EUNICE ANNABEL

Friday, June 19, 2015

Q&A Invisalign (Invisalign Review)



It has been about 3 months since I started my Invisalign journey, and I’ve been getting a lot of questions about them ever since. Hence I decided to compile all of the most frequently asked questions here, so that I can answer everyone once and for all. Hehehe.


1. What are the aligners made of? 

The aligners are made of polyurethane; they are virtually invisible (hence, the name Invisalign) and are custom-made for you. 

2. How do the aligners straighten teeth?

Patients are required to change to a different set of aligners every two weeks. Each set will make slight adjustments to your teeth until the course is complete.

Different sets of Invisalign aligners as time goes on.

3. How often do I have to wear the aligners?

It is important for patients to wear their aligners everyday for a minimum of 22 hours. You are advised to only take them out to brush your teeth. Just like how one isn't able to remove their braces, you shouldn't remove your aligners unless necessary. 

4. What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?

Traditional braces require more visits to the dentist for tightening and adjustments, while Invisalign gives you the flexibility to change your aligners on your own every two weeks (You'll only need to visit your dentist once every 4 to 6 weeks!). Traditional braces causes painful ulcers due to irritation from metal brackets or wires, while Invisalign aligners have a smooth and comfortable surface that are less likely to cause any oral injuries. 

Unlike braces, Invisalign is invisible so no one will ever know you have them on. That's perfect for me because it means I can continue modelling and acting without any restriction. Because Invisalign is removable, patients can brush, floss and clean their teeth as per normal, and not worry about stains that are usually caused by traditional braces.

Bet you can’t tell I’m wearing my aligners here!

5. How long will the treatment take?

The duration of the treatment varies according to individual. It is based on the severity of your case. On average, it may take about 12-18 months.

6. Is the treatment painful?

You may feel some sort of "pressure" for about 2 days (when you change to a new set of aligners), but that is a sign that your Invisalign is working, because it means that the aligners are pushing your teeth to the desirable position! The soreness is bearable and only temporary.

7. Will it affect my speech?

As with everything, you will get used to it after a while, and any lisp will disappear once your tongue figures out a way to work around the aligners. The alteration of speech will only last for a day or two.

8. Are there any restrictions on what I can eat or drink?

No! That's the beauty of Invisalign :) You can eat and drink anything as long as you remove your aligners before doing so. Just remember to keep track of the time, brush you teeth after you're done with your meal and put the aligners back on. However, Dr Cheng do recommends eating with the aligners on as it has several advantages such as better fitting of the aligners.

9. Can I smoke and drink alcohol with my aligners on?

I guess you can smoke with them on. However, professionals discourage smoking while wearing the aligners as they may become discoloured (which defeats the purpose of them being invisible). 

As for drinking alcohol, it is recommended to take the aligners off before doing so as you would with other regular drinks. Perhaps, a moderate amount is fine, just make sure to properly brush your teeth and aligners with toothpaste soon after.

10. How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost is determined by the severity of individual cases. It ranges from SGD$4,500 to SGD$9,000 (before GST). There are several ways in which you can pay for the treatment to make it more affordable.


If you’d like to know more about Invisalign and whether you’re a suitable candidate for the treatment, you may head down i.Dental’s Invisalign Open House!

Here are the details!
Date: 4th July 2015
Day: Saturday
Venue: Capital Tower, Level 9 (FTSE Room)
Time: 2pm (Registration at 1.45pm)

Upon registering, you may enjoy a $1 comprehensive smile assessment consisting of consultations (to be booked on the day of open house), photos, X-ray and study model!

See ya there!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This is Pharaoh

Taking care of a dog is tough. Taking care of a puppy is even tougher. Last week, I brought a new member of the family home with me, and life took a 360-degree turn. I no longer head out the moment I wake up, instead I spend at least 30 minutes cleaning up Pharaoh's potty area, another 30 minutes preparing his food, and making sure he eats, then another 30 minutes to play with him, before he finally falls asleep again. 

I'm not complaining since I'd already mentally prepared myself for the worst case scenario, a month prior to taking him home. The only thing that's making things difficult at the moment is his health. The first few days, Pharaoh was fine. Like most pups, he was typically active and curious, with a happy-go-lucky personality. His stool however, was pudding-like, which isn't a good sign. I didn't think too much about it since it's pretty natural for puppies to excrete loose stools if they're stressed out, in an entirely new environment. 

Pharaoh in the morning, after his first night at our home.


However, his stools started becoming watery as the days go by. They're also accompanied by a strong foul smell that wakes me up every morning. Again, I didn't think much about it since there weren't any changes in his behaviour, and he was still eating fine. I only knew something was wrong when I found drops of blood in his poop yesterday morning. Immediately, I rushed down to the nearest veterinarian clinic to have him checked up.

