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trayTaquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign® invisible braces, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

During my last visit, I picked up trays 7-9 out of a set of 12. Looks like I’m back on the home stretch. This time, I’m almost confident this is the final stage. My stubborn canine has really made some progress.

I was informed that canines can have extremely long roots. This explains why this journey has been extended just for this one tooth. However, it’s now on the move! My perfect smile is right around the corner!

One of the things I’ve learned is that you can become too relaxed when having to wear Invisalign for so long. My 18 month Invisalign ride has now been extended to a little over 24 months because of a couple of unexpected issues, so I must remain disciplined.

It is important to wear each tray for at least 20 hours per day. It is also important to carry toothpaste and toothbrush everywhere you go. This way your teeth and trays can be cleaned when needed.  As you start getting close to finishing, it’s tempting to relax a little, but I stay focused on my goal:  a fantastic smile.  And thanks to Invisalign, I’m getting very close.

My ride still continues, but it’s coming to an end very soon! Please continue to follow my Invisalign ride. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

You can also get questions about Invisalign answered by using the “Ask The Expert” feature on our website, or by calling               Charlotte Dentistry at 704-376-6470.  We are delighted to help!

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how Jumping for Joyshe’s doing with Invisalign® invisible braces, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

Last week I picked up trays 4-6 of a set of 12. During my visit, it has been confirmed that my stubborn canine is on the move! That’s exciting! This means, this may be my last set of revisions. So now, I really am in the home stretch of treatment.

During my treatment, I have definitely had some ups and downs. However, it has all been worth it. I am definitely more confident. I used to cover my mouth when I smiled to hide my teeth. Now, I smile wide and often! I am so pleased with the results so far.

I would be content if my treatment ended today. Knowing I have 3 more months is exciting because if I’m pleased with the results today, imagine how excited I will be when it’s all over!

Invisalign has definitely changed my life for the better. I look forward to seeing the end result. Thank you for continuing to follow my Invisalign journey. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have. AND IF you’re making your Christmas list, add Invisalign from Charlotte Dentistry to the TOP.

For those of you who may not know, Charlotte Dentistry and Dr. Thomas Armstrong were the FIRST Charlotte area dentists to achieve TOP honors for Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® orthodontics. Having treated more 2000 patients with Invisalign, Dr. Armstrong is the most experienced Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider in North Carolina and ranks in the TOP 1% of Invisalign providers in the nation!

Unlike traditional metal braces that everyone can see, Invisalign is completely invisible and undetectable. Plus, Invisalign will not hold you back because you can completely remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss. You will also enjoy the comfort of not feeling irritation to your gums and cheeks because unlike metal braces, Invisalign has smooth edges.

Charlotte Dentistry also regularly has special offers on Invisalign, and these can save you money.  To learn more, simply visit our Invisalign page by clicking HERE

Invisalign Elite TOP 1%Taquana “Tabby” Sears: My Invisalign® Ride: And The Ride Goes On. . .

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign® invisible braces, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

At last weeks visit, I picked up trays 7-9. HOPEFULLY these are the last trays to complete my Invisalign journey. The one stubborn tooth has finally begun to move and make some real progress! I can definitely see the positioning of this tooth improving.

This has been an incredible ride. People who don’t know I have been wearing Invisalign still can’t tell. I constantly get compliments on my smile!
People always ask, “Who IS your dentist?” I proudly say with my new smile beaming – “Dr. Armstrong at Charlotte Dentistry is MY dentist and I love what he and Invisalign have accomplished with my smile!”

Since I’m an adult working in the Charlotte corporate scene, I know Invisalign was definitely the right choice for me as opposed to non-removable braces. I can conduct meetings without my braces being a distraction. Also, Invisalign doesn’t cut or scrap lips, gum and inside of your cheeks as wire braces tend to do.
This entire journey has been with almost NO discomfort. Yes, in the beginning, there were times when I experienced a good amount of tightness. This was typically on the first day I changed out to a new tray. However, the next day, all was fine again. The tightness would decrease and I was totally fine! No complaints from me. I am thoroughly pleased with the results I have today. Looking forward to continuing life with my new beautiful smile!

Thinking about getting Invisalign? Drop me line. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have.
You can also get answers on Invisalign by using the “Ask The Expert” feature on the Charlotte Dentistry website. Click here.

