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28 Attachments - Bellevue, WA

Hi, I got invisalign two days ago and was pretty...

Hi,
I got invisalign two days ago and was pretty disappointed with what I got. I was expecting the clear invisalign trays that are advertised, but my orthodontist said that invisalign has "changed their design" and that I need attachments on my teeth to hold it in place. I wasn't quite sure what that meant but I gave him the go-ahead to put them on.
I ended up with an attachment on every single tooth. Some of my teeth even have two smaller attachments. I was so upset. These are obviously not very "invisible" in fact they're pretty much just as noticeable as brackets from regular braces-- and they are much whiter than my teeth and make them look yellow in comparison!
Furthermore, after doing some research and reading some other reviews, most people only have 2-6 attachments or at MOST 15-16, so why do I have 28?

I'm very frustrated that I spent so much money to get such an unsatisfactory result. It isn't what I expected at all. I do have a somewhat different circumstance than others-- I already have straight teeth but I need to wear braces for a year in order to prepare for a jaw surgery for my underbite. I thought Invisalign would be the best solution, but now I'm not so sure. They are better than regular braces so far, but not that much better and certainly not for how expensive they were.

Four Months Later, 8 Trays In

I have not updated anything in a long time, but I finally got around to it today. My invisalign case was slightly different to other peoples' because I got invisalign to prepare me for underbite jaw surgery. Because of this, I ended up getting an attachment on every single tooth.

At first I was furious. I had some staining on my teeth and the bright white attachments stood out in stark contrast and made my teeth look disgusting. They were easily noticeable and not what I had expected-- especially at such a high price. My mouth was bloody and sore for up to two weeks after I got invisalign due to the attachments poking into my cheeks and lips and the edges of the tray scratching the inside of my mouth.

Now it has been around four months and I am on tray number 8. Things have looked up quite a lot. As you can see from the picture, my teeth (specifically the bottom row) are already looking straighter. About two weeks after I got the invisalign I ordered a GoSmile Teeth Whitening Kit and whitened my teeth every other day for about two weeks. I only brush up on the whitening once every two weeks now, but you can still see a significant difference in the color of my teeth and the contrast of the attachments. I am not sure how much of a real difference it made, but it did make me feel a whole lot better about the situation.

I still get a lot of tenderness in my teeth when switching trays, and for around three days I am almost scared to take them out because of the pain. However, the scratching of the trays has stopped completely. I keep my trays in for around 20 hours a day (it would be longer but I am a slow eater) and drink beverages other than water pretty regularly but I do rinse out my mouth afterwards. I also sometimes suck on mints or sour candies to take the edge off of my hunger in between meals, as they do not get stuck in the trays.

Overall, there have been a lot of improvements. I am still not satisfied with the process and I am not sure I would do it again, but it has at least become bearable. To anyone out there who just got invisalign, it does get better I promise! Stick with it and the pain will mostly go away and you will find new ways to get around the obstacles that invasalign makes.
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Thanks for updating us on your progress!  It's nice to hear that things have improved painwise, and that you did the whitening.  That's huge.  It always makes me feel better about my mouth when I do that ;).

My only concern is the eating of candies with your trays in, but perhaps they are sugar-free and acid-free?  Both sugar and acid can cause problems if they get inside your trays are are trapped next to your teeth for extended periods.

The difference in your teeth is really noticeable, so at least there's that :).  I hope the discomfort with the first three days lessens in time--I honestly don't remember if it did so for me, but the first couple of days were always worse.
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Ortho's and Dentists, from what I have seen, do not tell people about the attachments prior to getting them! And those little models do not show any attachments on them either! I had no idea - I did research while waiting on my trays and thats how I found out about them. It took me months to get used to the attachments, but now that I am 19 trays in, I am used to them. My dentist didn't match the color to my teeth either and I had the same issue. The good news is, is that time really goes by rather quickly and you'll be done and out of them in no time.
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Lol, my ortho's model had attachments on them. But only a few. And he also kept saying I would need "a few" on my front teeth...A few turned into attachments on all of my visible top teeth.
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Wow! That does seem rather excessive to me (I think I have 17 now?). I am curious why your Ortho said you needed so many? It was explained to me that they are used as either anchors to help move other teeth, or to move the tooth they are on but if your teeth are already straight, what are they actually trying to accomplish? I find my Invisalign to be extremely noticeable as well but I have come to terms with it (I am also only slated for 15 trays). Once I got the hang of filing the trays to get rid of the sharp edges and/or using lots of wax, I was able to appreciate the ways in which they are better than braces (even if being invisible isn't one of them!). Maybe you could ask your ortho to re-do the front attachments and let you preview the color matching?? I don't think they look terrible, but I can see that there is a color discrepancy. Good luck!! I hope things get better for you!
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This sounds ridiculous to me. If you check out my review, I had 6 attachments and my teeth were waaaay more jacked up than yours. Also you need to talk to your dentist about why they didn't match the color to your teeth. I specifically remember my dentist made sure to match my attachments to my specific shade of teeth so that sounds not good.
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Wow! 28 attachments!!? That's on every single tooth! I would be frustrated too if I were you! During my consultation I was told I'd need to get "a few" attachments, which ended being 16 attachments. How many trays are you in for? And good luck!
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Yeah, it just came as a shock to me; I wasn't expecting any attachments at all! I think I have around 15 trays so the whole process is supposed to take about 8 months.
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Yay, your review got posted!  So, I don't see any design difference between your Invisalign and mine.  The trays aren't perfectly clear--they have these ridges on the inside.  And, of course, the attachments are just tooth-colored, not invisible.  While Invisalign is one of the less obtrusive treatment modalities on the market, it's not the least obtrusive (though it's the most popular of the less obtrusive).  The very best thing about Invisalign (and the other removable treatments) is that you can brush and floss without any encumbrances between the teeth.  This is a huge advantage in avoiding cavities and other tooth decay while undergoing treatment.  The disadvantages are, of course, that the more attachments you have, the more it hurts when your trays aren't in; and also, if you don't keep your trays in a lot, then you've wasted your time cause it won't work.

So I hope you come to terms with the Invisalign.  It's disappointing that they're not as unobtrusive as you'd expected, but they don't look worse than regular braces, and I think that being able to brush and floss without using threaders is worth some extra expense.  It certainly was to me, which was why I chose Invisalign for my case.

I look forward to following your journey!

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Thanks for your support and feedback! They're already starting to hurt less; I've been using a lot of dental wax for the attachments. And I'm starting to get used to it more, plus I'm going to see me orthodontist tomorrow to ask some more questions about the specifics of my case! Hopefully then I can be a little more at ease, for now I'm putting up with it fine and I do like how I can take it out to brush my teeth and everything. I'm starting to warm up to them and I'll post any updates from my orthodontist or things like that. Thanks again! :)
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Whew!  I'm glad to hear that you're already feeling more positive about it.  And yeah, it's great to get more reassurance from the ortho, too.  I'll see you when you update! :D

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