Slow Start.. Hoping to See Results Soon - Boston, MA
- updated 7 months ago
I decided to finally get Invisalign around August...
- 29 Nov 2012
I decided to finally get Invisalign around August of 2012 at the age of 26. Braces weren't a priority for me growing up as my teeth were not considered that crooked and it would have been for 'cosmetic' purposes. Fast forward a decade or so later, and my teeth have gotten more crowded over time and some of them are starting to show premature wear. I was advised that the crowding would only get worse over time, so I decided to take the plunge with Invisalign as I figured since my case wasn't that bad it likely wouldn't take very long. Unfortunately, my treatment is slated for 23 trays (or 11.5 months), and I have fifteen attachments, including two on one of my front teeth.
Luckily the two attachments on my front tooth aren't on my crooked front tooth which has annoyed me (especially in photos) for forever and is 50% of the reason I want to straighten my teeth! My bottom four teeth aren't great either and it's pretty much my dream to see them perfectly lined up.
Right now I am on tray #6 and I haven't noticed much of a difference so far. My first two trays did not have attachments and the movements were minor, so that is likely why. However, it's a bit frustrating since I'm 10 weeks in and there hasn't been much progress! For the most part I try to be diligent about keeping them in for 20-22 hours, but it can be hard when I'm out with friends on a weekend night.
As for my cost.. it was $5500 USD and insurance covered $2000.
I'll try to post another update in a few weeks when there is (hopefully) some noticeable movement!
Now that I'm on tray 8 I'm finally starting to...
- 26 Dec 2012
So I am now on tray #16 and definitely starting to...
- 12 Apr 2013
The other slightly annoying thing is my aligners started to protrude from one of my upper canines to the point where my attachment had to be shaved down to get them to fit again. Then the issue was that tooth stopped rotating to the extent it shoul. My ortho used a metal clamp of some sort to 'tweak' the trays and exert more pressure on that tooth, but I'm still concerned that will cause me to need refinements in the end (can you tell I'm sick of dealing with the trays?). I really shouldn't complain too much though; I'm actually starting to see some results at this point and it's awesome!
I just switched to tray 18/23 yesterday, and so...
- 15 May 2013
On to tray 19..
- 31 May 2013