Victoria was in college at the age of 20 when she decided it was time to get serious about fixing her smile. But, her experience talking to dentists about getting a beautiful smile full of straight teeth was not going well. “I had a severe overbite that sometimes caused me pain,” Victoria said. “I also never smiled with my teeth. I tried to hide them as much as possible.”
The consultations she was having with dentists and orthodontists were not going well. “I wanted to use Invisalign,“ Victoria said. “I didn’t want to be the girl in college who had braces. But I wanted straight teeth!” In her consultations, the orthodontists dismissed the idea of Invisalign, telling her it would not work for her. “They all focused on what was wrong and how bad it was,” Victoria said. “Nobody was telling me what they could do for me. They all were telling me I need to pull some back teeth to get started and I knew that was not necessary.”
Victoria knew what she wanted. On the Invisalign web site, she noticed the closest Invisalign dentist was Dr. Norman. And, what a difference she found with Dr. Norman’s approach. “Dr. Norman is really friendly and seemed genuinely interested in my life goals and my goals for my smile. We were on the same page about what I wanted to happen with my smile and she did a really great job working with my teeth.” And, Dr. Norman told her how Invisalign could work for Victoria. ”When Dr. Norman said we didn’t have to pull any teeth, I was like… lets do it!”
The Invisalign process took about a year but Victoria was amazed to see results almost right away. “There was an almost immediate change,” Victoria said. “In the first few aligners (which took a few months), I noticed my teeth straightening. I especially noticed that my eye teeth were perfectly straight in around four or so months.”
Through the process, Dr. Norman kept Victoria’s goals in mind. Victoria told her that she wanted to have an engaging smile that would not hold her back making friends, relationship and networking connections as she was in college and soon entering the work force. “Dr. Norman made suggestions to add to the process. Made my smile even more appealing,” Victoria said. “She took the time to get to know me and that made a huge difference.”
Throughout the process, Victoria needed no teeth pulled and the Invisalign worked perfectly. Victoria’s research and dedication to her vision had paid off.
“I don’t even remember what it’s like to not be able to smile without my teeth!” Victoria said. “I had to get used to smiling with my teeth. I look at pictures now and I’m not embarrassed by my teeth.”
Victoria no longer feels like her smile holds her back. And, she is feeling a great new confidence in her pursuits. “My new smile has helped bring out my personality. It’s helped give me a lot of confidence. Before I was really self-conscious in general and my teeth did not help.”
Victoria says she feels like everything in her life is moving in the right direction. She recently graduated from The University of Washington and her new job at a Seattle advertising agency is going well. “I don’t know if everything would have come together as well without my new smile,” she said.
And, Victoria gives a lot of thanks to Dr. Norman and her Dream Team. “I would definitely recommend her and her team to anyone,” she said. “And, I do recommend her. I totally trusted her and it was so worth it!”