Life Changer Award – How One Life Was Truly Changed Forever
This summer, we announced that Dr. Oleg won the American Academy of Clear Aligners (AACA) Golden Aligner Award in the “Life Changer” category. He and the practice were formally recognized for literally changing people’s lives! But, what’s even more noteworthy is perhaps the patient behind the Invisalign case that led Dr. Oleg to receive this honor.
We want to share with you Kathy’s* story.
Kathy suffered in silence for over a decade with a burning, tingling pain throughout her mouth. But, even more painful, was the lack of self-confidence that she experienced because of her teeth. It was time to make a drastic change.
After visiting with Dr. Oleg and the 425 Dental team, it became evident that Kathy was losing tooth structure at a dramatic rate due to acid erosion. It was at this point that Dr. Oleg suggested she may be suffering from silent reflux. Following a visit to her primary care provider, Dr. Oleg’s suspicions were confirmed. Corrective treatment could finally begin!
However, Kathy had already lost a significant amount of tooth structure that was causing continued radiating nerve pain. She sought the opinion of an orthodontist and periodontist to discuss options for restoring her smile. Unfortunately, she came up short – the orthodontist was unable to help and the recommendations from the periodontist were far too extensive and invasive. Kathy was back to square one.
In September of 2016, Dr. Oleg and Kathy collectively decided to give Invisalign® a try in combination with crowns and a diagnostic wax to save the existing tooth structure. Using an Invisalign acceleration technique, Propel®, the team was able to achieve the desired results in just 10 months. Invisalign allowed Dr. Oleg to restore her eroded tooth structure without a single root canal.
For the first time in over 10 years, Kathy finally experienced relief from the burning pain! Kathy sat in the chair as the team completed her final restorations and cried tears of joy. She admitted that for the first time in her life, she felt confident with her smile. She couldn’t wait to show off her new look! Her first stop? Hopping on a plane to Arizona to show off the results to her mother.
Dr. Oleg, the team, and Invisalign helped to provide a treatment option for Kathy that wasn’t available with conventional orthodontics. In the process, her confidence was restored, and her quality of life was dramatically improved. Shortly after we completed Kathy’s treatment, her husband retired and now the couple are traveling the world, so Kathy can show off her new smile wherever she goes!
*Patient’s real name not used to maintain privacy.