I skipped that phase as a teenager when it was acceptable – and even expected – to get braces. When I was in school, my two best friends had them and I remember going to the dentist and telling my mum “I really wanted braces, you know, to fit in.” With a pretty big overbite and gap-tooth, I’m still not sure to this day why I never had them. Well over 10 years later, and after constantly being told to, “Smile – it won’t kill you!” numerous times on nights out with the girls, a proposal and a year away from my wedding, I decided to do something about it.
I had heard the hype around Invisalign – clear plastic braces that could straighten your teeth in a year – but I didn’t actually know what they were. I just knew that I couldn’t be 28 and wearing metal train tracks, especially with the job I’m in. So I decided to take a trip to my trusty go-to Dubai address-book secret Euromed Clinic Center, which had just appointed a new Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Rasha Al Mubarak.
Sitting down with Dr Rasha, who was so incredibly thorough, in terms of explaining my treatment plan, what to expect and the timeframe in which to expect results, that I actually got really excited about getting braces. After sharing my fear of getting metal train tracks, we decided to opt for Invisalign but, as you can imagine, I had a slew of questions for her that she was more than happy to answer. Firstly, she demystified the process.
Invisalign are “clear aligners used to straighten crooked or crowded teeth, as well as close gaps and adjust overbites,” Dr Rasha explains. “The treatment involves wearing clear, plastic trays that are custom-designed for your mouth, making Invisalign a less noticeable alternative to metal braces,” she clariﬁes. “For best results, it’s recommended that you wear the aligners at least 20 hours per day throughout your entire treatment, switching to a new set of aligners roughly every two weeks until you’ve reached your desired results.”
You only remove them when you eat, or brush your teeth, which is also a great incentive to stop snacking and helped with my bridal-weight goal. You may experience some pressure on your teeth, which can be uncomfortable, but after a few weeks, you’ll forget they’re there.
“Treatment time can vary between six to 18 months, depending on severity.” Dr Rasha adds. I had 25 sets of aligners, which took a little over a year, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. My gap-tooth has gone and my teeth have straightened up, closing in the gaps between my bottom teeth, bringing a smile back to my face. Next up, teeth whitening!
Dr Rasha Al Mubarak is available at Euromed Clinic Dubai, euromedclinicdubai.com
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