Not perfect but definitely worth it
- updated 2 months ago
I'm on tray 8 out of 22 on the upper arch and...
- 14 Apr 2012
I'm on tray 8 out of 22 on the upper arch and 19 on the lower. Changing trays every 10 days. 11 attachments in total. Some teeth have 2 attachments. I have an overbite and some overcrowding on both arches. In the last few years, as I got older (39 now), I felt that my teeth were moving and getting worse. One of my two front teeth was getting longer than the other. I am definitely seeing movement at this stage but I'm not sure if they're actually looking any better. It's a very gradual process. If I get the results that the clinchecks indicate, I will be very happy but sometimes I wonder if it is really going to happen. On the upper arch, I had a molar that was indented and as it moves into line, I feel that it is making my front teeth move a little off centre! Could this be right?? I don't find Invisalign too much hassle other than eating out and having to brush in public places. It has stopped me snacking in work which can't be a bad thing. Nobody realises I have them until I say it. Only one person has ever asked me if I'm wearing Invisalign and that was a dentist on my triathlon team. I don't have to go back to my dentist until tray 12 is finished. I was given the first 12 trays to take home and haven't needed to go back since. 2 more attachments to go on for tray 13. When I go back to the dentist, I will address my concerns about my front teeth seemingly moving off centre. I feel that I am in need of a little reassurance at this stage! I find my dentist excellent and she took a lot of time to discuss it all with me before I started treatment. I had some doubts about the first set of clinchecks that I received and we went through all my concerns in email correspondence. She ordered me a second set of clinchecks which addressed my initial concerns. I've posted a photo from after my first tray and a photo from after my 7th tray. I don't think there's a huge difference and I would welcome comments/opinions.
New photo for tray 12 and I've moved from...
- 30 May 2012
First day of tray 16/22 on the upper arch and...
- 5 Jul 2012
My dentist only allowed for one refinement.
Really keeping my fingers crossed at this stage, and hoping for a 'dash over the finish line'!
I started off 'undecided', changed to 'worth it' mid treatment but I'm afraid I have to go back to 'undecided' for the time being.
At tray 18/22 on the upper and 18/19 on the lower,...
- 12 Aug 2012
My dentist is not sure whether Invisalign will make up aligners to get me where I'm supposed to be, or whether they will provide a whole new set of aligners to finish out the treatment, and just scrap the four existing trays for the top arch. My treatment time will be somewhat extended as a result but I don't mind that so much. I'd rather get it right. I'm glad I spoke up and sent that email. For anyone undergoing treatment, I would advise that you speak up if you have concerns. It's your money and your teeth.
My dentist was very understanding, and did not in any way make me feel like I was just complaining. She took on board every single issue I raised (and there were quite a few!). She even pointed out one or two that I hadn't considered. Overall, she assured me that she would make sure I am happy with the end result when we get there. I need to have one of my lower incisors built up as it is worn down and shorter than it should be. She is going to include the building up of that tooth in the Invisalign cost. She is also including the fixed retainer in the cost. I didn't realise that. I had budgeted for it being extra. My dentist is also arranging for a temprorary retainer to be made up by the practice over the weekend, so that I have a fresh tray to wear while I am waiting for the clin checks and new trays from Invisalign, rather than wearing the existing tray for two weeks extra. That is a nice gesture.
For anyone who is considering Invisalign, please don't be put off by my post. My teeth are so much better than they were when I started but once you start, you become a bit obsessed (or I did anyway) and you notice absolutely every single detail about your teeth. If anything, my post demonstrates the importance of finding the right dentist/ortho. My advice would be to find someone that you feel comfortable with, get on well with, and someone who has patience and is genuinely interested in getting the best results for you.
I'll update when the new clin checks arrive.
New clin checks arrived a few weeks back and this...
- 19 Sep 2012
My lower arch is finished. I have permanent fixed retainer on the back of the teeth and am also wearing a retainer tray that my own dentist made. I think I will be getting a retainer from Invisalign when the upper arch is finish. Anyway, my teeth, while in position (and I only have 3 lower incisors) were different heights due to wear and tear (and possibly grinding in my sleep). I had some bonding done and they are now pretty much the same height. I'm quite pleased with them and I'm going to have further bonding done on the canines to give an even better finish. Whatever about Invisalign (I'm still undecided), bonding is fantastic!
Looks like I'm stuck with Invisalign for another while anyway.
On to tray 5 of my 21 refinement trays (tray 23 of...
- 19 Oct 2012
I have recently recommended Invisalign (and my dentist) to my brother's girlfriend so I guess I am pretty happy with it. I pointed out the cons ie. eating out being awkward, always having to brush your teeth (that's about it for me) but all treatments have downsides.
I do believe that Invisalign works and choosing the right dentist/orthodontist is the key. Be involved in your treatment plan and choose a practitioner who is willing to discuss your needs and goals.
Tray 13/21 refinement. Progress is slow but there...
- 8 Jan 2013
Not much to report. 1 more aligner before some...
- 11 Feb 2013
Just finished my last tray and was back with my...
- 6 Apr 2013
- 11 Oct 2013
I chose the Molesworth Clinic after researching Invisalign providers in Dublin. I am very happy with my choice. From the minute you walk in the door, everyone you meet in the practice is lovely. Dr Audrey and her husband own the practice, her parents having owned in before them. There is a vibrant energy in the place. In my view, the measure of a business is how they deal with customers/clients when they have concerns or issues and Dr Audrey has dealt with mine in a compassionate, understanding, professional and results driven manner. I can't speak highly enough of Dr Audrey. The practice and all the staff take the 'scary' out of going to the dentist. They all have beautiful teeth too! :-) Highly recommended.