So I apologize for the sideways/huge picture. It's hard maneuvering on an iPad. Anyways, I just started today with my first Invisalign tray! :) I've always wanted to do this for myself. I hate my bucky smile and I have a tooth that sticks out. Not sure if that can be seen in my grainy photo, but yeah it is bothersome to me. My motivation is to have a beautiful smile on my someday wedding day :P
so whose done Invisalign? Or is going through the process? How's your experience been like? Any before and afters? Any helpful trips or tricks? Getting them out is a pain the butt!
I think you already have a beautiful smile!
I haven't had one BUT I have a friend that got one and LOVED it. She had great results.
I think your smile is gorgous but I guess that is not a great thing to say now that you've invested. I was considering invisalign because I hate the way my teeth slope inward (they are straight across and I never had braces but they point/slope inward).
I had three consultations for invisalign until finally meeting an orthodontist who said not to go through with it. Instead he presribed me an upper and a lower "retainer" of sorts that is going to push my teeth "out." I pick them up on Tuesday.
I'd love to be buddies and share photos periodically. I hear mine will be very painful and apparently invisalign isn't so comfortable either. I'm happy with my $800 price tag though.
I haven't had them myself, but I'm a dental assistant and have had several patients use them. First and foremost... your dental hygiene is super important during this time!!! You MUST brush and floss after every meal (at the very least rinse your mouth with water very well until you can brush again). You don't want all of that stuff stuck on your teeth all day eating away at them. Rinse and brush out your retainers every day.
They retainers will get easier to take out and put in over time, but by the time they do, you'll be getting new trays. lol. You may get headaches from the constant pressure, but it should be relatively minimal.
All of my patients have been very thrilled with their results. Definitely keep us updated!!!
@bbsoon2be: well thanks :) hopefully ill get some good results too!
@queencharlotte04: that's probably a good idea, you have nice straight teeth already :) and yes, let's be buddies in this, the first day has been quite painful, I can already feel my teeth wanting to move. and it hurts sadly, but that's the price were willing to pay hah and $800 price thats a heck of a lot better than the 5,000 on mine -_-
@WhiteWedding: thanks for the tip :) I don't want my retainers to smell or get nasty lol that's my fear.
definitely hard to get out!
and definitely painful with the added pressure on my teeth. It'll be worth it. I'll keep ya updated! I have 21 trays total for my top teeth, and 19 for my bottom :)
@amberdk: Haven't done it, but my piece of advice (sounds obvious) would be to make sure you wear them as much as possible. I know some people who take them out for like everything then they wonder why their teeth aren't straight a year or two later. Takes some willpower since they're removable!
@canarydiamond: ohhhh yeah! I completely agree, definitely. Today's gonna be a hard day with thanksgiving and all.
I did Invisalign last fall - I had a great experience with the end result, but had some pretty painful hours frequently when I switched to the next tray. I wore mine all the time when I could - brushed and flossed after eating/drinking anything (which is a pain in the butt). I will post my before/after pics when I get home to my computer!
@E_Lynne615: awesome!! Can't wait to see. It's great motivation during the pain haha
@amberdk: I only had to have them for 7 months - I started in September and was done in April. I had 14 trays on the top and 13 trays on the bottom. I also had some attachments on my teeth (I don't know if you have any or if you have heard about them) and they were the absolute worst part. They definitely helped with the movement, but they made my trays SUPER tight and sometimes after I've switched to my new trays, it felt like I was going to pull my teeth out of my mouth when I took them out! :( It helped to make sure to switch to new trays at night and take some Advil before bed. Also, making sure to start in the very back by your molars one side at a time helps getting them out, but no matter what, some of the trays are still going to hurt like a b*tch!
Anyway, here's the part you were waiting for, the before/afters! :)
Before/September (sorry so big):
@E_Lynne615: Wow, those are some seriously great results. And only seven months? Ooh.
I've wanted invisalign for years. My top teeth are nearly perfect, but I have one tooth on the bottom that sticks waaaay out. It isn't that noticable since only my top teeth show when I smile, but it hurts. So often hard pieces of food will get stick behind it, and it can be truly painful when that happens. This random tooth has also messed up others next to it, and it seems to be getting worse over the years.
Sigh. When I get good insurance and a decent job I'll see about doing something about it. I'd prefer Invisalign.
I don't have before/after pictures but I did Invisalign after needing braces again bc I didn't wear my retainers. I liked it a lot better than braces. I only had 12 uppers and lowers though so my treatment was about 6 months.
@bowsergirl: Thanks! I was very pleased with the results too! I pretty much just had that one top front tooth that was the main offender. A lot of people didn't even notice it that much because they were shocked when I said that I was doing Invisalign - they hadn't noticed anything wrong! Looking back at the pictures, it's pretty darn obvious to me! Haha..
Insurance didn't cover any of my costs - luckily my parents were willing to cover half. Start an Invisalign piggy bank! :) I think it would probably work really well to move that one bottom tooth of yours.
I'm glad you posted about this because I have been wanting to get this done. I had braces about 8 years ago but once I stopped wearing my retainers, a few of my teeth moved and now my teeth arnt as straight anymore.
I have a couple questions...how much did it cost? Someone on here said only $800 but everyone I talked to said its even more expensive than normal braces which run about $6000 where I live.
Does insurance cover any of the costs? I have pretty good insurance so maybe I should look into it.
@E_Lynne615: thanks for posting your pictures. Your teeth look so beautiful!!
@MissEMich: my insurance doesn't cover it (however my insurance is crappy) and my treatment is roughly 5,500 and I pay 300 a month :/ I say try. And go for a consultation,which was free for me. They will check and see what your insurace will cover.
@amberdk: Thank you! I can't wait to see your end results!
@MissEMich: Mine cost about $5,000 and I wasn't allowed to do monthly payments. I paid half of it once I decided that I was going to do it (after the consultation), and then the other half upon receipt of the box of trays. It did include as many visits as necessary to get everything right and check progress, along with the fixed/bonded retainers on the top and bottom after the treatment was complete.
I personally have not used them...i had braces! Ahh. anyway, one of my friend's mom actually had them. she had braces at a younger age but stopped wearing her retainer so her teeth went right back to how they were before the braces. her teeth are back to being beautiful now though :) she said it is a pain and can be painful as well as annoying but it is worth it. just hang in there.
side note though, your teeth look fine to me :)
I can't afford them now, but once I'm out of grad school, I really hope I can get them. My top teeth are gappy and slant outward a bit, enough that I'm self-conscious about smiling and talking to new people (which is hard when teaching).
Best of luck with yours!
I got them and I love the results! The only downside was the cost - about $6000. Now I'm wishing I had that money for the wedding :/
I was going to do invisalign but didn't have the money so I opted for the clear braces on top and metal on bottom. 2 years and they came off and I was so happy with my smile! I only paid $1,000 out of pocket, $500 for clear on top, and $500 for a retainer. Insurance paid the rest. I have an invisalign retainer though and it is easy to pop in and pop out since it already fits my teeth. My cousin had invisalign for a few months and then had to stop cause she couldn't afford it and it was amazing how much straighter and nicer her teeth got from it in just a few months. Definitely worth it in the long run if you can afford it. A beautiful confident smile is priceless.
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