Life After Invisalign: My New Smile

This is a follow-up story to the my previous post about starting invisalign. You can read the previous post here.

I can't believe it's been almost two years since my invisalign journey first begin. Since my invisalign treatment ended, I've gotten married (photo above is my wife and I!) and the road to straight teeth has been long, but much needed. My invisalign process has come to an end and I am more than thrilled with the results. In the process, I also learned a lot about myself and how much teeth can affect your everyday life. Before invisalign, I never smiled with my teeth and was extremely self-conscious of how I looked when I smiled. When I first met Dr. Valentina Lyssova, I knew instantly that she was the right dentist for me. It's important to choose a dentist that understands your needs and manages your expectations. The process of teeth correction can be a long process and you're going to be seeing your dentist every month. Choosing invisalign is a big decision and I encourage anyone considering the process to research if it's right for them.

My reason for choosing invisalign was that I had an open bite. If your upper and lower teeth don't touch when your mouth is closed, this is considered an open bite. I had always wanted braces when I was younger, but the cost was too high. As an adult, it's hard to wear traditional braces and this is where invisalign is a perfect fit. The aligners are clear and generally can't be seen unless someone is staring at your teeth. Invisalign treatments works by moving your teeth slowly over time. Typically, you feel pressure or tightness on your teeth and it can be feel a bit uncomfortable. My first few trays were painful, but you start to get used to it over time.

Invisalign aligners must be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day to get the best results. You can remove your invisalign aligners for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. I had to swap my trays every 10 days and had to remove before every meal. My complete invisalign treatment took almost two years. I did take a break last July for my wedding and honeymoon. After the initial treatment is complete, a patient often must wear a retainer in order to maintain their newly straightened teeth. This varies depending on everyone's unique situation. The retainer doesn't bother me since I've gotten so use to the invisalign aligners. I couldn't be happier with my results and highly recommend booking a consultation for invisalign.

If you're based in New York City, Lyssova Dental Wellness can help you get your started on your Invisalign journey or assist with other dental services, such as Porcelain Crowns, Porcelain Veneers, Bleaching, Dental Implants, and more.The offices are conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. You can find Lyssova Dental Wellness at the Architect and Design Building at East 58th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues, Suite 3200. Appointments can be made by calling (212) 752-7937. Find Lyssova Dental on Facebook and Instagram.

Complimentary Invisalign treatments were provided by Lyssova Dental Wellness for consideration of this story. All opinions are my own. Photography by Stefanie Kapra.

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