Beginning of my Invisalign Journey

Hey Guys,

I hope you are all having a wonderful day ❤ I’ve recently got Invisalign and thought I would fill you all in. I probably should have done some reading up on the side effects prior to investing in the aligners, so hopefully this can help anyone thinking of making the next step!

After the aligners were put in, I received three packs which are to be changed every two weeks, so I don’t have to go back to the dentist for 8 weeks. I also received an instruction DVD and a case to hold the aligners when they are removed.

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I wasn’t expecting to get my Invisalign for another two weeks but my moulds came back early. This is obviously wonderful as I’m happy to get started as soon as possible. I would however have preferred to mentally prepare myself as I really have a fear of the dentist. Anyway, instead of removing any of my teeth, they were filed down. My jawline is too small for all my teeth so this may not be necessary in all cases so don’t panic!

The filing was surprisingly not too bad; more an odd sensation as opposed to painful. If any of you have had your eyebrows threaded you will understand that weird feeling, that doesn’t hurt but isn’t pleasant.

Here’s a close up of the first set of aligners

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My teeth are killing me! I feel like there is constant pressure pushing down on them (I know that is the point but it’s uncomfortable!)  My lips are also quite sore, particularly the top one. I feel like I look like I’m constantly pouting, but not in a good way, in a ‘I look like a duck’ kind of way.

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My biggest issue is eating. I can’t bite into anything hard and so have been living on smoothies / milkshakes, soup and porridge. I am starving! The aligners need to be removed when eating and this is very painful. When they are removed my teeth are throbbing and I still can’t bring myself to eat anything that requires chewing.

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Anyone who follows me on Instagram will have seen that my best friend bought me these ‘sore teeth friendly’ chocolate options:

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She is the best and no I am not sharing her or the chocolate! 😛

I have been told that the pain eases after the first week. I am praying that is does. It is something that I really did not take into account when getting the Invisalign put in. If anyone reading this is considering getting them, then be warned of the pain. It’s quite difficult in work, especially as I am in the first week of my new job.

Anyone experiencing tooth aches or have braces, these bad boys are the only thing stopping the pain, they are strong though so obviously only ideal for short term use!

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At the end of the day though, I have always been self conscious of my teeth and I do feel positive that I am proactively tackling that issue. I will keep you updated as I progress through to the next set in two weeks.

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Product Review; Whiter Teeth at Home

Hey Guys,

So it’s Monday yet again and I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today’s post is about getting whiter teeth at home and of course on a budget!

I am a fanatic about teeth and I am on a mission to improve mine where possible. I am quite self conscious about my own teeth. You may have noticed I don’t always do a big ‘open mouthed’ smile in pictures. This is because I dislike my teeth A LOT. I am in the process of getting invisalign and I will be doing upcoming posts on my own personal experience with them, so watch this space.

As I am currently awaiting my moulds, I don’t think it’s appropriate to get my teeth whitened professionally, as soon they are going to be covered by the retainer. I do however want my teeth as white as they can be for the time being. I find a lot of ‘whitening’ toothpastes don’t actually work. To be honest I don’t think it’s possible to fully achieve the Hollywood smile from at home products especially if you’re a coffee addict like myself. I have however come across a tooth paste that has made my teeth significantly whiter and I would highly recommend it:

Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White

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The only place that I can find this product is Superdrug. I go to the one in The Square, Tallaght. The toothpaste costs about €6.00 but it’s the only toothpaste that has made a real difference without being too abrasive. I have sensitive teeth but it hasn’t impacted me in that aspect at all. It’s great for anyone who doesn’t want to splash out on professional whitening but still wants brighter teeth.

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Be warned the toothpaste comes out black as it contains charcoal to aid in the whitening process. This is normal, don’t feel like there is something wrong with yours!

I hope you’re all having a fabulous Monday and have kicked off the week with a positive attitude 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Whiter Teeth at Home

We have always been told that the food and drink we eat will reflect on our skin and waistline, however it also impacts on the appearance of our teeth! Being Irish and from a nation of tea drinkers and more recently now coffee drinkers, having white teeth can be a struggle. Now there are many teeth whitening services available but these can be quite expensive so most of us don’t purchase them that frequently. I also think that most home teeth whitening kits are only ok and can also end up being quite expensive relative to the results you get. So as I am a big fan of home remedies, I thought I would investigate a few different options. Lemon juice and baking soda is probably the most common remedy that people use for at home whitening. I did however stumble across another: Strawberries and baking soda so I said I would give it a try, plus I figured it would taste a lot better than using lemon.

It is important to remember to use baking soda NOT baking powder. Baking soda has a lower ph and will therefore be less abrasive on your teeth in comparison to baking powder which is more acidic. Strawberries however are acidic and so it is recommended that this formula only be used once or twice a week to avoid eroding the enamel on your teeth.

This is so simple, quick and easy:

  • Chop up approx 2 strawberries (varies by size of each)
  • Half a tbsp of baking soda
  • Crush the strawberries until they create a pulp like consistency (doesn’t look too pretty!)
  • Mix with the baking soda
  • Apply to teeth (leave for 5 mins then rinse)

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Now obviously this is not going to make miraculous changes after one use, but I did notice a difference. My teeth just seemed a lot brighter which is more than any chemical home whitener has done after one use. Here is a pic of before and after my first time to use this remedy:

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There are many sites that state using baking soda on your toothbrush is just as effective, however baking soda needs an acidic substance such as strawberries or lemon to activate it. This means that on its own baking soda may not be as effective, plus it does not taste the greatest!

Hope you guys like this little remedy, let me know if there’s anything you would like to add!

🙂