Post # 1
I made an appointment w/ orthodontist next week about new retainers as my teeth have shifted a bit over the yrs (though I’m always told I have a great smile, I notice my lower teeth overlap a tad when I don’t wear my retainer at night a few days a week. .and I haven’t worn it a yr).
I’m 33 and got my braces off 15 yrs ago and while still have the retainers they’re old and I question cleanliness, functionality & they’re the wire kind, though I clean & disinfect them I’d like the clear ones.
Oh & I’m not the best about wearing them…even wearing them religiously at night, my teeth are still a tad shifted
Last time I went to orthodontist at age 24, they said retainer was fine, tightened it but she thought my teeth were fine, maybe a tad shifted & if I wanted it fixed it’d be regular braces for 6 months….I dont want that again..done the brace face & I don’t want to pay it.
This orthodontist now offers Invisalign..anyone used or currently use this? How long did u wear and how much did it cost? I know every case is different just doing some research.
I also found Smile Care Club which is essentially off brand invisalign you do on own..ordered online for 70% less(they sebd yout evaluation kit w/ im pressing molds, etc). I’ve been looking and looking and only see good, not sure if anyone is familiar with it? https://smilecareclub.com
Anyway, thanks for reading!
Post # 2
Hello fellow bee,
A few years ago when I was still in university I did invisalign. No one really thought my teeth were that bad, but I was really self conscious over how crooked my bottom teeth were, even if they hardly showed. I was not willing to go the traditional braces route in my 20s, and on my visit to a new dentist they even suggested it. At first I was a bit skeptical but I had a friend who was currently doing invisalign and she was getting great results. I ended up wearing them for 10 months (top teeth took about 6 months, but kept wearing them not to lose the result). At first I found it very painful when I had to put in the new aligners, but I’m sure traditional braces are painful too after tightening.
In the end it cost the same as traditionall braces (approx. $5000.00 CAD) but I had to pay very little out of pocket as I had great health insurance.
My only caution is that you need to take extra care of your gums during this process – after doing invisalign I was told I had the initial stages of gum disease, and I have NEVER had any of these issues. I was also later told this is very common with invisalign… (wish I had known before hand).
Over all I was really happy with the results and I’m glad I went through with it. I wore my invisalign as much as possible, and only took them out to eat.
I would double check with the orthodontist that 8 months gives you enough time, but even so by 8 months you would have a decent result. From the first consultation to actually having the aligners took about 2 months (apparently they are made in Mexico).
I would be a bit cautious in doing that online thing as you wouldn’t have anyone to monitor your progress. My Mother-In-Law is also doing invisalign and after a few months they told her it wasn’t going as planned, and she had to redo impressions and get all new aligners. But then again her issue was more of a difficult fix (she will have invisalign for about 3 years).
Best of luck!
Post # 3
I had invisalign in my late teens/ early twenties and it cost around £4000 I believe (although this was around 8-9 years ago). I had to have them for around 18 months so I would check with your dentist how long it would take – don’t expect it to be a quick fix. I know mine would have taken less time with a traditional traintrack brace but I just didn’t want those at that time. No regrets though – worth every penny.
Post # 4
I got my Invisalign fitted just over 8months from my wedding. My teeth aren’t awful it they are by no means only a little bit crooked, I explained to my orthodontist what I wanted done by my wedding (front teeth as straight as possible), which he took in to consideration when coming up with the straightening plan. My treatment plan is supposed to be about 14 months long As its fixing my cross bites too. The cost is about £3k nod I’m in London.
Post # 5
About $4000 even though I didn’t have too bad of shiftIng (I also had braces and didn’t wear retainer). I said I would consider just doing top teeth if it was cheaper and they said invisilight costs the same no matter what. Just top, just bottom, less aligners (less time bc your teeth aren’t as bad) it doesn’t matter it’s all the same cost. Go see what the orthodontist tells you they can give you the best advice and options after seeing your teeth. I remember I also had a spring retainer when I lost mine for a month or two when I was in college and my teeth shifted and that straightened them out for about $250 each retainer, way cheaper so if your retainers still kind of fit you might want to look into that When you go.
