What its like to get Invisalign as an Adult

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So, this happened this week…I started Invisalign.  Trust me when I say it wasn’t on a whim.  I’ve been thinking about this for a long, long time.  At one of my regular dentist visits I casually mentioned how I was concerned that my front teeth were looking crowded.  She pointed out that I have a “deep bite” and that my teeth are pointing toward the back of my mouth rather than straight up and down.  

You know how when you realize something about yourself, that hadn’t really been on your radar before, it’s all you can think about?  My back pointing teeth were all I could see.  Before I had been a little worried about my slightly crooked front teeth and pronounced canines.  Now all I could think about was my toothy grin.  I made an appointment with an orthodontist to talk about Invisialign and discovered I was a good candidate.  I’ve never had braces so I don’t have anything to compare it to but traditional braces didn’t appeal to me.

One entire year later and I am finally on the path to straight teeth.  We never do anything in a hurry and Dear Husband had to tinker with the budget to figure out where which one of our 19 ING savings accounts the monthly payments would come from.

So what was the initial visit like?  I’m so glad you asked. 

First they took two x-rays of my head.  Not just your standard dental visit x-ray but space age looking machines that rotate around your entire head to get a complete picture. 

Next they needed to scan my teeth.  Apparently, an older way of getting teeth impressions involves trays filled with goop that slides down the back of your throat.  No goop here.  The new version of tooth impressions involves a scanner.  They used a little laser scanner to scan the front and back of every tooth.  The scanner blows air into your mouth during the process to dry off the teeth it is scanning, so it makes your mouth extremely dry but you are able to stop and rewet your mouth.  The scanning process took less than 30 minutes but I was a good girl and sat very still.  The more wiggly you are, the longer the scan takes.  I asked which gave a more accurate impression of teeth, the scanner or impression trays.  The scanner wins.

All of my information; x-rays, teeth scans and measurements were sent to the Invisalign factory where all of my aligners will be made specifically for me.

Next visit:

Two weeks later I was able to pick up my first two sets of aligners.  The hygienist and doctor went over the process with me and answered all of my questions.  I go back in four weeks for a check up and to get new sets of aligners.  Each new set of aligners is kind of like when traditional braces are tightened.  The aligners will slowly move my teeth to the desired position.  The entire process will take 18 months and 32 sets of aligners.  

In this video I talk about what it feels like to wear Invisalign, getting used to them and the things I can’t do with them in.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A-dyrpJTP4

 

11 Responses

  1. Chris Carter

    I’m so glad you were able to take the time and invest in something you wanted for YOURSELF!!! I personally think you have a GORGEOUS smile…

    Your video is awesome! SO informative!! It looks like a mouth guard for my grinding!! I agree, maybe not the best choice for kids or teens. Even my mouth guard that I had to keep in after oral surgery, was difficult to keep in- the pressure is hard to take!
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  2. Dom McLaughlin

    Such an informative post! So glad you’ve found something suited to you, sharing the information is a great idea, so many people don’t realise the alternative they have to the old style braces some people remember. No more headgear! have a great day 😀

  3. SAM

    Thanks for the informative post and time to share this with us. Personally i always recommends invisalign over metal braces.

  4. Zoe Campos

    Thanks for letting me know that you’re expected to wear Invisalign for 18 months with 32 sets of aligners. I’m glad that it will only take less than two years in order to get your teeth fixed by this treatment. Maybe I should get myself checked by a dentist and see if this will work for my crooked teeth, too.

  5. Jose Miller

    Are you interested in receiving Invisalign in Winnipeg? If you are looking to receive Invisalign near you, it’s an ideal treatment for patients of all ages. It’s never too late to reap the benefits of straighter teeth! Straighter teeth can improve your confidence, oral health, and appearance. Invisalign is also a comfortable and discreet treatment.
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  6. Kevin Smith

    A lot of adults consider getting Invisalign in North Edmonton as it is a convenient and discreet alternative to traditional braces. This is a good post about what to expect when choosing Invisalign near you. If you would like to learn more about if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, speak to your dentist today!
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  7. Dental

    Thank you for telling me that you’re required to use Invisalign over the course of 18 months and 32 aligners. I’m pleased to hear that it’ll be under two years to have your teeth straightened with this procedure. Perhaps I should get examined by a dentist to determine if this treatment is suitable on my teeth that are crooked, too.
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  8. lisa

    Such an informative post! So glad you’ve found something suited to you, sharing the information is a great idea, so many people don’t realize the alternative they have to the old-style braces some people remember. No more headgear! have a great day. Thanks for the informative post and time to share this with us. Personally, I always recommend Invisalign over metal braces.https://www.dalbrands.com.au/

  9. PaintNumbers

    You know how when you realize something about yourself, that hadn’t really been on your radar before, it’s all you can think about? My back pointing teeth were all I could see. Before I had been a little worried about my slightly crooked front teeth and pronounced canines.

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