it, so I visited her office to learn more about the Invisalign program. And she was right, I was a great candidate for it. I had put off doing anything about my crooked teeth for so long because the thought of wearing metal "train tracks" in my mid-40s was too loathsome to bear. But Invisalign is (as the name implies) practically invisible.

Invisalign is a series of nearly invisible, removable “aligners” that are used to gradually straighten teeth without metal or wires. Invisalign’s treatment capabilities are not limited to mild cosmetic cases. Due to many advances in its proprietary technology, Invisalign can effectively correct a broad range of more complex cases such as: overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, open bite, crossbite, overbite and underbite. Every patient’s needs are different and there are many factors that determine the cost of Invisalign treatment, but in most cases, Invisalign is comparable in cost to traditional braces. BONUS: Most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment and affordable financing options are often available. Adult Invisalign patients typically visit their doctor once every six weeks or so to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned and to receive their next sets of aligners. The length of treatment depends on the severity of each case and can only be determined by the treating doctor; however, the average Invisalign case takes about a year. Treatment time is about the same as with metal braces and in some cases, shorter.

For the record, it was only after I had gone through this whole process and tweeted about how happy I was with the results, that Invisalign reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to share my story. So while this is a sponsored post, my story and results of my experience are 100% authentic. I couldn't be happier with my smile now and encourage you to consider Invisalign if this is an issue that is currently affecting you! Straightening your teeth to improve your smile is a great way to boost your confidence and happiness – and with the New Year right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get started. Visit Invisalign to learn more about this fantastic device and to find a doctor who works with Invisalign near you.

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