Saturday, June 8, 2013

Invisalign- Straighten your teeth, without braces!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and based on my own experience.

We all want straight teeth, right? Some of us are lucky enough to come pre-equipped out of the womb, with the ability to grow gorgeous teeth. Others, need the help of man made inventions. I was one of those people who did not hit the jackpot in the gene pool. 

For over a decade I dealt with misaligned and crooked teeth. They weren't horribly out of place, but enough that it made part of my growing years a challenge. I got picked on and when you are little you just want to look like everyone else. Well, I didn't feel like everyone else because of this.

Invisalign photo
Years passed and I managed to just become accustomed to my teeth. I was lucky that I grew into them a lot better, but there were still some ugly misalignments that I wanted so badly to fix. One tooth in particular jutted out a lot and my teeth were nowhere near straight.

Well, when I was 21, with the help of my my mother, she decided to grant me this wish for my birthday. I wasn't excited about my first alcoholic beverage like most people. I was excited to get better teeth!

I get to the dentists office and we go over my options for my new found teeth. He said there was a new invention that just came out. I was intrigued and told him to tell me more. He went on to tell me that it was called Invisalign and it would replace braces. This was the early 2000's, when Invisalign was still new. He said it would take just as long as braces, but my teeth would align naturally and I wouldn't have the dreaded "train track" metal teeth to deal with. They would be clear as day. We went over the pros and cons and when I heard that Invisalign could be just as painful as braces and expensive, I was turned off. Then, he introduced me to another idea, a faster one. He proposed that I get veneers in place of the four crooked teeth that bothered me, since I didn't need my whole mouth aligned. In my 21 year old head I thought, "Wow, it would be an instant change and not a lot of work. I'm in!"

Well, It actually was a lot of work. He took a mold of my new teeth and showed me. They looked ok. Not  the same size as my other teeth, but good enough and STRAIGHT as an arrow, which was the goal.  In the following month I didn't know what I was in for.  He literally shaved off my crooked teeth to replace them with porcelain veneers. This was such a nerve wracking process, not pleasant at all. It took hours and countless shots of lidocaine shots to numb everywhere. I went through a grueling month or so, living off pain meds, waiting for my "new teeth" to be made. I walked around with loose stand ins that were uncomfortable and almost impossible to eat with.

Finally, the day came and I had them put in, they were really nice. I was happy with the outcome, but they weren't the same as my old teeth. They were a bit bigger. My friends even noticed they were slightly bigger. I didn't care, they were straight and I didn't want to go through all that pain again. I was happy with the outcome.

The reason for this story is that when I look back on it, I wish I had gone with Invisalign. These veneers will
This is me now. My teeth aren't perfectly straight with
veneers, but better than before. No more tooth jutting.
If I had gone with Invisalign, they'd be a bit smaller
and straighter. Minus the chipping and gap I mentioned.
eventually fall out given time. In the past decade, they have chipped a lot and one has started to degrade. In between my teeth is now a gap from the chipping as well. It's not huge, but it's there and I don't like it. These  are expensive to have replaced. Also, you can't just fix a chip. They have to replace the whole thing! Veneers are wonderful for certain things, don't get me wrong. They are amazing to those who really need them, but I could have went with Invisalign on my upper teeth and had the patience to wait for the changes. Instant isn't always the best approach. With Invisalign, it's not instant, but it's permanent and it's a much better option than having braces. Especially for pre-teens and teens, who have better things to worry about than their teeth.

Invisalign is a modern, almost invisible approach to straightening teeth. It's just like having braces, only as mentioned above, you won't have to deal with "train track" teeth. They are perfectly clear and therefore much more appealing already.

Invisalign  has a system that uses a clear plastic tray to align your teeth. They take a mold of your teeth and use that to contour the tray to your specific shape. As your teeth move straight, they'll need new trays for a new shape. You will also begin to see results in as little as 90 days. Another great thing is that these aligners can be removed at any time, to eat, floss and brush your teeth! With braces, that was unheard of and with my veneers I had to be careful not to eat a lot of hard things or they will crack or chip.

I will eventually have to pay for new veneers when the time arises, and I knock on wood that time is a long way away. Granted, It was cheaper to have the veneers put in, but not by much. With Invisalign, you only pay once and it is done, and you don't have to pay it all in one sum.

Looking back, I don't think my dentist was detailed enough about the tooth extraction process or the Invisalign. I think If I had chose the latter on just my top teeth, I would have been much happier. I honestly thought veneers would be more practical and they were for the short term, but definitely not for the long term.

For those of you who may be reading this and in the same predicament, with a few teeth out of place, think about this article and then make your decision. Depending on your issue, there are better options.

There are over 2 million cases where Invisalign worked for people. See if you may be a candidate with their Invisalign smile assessment.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and based on my own experience.

So what are your thoughts on Invisalign? Have you or someone you know had these? What was their outcome? Would love to hear about your experience! 

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  1. Good to hear about them! I know someone who could use those! i will be sure to pass this great information along! thank you so much!!!

  2. Thank you for posting this, well i don't know about Invisalign but your teeth looks great, and i am surprised too because the results are damn great, so i would love to give it a try as my froth tooth is broken. thanks for the information brie :)

    1. Thank you, but they could be better :)

  3. This is a great review and very insightful.

  4. I have been wanting to try this so bad! I have heard such great things about Invisalign!

  5. I could use these! My teeth used to be perfectly straight and now they're kinked but these would help a lot!

  6. I have been wondering about this and you answered a lot of my questions. Thanks !

  7. I have never heard of this but it really sounds like an awesome idea, however, I think you are beautiful as are your teeth :)

    1. Too sweet :) They will eventually fall out though lol Like I said, knock on wood! I try to keep very good care of them. I avoid hard things like the plague.

  8. My bottom teeth are just a little crooked. I should get this. Thanks for sharing.

  9. We are looking at these for Morgan but hers is only cosmetic ad because of the shape of her mouth we will have to do a surgery. She has the slightest ever overbite. I guess no one but Morgan and I notice lol, but you always want perfection for your kids, I wish we could do invialign! I have been intrigued by them for awhile now! :-)

  10. Thanks for giving me this wealth of info about them. I never heard of them before. Great review.

  11. I never had anything but I so wish I had. I have seriously considered something like this now that I'm an adult. Glad I'm not alone.

  12. I have thought about veneers and invisiline. my teeth aren't as bad as they once were but i'm just a big ol chicken either way.

  13. Great post! My co worker just got braces and I always hear how painful they are or how she can't eat anything! Glad I haven't ever needed braces or ever had a cavity!

  14. I started the Invisalign process a couple years ago, and never completed it. I should probably check into it!