Post # 6
I did an off brand Invisalign, though it was still through my dentist, not on my own. These things have to be very carefully and tightly fitted and I am not sure how much I’d trust DIY there. Also, mine sometimes required “buttons” put on certain teeth to move them in certain ways. I had gaps, so no serious issues, and $3500 and 12 months later, I am very happy with my smile!
That being said, you do have to keep wearing them to sleep forever or your teeth will shift again, which is what you are experiencing. The “retainer” is not a very durable plastic. To prolong the life cycle, I wore my last set of “trays” (which are basically the braces themselves) as my retainer at night for a long time. I brush them every morning, but over time, they just seem dingy and the plastic doesn’t feel as tight as it used to fit. So I switched to my retainer. Buying additional retainers looks to be a couple hundred dollars at a time, which I am not looking forward to having to do, hoping to get away with every 18 months or so. I think the plastic just stretches over time. I would think you’re less likely to have slippage with a metal retainer? If you do Invisalign, I’d keep the metal retainer and probably go back to it when your teeth are back in place. I think either invisalign or traditional have the same results as long as you actually wear the retainer.
Post # 7
I definitely hated wearing my aligners after I was done, as they did end up getting pretty gross. I have never had a retainer, but what I was offered instead was to have a metal bar permanently installed behind the problem area (my bottom teeth). A few years later, so far so good! At first it was annoying but I got used to it. They said my top teeth didn’t need anything, though I didn’t really have an issue with my top teeth in the first place. I did not have to pay for the metal bar, it was included in my treatment. A retainer I would have had to pay for.
Post # 8
SmileCareClub has a page listing on RealSelf that might be helpful if you’re considering them: http://www.realself.com/smilecareclub/forum
. They also have a bride who did a video for them, it looks like: https://youtu.be/JqicIF9T1ic
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island
I got braces instead of Invisalign because it was much cheaper and faster for what I needed done. But the deal breaker on invisalign for me is that I was told I had to wear them for 20 hours a day, which left 4 hours for eating/drinking/etc. I snack all day long and drink coffee all day long, and I was told that drinking coffee with the trays in would discolor them, so i went with braces since I don’t have to worry about checking my own discipline about keeping them in my mouth haha.
Post # 10
I went and was told I was a candidate for Invisalign Express at the cost of $3,240 not including retainers after (another $400-$500).
This would be 10-15 trays for 6 months. I’m a candidate because I’ve had braces before, this is a slight relapse
My spring upper retainer does not fit, bottom one does…I’m considering just getting new retainers for $650 as upon research I saw people have had just as good as luck with those.
I think the Invisalign would be a huge committement finncially and in general, I teach college and having those in and getting used to talking as well as being out n about and having to take them in/out might be a hassle.
I’m checking out a provider that is a dentist to see if it is cheaper through him…we shall see. Thanks bees for your advice
Post # 11
The science behind Invisalign is much more complicated than you would think….the orthodontist (or dentist) has to know what they are doing to get a good result. Doing it on your own (ie. Smile Care Club) probably won’t give you a good result– I would steer clear of this option! Best of luck 🙂
Post # 12
I currently have Invisalign, I’m 21 and have been wearing them for 12 months so far and have 5 more to go! I had an issue half way though my treatment plan as one of my bottom teeth was not moving fast enough so this added an extra month or so on top.
I could not reccommend it enough! it was definitley expensive (I live in Australia and paid just over $10,000) but without a doubt worth every cent. Payment plans are definitley the way to go especially if they are the no interest kind although usually the orthodontist will offer a discount if you pay upfront but sometimes that is not always possible..
Heres a pic of my progress so far, this is just the bottom tray, didn’t take any before shots of my teeth probably because I didint want to be reminded of how bad they actually were haha 😛