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I Am Half Way Through and Can't Believe How Much my Teeth Have Changed - Athens, GA

My motivation to start was to 1) be able to floss...

My motivation to start was to 1) be able to floss better and 2) have a nice smile.

The first few days of the first few trays hurt really bad and I actually regretted starting. But from tray four on the pain was not bad at all except it also hurt really bad when I started elastics (tray 10). Otherwise I don't experience much pain after a new liner has been in for about 30 minutes or so. When I did have pain I treated with Tylenol and Anbesol.

Just started liner 16 of 23

Went to my ortho today and he said my teeth had responded to the elastics so well that I could stop wearing them. I wore them for trays 10-15 so for 12 weeks total. I am glad to be done with them because I hated how they made my upper liners dig into my lip.

I am really please with my progress. I compared my most recent picture with the computer model to see how close I am to the treatment goal and it matched pretty much spot on. I am hoping this means I won't have a long refinement.

Starting liner 17

Not wearing elastics these last two weeks has been great. I am so glad Dr. Russell told me to stop them at my last appointment.

I have noticed a few changes in how my liners feel these days. Early on it was really painful for a few days and then I wouldn't notice them at all. Some trays in the middle didn't bother me at all - so much so that I was afraid they were not working. The last few trays haven't been what I would call painful - definitely felt some pressure when they first went in but nothing truly painful compared to the first trays - but then they rather feel like I have something caught in my back teeth. While I am glad to not have any true pain - it is a little obnoxious to constantly feel like I need a tooth pick and I can't do anything about it. I think the difference may be that early on a lot of the trays were moving teeth where I was really crowded on the bottom and now they are moving my molars.

Thankfully my bite is finally closing again. I had a really terrible open bite for most of my treatment - I feel like I can actually grind my food properly and I am not swallowing huge pieces of food. That was probably my biggest complaint with going through treatment. They warn you that an open bite will happen but until it actually does happen you don't realize how annoying it will be.

I have 6 trays left and I am really excited to see how everything looks when I am done. I really feel like my liners have always tracked really well and at my last appointment two weeks ago my teeth were pretty much spot on with the computer model, so I think I will be pretty on target when these trays are over. While I hope that means I won't have a lot of refinement to do - I am a little annoyed that my price was set with the expectation my treatment probably taking 18months and it looks like I could be done within a year instead. My ortho does not charge more when cases take longer than expected but they also don't give refunds if your treatment goes more quickly than expected.

Over all though I am so glad I started invisalign.
Ross russell

Really nice guy who answers all of my questions so I can understand. The office staff is fantastic. Really happy with my choice to come here.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I remember feeling the exact same frustration!  Because my treatment was supposed to take a year but it took less, and I was thinking they ripped me off.  But seriously, with all the after-care (two years for me) and an extra retainer, and equilibration, I didn't feel as ripped off.  And not all doctors tell their patient that there will be an open bite, so it's good that you're mentioning it!

One thing that does bug me, however, is that I found out that my doctor "owns" my Invisalign scans and everything.  So that when I want to get a new retainer, I basically have to order them through her forever, if I want the retainers to take me back to just-post Invisalign.  Or I have to pay an exorbitant fee to have the records transferred and then pay for new retainers (she charges $670 for new Vivera Retainers based on the scans she already has.)  

I would definitely ask your doctor about how all that stuff will work for you when you get a chance :).
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Wow they look amazing....you must be delighted, keep us posted until the end and let us know the type of retainer you get etc....
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Fantastic progress!!!  And such a short time wearing elastics--I never realized they could work so quickly.  Congrats on that for sure!
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Oh wow! Thanks :)
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Whoops. Wrong spot!
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Hello neighbor :D
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This is great to read - I am on Day 7 of my journey and it's great to see I shouldn't have to worry about pain later on!
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Yes, it got MUCH better for me. Hang in there!
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Fantastic progress!  How did you find us?
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I actually found it googling invisalign reviews after my consultation before I decided to go through with it.
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Sweet!  In case you're interested, we have some other community members who've been in treatment for a while.  There aren't any very new members in this list, though some are far behind you.  All of them are using, have used, or will use elastics, though :).  These are links to their reviews:

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Oh wow! Thanks :)
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You're welcome! :D
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