Post # 1
Backstory about my teeth: I had braces for 4 years in high school, and had 8 teeth removed in the process. I had a HUGE overbite, and a lot of crowding going on. After all of the awkward headgear, braces, retainers and such, my teeth finally looked as good as they were ever going to get.
THEN, my wisdom teeth made their appearance when I was about 20, and it seems like they came in overnight. I had to have them removed, and dontcha know that it screwed up my teeth again! Before, where my mouth was crowded, I now have the opposite problem. Removing my wisdom teeth and their impact after coming in shifted my mouth around a bit and now I have straight teeth, with tiny little gaps in them along the top front ones.
I was kind self concious about it, but let it go. Recently, a few people have mentioned my gaps ( more of in passing, like ” your teeth gaps are cute!” or ” have you considered Invisalign?”). These comments are getting a little more frequent– so now i am curious if anyone has done invisalign as an adult or had a permanent retainer put in? What has been your exerience?
Post # 3
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I always had pretty good teeth – no need for braces or anything as a kid. And similar to your story my wisdom teeth just knocked everything out of wack! My teeth are not awful but they could be a whole lot better. And the idea of being almost 30 years old with traditional braces just does not work for me…
Post # 4
My husband had Invisalign last year before our wedding. He had a couple teeth that were out of line. His teeth look perfect now! He still wears the Invisalign at night though. His only comment is that you HAVE to wear them ALL the time unless you’re eating or your teeth will shift and the trays won’t fit correctly, resulting in you having to have them for a longer period of time. When he had them at first he talked a little funny for a few days but it went away. you really couldn’t notice he was wearing them unless you knew and looked really close.
Also, they apply these little buttons or hook-like things directly to your teeth to help keep they trays on.. most people don’t know that. I would ask your dentist about it if you’re interested 🙂
Post # 5
@ms_protea: Boo for wisdom teeth, it totally sucked. I am definitely NOT going for braces as an adult, either! Very few people can pull it off, and at some point, you just need to throw in the towel and embrace it. Maybe I am at that point, I am still trying to decide.
If I could look like Faith Hill…. maybe I would consider it. But I don’t– so that is out of the question!
Post # 6
@CactusFlower: How long did he have to wear them for?
Last I talked to my dentist about it, he suggested a permanent retainer and it was pretty pricey. I am also not really sold on the retainer, either… because it is visible if you open your mouth. At least with Invisalign you’re able to just maintain by wearing at night?
Post # 7
He had them for a little under a year. He was supposed to have them for less time but he had one stubborn tooth that wouldn’t turn correctly. He went in every like 4-6 weeks I think to get re-fitted for his next set. And his dentist would give him 2 sets at a time so he would wear one set for like 2 weeks then switch. Now he has a more “solid” tray that he wears at night and thats all he has to do to maintain.
I can’t really comment on the cost as his insurance covered close to $1,000 and our dentist “gifted” my husband about $1,500 worth of it (my husband is a veteran and our Dentist is a huge supporter of the military, also my husband has been going to him for years and has sent many friends to him). We ended up only paying like $300 out of pocket for everything i believe. I can’t remember the total cost exactly because I didnt pay for any of it and we weren’t on the same insurance yet when he had this done but I think all in all it was under 3k.
I would say if your going to commit to wearing them all the time then its worth it! I have known people that dont wear them as they should and they claim it “doesn’t work” .. well ya, because you’re not wearing them!
I had braces in Jr. High but stopped wearing my retainer a few years ago & now have two teeth that are starting to get out of alignment.. ive actually been considering doing the Invisalign as well..
Post # 8
@Mrs_Amanda: I did Invisalign about 2.5 years ago & I definitely recommend it. Much easier than braces and it straightened my teeth. my issues weren’t terrible though and I had them for about 6 months.
i also like the Invisalign retainers better. Way more comfortable than the traditional type.
ETA: my insurance didn’t cover it and it wa $4500
Post # 9
@CactusFlower: Where I live, Invisalign costs about $3,500 for treatment.
Post # 10
@LilRhodyGem Yes that sounds about right! Like I said my husband paid for his and worked with his dentist and insurance for it, so I wasn’t 100% sure of the correct ammount. I *think* its definetly cheaper than braces?
Post # 11
@CactusFlower: I’m considering doing it myself. I have a couple teeth up front that I’d like corrected. I’m going to consult with the orthodontist and also a cosmetic dentist to see what route is cheaper since it’s really only 2 teeth and my bite lines up great. Might just have to grind and cap those buggers. Who knows.
Glad your hubby has a rockin’ smile. Great smiles are sooooooooo attractive!
Post # 12
Totally worth it if you are committed to wearing it all the time. I’ve worked in an orthodontist office for the past 8 years and I have also done Invisalign myself. If there is minimal work that needs to be done (and it sounds like that would be the case for you) you can do what is called Invisalign express. It can be about a year or less, BUT you do have to wear them pretty much 22-23 hours a day. You will talk funny at first, but you WILL get used to it. Depending on where you live and who you go to (General dentist vs a certified orthodontist or a private practice vs a company) your price can be anywhere from $3000-$5000. Some insurances do not pay for adult orthodontic work, but if yours does the average coverage ranges from $1000-$1500. In comparison to regular braces the pricing depends (at least in our office). We don’t have a set price. Everything just depends on the case. Some people’s treatment is longer or shorter or more complicated. There are a lot of different factors. Sometimes Invisalign can be cheaper, more expensive or pretty much the same price as regular braces.
I will say that not every person can do Invisalign to correct their problems. More complicated case that involve fixing the bite can’t be fixed with Invisalign. More and more adults are doing orthodontics these days. In our office about 20-30% of our patients are over the age of 21 and 90% of them have either traditional metal braces or the clear braces instead of Invisalign. Our oldest patient was 65. It’s never too late to have braces!
I would recommend going to an orthodontist over a general dentist for orthodontic work. It may be more expensive, but at least you know that orthodontics is what the person does day in and day out. It isn’t something they just do now and then. Plus, orthodontists had to do at least 2 years of specialized training. I always tell patients that it’s like doctors. Yes, your family doctor learned how to deliver a baby in school and could probably do it in an emergency, but I wouldn’t go to my family doctor to deilvier my baby if I were pregnant.
Post # 13
My friend did it and her teeth look amazing now
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Mrs_Amanda: I am in the same position so I will be following this poll because I am thinking about getting it done. My dentist keeps recommending it because she says it will help me avoid future cavities due to overcrowding.
Post # 15
@Mrs_Amanda: I don’t have a lot of time right now to write about my experience, but yes I would recommend it!! Here’s my before/after, I’ll come back to this thread later to write more!
Post # 16
I had actual braces, but a friend of mine got invisalign at 25. Upside is that they were invisible (no shit)- downside was that she was absolutely incapable of wearing them every day. She’d just completely forget and leave them off. If you’re diligent enough to keep them on all the time, they’re totally worth it.