I’m falling apart!! ?
Here is an update I wasn’t expecting to to write – my tooth’s fallen out!
That’s not good is it?
OK so I have exaggerated a little, let me explain…
My front two teeth are crowned and each of the teeth either side are veneers. This work was done about 17 years ago.
My orthodontist did warn me that Invisalign might add ‘stress’ on my crowns and veneers which could mean they might came out. However I am not convinced that the loss was down to that, as other factors were at play…
Do you Floss?
Flossing is the boss when it comes to taking care of your teeth (and gums).
I use Glide From Crest Dental Floss a dental tape and floss every day, which I actually enjoy. Invisalign has made it so much easier to do this as my teeth are moving so the gaps between my teeth have widened (in a good way).
Pre Invisalign flossing wasn’t so good so I used a Phillips Airfloss – it’s a great tool if you don’t like to floss.
The Airfloss squirts a fine high pressure jet of water (or mouthwash) between your teeth. Due to the design of the head/tip you can precisely aim and fire – so you get in all the gaps to blast out whatever is there.
Keep you finger on the trigger and it produces an even blast at regular intervals – so no squirting water up your nose or in your eye. As I said as great device – until it breaks down 🙁
My Airfloss was about 4 years old when it died.
The Airfloss didn’t have a lot of competition when I originally purchased it, but there are quite a few similar devices now on the market. Whilst I thought I wanted to buy another device* I didn’t want to spend as much second time round.
After reading a number of reviews on Amazon I purchased a YOHOOLYO Water Flosser at £29.99 it is half the price of the Philips device.
I liked the price and the look of this device. It is quite large but not too big for the bathroom shelf and seemed to have a few features.
After charging for 3 hours I used it for the first (and last) time. It gets through a lot of water and makes for quite a wet and messy time, but I expect with practice that would get better.
The water jet itself was continuous as opposed to the regular pulse of the airfloss, but I didn’t think it felt as powerful and it was definitely not as easy to aim.
I went round my teeth a few times and then when I was just starting to think I would stop, I felt it – off came my front veneer…
Luckily for me I realised straight away and the tap was not running, so after a lot of faffing I managed to retrieve my veneer from the bottle trap – that tiny piece of porcelain costs about £300 so well worth the effort.
Needless to say the YOHOOLYO flosser was packed up and returned to Amazon who have refunded me. My dentist charged me £20 to stick the veneer back on so no harm done.
I was worried at first that the Invisalign tray would not go back in but my dentist advised me to put it straight back in as it meant the veneer was cemented in to the correct place.
All this was a week ago, at first I was very worried about taking the Invisalign trays in and out but now I have got used to it again.
Before I even started using Invisalign I had started saving up as I know my crowns and veneers will need replacing. Like any ‘cosmetic’ work they don’t last forever.
This is my first problem with Invisalign, and I’m not even sure it was, plus it’s Monday so change over day which is ‘Hello’ tray Number 28 and only… 15 trays (and that equals weeks) to go.
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