Excellent Experience - Hays, Kansas
- updated 2 years ago
I've never had straight teeth since day 1....
- 26 Oct 2010
I've never had straight teeth since day 1. When I was younger I didn't lose my first baby tooth until the 4th grade. Therefore, I had several permanent teeth come in behind them resulting in several needing pulled and crooked/spaced/crowded teeth.
I've always wanted to get something done. My sister was older and had braces. She couldn't stand them so I don't want to go that route. I'm 27 years old now and have a consultation tomorrow. I've always been self conscious of my smile though have come to live with it. I don't think too much of them anymore unless someone makes a remark about someone's teeth...then I wonder what they say about mine and try to hide any smile.
I've got a gap between my front two teeth (biggest reason!) and a couple spacing issues between others on top. On the bottom I've got a some crowding.
I was just hoping to get some feedback from anyone who has/had a similar issue with their teeth and how their treatment has been, length of time, cost, challenges, etc.
I started my treatment on December 8th. The first...
- 30 Dec 2010
Couple downfalls is I had to have 10 attachments put on. Five on both the top & bottom. I also had to have some teeth filed between on the bottoms. Not painful, but unpleasant. The attachments aren't real noticeable, visible if you're looking for them.
I'm a week into my 2nd set of trays. Again, the first couple days were uncomfortable, but not painful. I just need to get the mindset that the first few days of each new set is going to be kind of rough.
I'm assuming they are slowly moving since the 2nd trays fit...but it would be nice to see some progess, which I'm assuming I'll have to wait another tray or two before it's noticeable. However, I can feel a little difference in my bite from when I first started.
I have a pretty short treatment. I figured I would be more in the 12 month time frame, but I only have 11 upper trays and 8 lower trays. Was pretty excited to hear my treatment was only 5 months. Hopefully everything moves accordingly and refinements aren't needed.
Will post another update in a few weeks.
I have officially completed my treatment. I had my...
- 11 May 2011
Treatment overall: Fantastic
The only time I experienced any pain whatsoever were the first few days after switching trays. And that wasn't really so much pain as primarily just discomfort.
I was very diligent and wore them approximately 22 hours a day. They were never out unless I was eating. I've never been a coffee drinker, but I did have to go cold turkey on sodas. It was nothing for me to drink 4 or 5 in one day. That was tough the first few weeks, but probably brushing & flossing after every meal was the biggest adjustment. I could probably count on one hand how many times I’ve flossed in my lifetime. Was quite an adjustment to my lifestyle, not to mention the additional time.
I'm just so excited & amazed at how well my teeth look and in the short amount of time it took. I know they aren't perfect, but from what I'd had the first 27 years of my life, they are like night and day. I now just have to wear my last trays for about 3-4 more weeks full time, then I can go to wearing them during the evening only.
I would recommend Invisalign to anyone who is looking to straighten there teeth. For me, in my line of work, it was Invisalign or nothing. I was not going to have braces for a couple years. Invisalign is a little pricier than braces, but if you compare the time worn between the two and all the pros & cons, I'd gladly spend the additional money again to avoid metal mouth. Most of my colleagues didn't even know I was fixing my teeth.
Invisalign gets an A+ in my book. Attached is before & after pics.