I said "So what!" and got a referral from my dentist. At age 58 and living in Honolulu, I began wearing Invisaligns. My case was not typical in anyway: my age (58), number of trays (120), and number of attachments (19), along with wearing rubber bands for six months. Some people have questioned/challenged the use of Invisaligns for such an "extreme" case. But my orthodontist was highly recognized and recommended, and I had complete confidence in the team's decision. For half of the time, I changed trays every week, and for the other half, I changed them every two weeks (hence the high number of total trays worn). They were comfortable, easy to remove and insert after two days of practice with the first pair, the rubber bands were not a problem. With so many attachments, as well as the rubber bands, they were hardly invisible! But I didn't care-- they were almost a badge of honor. And many many adults would ask about them and tell me how envious they were. Total treatment time was 3.5 years. Longer than I expected, but half way through treatment, we had to relocate to Los Angeles, as my partner needed treatment for a heart condition that could not be done in Hawaii (a heart transplant, and a very successful one). The recovery time for the transplant was one year, so we had to live in Los Angeles, and during that time I kept my ortho in Honolulu. That proved to be one of the benefits of wearing Invisaligns over traditional braces: instead of seeing the ortho every 6 weeks, I was able to just change my trays weekly, and only made an office visit every 10-12 weeks. or even longer at one point. I did not want to find a new orthodontist in Los Angeles for just a year, and fork over even more money. And I had enough airline miles to commute back and forth for ortho visits, and my apartment for the overnight. Invisaligns for me turned out to be very very flexible and accomodating. I am very happy with the results. I wear a retainer 20-22 hours a day for two years. I continue to brush and floss, tounge scrape and rinse with mouthwash four times a day.
Life does not stop or even slow down while wearing braces, so be prepared for many/any eventualities. Good luck to all who seek orthodontic care. I will never regret my decision at age 58 to have straight teeth when I turned 62. And please consider being an organ donor.
I said "So what!" and got a referral from my...
Honolulu man invisaligns
I do not have a "before" picture, but am adding a picture of the final product. I am happy with the appearance and function/fit/bite. Also I am adding pictures of the first and last trays to give an idea of the change. I'm not sure of the technical diagnosis, but the front teeth were crossing over, the back teeth were chewing my cheeks, and my arches, especially the top one, was V-shaped and is now U-shaped.
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