Anne C. from Boston, MA (Source: Yelp)
All my life, I’ve been insecure about my teeth. My insecurity mixed with my general anxiety made any dental appointment really difficult for me. I always came in with a deep sense of shame about my teeth, and I’d been to both dentists and orthodontists before who repeatedly told me that my case was too difficult (one orthodontist quoted me at 4 years of braces, no possibility for Invisalign). It almost seemed hopeless, not to mention the financial burden of it all. Then I walked into Dr. Lisann’s office. First of all, Dr. Lisann has to be the most cheerful orthodontist I’ve ever met. She has this infectious, joyful energy about teeth. She’s enthusiastic, and she has an incredibly positive attitude. She never once made me feel shamed or that my case was too complicated. She greeted me every visit by telling me how great I was doing and complimenting my smile. While I still have anxiety over uncomfortable procedures, Dr. Lisann and her staff really put me at ease. I don’t dread going there. Strangely, I look forward to it! That’s a testament to the kind of atmosphere she’s committed to making her office. Secondly, look at my teeth! I am in awe. I know my case was difficult, but Dr. Lisann did not flinch when I said I wanted Invisalign. She was confident she could do it. She took one look at my teeth and said yes. This is my teeth after 5 1/2 months–I have not yet done refinements or retainers yet, so I’m not finished. But I’m thrilled. My whole face has changed and I’ve gained so much confidence: I smile all the time now. Given how much shame I carried for so long, this means more to me than I can put into words. Even when I imagined my teeth straight, I never imagined they could look like this. Invisalign is not cheap, but Dr. Lisann’s prices were fair given what I’d been quoted before. Also, she sold me Exceledent at cost, because she saw it as a win-win for both of us as it helped the treatment along. I was able to put down a deposit and pay off the rest over the course of a year. As for the Invisalign itself, I found it pretty easy. There are a few days of discomfort, but other than that, I had no issues with it. You have to be committed and you’ll have to give up snacking and sipping on anything but water, but that was not hard for me. And literally no one EVER notice that I have them. Sometimes I may turn down a drink at a social event and say, “I can’t, I have my Invisalign in,” and they will squint trying to see them. I had attachments on almost every tooth–I thought they’d be noticeable. But, as Dr. Lisann jokingly assured me, “People are not that observant.” I just love this woman. I’m so thankful she took on my difficult case and I’m so thankful for her energy and kindness. I can’t recommend her enough.