I was recently kindly invited by Pearlin Siow, author of her own blog: http://www.reviewantiaging.com to attend a workshop at Orchard Scotts Dental on how to get that Hollywood Smile artificially of course and was pleasantly intrigued by the number of techniques and technologies available to even elongate your teeth for a wider smile and even Invisalign otherwise known to the dental world as invisible braces! Wow.
Honestly, I’ve never gotten braces. To be more honest – my dental checkups are annual. Ha-ha. Blame it on my parents who underestimate the power of a simple smile. Smiles are essential of course to express your emotions, show your warmth and friendliness and to yet again show that lucky member of the opposite sex how much you like them (the usual lock eyes, tilt head, smile, look down and look away) and a huge part of your smile is your teeth. Now, we can hide all we want by keeping our mouths closed, I do it sometimes, but how would it feel to be confident all the time?
Lets go through the checklist of what perfect teeth should look like and I’ll go through the checklist as well:
– Perfectly spaced teeth (dun have)
– Square shaped teeth (nope..hmm)
– Sparkling White teeth (you’re so funny)
– Top teeth and Lower teeth should fit and gums shouldn’t be exposed too much (Mommy, Daddy, can we go to the dentist?)
Now that I’ve probably lowered your (and my) self esteem to a minimal, there’s a number of techniques that Dr. Ronnie Yap, President of Dental Aesthetic Society of Singapore and Dr. Jerry Lim, Chairman of the Continuing Dental Education of The College of General Dental Practitioners have educated us on. Wow, that’s a lot of words but yes their achievements are numerous but they are also very kind, funny, and happy dentists with PERFECT teeth – probably useful characteristics when they deal with jittery clients who don’t know what they’re getting into. “What you’re going to put that, that and that on my teeth?” Yes they are. So here’s what they and other dental aesthetic practitioners can do for you:
Teeth Whitening: If stopping your intake of coffee or ciggs (you should stop anyway) doesn’t do the trick, try professional teeth whitening systems like Brightsmile or you could try In Office Whitening: Open your mouth wide, wear some sunnies, and soak up some whitening light for an hour. Heres a picture:
Um why is he smiling?
Veneers – I never knew what these babies were. Simply put, they take a mould of your teeth like this:
and then they find the exact shape thats wanted that can precisely fit on your teeth, use some hardcore dental glue and put it on your existing teeth to have perfect teeth. Ta-Da, cept of course it’s a lot more complicated. And then you can be as cool as Miley Cyrus….:
Onlays: Now, you don’t have to look like a pirate or loanshark with the new and improved way of filling in those spaces. Gone are the days of mercury fillings (which can actually mess up your system) and in with the new Onlays – porcelain jigsaw pieces to fit your teeth that look exactly like your teeth. Say hello to dessert again!
Braces or Invisalign – We all know the common train tracks, the fad that comes when you’re in middle school and everyone has a lisp, can’t eat as much candy or chew enough gum or come up with excuses like “I can’t, I have braces” while waving their tooth brush the size of a sewing pin – when they’re actually on a diet. Well, now there’s Invisalign – no more excuses! Invisalign is SO COOL. in simple terms. Invisable braces, plastic moulds that you gotta change every two weeks for 9 – 15 months but look completely transparent. Well they are. It’s my dream come true!
But, According to another chinese old wives tale, My mother, a very chinese mother believes that having an overbite ( i raise my hand) means you’ll be rich. Yeah right – more like you’ll be richer if you don’t spend money on my teeth. :P But I don’t blame them. Dental Aesthetics are pricy – braces are about 4-5K and Invisalign is $6500 – $9000! They’re tried and tested methods though with over 1 million cases done in the states as for regular braces – you know they work.
And I’ve always wanted braces because unfortunately a few teeth of mine have a mind of its own and while my friends got their teeth plucked by their dentists, I did them myself, with a box of tissue and bowl of ice on the side. I always did get pretty excited when a tooth became a little giggly. hehe.
Overall, It was a very enjoyable event. The food was oh-so- delectable with pastries and tomato cheese things, I love food and I was a bit afraid that they were going to check out my teeth after I ate :P I came a little early as always and was greeted by the kind staff, the doctors and Pearlin, given a tour with state of the art facilities:
And even met one of my followers from youtube! I had no idea that she watched my videos and we were both surprised to meet each other. Her name is Stephanie and she is so lovely! Here’s a picture:
It was also nice to meet a number of people like Clara (Dblchin), Jenny, Pearlin, Diana and everyone who was there! Photos Galore:
Thanks for inviting me!