I have now
finished my first course of Invisalign treatment. This treatment consisted of
25 trays which I changed every 2 weeks.
I am now in the refinement stage, where I have had my attachments and buttons (for my elastics) removed. Refinement is where the teeth are rescanned with the Itero machine (3D scanner) and it comes up with another course of treatment to hone the finished product and attempt to achieve a result as close to perfect as Dr Wong would like.
While I am waiting for my new trays to arrive from America, I will keep my last trays in (tray no. 25) and wear them all the time to keep my teeth in position to make sure they do not relapse.
Once my trays are back from America, I will have more attachments placed and continue with the trays like I did before.
Definitely a long time to have not seen a dental hygienist and WAY OVERDUE!
Harneek Sangha and I both joined CrownWood Dental and MediSpa at the same time, so I thought it would be a good reason to book an appointment to see her.
To be honest, I did feel really nervous, plus I knew that my teeth were highly sensitive. PAIN was at the forefront of my mind…..I just thought…. this is going to HURT!
Back in the 90’s was the last time that I saw a hygienist and all I remember was a lot of scrapping, plus a sense of feeling like my teeth were being pulled out! Not a nice experience in my recollection.
I explained my anxiety and sensitivity to Harneek, she was very understanding and asked if I would like to have some sedation or numbing gel. YES was my immediate answer. As I’m not overtly keen on needles, I decided to go for the latter option…the numbing gel.
The gel took a few minutes to take effect and then Harneek got to work.
I was suitably surprised at how easy the whole process was. Harneek talked me through each stage and what all the noise correlated to. This put me at ease and I subsequently began to relax.
After the cleaning finished, which took around 25 minutes, Harneek showed me the results in a mirror…..WOW, they looked amazing, so CLEAN and FRESH, just fantastic. I could actually feel each individual tooth with my tongue.
After the cleaning, Harneek then worked her magic with the Airflow stain remover. This didn’t take much time at all and the results were impressive, my teeth looked much whiter and actually sparkled!
Literally, there was nothing to worry about! Hygiene appointments have certainly moved on since the 90’s. The process was PAIN FREE. I would highly recommend going to see a hygienist, you will be super excited about the results.
Thank you Harneek.
If you would like to book an appointment with one of our three hygienists, Harneek, Aggie or Clare, please do call us on 01344 482 882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For some visuals, I’ve attached a brochure about Airflow Stain removal which shows you the GREAT results that can be achieved, as well as Teeth whitening which we also offer here in the practice and home kits.
The FIRST HURDLE with my Invisalign treatment, was going on holiday with the trays.
Being on holiday, where you are constantly having nice food and drinks, made it very difficult with the trays – having to remove them so often.
Although I did indulge on holiday (as you should), but was very honest with Dr Wong about how long I was wearing my trays for. We decided that I should wear the same trays for an extra week.
If at any point you feel like you haven’t worn them as religiously as you were before, its best to be really honest with your dentist, as ill-fitting trays could delay your treatment by having to go back and rectify the movement.
As the months go by, there isn’t a lot of change in my daily routine, in regards to my Invisalign treatment. So, I have decided to write my blog every two months now, as I should have a little more to talk about.
I will be very honest and admit that I have started to slack with the amount of times I use the ‘chewies’ throughout the day and probably allow myself more tea and coffee in the mornings than I did when I first started the treatment.
This hasn’t affected my treatment, as the slip ups are only minor, but I have noticed that the trays will feel tighter for longer, in comparison to when I was being very good with my trays. As I noticed the trays felt tighter than before, this really spurred me on to be extremely thorough with them once again.