Nicola on her wedding day
Nicola Hall was over the moon when her partner proposed, but a big concern weighing heavily on her mind was how she was going to smile with confidence on the big day.
She says: “I was always conscious that my teeth were crooked, but didn’t do anything about it as a child or in my teens. I was embarrassed to smile and would cover my mouth when I talked.
When my partner proposed, I seriously considered having my teeth corrected as I wanted to relax and enjoy my big day without having to worry about how my smile would look in pictures. Your wedding album is a memory to cherish; the last thing I wanted was to be constantly reminded of my crooked teeth!
Nicola before her treatment
Having finally made the decision, I visited my dentist to see what options were available. We discussed fixed braces but my job as a travel consultant involves a great deal of face-to-face liaison with customers and I really didn’t like the thought of having train-tracks at my age.
I was referred to an orthodontist, but wasn’t satisfied with the recommended treatment plan. The orthodontist suggested that I had some of my teeth extracted and veneers put in – not only did this sound incredibly painful but it seemed a little over the top. I wanted a second opinion and conducted some of my own research on the internet. That’s when I came across Invisalign.
I noticed movement within three months of starting treatment and I’m delighted with the results. I’m so much more confident now and I don’t have to cover my mouth with my hand when talking to people. I got married on 23 May 2009 and it was the most exciting and memorable day of my life. I was just so happy and couldn’t stop smiling all day – my face ached by the end of it!
I’ve always shied away from the camera so it was quite an odd experience to feel so confident and beautiful. Looking back at the photographs, I’m so glad I had my teeth straightened. I’m proud to show off my wedding pictures – we had them framed and they’re displayed in our new home for everyone to see.
For me, the greatest benefit of the treatment was being able to remove the aligners to eat and drink. I didn’t have to worry about food getting stuck in my teeth and none of my friends knew I was straightening my teeth. Invisalign was the perfect option for me and I have a friend who was so impressed with my results that she’s now in treatment herself!”
About Align Technology
Align Technology designs, manufactures and markets Invisalign, a proprietary method for treating malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth. Invisalign corrects malocclusion using a series of clear, nearly invisible, removable appliances that gently move teeth to a desired final position. Because it does not rely on the use of metal or ceramic brackets and wires, Invisalign significantly reduces the aesthetic and other limitations associated with braces. Invisalign is appropriate for treating adults and teens. Align Technology was founded in March 1997 and received FDA clearance to market Invisalign in 1998. Today, the Invisalign product family includes Invisalign Full, Invisalign Anterior, Invisalign Lite, Invisalign Teen, Invisalign i7 and Vivera Retainers.
Align Technology is a leader in the category with over 1.8m people worldwide treated with Invisalign to date. Align Technology are revolutionizing the industry as the pioneer of clear aligner teeth straightening and currently hold several pieces of intellectual property including process and design patents.
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