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign®, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

I hoped on this visit that I would be completely finished with my Invisalign treatment.  But I’m not quite there yet.

I learned that one of my upper teeth—number 11—is being very stubborn. New upper trays are needed to move this tooth into proper alignment. AlignerMy bottom teeth are perfect, so I’m very happy about that.
In the past, to get new trays, the dentist would have to take messy, putty like impressions of my teeth (that sometime make you gag). But time it was different—and really cool!

Charlotte Dentistry has a great new piece of equipment, the iTero Digital Impression machine. It takes 3-D images of my teeth. As the pictures are taken, they appear on a computer screen and even tell the operator if the tooth or area needs to be re-scanned.  It built a 3D model of my teeth right before my eyes!

VERY high-tech.

And the accuracy of the models made from these 3-D images is better than regular impressions. The new trays should arrive in 4 weeks. So the Invisalign ride goes on…..

Dr. Armstrong did some smoothing and shaping of a few teeth and also provided bleaching solution and instructions on how to use it. Now I will have a BRIGHT white, straight smile!

The Charlotte Dentistry team and Dr. Armstrong have made my Invisalign journey a wonderful experience. I’m so pleased with the result so far. I can hardly wait to see the finished product – MY beautiful smile!

I’m always glad to share my experience so if you’re considering orthodontics, drop me a line!

Tabby SearsTaquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign®, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

I am pleased to say I picked up my last 3 trays during my last dental visit.  So, my 18-month Invisalign® ride is coming into the home stretch. It looks like I have just about 6 weeks left!

This has been an incredible ride! It has been a joy seeing my smile change with each set of trays. I’m so pleased when I look in the mirror at how straight my smile has become.

Through this journey, I’ve learned some valuable things about my teeth and myself.  I’ve learned to be disciplined in my choices.  No matter how much I wanted to remove my trays during the day, remembering they’re not working if they’re not in my mouth, made me more willing to keep them in my mouth as much as possible!  AND the results show that it does work.

I’ve learned to make healthier, smarter choices about the foods I eat.  I hardly ever snack on “junk food” during the day. The sugary beverages are gone. Did you realize that drinking a soft drink was the equivalent of giving your teeth a sugar bath?!? The Invisalign® trays fit snugly so it’s very important to stay away from sugary snacks and drinks. No one wants cavities!

As I move thru these last 3 trays, I feel really good about my smile and what Invisalign® and Charlotte Dentistry® has accomplished for me. Remember, follow the instructions and you can’t go wrong!

Got questions, drop me a line and I’ll respond promptly. Or Ask The Expert HERE

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign®, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

At this week’s dental visit, I picked up refinement trays four through six.  These trays are the “fine point-finishing touch” trays to my treatment. This set has a total of nine trays, so I will be picking up the last trays at my next visit.

My predicted Invisalign® journey was to be 18 months. If all goes well, my journey will be completed in 15 months. I guess hard work really does pays off!

I have been diligent about wearing my trays at least 20 hours per day.  I always say, the trays will not work if they are not in your mouth—so wear them as often as you can.

I will say this: these refinement trays have been a breeze. I have had little to no discomfort when changing trays. They are a little tight, but definitely not unbearable. I pray my next few trays are the same way.

So, my treatment time is moving right along! My teeth are moving better than predicted. And provided my teeth keep moving as we would like, I could be done by mid-May!

And, when I look in the mirror I’m really pleased with the smile looking back as me. I can’t wait to see my “finished” smile!

Please continue to follow my 18 month Invisalign® ride! I’ve learned a lot about myself and my teeth and INVISALIGN®. Got questions? Send them my way for a quick reply.

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis.  For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalig®n, including ups and downs.  Below is her latest blog entry.

This past week I had two dental appointments on the same day.

Appointment #1- this was my routine cleaning and x-rays. This appointment confirmed that I made the right decision to straighten my teeth. An older cavity was revealed in the front that could not be seen the way my teeth were aligned before. When I started this process, I had moderate to severe overcrowding. This caused my front teeth to almost overlap each other. I’m so thankful for Invisalign® because now that my teeth have straightened out, the cavity was revealed before it became a big problem.

