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July 30, 2016

Holiday with Invisalign

I just came back from my holiday in Thailand! This is my first time going away for a week since starting my Invisalign treatment. It is amazing that Invisalign aligners allow me to smile as if I don't have any braces on in every photograph. As I change trays every week, I have my change due in between the trip, but it wasn't uncomfortable at all. I absolutely love how easy it is to wear my Invisalign aligners anytime and anywhere.

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I'm on my 10th tray when I'm typing this. Dr Immilia have examined my 2-month progress last week and she handed me over the next 4 trays. The purpose is to take a closer look at my progress, as I have to come back for a visit in 1 month. My main concern is my smile, how I want to achieve the perfect straight teeth from every angle. Currently I am already satisfied with my smile when it is photograph frontal, but not from the side. We are trying to correct it.

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At this point, I have seen a slight progress, and I am so happy with it. I can see that my main concern (lower teeth) is getting better. I have to be disciplined enough wear my Invisalign aligners up to 22 hours a day, even though when I'm on holiday I keep having snack every now and then. To me, another good thing is that sometimes I don't feel like snacking because I want to keep wearing Invisalign aligners (and... of course it helps me stay slim). Just kidding.

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Will post more photos soon! If you have any questions about Invisalign treatment feel free to contact me by email silviasiantar2@outlook.com

July 29, 2016

Inspiration: Home decor

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I've been looking at home decor inspirations lately. I wanted to have this one beautiful blue corner inside my dream house. I thought these can be useful if you guys were looking for some inspiration for your own. My favorite is blue-and-white palette which brings comfort and style that's cool, calm, and collected.

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Images from various sources.

June 17, 2016

Getting used to the first set of Invisalign aligners

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Here comes the actual aligners! I went to the dentist the other day and she showed me my 32 out of 32 trays and I was a little surprised to see that much of aligners that I'm supposed to wear. I've always known that we're supposed to wear each tray for two weeks, so basically 32 trays means 32x2 = 64 weeks! Which was a little more than a year.

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However, based on my dentist, Dr Immilia’s recommendation, she arranged 1 tray for 1 week, so that means I will only need 32 weeks to fix my bottom teeth. She showed me how much difference I can achieve in 8 months. She marked each tray with different dates so I can see the exact schedule when I'm supposed to change trays every other week.

The key is to wear each tray for about 22-24 hours each day to achieve the best results. My idea of using the first tray is that I will be in such a great pain, that I have to prepare for it. I clear my day and I prepared painkillers. However, it's only surprisingly a very very mild pain. Way less than the pain of wearing the metal braces. That night I slept with my first aligners, and when I woke up in the morning I can feel that my teeth is a little sore. That is how I know that the actual aligners work.

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The next day I was pain-free. And then the week have past, and I changed to my second tray. My second tray was less painful than the first tray. I can see that wearing this doesn't affect my daily schedule at all and I'm so happy with the way it works.

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For those of you who have started the Invisalign programme, do share with me your experience. Feel free to connect with me via email silviasiantar2@outlook.com

June 11, 2016

#JUNOxONNI

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I had the chance to work together with the team from Nomina pics Jakarta for a shoot at the new Onni Surabaya. Nomina Pics is a prominent photography company that covers photography for weddings and event, and they came to Surabaya to open 15 limited sessions for those who wish to have their photos taken at Onni.

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Onni offers a backyard ambience dining spot and a specialized retail and flower shop. There are lots of rustic themed spot around the area that Nomina Pics will use for the photoshoot. Here we chose a more subtle character for the series, so we avoid the floral boutique area. But you can see more options on Instagram using hashtag #JunnoxONNI.

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Last but not least, a photo with my best friend. Thank you to the man behind the camera, Donatus Ariel who is a young photographer who could very well be the next big thing, and Malva Soewarno who did my hair and makeup.

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Lensed by Donatus Ariel @donatusariel of Nomina Pics @nominapics @juniapics
Wardrobe Poise24 @poise24
Brushed by Malva Soewarno @malvava
Location Onni Surabaya at Jl Opak 56 @helloonni

View more on Instagram using hashtags:
#JUNOxONNI #JUNOgoestoSBY

May 09, 2016

An absolutely candid review of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone

The first smartphone I used after was the old Samsung Galaxy S3 back in 2012. I also had the Samsung Galaxy S5 after that because I was just too familiar with Samsung to switch to another brand. I was totally impressed with the new Samsung Galaxy S7 released. It is way sleeker than its previous ancestors and it has many improvements on camera both front and back.

