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Get Braces!! Not Worth It, Will Not Get As Good of Results, Alot They Don't Tell You

My experience was terrible!  My ortho was...

My experience was terrible!  My ortho was terrible!  He did not tell me any of the negatives up front.  I had braces as kid, over years had "mildly overlapping" of upper front teeth and some crowding on lower due to not wearing retainer and small mouth.  Thought invisalign would be discreet and since in sales and in front of a lot of customers this was important.  During initial consulation was told it would take 6 months for upper year for lower.  It took 3 years.  To start off what they don't tell you is that they put these clear bumps on your teeth to hook the trays on, then they don't tell you that they file your teeth to make your teeth move faster.  I did NOT want my teeth filed, especially my upper.  I said ok to filing my lower, my ortho ended up filing HUGE gap inbetween my upper two teeth!!!  He also filed one tooth smaller that the other - you can't fix that, it not like a bad haircut that will grow back. It was terrible.  It was so embarrassing to take my trays out for customer lunches etc.  Not discreet at all.  Braces would have been less noticible!!!!  Also they can not get your teeth as straight with invisalign.  I wanted a more square shape.  My ortho kept telling me "well if you had braces I could do that" well why the heck do they charge double for invisalign if they can't get good results?  and if you have to go around with a gap in your teeth, that is definitely noticible. not invisible!!!  Now I have teeth that are still not straight and have permanent retainer on top teeth to keep gap from coming back (this is so wrong considering my teeth were overlapping before now i have permanent gap and two different size teeth).  SAVE YOUR MONEY, FOR 1/2 COST, LESS TIME, BETTER RESULTS GET BRACES, I WISH I HAD!!!!!

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Now I'm scared :/
My teeth aren't SOOO bad. I just have awhich tween several bottom teeth and a gap between my two front teeth which are slightly turned inwards. I also have an overbite. Other that that, my teeth are okay. Do you think invisalign could fix this? So far, I have been to two orthodontists. The first orthodontist I went to (an elite preferred invisalign provider who is also top 1% of north America and one of the best in vancouver) said that I would be a great candidate for invisalign but that I would have to switch my bottom teeth to braces after 10 months to fix my over-jet. The other orthodontist (preferred invisalign provider) said that invisalign would work but it wouldn't make my teeth perfect and straight. I am so paranoid. I want to choose the perfect orthodontist that suits my needs. Who should I listen to? The first orthodontist or the second orthodontist? :SSS
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Now I'm scared :/
My teeth aren't SOOO bad. I just have awhich tween several bottom teeth and a gap between my two front teeth which are slightly turned inwards. I also have an overbite. Other that that, my teeth are okay. Do you think invisalign could fix this? So far, I have been to two orthodontists. The first orthodontist I went to (an elite preferred invisalign provider who is also top 1% of north America and one of the best in vancouver) said that I would be a great candidate for invisalign but that I would have to switch my bottom teeth to braces after 10 months to fix my over-jet. The other orthodontist (preferred invisalign provider) said that invisalign would work but it wouldn't make my teeth perfect and straight. I am so paranoid. I want to choose the perfect orthodontist that suits my needs. Who should I listen to? The first orthodontist or the second orthodontist? :SSS
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This is ridiculous. it took 3 yrs to finish invisalign when all you had to do was straighten out a few teeth? You know why it took so long? because you didnt wear your invisalign properly. you should not take it out for not more than 30mins at a time and it should only be taken out during meal time and brushing your teeth. you should be wearing you invisalign 22.5hrs a day everyday. im a dental assisant and invisalign works wonders when patients follow directions. patient will come in when sores on their inner lips and thats because they havent been wearing their invisalign, the clear brackets put in the teeth rubs against the lips and irritate it, and when we tell patients they havent been wearing their invisalign, they lie to our faces. i have seen invisalign fix the worse crowding and and over lap because the patient did what thet are suppose to. my cousin just finished his invisalign and his teeth looks great. dont listen to those with bad experiences that took yrs to finish, we only had 1 patient that took almost 2 yrs and that was because she was a beauty queen. she couldnt wear her trays because she was always in front of the cameras and doing public speaking. but at least she owned up it and didnt lie about wearing them when she really didnt.
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Some of your gripe sounds like it's with the ortho not Invisalign. If you needed teeth filing with Invisalign, you would have needed it w/ braces, so what are you complaining about? And if he filed too much, it would have happened w/ braces too.
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Some of the comments here are ridiculous, a year in them and no change? You are obviously NOT wearing them properly. The trays are different from braces, I have had both. As a teenager I had braces and did not wear my retainer so I had some overlapping and pretty severe on the top. After getting sick of looking at the overlapping I went with invisalign and I had no problems with them whatsoever except that it can be difficult to move teeth when you dont keep the trays in. They apply small buttons to your teeth because that is how the trays work, they fasten and pull the teeth into the correct direction. You also sometimes will need elastics so appliances like brackets may be applied to help with movement...far less than brackets on every single tooth like metal braces work though. The shaving is in very small amounts and is done to assist teeth in movement by giving them room to move into place, it is not a big deal and should not leave gaps unless you are not wearing your trays correctly. I asked my doc about the front teeth ever getting shaved and he said it was not done there, that they do it further back so it is not noticeable. For those interested go to your doctor and ask the serious questions that worry you....you may find out that the people on here are just complaining for no reason and/or upset because they wasted money by not following directions. As for wanting a "squared" appearance, for a lot of people they have worn their teeth down during the crooked phase and so when they are aligned it does not matter whether you have braces or invisalign, it will come out uneven vice squared in the end due to natural wear. You can go to a cosmetic dentist and get that fixed after treatment.
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I live in Marietta and my dentist recommended me for invisalign. Can you please tell me where did you go for your invisalign, if it went wrong? So that I avoide going there. Thanks
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you should sue your doctor. If you told him not to file your upper teeth he shouldnt have. or ask for a refund. I also had a horrible experience with invisalign. its been a year and my teeth look the same
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Marietta, I CAN feel your pain. I am in same situation as yours. only different is that I am on over a year treatment and see no improvement.I am going to switch to braces
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i live in your area. tell me where you went so i know not to go there
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OMG!!! im kinda scared of getting invisalign now. u had to get ure teeth filed. why? that makes no sense. and about the little clear bumps. they need to tell us this stuff before hand. my ortho did not tell me anything. all ive been going for is to get my molding of my teeth and xrays. they never told me wat they had to do. and im getting mine in the beginning of october. im going to have to have a talk with my ortho.
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