Post # 1
So my bf is looking into getting invisalign, he wore braces when he was a teen but in his mid twenties got kicked in the face playing soccer and had considerable damage done to his mouth, it was all fixed but his upper front teeth unaccomodated (not sure if it’s a word lol) and he wants to get invisalign. He hopes his insurance will cover it but if it doesnt he will still consider it….
Has anyone used it? Is it painful? Any restrictions diet wise or precautions?
Post # 3
I did it.
The first few days of each set of retainers are hellacious. Then it tapers off.
Your bf will have to be pretty diligent- you have to take them off to consume anything other than water, then you have to brush your teeth before you put them back in after consuming anything other than water.
For me, it made things like going out to dinner/going to parties hard- I’d have to run off to take out/replace the retainers.
If you don’t wear them for the recommended amount of time, they don’t work as well.
It’s a lot of work but I really wanted them! The end result was great!
Post # 4
I just started today!! I had braces in jr high but didn’t wear my retainers and had a slight bit of shifting. Luckily, I got express (less money, less time) and will be done in 5.5 months. A bit of discomfort today but I’m sure it will get better. If you look at before and after pix it seems worth it.
I also think it will help me lost a few lbs… too much work to take the trays out for snacks or mindless eating, lol.
Post # 5
@minipenguin: I had InvisAlign and it worked very well. I wore braces as a teen but didn’t keep up with my retainer. My teeth were becoming slightly crocked and to prevent them from collapsing inward further I went through a series of trays for about 1.5 years. My orthodontist was meticulous and I think I could have finished the process earlier but I didn’t mind getting it just right since I had invested in the treatment.
Things to be aware of:
1. I didn’t experience much pain at all because the process from tray to tray was so very gradual. Certainly not as much as I had with braces. The changes from tray to tray were so slight in terms of pain, but the differences from tray to tray in the way my teeth looked were so apparent and great.
2. As PP wrote, eating and having to take out the trays, brush, and put them back in, was a bit of a nuisance but I got used to it. I carried around the plastic case to hold the trays, a small spray bottle of listerine to disinfect the trays, floss and a travel toothbrush and toothpaste set.
3. I had attachments put on my teeth to help create pressure against the trays when they were in. The attachments matched the color of my teeth but felt a little weird at first, and it made me self conscious to smile as suddenly there was this thing on my teeth here and there. But, I didn’t have to deal with rubber bands (which can also be used for InvisAlign) or of course, regular braces, so that was good. I had the attachments taken off and put back on again for my wedding at no charge because they said I’d be done with the process by then but I wasn’t! I didn’t want to deal with having a photographer photoshop my photos and like I said, I wanted to have a nice big smile and not feel self conscious with the attachments on.
4. The treatment included 2 whitening trays so that was a nice bonus.
5. Flossing is key. If you just brush, bacteria not only stays between your teeth but is also trapped in by the trays, so you really need to be diligent about it. Also, Listerine will definitely help keep the trays, gums and teeth healthy. Soak the trays in Listerine in a small cup for a couple minutes, then brush them and air dry.
Hope this is helpful to you!
Post # 6
@Fallicious1012: Good luck!! What is express? There’s different types?
Post # 7
@LALaw: I hadnt noticed you had answered!! Sorry I didnt respond and thank you for replying!
@Cornflakegirl: It was thank you!
Quick question did your insurance cover this? Or did you have to get it separately?
Post # 8
@minipenguin: I do not have dental insurance. I paid in full when I booked my first appointment and received a 5% discount for doing so. Check with your office if they’ll honor something similar for payment in cash or check.
Post # 9
@minipenguin: Express is a cheaper option if you are eligible (you need minimal work – 10 aligners or less). I am almost done with my first aligners… I switch on Tuesday…. 9 more to go! At my dentist it would have cost me $5500 to do regular Invisalign (after you are done you can get multiple refinements to fix anything you think is necessary) but it is costing me $4000 for Express. After my insurance, it is only costing me $2500 out of pocket.
Post # 10
I am a month away from being finished with my invisalign. It has taken about 15 months in total from start to finish. My teeth really werent crooked at all, but I had a tiny gap between my front teeth that bothered me and my bite was not aligned. Overall I am extremely happy with the results.
Every now and then a new aligner would hurt for the first day, but honestly it wasn’t bad. You are supposed to keep it in all day except for brushing, eating and drinking anything but water. I did this in the beginning, but then I started slacking. For the past 8 months or so I’ve only worn them while I sleep (shh!). But my ortho constantly tells me I’m one of his best patients because my trays always fit so well, which means I wear them like I’m supposed to, hah! I think my teeth just move very easily as opposed to other people who HAVE to wear it all the time to see results.
My insurance didnt pay for ANY of it. Mine only covers orthodontics for minors, so I got stuck paying the $6500 out of pocket. I took advantage of an interest free payment plan though.