Here’s a little confession for you friends – I’ve always been super self-conscious of my smile. I know what you’re thinking, “but Hillory, you always smile with your teeth in photos!”. You’re absolutely right, I totally do. But, here’s a little story for you to explain just why.
Ever since I was a kid and my permanent teeth grew in a little funny, I felt like my smile was not the greatest. I used to always laugh behind my hands or slightly turn away whenever I thought something was funny in the slightest. It was only when I was in college and someone pointed out that I always had that reaction was the first time I realized that all of the insecurities I had about my teeth had affected the way I smiled on a daily basis. After that happened, I got braces and decided that I would be proud of my teeth… brace-faced and all! Ever since then, I’ve just embraced my teeth. Even after I had gotten my braces off and my teeth shifted again, I refused to hide behind my hands or my mannerisms. But as time passed and my teeth started to slowly move again, I could feel the overwhelming emotion of hiding my smile all over again.
As if by fate (or maybe a little bit of social media magic), Dental Arts at Front reached out to me to collaborate on… well, my smile! Here’s a little bit about my experience so far:
My first appointment was really when I knew I was going to love the entire experience. Even just upon entering the dental office, everyone was super welcoming and warm and tried to make my appointment feel special. I sat down with Dr. Jeremy Kurtz and he explained the whole process to me. Unlike most other dental offices, Dr. Kurtz specializes in Invisalign – so that’s all they do in both of their offices! I knew I was in great hands from the start.
After explaining what the whole process was going to look like from start to finish, it was time to take a mold of my teeth. Instead of that icky, gooey container that the dentist usually uses to take a mold, Dr. Kurtz used a 3D scanner that was just pressed up against my teeth. It was super high-tech (and I was very thankful that I wasn’t going to have to rinse all of that gunk out of my mouth later). Afterwards, he showed me a couple of simulations of how my teeth were going to shift and how that would progress with more and more Invisalign trays.
I came back to the Dental Arts at Front about 3 weeks later to pick up my Invisalign trays. Dr. Kurtz and a dental assistant sat down with me again to explain how to use my Invisalign on the regular. After they explained everything to me, I popped them into my mouth and went back to my office for my 9-5 job. The best part was, other than the people that I had mentioned my appointment to, no one had any idea I was wearing Invisalign! Even my boyfriend was surprised when I told him I was wearing them when I got home that night.
Wearing Invisalign on the daily (aka, here’s what my daily routine looks like now):
When I get up and make coffee in the morning before work, I add a retainer-cleaning solvent to come water and let my Invisalign soak. I usually just do this for the amount of time it takes me to eat breakfast and drink my coffee. After brushing my teeth and brushing the trays, I just pop them back in! Then, I just go about my day as per normal. The best part about Invisalign is that you can still drink, talk and do most things with them in, so I kind of just forget that I’m wearing them in general. When it’s lunch time, I leave them in a retainer tray that I keep in my office desk and go eat. You can totally rinse with water after meals, although it’s much more hygenic to brush or rinse with mouthwash. I also keep some mouthwash in my desk, so that often comes in handy! I keep them in for the rest of the day and remove them again when it’s time to eat dinner. Afterwards, I like to give them another brush or rinse with some mouthwash before they go back in for the night. For optimal use, you want to keep the Invisalign in for 22 hours, so it’s best to only take them out for meals.
I’ve only had my Invisalign on now for a couple of weeks, but I have to say that I’m loving it so far! I have to admit, I was a bit nervous about it when some other people on social media had reached out to me and told me of their horror stories. However, my experience was nothing like that! I haven’t felt claustrophobic or have had any fears about taking to people with them in (and honestly, no one even notices unless I point them out!).
Maybe I’ve just had a great experience so far because of the lovely people at Dental Arts at Front and how they’ve made me so comfortable with the whole process. If you live in Toronto and are thinking about getting Invisalign, feel free to reach out to them with any questions you might have!