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Smile for the Camera | It’s never too late for Invisalign® clear braces

17 Dec

It’s never too late for Invisalign® clear braces

Prior to taking a job as a high-level administrator for a large international water treatment company, Meryl Rosenberg worked as a sales rep for a computer software company pushing one of the first generations of photo editing programs.

Now that Meryl has a camera-worthy smile, she no longer has to fine-tune her photos.

It was while she was selling those software programs that Meryl learned what she considers to be an invaluable skill.  “I used to go into stores and show people how to fix up their photos,” she says. “I showed them how to put borders around them and how to match colors. I even showed them how to take someone out of a photo or move something around in one.”

It was that last skill that came in most handy because for years, Meryl had a gap on the right side of her smile line that showed up prominently in every photo her shutterbug husband took of her.

For years, Meryl solved the problem with the photos by simply cloning an image of another tooth in her smile line and moving it into the gap. That little trick made for a more pleasing family photo album, but it didn’t solve the bigger problem of the gap itself.

To correct that, Meryl first tried Invisalign clear braces, which use a series of transparent, removable plastic aligners to straighten crooked teeth. Despite the fact her dental insurance was covering some of the cost, Meryl never completed the program.
“I just didn’t stick with it, and I really don’t know why,” Meryl says. “I don’t know if I just wasn’t mature enough to handle it or what it was, because I really wanted to be able to smile and not have to worry about that hole in my mouth.”

Meryl was still thinking along those lines early last winter when a filling fell out of one of her teeth one Friday night while she was chewing on a piece of candy. That mishap prompted a frantic search for an emergency dentist who could fix the problem.

“I didn’t have a dentist at the time, and I told my husband, We’ll never find a dentist on a Friday night,” Meryl remembers. “He said, Oh, yeah, just watch me. That’s how we found Dr. Fatmi and Regency Court Dentistry.”

“It’s like Dr. Fatmi gave me my self-esteem back.” – Meryl

Regency Court Dentistry is the practice of Naved Fatmi, DMD, who opened his doors to Meryl the very next morning. Before the day was out, Dr. Fatmi had done more than that. In addition to replacing Meryl’s missing dental filling, he’d also earned her trust.

“We just hit it off, and I can honestly say it was the first time I’ve ever been comfortable with a dentist,” Meryl says. “He’s so gentle, and as we talked more and more over time, he began talking to me about Invisalign, and he actually talked me into trying it again.”

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