Monday, 19 March 2018

in my late 20's - Invisalign update #4

I'm falling apart!! πŸ˜†

Here is an update I wasn't expecting to to write - my tooth's fallen out!

That's not good is it? 

OK so I have exaggerated a little, let me explain...

My front two teeth are crowned and each of the teeth either side are veneers.  This work was done about 17 years ago.

My orthodontist did warn me that Invisalign might add 'stress' on my crowns and veneers which could mean they might came out.  However I am not convinced that the loss was down to that, as other factors were at play...

Do you Floss?

Flossing is the boss when it comes to taking care of your teeth (and gums).

I use Glide From Crest Dental Floss  a dental tape and floss every day, which I actually enjoy.  Invisalign has made it so much easier to do this as my teeth are moving so the gaps between my teeth have widened (in a good way).

Pre Invisalign flossing wasn't so good so I used a Phillips Airfloss - it's a great tool if you don't like to floss.

The Airfloss squirts a fine high pressure jet of water (or mouthwash) between your teeth.  Due to the design of the head/tip you can precisely aim and fire - so you get in all the gaps to blast out whatever is there.

Keep you finger on the trigger and it produces an even blast at regular intervals - so no squirting water up your nose or in your eye.  As I said as great device - until it breaks down :(
My Airfloss was about 4 years old when it died.  

The Airfloss didn't have a lot of competition when I originally purchased it, but there are quite a few similar devices now on the market.  Whilst I thought I wanted to buy another device* I didn't want to  spend as much second time round.  

After reading a number of reviews on Amazon I purchased a YOHOOLYO Water Flosser at £29.99 it is half the price of the Philips device.

I liked the price and the look of this device.  It is quite large but not too big for the bathroom shelf and seemed to have a few features.

After charging for 3 hours I used it for the first (and last) time.  It gets through a lot of water and makes for quite a wet and messy time, but I expect with practice that would get better.  

The water jet itself was continuous as opposed to the regular pulse of the airfloss, but I didn't think it felt as powerful and it was definitely not as easy to aim.  

I went round my teeth a few times and then when I was just starting to think I would stop, I felt it - off came my front veneer...

Luckily for me I realised straight away and the tap was not running, so after a lot of faffing I managed to retrieve my veneer from the bottle trap - that tiny piece of porcelain costs about £300 so well worth the effort.  

Needless to say the YOHOOLYO flosser was packed up and returned to Amazon who have refunded me.  My dentist charged me £20 to stick the veneer back on so no harm done.

I was worried at first that the Invisalign tray would not go back in but my dentist advised me to put it straight back in as it meant the veneer was cemented in to the correct place.

All this was a week ago, at first I was very worried about taking the Invisalign trays in and out but now I have got used to it again.

Before I even started using Invisalign I had started saving up as I know my crowns and veneers will need replacing.  Like any 'cosmetic' work they don't last forever.

This is my first problem with Invisalign, and I'm not even sure it was, plus it's Monday so change over day which is 'Hello' tray Number 28 and only... 15 trays (and that equals weeks) to go.


*πŸ€”Would I buy another flosser?  If I did it would be a Phillips Airflows but for now I will continue with manual flossing

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Real coffee and I'm on the go! ☕️

C-O-f-f-e-e coffee and apple on moomin tray

Like a lot of you I seem to be powered by coffee, although I have really cut back on my caffeine habit and only try to drink de-caff after 2pm.

I used to think I was immune to the effects of caffeine until I started to drink decent coffee at home via my Nespresso machine.  

Coffee - how do you take yours?

There is nothing fancy about me! No lattes, cappuccinos or flat whites here.  I take my coffee black with a splash of skimmed milk, an americano with skinny milk, if I am ordering one at the counter.

Out and about

I recently purchased a Wacaco nanopress to help fill a hole in my coffee habit.  

It is going to fill that hotel room void where you have a kettle but sachets of instant coffee.   You see my Nespresso machine has turned me into a coffee snob!!


The original Wacaco nanopress is designed to make an expresso from ground coffee but they also have an adapter that can take Nespresso style pods (any Nespresso style of pod).

I purchased my machine from Bear & Bear in a bundle which comprised of:
  • Wacaco nanopress machine
  • Carry case
  • Nespresso pod adapter

It takes a bit of work

If you have a Nespresso machine you will know how simple it is to use - pod in, press start - you have coffee πŸ˜ƒ☕️

The nanopress is totally manual, no plugs, no batteries.  It's easy to use, and if you are dedicated to a decent drink it's worth the effort.  This is how it goes:
  • Fill the water tank with boiling water, screw it on.
  • Put a pod into the adapter, screw that on.
  • Unlock the piston
  • Pump out the coffee (if you've ever used an old fashioned bicycle pump you will know the action)
The first 10 pumps are a breeze, after these the coffee starts to dispense and requires a little (but not supreme) effort.  You have used up all the water when the coffee stops coming.

One go will be enough for an expresso but as I like a bigger drink, I refill the water tank again (keep the pod in) and re-pump.  Then just add more hot water and a splash of milk.
Wacaco nanopress

Drink up

What I really like about the nanopress is I know what I am going to get, as it tastes exactly the same as the coffee at home.

After use you should clean the machine which could be a bit of a faff if you were using ground coffee but because I use a pod there is hardly any mess.

One downside for me is the carry case. It only fits the machine with the ground coffee adapter so it is not big enough for the nespresso one.  So I have to carry that separately (it does come with a little pouch).
Wacaco nanopress
Waco nanopress adapter

As I've said this will be coming away with me to hotels and self catering holidays - where I have a kettle.  Remember this machine does not boil the water.

Decent coffee, like putting on SPF, it's a daily essential for me.


Thanks for reading, if you have any comments please let me know, I'll get back to you as soon as I've finished my cuppa!

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