A trip to the dentist’s often terrifying- I wouldn’t deny it, I wasn’t that much of a “fan” either.
Prickly, painful and paranoia, that’s all one can ever imagine.
But I wasn’t exactly left with a choice, since I had a rude shock seeing my bottom teeth in the mirror the other day…
DECAY and a sore gum!!!! I guess that was what they meant by more problems only arise from delayed treatment. I haven’t visited a dentist for a good 4 years and I only have myself to blame for the lack of diligence:
It didn’t help that I was never told by my previous dentist that after braces, I’m supposed to have metal retainer at the back of my teeth (on the bottom row), for the rest of my life. This has not only affected my accentuation but has given me some terrible terrible issues- BLEEDING GUMS and stubborn dirt that I can never brush away!!!
As you can see from above, my gums are so swollen and red, it almost looked like they are crying out for help
So Doctor Kevin Co went ahead to do some long over-due “house cleaning” for my teeth and gums first:
I was SOOOOOOOO IMPRESSED by his skills. Trust me, no other dentists have EVER made me feel so at ease before. EVER.
Throughout the entire process, he was just making sure that I was comfortable. Assuring me that if there’s even slight pain at all, I must raise my hand and let him know. His patience and concern is like an extremely dedicated mother to her new born baby, I’m not even exaggerating. Truly TLC- a.k.a tender loving care.
This was when he unveiled the shocking truth to me.
Doctor Kevin Co be like: “Did you know that there’s actually a solution to your bottom retainer?”
“You can have it removed and easily replaced with clear retainer (similar to invisalign).”
I’m like…. WHAT?!?!?!??!
So I’ve suffered for so long…. tolerating this permanent irritant that has been rubbing against my tongue since forever WHEN I CAN ACTUALLY GET IT REPLACED WITH SOMETHING THAT I ONLY NEED TO WEAR TO SLEEP AT NIGHT?!
You gotta be kidding me….
TAKE IT OFF, NOW!!!!! :X
I’m super impatient about this you know?!?! Imagine having a brace on your broken neck and you thought it’s gonna be stuck with you for the rest of your life and suddenly an expert tells you that you only need to wear a support for the night and in the day you’re free like a bird. CAN YOU WAIT?!
I CAN’T!!! Super looking forward to my next appointment to have my mould done up for the life-saving clear retainers.
But for now, I’m just really pleased with the results of my first visit to TLC:
HELLO!!!! One week flew by~~~ 我回来了!!!
GOODBYE YOU NASTY THING:
Dr Kevin Co working his magic with swift and gentle movements:
AND IT’S OUT!!!! FREEDOM~~~~~~
There you have it, the beautiful mould taken to prep for my clear retainers:
And when I collected the final product during my 3rd appointment:
I had my wired retainers fully replaced with clear retainers!!! (My top row of teeth was using removable wire retainer that I wear at night, only my bottom row was fixed retainer)
OMG I love these clear retainers so much!!! Can you even see it?!
Ps. I picked the non-branded one which is exactly the same as invisalign, BUT half the price. Apparently it does exactly the same job 😉
As I’m also suffering from Bruxism (excessive grinding of the teeth and/or excessive clenching of the jaw) which gives me horrible jaw aches, Dr Enrica Sham (lovely orthodontist of TLC) cleverly suggested a clear reinforced retainer which also acts like a mouthguard to protect my teeth from the excessive grinding!
Little did I know that I was already on fixed retainer long enough to switch to a removable retainer!!! I would have never knew about this if I haven’t consulted TLC on my sore gum and bleeding issues.
After the helpful consultation by Dr Enrica, Dr Kevin Co. then specially customized a special clear retainer for me, which helps in reducing my grinding problem and also protects my teeth (grinding can increase tooth decay)!!
My advice, really, is to trust orthodontists– with an additional three year of specialized education in an accredited orthodontic residency program (Master degree) to learn the skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide the facial development (dentofacial orthopedics). These skills which aren’t taught in basic dental programs, truly differentiate them from all other general dentists.
TLC Dental Centre Specialist charges from $3900 for Metal braces and Invisalign starts from $5000 only (excluding X-Ray and Consultation) – Which is in fact the same price as other dental clinic with basic dentists!
TLC Dental Centre’s service and expertise is truly impeccable, otherwise I wouldn’t even be recommending them! If you’re afraid of pain, there’s even more reasons why you should leave it to the hands of the specialists.
So if you’re intending to do your Invisalign or Braces, you know who to look for!
TLC Dental Centre
Weekday – 9am to 7pm
Saturday – 9am to 4.30pm
Sunday & Public Holiday – Closed