Clear Aligners Worth It

Had traditional metal braces when I was younger,...

Had traditional metal braces when I was younger, and was not given a 'life retainer.' As a result, my upper teeth had moved marginally (most people say my teeth aren't that bad). The front two teeth are quite large and protuded slightly. For a long time I wanted to get them straightened out, however I didn't want to go back to metal braces, and I didn't know there were alternatives, until I moved dentist to have a wisdom tooth out!

Now I haven't had 'invisalign' I have had an alternative (cheaper version)-clear aligners. Basically they are exactly the same,, expcept you wear them for 1 week. After the 3rd set which you wear for 2 weeks, the dentist then takes a further impression of your teeth, ready for your next 3 trays. The trays are ready within a week-it is all very quick.

So, I have had my aligners for a month and have noticed big differences. I have been back to the dentist today,and was really shocked at how much they have moved in 4 weeks! I am now on the 2nd set, so tray 4 onwards. The dentist said I might be done after this (initially he predicted 3 months) but he said it will be up to me, and how far I want to go, but reminded me to not get carried away about seeking perfection...must say I'm really happy already.

If I do decide to go for more, it will cost another £300... also got whitening gel with this, which I'm going to start using soon.

The dentist, also, mentioned today that I could have the front two teeth filed down (as they are quite long and wide) which I think will dramtically impact on the overall look... but he's told me to think about it!

Will let ervyone know how I get on..

I'm glad you posted this! Clear aligners, often called Essix, can work just as well as the name brand Invisalign. I think the important thing is choosing a dentist/orthodontist with a proven track record for success. And yes, from what I know the tray material is basically the same as for whitening trays. It sounds like your dentist is doing a great job of giving you the most treatment for the most economical cost.

It sounds like you have had a really good experience so far. Have you had much discomfort from the tooth movement, or has it been ok?

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Diana Dental Dr Bullock

excellent... also took my wisdom tooth out which previous dentists had said would be impossible and would need admitting into hospital...

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