My Invisalign Journey Part 1 – Consultation

    I have been contemplating teeth straightening for years. My upper teeth are so crowded and crammed that whenever I eat, food is lodged under the gums or between my teeth.

    I have also lost one of my bottom teeth and I have a few crooked bottom teeth because my wisdom teeth pushed them forward. Those wisdom teeth, I have lived with them for years as I loathe visiting the dentists.

    Few years back, I went for a dentist consultation and even spent RM 300 on x-rays examination before the dentist suggested braces as THE solution. I chickened out last minute. So there goes my perfectly straight set of choppers.

    The thought of wearing braces at my age, having to bear the pain and not being able to eat proper food (read: crunchy fried chicken, roasted nuts, chips,etc) just scare me.

    Fortunately, anything could happen with the advancement of technology. I first heard about Invisalign treatment from KY and I can see how his teeth transformed from crooked to perfect.

    So many people have used and raved about Invisalign treatment. So I did some research online and I was very excited about this patented technology! The Invisalign system uses a series of custom-made aligners created for each individual. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift one’s teeth into place, based on the exact movements one’s dentist or orthodontist plans out for him/her. Just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until the treatment is complete. As simple as that!

    Some of the benefits of Invisalign:

    No one will likely notice!
    As its name suggests, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible! No one will likely notice it unless they look at your teeth really close up.

    Painless and Convenient
    Forget about braces causing you mouth ulcers, or the pain or pressure you feel when your dentist tightens your braces. Just wear the aligners and they will do their magic!

    Fast and Effective
    Braces treatment typically takes about 1.5 to 2 years. However, Invisalign treatment can treat minor teeth issues in just 10 weeks or even less. It all depends on individuals.

    Easy to clean
    Having Invisalign aligners  means you can pop them out to eat whatever you want and brush and floss as usual. Where as for braces treatment, it is very hard to clean with the brackets and wires around.
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    So I finally went for a dental consultation in Dr. Chai’s Clinic. Not all dentists and orthodontists are certified Invisalign providers but Dr. Chai is certainly one. He has two clinics in Bangsar and Wisma UOA KL. During the weekends, I will see him at the Bangsar branch. I can also drop by Wisma UOA during my weekday lunch hours. It will be very convenient for me in my future visits if I ever start embarking on my Invisalign journey.

    During my first consultation, Dr. Chai studied my teeth and performed dental X-rays on my teeth, gums, jaw, and other structures. The x-ray shows that my upper teeth slightly protude, my bottom teeth are crowded and crooked as I mentioned earlier, my jaws are misaligned so whenever I open my mouth I hear this “click sound”, and one of my missing teeth is hidden underneath my nose (it’s true!). Dr. Chai told me not to worry, tooth issues like mine are typically treatable with the Invisalign System. Fortunately I am a suitable candidate for Invisalign System.
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    So Dr. Chai took 2 molds, one for upper and one for lower. He will then send these moulds to Invisalign. Other than that, he also took some pictures and impressions of my teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them.
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    Dr. Chai showed me a molding that is quite similar to my case. For my case, I should expect to see the followings:

    For my upper row of teeth, it will be less protruding. My smile will also broaden because Invisalign treatment can correct my arch from “v” shape to “u” shape.

    For my bottom row of teeth, it will be less protruding as well. As I have lost one of my tooth so the gap will be closed. My crooked tooth will also be straightened.

    I like how Invisalign treatment focuses not only on straightening my teeth; but it also works aesthetically as it creates more beautiful and brighter smile.

    I was told to wait for 1 – 2 weeks for a simulation video that will be prepared by Align Technology. Dr Chai will show it to me, and together, we will study, evaluate and approve on the final state of my teeth. I can’t wait already!
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    Remember to visit http://SEA.Invisalign.com or https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Invisalign-Malaysia/676331422386516?fref=ts for more information!

    Nuffnang Malaysia is currently holding a blog contest where you stand a chance to win a Invisalign Treatment! Head over to Nuffnang Malaysia Official Blog Post to find out more about the contest.

    *Disclaimer: I have received complimentary Invisalign Treatment and/or compensation from Align Technology, inc. in exchange for voluntarily promoting and sharing my Invisalifn experience. The experiences shared and views expressed are my own.

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