I had been wanting to straighten my teeth for years, but didn’t want to wear the metal braces as an adult. I was told by my dentist at the time that Invisalign was not an option for me because of the extensive work that I needed, so I thought that a perfect smile was out of the cards for me.
I was referred to Innovative Orthodontic Centers by a friend and thought that I would give it a try to see what they could do. Not only did I start my treatment and get more and more excited by the amazing progress, but the treatment was extremely convenient and everyone was a joy to be around. I now have a beautiful smile for my wedding day and I couldn’t be more thankful for everything Innovative Orthodontic Centers has done to get me there.
Invisalign and Acceledent worked a miracle for my teeth and overbite. I had come to terms with the fact that I would always have a big overbite because I thought that it couldn’t be changed. But to my amazement, my Invisalign treatment transformed my mouth and I can’t stop smiling. Invisalign is such an easy and convenient process. I wish I had done it sooner.
Not a single picture taken on my wedding day or the day my children were born show a big toothy grin—happiest days of my life—but still no big toothy grin. Why? Because I learned years ago to hide my smile and my teeth; they were ugly and embarrassing. I would periodically look into orthodontics but was told I’d need jaw surgery, years in braces, who knows how much money spent and even then, a positive outcome could not be promised. As my dental problems worsened, my dentist, Dr. Piazza, suggested a consultation with Dr. Ibrahim, just to see what could be done with current technology.
My initial consultation had my misaligned jaw on the floor. Two years with Invisalign and Acceledent and I could have a beautiful and more importantly healthy smile? Sign me up! Six weeks later and I was picking up my first set of trays. Wearing my “chompers,” as my kids dubbed my Invisalign trays, quickly became my new normal. All of my family and friends saw my ClinCheck and went on this journey with me. And what a journey it has been!
I had no idea what to expect as I went in to Dr. Ibrahim’s office to get my first set of trays and I began to second guess my decision…I was 42 years old and clearly older than most patients and even some of the staff…what was I thinking? I must have looked like a flight risk because the staff quickly stepped in and put my mind at rest and began explaining the trays and how to use the Acceledent to me. The first month was a breeze…trays and Acceledent…I got this! Every night I had an excuse to sit quietly by myself for 20 minutes, the kids quickly figured out mom doesn’t talk with that contraption in her mouth. Ahhhh…..peace every night!! (I miss that!)
Over the next two years, my attachments changed and rubber band configurations changed in more ways than I can count. I had days when my teeth hurt and days when I forgot about just how awful my teeth had been in light of how much they had already improved. I became an expert at putting my rubber bands on with one hand in traffic and perfected the ability to remove my trays in front of others without making a big scene. I got to know Dr. Ibrahim’s staff well, always greeted by name and with a smile whenever I walked in. Everyone was vested in my treatment—new hires would be shown my original pictures to compare to where I was at in treatment. It was the closest I’ve ever been to being a celebrity! Even better, within a few months of starting treatment more than just my teeth were changing…my smile was starting to show up in pictures here and there. People were commenting on how awesome my teeth looked. Now, at the end of treatment, you’d be hard pressed to find a current picture of me that doesn’t feature that big toothy grin. My jaw pain is gone, my gums are healthy and my smile is gorgeous.
I had traditional braces over 20 years ago. I was recommended a night guard to prevent grinding by a dentist. It had completely opened my bite and ruined my smile. I developed a lisp and it was even hard to eat normally. I was told by two different dentists that I would need jaw surgery until I met Dr. Manal Ibrahim. She was a guest of mine at the salon I work in and had noticed my lisp and open bite immediately. She kindly recommended I come in for a consultation. At the consult she created a computer image of my mouth and showed me what my end result would look like, achievable with Invisalign.
I was skeptical, but also desperate since I did not want to have to have jaw surgery. I have to say that Invisalign was the best thing I could ever have done for myself. Just a few months in I started to notice my smile changing for the better. In only a short time my smile was back. I get so many compliments now. I am forever grateful to Dr. Manal Ibrahim and her entire staff. I would recommend her as well as Invisalign to anyone. I’m an extremely happy patient.