“A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear”
I have wanted to get my teeth straightened for as long as I can remember. It’s something I am pretty self conscious about and will only ever flash my teeth in a picture if I am nice and far away from the camera. Teeth are the first thing notice on a person and maybe that’s why I’m so self conscious about my own. I was on Xposè last year and couldn’t even look at myself. All I could see was my horrible teeth, and at cetain angles on camera or even in photos it can look like I’m missing a tooth. Argh it kind of makes me cringe thinking about it now. It’s just what I hate about myself, and I know people say they are not even that bad, but you know yourself when there is something you don’t love, it’s becomes something you tend to focus on.
After doing some research into the Invisalign a few years back I got In touch with Swords Orthodontics to find out some more about the treatment. I hadn’t been in a position to get them started then but always knew I would get there and made a promise to myself that I would have straight teeth by the time I turned 30. I am now getting to keep that promise to myself thankfully. At the beginning of this year I booked in for a free consultation with Swords Ortodontics treatment to firstly find out about the treatments available, and secretly hoped that I wouldn’t need to get train tracks and hoped for Invisalign. In saying that, it wasn’t for vanity reasons that I didn’t want train tracks, I actually quite like the look of them (weird – must be my obsession with straight teeth) it was just because I would be scared of the pain and soreness I had heard so much about, and I am a but of a whimp when it comes to stuff like that. Needless to say I was left happy when Dr Stephen Murray told me that Invisalign would work really well for me 🙂 and that was it, that was the beginning of my Invisalign journey….
At the next appointment I had the moulds of my teeth taken so that Invisalign could generate computerised progress imagery and videos of how my treatment will work and what the end result would look like. The technology literally amazed me and I couldn’t wait to see what difference the treatment would. Once the images were ready I would be back in to approve them if I was happy with how my end result would be.
A couple of weeks later I was back in to see the images of how my teeth are now, and what they will look like by the end of my treatment…
My teeth now – the teeth either side of my top two front teeth are what bother me most
How they will look after treatment 🙂
I couldn’t believe it. Approve approve approve! Get me started 🙂
Once I approved them, my little aligners would be made, and two more weeks brings me to today. I had my first set fitted today… Woohoo!!
During today’s visit I was given my next set of aligners too as the Invisalign braces are replaced every 2 weeks to keep up with the movement of your teeth, which means it will be 4 weeks to my next visit. My plan means that I will be wearing Invisalign for a little over 10 months. Such a small amount of time! 🙂
Myself & the lovely Dr Stephen Murray after he fit my Invisalign Braces
I will keep you all up to date with my progress throughout my journey.
I wanted to answer the questions lots of you guys have been asking after I shared my journey so far so see below some FAQ about my Invisalign :
Can you see the Aligners?
First impressions , not at all. Nobody seemed to notice mine today until I mentioned it to them. The only difference they noticed was my speech. I’m a little slury on some words but seem to have gotten used to them already and back to normal
Are they painful?
When they were first applied they were not exactly painful, they were just there. If that makes sense. They just felt tight on my teeth. The only time they felt uncomfortable during today was when I was removing them to eat. But it’s completely bare able pain. I haven’t yet had to take a pain killer so that’s good 🙂
How long do you have to wear them?
For me, I need to wear them for a little over 10 months. It varies for everybody depending on their teeth. They need to be worn for 22 hours a day, and only really taken out to eat and drink ect.
How much does it cost?
The price for Invisalign will vary depending on the severity of the teeth that require straightening, how long your treatment will take, and whether you need top and bottom corrected. At Swords Orthodontics they offer a free consultation so Dr Stephen Murray can examine your teeth and get a good idea of the treatment plan so he can give you the correct pricing. They also.have payment plan options available which is an added bonus, i wouldn’t be in a position to have mine done without the payment plan.
How do you eat with them in?
You don’t, just pop them out while you eat. It’s really easy
How do you care for your aligners?
I was advised to brush them gently with my toothbrush once a day, and I used a small amount of my favourite Forever Living Aloe Toothpaste with lukewarm water and it left them minty fresh and squeeky clean
How often do you need to brush your teeth?
At normal times, in the morning and before bed, and also after eating
These will be living in my handbag for the next 10 months 🙂
If you are looking to get your teeth sorted, look no further. I genuinely cannot recommend Swords Orthodontics more. They are just so lovely and so passionate about their work, I actually now enjoy visiting the dentist. Dr Stephen Murray is such a wonderful patient dentist and goes through everything in detail and likes to know that you understand each part of your treatment.
I am trilled to be having my Invisalign done at Swords Orthodontics and can see why they habe won the Irish Dentistry’s Best Practice of the year Dublin 2015. The team is just amazing.
To book in for your free consultation you can contact Swords Orthodontics by one of the methods below :
Facebook : Swords Orthodontics
Phone : 01-8107622
Web : Email
You will not be disappointed, I promise…
If you want to know any more or if I haven’t covered anything just give me a shout, you know the drill 🙂
Thanks for reading,
Wearing my aligners