My readers will know that I do not love the company that makes Invisalign. However I have received many questions about my Invisalign treatment and how it’s working. I’ve had these for almost 6 months so I feel that I know enough about them to speak clearly on it.
Invisalign is an alternative to metal braces. They are clear trays that you wear over your teeth for about a year. Every 2 weeks or so you simply switch to a tighter tray. If you are awesome with it like I was and wear it 21 hours a day or more your dentist may tell you to switch to 10 days instead of 14. I am on the accelerated plan and should be free of these things by November which would be less than a year. I had the awful metal braces as a child and they didn’t work which is why I am back to doing this as an adult. I was breaking teeth and in danger of breaking my own jaw on the daily. It was either do this or probably get jaw surgery.
Invisalign may have it’s flaws and their company may annoy me to no end but it’s far better than the alternatives. I would recommend it to anyone who can afford the +- 4k cost. They really are the only good option. I can’t imagine dealing with metal braces again as an adult. You might say “people shouldn’t judge you by your appearance”, but if you truly believe that this is what happens you are living in a fantasy land. I’m currently going for a VP position in a big company and occasionally do TV and magazine media. I can’t really see a planet where I would be taken seriously for this type of job with metal braces.
When I had the metal ones as a child it was brutal. I was always getting cut or stabbed and I had to go in every week or so for adjustments. Invisalign required 3 adjustments for me total. The dentist basically files down my teeth in the back so they can move to wherever it is they are going without shattering my skull.
I totally made that sound more heavy metal than it is. But that’s how I roll. \(^^)/
I had a few trays that were sharp. I was able to file them down with a nail file. The rest of the trays have actually been fine so far but I also have reports from some of my readers that they got sharp trays as well. I have no idea why it seems random that you’ll get a razor blade in your mouth, but apparently that happens.
At just under 6 months I can see a huge difference in my teeth. It’s definitely doing what it says it does. I’ll have to update on that further when I am done with the treatment.
Without further ado, here are the 5 things you should be aware of before you get these. I don’t think that too many people are posting the Real Talk about what these things are like to live with:
1. Heavy staining: You can’t have curry, red wine, or anything that stains your teeth. They have to install “buttons” on your teeth to hold the trays in place. For some reason, the bonding they use for these buttons absorbs stains like a sponge. One meal of curry will have you looking like a Halloween pirate with the yellowest, nastiest teeth you ever saw. No you can’t remove it at home to my knowledge.
2. Bleaching sort of helps: I gave up curry but I cannot and will not give up coffee. Coffee stains the bonding but far less than the curry. It seems that after about a month I need to bleach. To bleach just use Crest Whitestrips (or whatever it’s called) once every month or as needed. It removes the coffee stains in 30 minutes. The curry stains mentioned above were so bad that it perplexed my dentist and he had to blast me with some high powered baking soda. I’m not testing the whitestrips with curry. That traumatized me too much.
3. You’ll need to carry a toothbrush everywhere: Say goodbye to small purses until this is over. You need to brush, floss, and clean the trays when you eat anything ever.
4. You can drink smoothies and coffee with these in but beware: You can do this, but you run the risk of having epic amounts of blueberry or whatever stuck in the trays. This actually totally happened to me. I try and keep my mouth really closed until I can get to the bathroom upon arriving at work since I like to drink my morning smoothie in the car. If you drink coffee, make sure it’s not hot enough to warp the trays.
5. Wear these shits for at least 21 hours a day or more: Seriously, just do it. Why would you want to lengthen the amount of time you have to have to fuss with this? The 2 week time frame is designed assuming that most people are lazy and won’t wear them. Wear the hell out of these and GTFO in 10 days instead of 14 and on with your life.
TL; DR: At about 6 months in I recommend Invisalign. It’s annoying and I can’t wait to be done with them but it was the right decision for me to get them. They are a lot less awful than the alternatives.
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