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The new Samsung Galaxy S7 features a 2,560x1,440 OLED display which delivers strong color reproduction. The processor is upgraded from CPU: Up to 30% faster, GPU: Up to 64% faster, and 4GB ram. And it is one of the fastest phone you can buy today. It's also super sexy. It has the slickest exterior a Samsung phone has ever had, making it a very elegant piece to hold. This is probably the only phone you wouldn't want to put a phone case on because it's so stylish on its own.

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The new Samsung Galaxy S7 has a dual pixel camera which we usually find in DSLR camera and a higher resolution a 12 megapixels. The ability for it to do a superfast autofocus is one of a kind and on top of that, it features lots of shooting modes, from camera to video. It's probably the best thing for this Instagram era. These photos are taken at 7.45pm in Orchard Road, it's almost gone really dark. I have to say that the low light camera function is absolutely remarkable.

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Anyway, I used the phone from 10am and at 10pm I still have 20% battery life. A single charge at night will be enough to last for a day with a regular use for surfing the internet and social media like Facebook and Twitter, even to play games. Overall, this is a fantastic phone and it’s definitely what I need at the moment.

May 08, 2016

The best Rihanna (Fenty) fashion collaborations so far

Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty is unstoppable. When she's not making music, she's probably designing shoes. And after all they're not just shoes. She launched a collection of socks, and an entire collection of Puma.

1. Rihanna for Manolo Blahnik 

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Rihanna lands the cover of Vogue UK April 2016, wearing a white cowboy hat and matching jacket photographed by Craig McDean. Inside the issue, she models her new collection collaboration with shoe designer Manolo Blahnik - a pair of thigh-high crystal-embellished boots among others.

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On her interview, Rihanna talked about how she’ll react once the shoes are released: "The day I see a woman in the street wearing my shoes... I am sorry for that woman because I'm going to literally run after her, shouting, 'Stop! Selfie! Who are you? Where did you get them?' I'm going to have a moment!"

2. FENTY Puma (The Fur slides)

If these weren't by Rihanna, you won't probably even take a second look at em. Launched in April and sold out completely, I think the guys at Puma are pretty much genius(es). I tried to call a Puma boutique in Singapore one day before the launched, and they are already sold out. They couldn't put me on waiting list. It's borderline tacky and fashionable. But I just wanted to get them to wear around the house and look cute.. what do you guys think?

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Psst.. did you know that everyone from Kylie Jenner, 18, to Zendaya, 19, has showed love for these.

3. Fenty for Stance socks

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Apparently, it doesn't end at fur slides. Her most recent collaboration is with Stance socks and she's showing you how socks can be the sexiest thing in your entire wardrobe. You can own a pair of these dreamy socks, which are a part of her summer line and available now on Stance.com. This range is girly, but still has a sporty vibe which is just the kind of thing you were going for, right?

Images from various sources.

May 03, 2016

Why I got invisalign

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Overcrowding has been a very undesirable condition for my teeth aesthetically. Even though it is not noticeable on top teeth, it appears on the lower arch. The condition was not so bad; it is called Class I type 1 malocclusion according to Angle's classification in dental term. I was informed by Doctor Immilia at Gigi Sehat Dental clinic that such dental condition could be treated to achieve ideal occlusion in under two years of Invisalign.

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Just after reading about Invisalign, I feel very relieved knowing that it could be the right treatment for me. After making my first visit to Gigi Sehat Dental, which was one of the Invisalign elite providers in Surabaya, I will soon receive my first four sets of aligners in 1.5 months! This treatment allows me to be more discipline in controlling my dental condition to dentist.

What excites me even more is that I know it will be sooner for me to have my desired smile which, of course will make me happy! I feel that Invisalign could give me a more comfortable, confident, and remarkable smile. Besides, I love that it is flexible and can show direct result to my smile, and that I don’t have to predict how the smile looks like (because these aligners are clear) compared to metal braces I wore over my high school in the past.

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If you are also interested in wearing Invisalign, probably there are several things you need to know beforehand. I have received explanations from the dentist on the Invisalign system. Oral hygiene is a lot easier to upkeep because Invisalign clear aligners are removable, letting us easily brush and floss our teeth regularly, which is very convenient when we have an active lifestyle. Although it is very user-friendly, we must not forget to be very strict about wearing them for 20-22 hours everyday and change trays at home every two weeks.

Some of my friends also have asked me about what process I have to undergo before finally receiving my first Invisalign set. The aligners are custom-made, so it has to be adjusted to the patients’ dental condition. Initially, dentists will take photos, X-rays, as well as digital scans or dental impression in order to help creating our treatment plan. I will reveal about them more on my next post.

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Now that I am so excited to receive my first kit – can't wait to tell you more about my first month of wearing Invisalign. Just to remind you again, if you have any questions regarding Invisalign, feel free to email me and I will forward them to my dentist.
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