A good smile radiates health, vitality, joy, and confidence, but for that perfect smile, one got to have perfect teeth.
Let me start this by saying I’ve always had crooked teeth. I never had that perfect Hollywood smile. As a child, my bad habit of sucking my thumb made my teeth visibly misaligned. As soon as I started to get my adult teeth, my mom thought I needed braces. My orthodontist had to widen my jaw and work with an oral surgeon to finally be able to get me braces so I could achieve that picture-perfect grin.
At that time, my mom wanted me to have regular braces because she didn’t trust me with the removable Invisalign® Teen aligners and I had no option but to wear braces as a teenager.
At first, I endured everything because who wouldn’t want nicely aligned teeth. But as time passed, my braces became my worst nightmare. I wanted to eat popcorn, sticky candies, hard foods like pizza crust and I couldn’t.
The metal wires and brackets gave me canker sores, and I couldn’t eat properly for days. Brushing my teeth was time-consuming and very difficult. I had to spend a reasonable amount of time brushing food that got stuck in my brackets every day. The worst of all was my shattering confidence. I already thought I had the ugliest smile, and braces made this even worse, I didn’t want to smile at school or for pictures because I thought the metal braces made my smile look uglier.
To my surprise, I was told I only had to wear them for two years, but my stubborn teeth took more time than that. I missed a lot of check-up appointments to adjust my braces so that delayed the treatment a lot. As a young girl, I must admit that always despised my metal braces. But everything changed for the better when my orthodontist told me I could switch to Invisalign® aligners.
My mom used to say that braces or not, I was a beautiful girl, but that wasn’t enough for me. So, I decided to get Invisalign® treatment by one of the most experienced orthodontists, Dr. Maria Yazji.
Luckily my orthodontist in Downtown Brickell was already one of the most prominent Invisalign® providers in the country. Yes, my orthodontist, Dr. Yazji, is an Invisalign® Diamond Plus Provider nationwide, so I couldn’t go wrong.
At first, I was nervous. My crooked teeth, surgeries, and then my braces had made me skeptical of any dental procedure. But my orthodontist, Maria Yazji, knew it was Invisalign® the solution I needed and she made me feel comfortable enough to tell her my concerns. She explained the whole process in detail and showed me a preview of my new smile.
She took a new x-ray, a 3D scan of my teeth, pictures and in a couple of days I got my Invisalign® aligners. After a week or so, she glued some ‘buttons’ on my teeth which helped guide the movement of the teeth towards the desired position. They were enamel color, almost unnoticeable.
My Invisalign® treatment was so much better and more comfortable than braces. I had no brackets, no wires rubbing my cheeks, and I could remove my trays to brush my teeth and eat whatever I wanted. That was the best part!
Yes, it did hurt a little bit when I moved to the next set of trays, but overall, it was a much more comfortable experience than wearing braces.
Soon I began to regain my confidence. My crooked smile was fixed, and now I can smile or laugh or grin without feeling ashamed of my teeth. You should see my Instagram feed now, showing off my smile in every post. I can’t stop smiling!
I would say my life changed after my Invisalign® treatment by Dr. Maria Yazji in Brickell.
If you are also concerned about your smile, Dr. Maria Yazji offers complimentary appointments. So, if you have any questions about getting Invisalign®, feel free to call her office at 305.780.6418 and book an appointment or fill the contact form here.
She sees patients in Weston, Brickell, and West Miami. Believe me, it’s worth a shot.
If you’re wearing braces, then you are already on the path to a perfect smile. But it is also very important to keep your teeth and braces clean. When you don’t keep your braces clean, bacteria can grow and lead to cavities and gum disease. The last thing you want is to have an unhealthy mouth and a smile full of decay when you finally get your braces off.
When I first got my braces during the summer break, the orthodontist talked to me about how important it is to care of them. It was easy taking care of them while being at home most of the time. But then, I had to go to school with them on. The idea of taking care of my braces on a typical school day with a busy schedule and extracurricular activities sounded quite frustrating. But taking care of braces is as easy at school as it is at home.
My orthodontist whom I went to for braces in Weston gave me some tips that helped make my life with braces a bit easier.
Remember: the braces will help you get a healthier and beautiful smile
Yes, it does take a bit of effort, but the braces help your teeth, gums, mouth, and jaws to be healthier. When your orthodontist finally remove your braces, you will have a healthier and beautiful smile that will last a lifetime if you wear your orthodontic retainers. This is key!
What are some essential items that you should carry with yourself?
The hassle of carrying your braces cleaning tools to school may sound like quite a lot of effort. You might not like the idea of carrying the kit around, but it will save you a lot of discomfort when something gets stuck in your teeth or braces. With these essential items, you will be able to take care of it right away.
The best way to go about it would be to invest in a pencil case, a small makeup bag or even a toiletry bag to carry your cleaning essentials with you to school. This way you will always be ready to take care of your braces. Invest in tiny toothbrushes, small containers of toothpaste, floss, and a small mirror, moreover, carrying a travel-sized container of mouthwash or breath strips will help keep your mouth fresh.
If it is difficult for you to clean around brackets and wires, interdental brushes are a great tool for you. Carry extra rubber bands and hooks if you wear these.
What’s more, wearing braces can cause the lips to stretch wider over your teeth, leading to chapped and dry lips. You can include a stick of lip balm in your kit, for when your lips are too chapped. With these essential items, you will be able to take care of it right away.
Get a Winning Smile!
If you are ready to rock you smile and show off your personality through your braces, Dr. Maria Yazji is ready to help you. Dr. Yazji and her team are committed to deliver advanced orthodontic care and personalized treatment to fit your smile goals.
Dr. Yazji Contemporary Orthodontics in Weston, Brickell and West Miami areas offers clear braces, traditional braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign® clear aligners. You can schedule a free orthodontic consultation with by filling out a brief form here.