One thing Invisalign has taught me is to take better care of my teeth. I was never a big “flosser” until now.  I keep a toothbrush, floss and toothpaste with me at all times. I call it “protecting my investment kit.”

Appointment #2- I picked up trays 19-21 of a set of 21. YES! My how time flies! I will have to do some revisions. I have 2 teeth in the front that just won’t cooperate. So, on my next visit, I will have to do some more molding for my revision trays. I’m excited about this new phase. Hopefully this phase will go by just as fast. I still experience some discomfort when I change my trays. However, my aligner “chewies” make the transition to new trays so much easier than before.

I’m so pleased with the results so far. I would be happy if the way I looked now were the final results. So, I can only imagine how I would feel once this is all over.

Please continue to follow my 18-month Invisalign ride. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign experience with us on a regular basis.  For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign, including ups and downs.  Below is her latest blog entry.

I am now in my 7th month of treatment. I just picked up trays 16-18 out of a set of 21.

So the end is approaching.

I’m sure I will have to do some revisions after tray 21. Hopefully I can be completely done by my sister’s wedding in September of 2012!  There will be lots of pictures taken and I would love to have my million dollar smile by then!

Things are moving along according to plan. On one of my previous visits, one of the assistants gave me these small rubber tubes called aligner “chewies.” These little “chewies” are amazing!

When I put my new trays in, I pop one of the “chewies” in and chew on them so my teeth settle in the new trays quicker. It definitely eliminates the time my teeth take to get used to the new trays. This results in less discomfort time! Who wouldn’t enjoy that? It is a little sore when you first chew on them, but the soreness does not last long at all.

I must say it does get a little annoying having to remove my trays to eat.  Simply because brushing my teeth is now an event.  I’m now brushing two sets of teeth…my own and the trays.  It is definitely time consuming.  What gets me through is knowing the end is in sight and the RESULTS will be worth it ALL.

Please continue to follow my 18-month Invisalign ride. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding my treatment and Charlotte Dentistry.

There has been quite a bit of debate on this subject, since brushing and flossing should become a routine for every child.  But we think that there can be tremendous value in a using simple reward system—especially if it helps develop the habits that can lead to a lifetime of good dental health.

Most children consider brushing a chore.  (Think back—you were probably the same way when you were that age.)  But you can add some fun to brushing (and other daily tasks like washing hands, getting dressed, etc.) with a simple chart and stickers.  Your child gets a sticker for accomplishing these everyday tasks, until they start to become part of the daily routine.

You’re reinforcing positive actions, and you’re helping create the habits and practices that can prevent a lot of problems, both in childhood and adult years.

If you’d prefer to avoid a reward system (or even if you start one), here’s something else that can make a big impact: A very strong motivator for little ones is to learn by your example.  Most children want to imitate their parents, and if you make it a practice for you to brush with your kids, they’ll see its importance to you, and they’ll follow suit. 

If you would like to use the reward system, click on the link below for a printable version.

https://charlottedentistry.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/childrens-brushing-chart-client-edits_011920111.pdf

 

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign experience with us on a regular basis.  For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign, including ups and downs.  Below is her latest blog entry.

This week I picked up trays 10-12. I noticed that package #12 only had bottom trays in it. Could that mean that the top is done????  Wishful thinking.  Looks like some revisions will be done during my next visit.  I will definitely keep everyone posted on that experience.

Since I’m 4 months into this journey, I figured it was finally time to do a tray comparison.  I’m not sure why it took me this long.  I guess it was fear of not seeing any major changes.  I compared tray #1 to tray #10.  And OH BOY what a difference!  I noticed subtle changes along the way, but had no idea how much of a change was taking place!  Also, I thought it was only changes I could see, but now, others notice.  Someone at work asked if I did something to my teeth.  She said they look straighter.  I never disclosed to her that I was going through this process.  What a confidence booster!

Smile under construction...........

It no longer feels strange wearing the trays.  Actually it feels weird when I don’t have them on.  For that reason, I try to limit my time without them as much as possible.  I said it before, Invisalign doesn’t work unless they are in your mouth.  So, I wear them at least 20 hours a day.

It really feels good to see results based on the work you put into it. If you are diligent about wearing your trays, change them every 2 weeks and take good care of your teeth, you too can see some great results quickly!

Please continue to follow my 18-month Invisalign Ride! I will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

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