Post # 1
Has anyone used it? I have a few teeth that stick out a bit.(the two on either side of my two front teeth. on the top) It’s not terrible, but definitly noticable. it never bothered me… until I started thinking about wedding pictures. So, I’ve been doing some initial research on invisalign, but if any of you have used it, I would love some first hand feedback. now I KNOW that every single case is different, but i’m looking for some general thoughts on how long it took, value, comfort, etc.
Post # 3
i went and had a consultation a couple of months ago. My bottom teeth are really messed up and he said I would only need to wear them for 8 months. They are fairly expensive though – it would cost 3.5k to do.
Post # 4
I did it- well the cheaper knock off version of invisalign. I had braces about 14 years ago and my bottom teeth especially had shifted and crowded. I had mine on only for about 4 months and am now wearing my retainers nightly. I was really pleased with it and my dental insurance covered a good chunk of it! If you have any specific questions, let me know,
Post # 5
Invisalign is a great option if you have minor work to be done. However, nothing can replace the good old bracket and wire method – there is much more fine tuning that can be done and teeth will turn out more “perfect”
But, as I said it’s an excellent choice. And as someone who had adult braces, I can appreciate that fact that they are minimally noticable.
Post # 6
@anchors_away: What was the name of the kind you used? I had braces but my permanent retainer broke and my teeth shifted slightly so I couldnt used my retainer. I feel so stupid now bc it was a clear one like they use in invisalign and once it didn’t fit I threw it away.. ugh…. would be interested in the less expensive one since it’s not worth the money just for a slight movement.
Post # 7
I am currently using Invisalign and I LOVE it. My teeth were actually all pretty straight – certainly no noticeable problems in that regard, but I had a small gap between my front teeth and between some of the other teeth that would show when I smiled. Just to fix these issues my invisalign cost $6500! I’m sure there were other things shifting as well, but noticeably its only closing the gaps. As soon as I got engaged I knew I wanted to get it for my wedding photos (though its something I had always wanted, the engagement was the catalyst to actually do it). Its been totally worth it for me since I was always self conscious about my smile. Expensive, but I financed it through the doctor’s office and paid it off that way. I was very surprised about how long it takes to complete though. Like I said, I never had any major dental issues at all, but it will be about 1.5 years total for me from start to finish – luckily we have a long engagement!
Post # 8
@anchors_away: I started off with Invisliagn (the orthodontist I started with didn’t do a good job) but finished with the knock-off version (much cheaper than Invisalign). I think it is great for the simple fixes but if you have bite problems, it won’t fix that. My bite is still a bit off because it is hard to align your bite with the trays. It took me 4 months to close a gap; and, to turn one tooth straight.
Post # 9
I had Invisalign for a couple of years and overall I definitely recommend it. My teeth were terrible when I started and now I would give them an 8/10. Going in my orthodontist warned me that Invisalign couldn’t correct all of my problems, but it would fix most of them, and he was right. I might finish up with braces in a few years since I was told I would only need them 6 months or less to finish up what Invisalign couldn’t fix.
Comfort-wise, it is a massive adjustment. But I was so depressed over my teeth, I never smiled, and was pretty desperate for them to be fixed so in the end, it was definitely worth it. They weren’t invisible though; quite a few people noticed the aligners and weren’t sure what they were. But it was nice to be able to pop the aligners out for an important event or for pictures. Let me know if you have any questions!
Post # 10
@anchors_away: What was the cheaper version??
Post # 11
Im using clear correct, which is a cheaper alternative to invisalign. I’m not sure if that is what the others are referring to as well. I’ve only been using it for about 3 months, definitely something I wish I started sooner
Post # 12
I don’t know anything about clear correct, but I did start off with the cheaper version of Invisalign back in the day (Orthoclear) and they ended up getting sued by Invisalign and all of their patients were forced to transfer to Invisalign. Fine in theory, but in practice getting my records transferred to Invisalign took almost a year, so because of that lawsuit I was stuck wearing the same freaking aligner for like 9 months. Be careful if you’re using a competitor to Invisalign!
Post # 13
I used one named simple aligners- as it was explained to me, with Invisalign, you get all your sets at once that you shift out when you’re told. With the simple aligners I had to go back every 2-3 weeks to get new molds taken and new aligners made. Like I said, I had braces a while ago that had taken care of my overbite issue, but like @MercuryDarlin said, I lost my retainer, never went and got a new one, and my teeth shifted and crowded. Technically I’m supposed to wear the retainer they gave my 24 hours a day for another 5 months or something like that, but I’ve been wearing it at night when I get home and haven’t noticed a shift. The one big difference I did see between Invisalign and the simple aligners I had is that mine were more noticeable. When other people I knew had their Invisalign in, you literally couldn’t see them. You could see mine if you were up close- it’s probably made with a different material which allows them to get away with it without patten infringement!