It was such an exhausting event since I had to do it on my own. Pharaoh weighs 5.5kg (12 prounds), he needed to go potty frequently due to diarrhoea, he couldn't stop fidgeting in the Uber car, and I couldn't put him down on the floor since he hasn't complete the full round of vaccinations (he only had two shots so far). Thankfully he simmered down when it was our turn to see the doc. He did very well when our doc did the necessary check ups, didn't finch or anything.

However, we don't know what caused the diarrhoea for sure since it could be a cumulative of various factors, such as stress in new environment, change of food or even consumption of foreign objects. I'm just praying it isn't anything serious like parvo or distemper...

According to the vet, Pharaoh is fever free with no abdominal pain, so that's a relief. Let's hope he stays this way. He is also very active, is eating normally and drinking the same amount of water he usually drinks.. So.. I guess he's better than I anticipated.

Is it normal for Pharaoh to feel sleepy after taking his medication?


This morning when I woke up, I was horrified to witness Pharaoh puke twice right in front of my eyes. From my research, diarrhoea accompanied by vomiting is a red flag! It could be one of those deadly viruses I'd mentioned earlier. I called two different veterinarian clinics right after, and they both said that he could have puked due to an empty tummy, since I haven't feed him breakfast as his gastrointestinal tract (GIT) needed to rest and recover from whatever is causing the upset. 

True enough, after feeding him kibble with egg (tried plain porridge, pumpkin puree, banana, but no go!) he didn't puke anymore. It's very heartbreaking to see Pharaoh like this. To many, he may be just a dog, but he is literally my baby.. I have so many plans for him, it's too early to say goodbye... I know I sound very drama but it hurts to see him sick. I can only hope for the best and expect the worst now... May God watch over him and bless him... I love you Pharaoh.


Please pray for my little puppy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Coco Life

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Apart from Fruit Punch, Chrysanthemum Iced Tea and Iced Milo, Coconut Water has always been one of my favourite drinks since I was a kid. I remember being about 7 years old the first time I drank it.  I was so drained out and dehydrated after a long and tiring day at the beach under the scorching sun. The moment I had my first sip of coconut juice, I immediately felt revitalized and was in love with its unique taste.

Over the years however, it became tough to find a store selling natural coconut water! These days, I'd turn to convenience stores if I need to satisfy my coconut water craving. However, it's never the same and I'm sure you can all agree with me on this. The canned or bottled coconut juices we usually find in those stores are always a lot sweeter or they just don't taste as authentic as the natural ones.

HEALTHY


Most of those "juices" are manufactured with artificial flavours, all in the hopes of making them taste better. Well, we can't deny that they taste good but they're also undeniably unhealthy. Hence, if you're seeking a healthier coconut juice alternative, you may want to give Coco Life a go. It's a new coconut water product that is made from 100% natural coconut water with no fat, no cholesterol and no artificial flavours.


CONVENIENT

I enjoy CocoLife's petite and handy packaging that allows me to bring it along in my bag where ever I go. It's funny how I can enjoy the water that tastes so light and refreshing just like the real coconut without the hassle of having to chop it open. Since it's so portable, I can enjoy it any time, anywhere! I'll probably stock up a couple of cartons (Which are eco-friendly too! So adorable!) in my fridge so that I can have one whenever I want to. They have a shelf life of about 12 months ;)

Do you know that CocoLife contains only 3.9g of sugar compared to other brands with 8.6g?


HYDRATING/ REFRESHING

You all know what it feels like to live in a hot and humid environment. Singapore is the epitome of it. You may think that you're fine but do you know that as long as you're feeling thirsty, you're actually already dehydrated? It is important to stay hydrated because our bodies depend on water to survive. It uses water to maintain body temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. If we don't replace the water we lose, we are putting our health at risks.

I know that many of you may not fancy drinking just plain water, but fret not! You can always substitute it with other options like juices, milk or tea. But some times, these options may add extra calories to your diet. However, CocoLife ensures that it'll be able to keep you feeling fully hydrated without adding any extra calories since it's fat free! I really like the idea of being able to drink a juice at any given time whenever I'm feeling thirsty.


Do you know that CocoLife is HPB certified and is a Healthier Choice product?


BEAUTY BENEFITS

Do you know that coconut water can be used as a beauty supplement? It contains cytokines and lauric acid, two important elements used in the process of cell growth, thus minimizing skin aging, balances PH levels and keeps the connective tissue hydrated and strong!

You’ll also be happy to know that regular consumption of coconut water increases the metabolism rate, which helps to burn sugar at a faster rate. Drinking coconut water helps one gain more energy while losing fat faster at the same time!

I like to drink coconut water whenever it’s that time of the month (if you know what I mean). My tummy tends to get really bloated and it’s so uncomfortable! I’m sure you girls have experienced that before. But I’ve recently found out that coconut water helps to minimize flatulence that causes bloating. How wonderful!

I can totally foresee myself drinking more coconut water, and no doubt, CocoLife will be my desired choice!

CocoLife is available in 330ml for SGD$1.50 per pack at major supermarkets. For more information, head over to: https://www.facebook.com/CocolifeSG.


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