Review: Ozeri WeightMaster II Digital Scales

Saturday, May 09, 2015



Weight loss. Motivation. Getting Fit.

The words we play in our head too many times.



Trying to find technology to keep you motivated to lose weight can be difficult. There are a million different kinds of apps out there from tracking your steps to scanning what you eat! When Ozeri contacted me to see if I wanted to review these scales I jumped at the chance! 

It is difficult to find accurate scales that are functional and ascetically pleasing. These scales are slim lined, light weight and easy to use. It has a large light up screen to tell you your weight, BMI (You can do this by entering in your height) and how much you have lost of gained from the last weigh in. Thats my favourite feature! 

The scales record up to 8 individuals weights, height and BMI, to select a particular individuals record all you have to do is click on the touch pad sensors below the screen. With the minimal buttons and simple display screen it couldn't be easier to set up and use! 

When using scales you should always weigh yourself in the morning before breakfast as this is your natural body weight, also to keep a healthy mind and potentially achieve your goals at a good pace whilst keeping motivated only use the scales a few times a week. That way you are not obsessing over you weight, it takes time to burn off pure fat within our bodies.

The scales can be purchased on Amazon for £29.99 with free delivery in the UK!

My Invisalign Story: The Scan & Fitting

Sunday, May 03, 2015



The future. 

Modern medicine and technology are growing and expanding into the health and dental services in the UK. I for one am so thankful after years and years of unsuccessful and distressing moulds of my teeth using the putty, I have finally had an amazing experience. 

At my current practice they use the latest technology whereby they use a machine called the Invisalign Itero Scanner. The dentist uses a probe connected to the computer which is a scanner and a camera. The dentist can see what they are doing to ensure that they get accurate results from the scan. It blows the lightest air pressure onto your teeth to get rid of any air bubbles on your teeth that may disrupt the scanner. It takes pictures and creates a computerised model of your teeth with accurate precision. 

Once the results came back we were able to see a computerised time scale of each stage of movement. In total my teeth would have taken around 72 weeks to have moved into the right place. However my dentist, who has been so supportive and understanding of what I have been through and what it is taking from me to able to go through this process now, said that it would be beneficial for me to have two teeth removed from my upper set. This was because my overbite was wide that the normal range and would help with space and movement during this process, my teeth would sit better and essentially improve my bite and the profile of my face. 

I decided to do this, all booked and ready to go a few days after. He talked me through the whole process and I was quite settled. The only thing I wasnted to see was the size of the needle, being a student nurse I've become quite accustomed to them so I wanted to know what I was dealing with! It was nothing! The needle was so thin it was unbelievable, the hype that people say of the whole procedure was completely exaggerated! I could not feel a thing, it was certainly a different way of communicating once my mouth was numb. My fifth tooth on either side was taken out, a few pulls and it was all done! 

I was so pleased that it was straight forward. It honestly was nothing to worry about. My mum to this day keep saying how proud she was of me haha :) I went into the provide with a positive attitude and trust in my dentist and I really believe that made a different to the outcome.

I was able to have my Invisalign that day, I stayed with the dentist while I took them in and out and he made sure that they fit well. They came with a little booklet and two cases to put them in. Very handy! 

It has been a week with them now and they don't cause me any pain, the sites were the teeth were removed haven't bothered me in the slightest no pain or throbbing! Lucky me! 

Let's keep out fingers crossed! 

My Invisalign Story: The Consultation

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Thursday 22nd January 2015
20:50

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So today was the day. Plucking up the courage to start this journey was difficult. Everyone has fears and being scared of certain aspects of being in the dentists office is a common one. 

Walking in it felt and looked exactly the same as my previous dentist! Why do they all have to look so old school?! However walking into the reception it was lovely and warm with two receptionists who were friendly and chatty. This put me at ease slightly. 

Once my name was called my heart rate picked up a bit. She brought myself and my dad into a consultation room to discuss the types of braces I was looking to have and wanted to understand why I was coming in and wanting braces. I had to hand it over to my dad then, even at 19 it is still hard to discuss. 

I was taken through a mock process of Invisalign patients treatment. I was shown a model, a video which I would get after the impressions come back from America and taken through all the information such as having to wear them for 23 hours a day, not wearing them when eating, etc. 

After that I was taken up to the dentists waiting room. We waited about 20 minutes. The dental assistant came to get us a led us to a modern dental office. The dentist was friendly and comforting from the get go! This helped me feel at ease, I told my dad afterwards he would make a good nurse with his bedside manner! 

He asked a few questions, nothing too intrusive. Then it was time to look at my teeth, he asked what bothers me the most about my teeth which I said. He built up a good rapport by saying simple things and not asking me questions in the middle of it like most dentists! 

After that was over he sat me up straight away, knowing the dentist wasn't my favourite place. He said it would be simple to do and that I was a good candidate. This was great to hear. He also showed me the room where they take the scans of my teeth. 

At this practice they do not take any moulds of your teeth. They use this piece of technology where they take pictures of your teeth. Much less invasive, a lot more comfortable and more accurate. 

So after discussing it with my parents it seems like we are going to go ahead with the treatment. The next step is the scanning process of my teeth!

My Invisalign Story: First Steps


My Invisalign story starts here...

Wednesday 21st January 2015:
23:32

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I'm sitting here the night before my first Invisalign consultation. The nerves, apprehension and anxiety are settling in, no doubt they'll be in full effect tomorrow. This journey has been an uphill and lonely struggle. For the major of my life I have been dealing with unstructured teeth due to being accident prone in my childhood. At the age of 7 or 8 I jumped off a Little Tykes car over and onto a climbing frame. As a child you don't know the risks of being confident and living without fear. 

As you can probably figure out I hit the side of the climbing frame and onto the garden floor. One of my front teeth popped out after pushing my gum forward. Luckily you have an adult set however that tooth came through distorted. 

Primary school was like a walk in the park, a few comments and questions here and there but nothing was thought of it. Until you get into secondary school (High school to those in the US) things get a bit tougher. You learn to grow thick skin on the outside, not react to the comments and steer away from those around you. Being bullied, name called and disrespected for three years has had a profound impact upon me. It changed me, changed my friendlier, carefree attitude to those around me. 

I built up a good group of friends which turned a lot of things around but I never talked about it with them and they never asked.

Wanting to get this issue dealt with I visited many different orthodontists; all of which ended up making the 'fight or flight' within me kick in. I chose flight. I'm the type of person who will bottle things up and not speak about them, I'd rather listen to someone else's  problems and deal with mine alone. It was easier that facing the problem.

After those unsuccessful attempts I stopped caring about it all together. Throughout sixth form it wasn't an issue.

However University is a bit different, I'm going into a profession where a smile can change someones outlook on a situation, make them feel comfortable, at ease or reassured. I needed to change things. So I took a big step and started going to the hygienist and getting back on track, ready to go and find another orthodontist. 

As I am over 18 now, even though I am still in full time education I have to go to a private practice for my treatment. My parents found a place called Inglewood House. It is a dental practice which specialise in digital moulding for braces. No more horrible putty like material that chokes you anymore. This makes me feel better about the consultation and process. I don't have the best teeth in the world, thats a given. I should and can do a lot more. Hopefully this will give me the confidence to do so.

So tomorrows a new day and a new chance.

I hope it goes well.