Involuntary Invisalign Customer - Falls Church, VA
- updated 9 months ago
I'm undergoing this procedure because my dentist...
- 17 Mar 2013
- 2 days post
I'm undergoing this procedure because my dentist says I need to in order to deal with the wearing down of the backs of my upper front teeth. About ten years ago, my dentist addressed this problem by adding composite to the worn-down areas, but now the composite apparently has worn down. I'm pretty angry about having to go through this:
- I don't think I've gotten a clear explanation as to why another round of composite can be added. I'd rather do that every ten years than have to go through this.
- I'm not quite sure how moving my teeth around will fix the problem. If the wearing down is caused by teeth grinding at night, the solution should be for me to to consistently wear a mouth guard. I don't think any grinding is going on while I'm awake.
- I don't understand why this costs $6,000 for 8 months. (They are knocking $500 off after I complained a bit.)
- It's incredibly disruptive. They say I have to wear them 22 hours a day (removing them only to eat and drink), and floss and brush my teeth and the aligners every time I eat.
- They don't tell you about the on-teeth buttons ahead of time.
I started on March 15, 2013. I'll go through 15 sets for the upper teeth and 16 sets for the lower teeth, going through a set every two weeks. I was shown a picture of the buttons they'll be affixing to my teeth. I thought it might be 4, and off to the sides. Nope. It'll be 6 to 8 (don't remember from the picture), including two smack-dab in front, on my two upper-front teeth.
The first sets are button-free. There was some pressure/soreness on the first day, and a lot more on the second day. Today (the third day) there's significantly less pressure/soreness. In two weeks I'll get the buttons added on. I'm using a stopwatch on my phone when I take the aligners out to eat. So far I've managed to essentially hit the 22-hour mark both days. (I went over 2 hours without them in by just a little bit.)
I'm 37, male, single. Right now I see this as just one more thing to endure. I think this will be a very tough year for me.
One question for people out there is: Is there any way I can speed this up? From what I understand, most of the movement happens when a new set is first worn, and the remaining time (before the next set arrives) essentially keeps the teeth in their new place. Is it possible to shorten that maintenance period and go to a new set earlier?
3/14/13 update: I've had the first set in for a...
- 24 Mar 2013
- 9 days post