Marie – A Patient Story
Eleven years of growing unhappiness with her teeth had led 36 year-old working mother of three, Marie, to believe her only option was to have teeth removed and veneers used to improve the way they looked.
But after being referred to Dr Luciola by her dentist to find out how orthodontics could help her, she opted instead for the long-term results of a fixed brace and is now delighted with her beautiful, natural smile.
Marie’s dissatisfaction with her teeth began in her mid-twenties when overcrowding and a missing lower front tooth began making her teeth noticeably crooked, leaving her feeling embarrassed and searching for a solution.
“I felt so self-conscious about my teeth that I’d developed a habit of covering my mouth with my hand when I spoke or smiled and I was desperate to find a way to change the way I looked,” says Marie.
“After hours of research on the internet, I convinced myself that my only option was a celebrity-style smile makeover using veneers, so I set about finding the right dentist to help.
“Fortunately, the dentist I chose was reluctant to offer me veneers because my teeth and gums were in good condition. Instead, he convinced me to meet Beatrice to find out more about how a brace might help ease the overcrowding that was causing my crooked teeth.
“My chat with Beatrice was great. I loved the idea that my teeth could be moved around to give me a great smile that would last forever, and straight away I saw the benefit of a brace over veneers which would need replacing. But I was nervous about having to wear a brace for up to two years and looking like my teenage son and his friends!”
Marie’s particular problem meant that a fixed brace would be the most effective treatment and she subsequently opted for a tooth-coloured, ceramic brace which was fitted to her upper and lower teeth.
“I’m a working mum and, like most women, I care about the way I look, so wearing a fixed brace was a big step for me and I dreaded the reaction I’d get from other people. Being able to choose a tooth-coloured brace that would be less-noticeable was a huge relief and in reality the response I got from colleagues, friends and people I met as I went about my daily work and life weren’t nearly as dramatic as I anticipated.”
Within eight weeks of wearing her brace, Marie could already see clear improvement in the alignment of her teeth.
“Once I could see the brace beginning to move my teeth, I immediately became more relaxed, felt happier in myself, and excited about the transformation that was in progress.
“After all those years of feeling unhappy about my teeth, I was finally doing something about them and that made me feel positive and motivated to look and feel good. I improved my diet, started a new exercise regime and even changed my hair colour. I felt great.”
In the final stages of treatment, tooth-coloured wires were replaced with uncoated nickel wires and elastics were fitted to move Marie’s teeth into their final, ideal positions. Despite the discomfort that this caused, Marie coped well as she knew that these measures would speed up her treatment and give her the best possible results.
Marie’s brace was removed after a total of 16 months and she has now been fitted with a clear, removable retainer which fits over her teeth and must be worn regularly at night to prevent her teeth reverting to their original positions.
“The retainer is comfortable and hardly noticeable, which means wearing it is no problem. It’s there to make sure I never lose my new smile, and that’s something I’m determined never to do!
“Having straight teeth has been a massive boost to my confidence and my whole outlook on life and I just wish I’d done it sooner!”