MUCH Better Than Braces, Pressure but Not Pain
My cost above is after insurance coverage pmts, so...
- 30 Nov 2008
My cost above is after insurance coverage pmts, so those are out of pocket expenses only and after pre-tax savings. In total it comes out to $5,300.
I got invisalign after already having braces when I was 11-12 years old. I had buck teeth and an over bite. I did not get a permanent retainer when I was younger. Now as a 23 year old, my bottom teeth are crowding, and my front tooth is slowing protruding forward, so I decided to take care of it now before my problems get any worse.
Needless to say I plan on wearing a retainer for the rest of my life. I’m never paying for braces again.
1) No one can see them or detect them, its true. Can’t beat this fact, it’s the whole purpose. I personally don’t have a lisp problem. On the most part I think it’s a paranoia thing, even if you think its slightly detectable people really can’t tell.
2) Encourages excellent hygiene. I only brushed once a day before, now I find myself brushing 5 times a day. I get disgusted at the idea of putting the aligners back on without having brushed my teeth fisrt. Some people may find it a pain, but to me it’s a benefit.
3) You can take them off. Pressure does build when you wear them as with anything that is realigning your teeth, but I find it nice that I can enjoy a meal without feeling the constant pressure while eating which I would with regular braces.
1)Trying to wear them for 22 hours a day. It makes me rush through meals, and feel really guilty when I take an hour and a half to drink my 2 and ½ cups of coffee on weekends. Its stinks to have to constantly think about how long they've been out.
2) The Buttons on your teeth while you eat are a bit annoying. I’m sensitive to having food stuck on my teeth while eating, so when I eat something that breaks up easily (like hard pretzels) I feel like more food sticks to the side of my teeth because of these buttons. Just a gross feeling, but not enough to dissuade me from invisalign completely, just a downside.
He is top rated in my area, has been doing Invisalign for over 5 years and is an orthodontist.