Thursday, October 27, 2011

Do's and Dont's of Invisalign!

Don't leave your Invisalign aligners near your pets!
 Especially dogs.
Since your aligners are always in your mouth, dogs can smell traces of food in your aligners and think its a tasty treat. Ruh-roh

If you are a caffine addict like me, DO switch from Redbull, 5 hour, Monster, Rockstar, etc to the new inhalable caffine product they've just created. Not only will you keep your teeth cavity free but you won't have to carry around a tooth brush each time you are on the go and take your energy drink.

DON'T leave your aligners out of your mouth for long periods of time. I tend to eat very slowly and I drink hot tea three times a day so I have to even out how long I take my aligners out for and make sure there's an appropriate balance that way I am wearing my aligners for about 22 hours a day. The PRO of this is that it does keep you eating healthy. I've stopped snacking in the middle of the night because I would be too tired to clean my aligners. If you are a soda drinker (I'm not- but I do love tea) aligners will help you drink more water! Each time you have a soda or sugary drink you must brush or else you are more prone to cavaties due to the aligners decreasing the oxygen to your teeth. So instead of brushing constantly just have a nice refreshing glass of water... you can drink water with your aligners in and hey its healthy for you! If water sounds too boring add some cucumbers to it! Fancy right?

On the go with my Invisalign!

Recently I went to my modeling meeting downtown and my agent had NO idea I was even wearing my aligners. Another PRO for choosing Invisalign!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The most wonderful thing about starting Invisalign is that I am able to see my results before the treatment has finished! Here is my clincheck showing how my teeth will fixate through my invisalign process! Here is my clincheck which is a 3-dimensional virtual representation of Dr.Bhatia's prescribed treatment plan and reflects the stages of treatment from which Aligners are manufactured.If Dr.Bhatia isn't happy with one of the stages she will notify Invisalign until they come up with results both you and she can feel happy about.




Thursday, October 6, 2011

Introducing... the Intra Oral Scanner!

It is truly amazing how far we have come with gadgets and gizmos in the modern age. I’m constantly seeing fancy new cell phones out each week, new ipads and ipods that seem to get smaller and smarter, nooks and laptops and well you get the point… but have you ever wondered what’s new with technology in the orthodontic field? I know what you’re thinking, headgear, metal braces, boring teeth tools; I tend to think of that as well.
What you don’t know is- right now in the world of teeth technology there is a brand new invention called the Intraoral Scanner. Sounds fancy right? Every day teens and adults get Invisalign for their teeth in order to perfect their smile without having to wear hideous brackets.
Back in the day, doctors used a goopy clay molding to make an impression of your mouth (yuck), well not anymore!
The IntraOral Scanner is a small handheld scanner that uses laser and optic scanning to capture 3-D images of your teeth with not only precision but also accuracy. The images are able to capture surfaces and contours in the teeth and gums. Completely safe and painless, the scanner costs as much as a nice car! Scanning can take up to about 30 minutes, depending on the patient. After the scanning has taken place, the machine is then able to transfer all of the images to Invisalign where they approve them. Followed by a thorough check by your doctor, the aligners are ready in about a few short weeks.

As you can see in the picture above, I was lucky enough to have used the scanner for my invisalign. It was completely painless. Aside from keeping my mouth open the whole time, the experience wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be! My mouth was kept dry for the scanner to take accurate pictures, which may seem uncomfortable but the minute I saw my teeth pop up on the computer screen I forgot all about any discomforts. You become so distracted and intrigued by the different angles of your teeth that before you know it, the whole scanning process is over with!