53 Years Old, Had Braces 40 Years Ago
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I've only had my retainers a week and am still...
- 25 Jan 2010
I've only had my retainers a week and am still learning what I can and cannot do. I am a 53-year-old who had braces almost 40 years ago but whose teeth had rebounded after having wisdom teeth removed, especially around a broken tooth with a crown - right in front. My original overbite and overjet is mostly back.
I go to a highly-regarded orthodontist in my area. We're doing Invisalign Express with 10 trays, with the understanding that it may not be quite enough, and I may have to have additional ones - with the regular Invisalign fee. However, my dr. thinks he can make any additional necessary correction with a retainer, without having to go that route.
The pain I mention above is from cuts on my lips from the lip spreaders, at first. Now that they've healed, I have none.
It's really too early to rate my satisfaction and determine its worth.
Update: I am one week thru my seventh set of...
- 28 Apr 2010
Update: I am one week thru my seventh set of aligners (of ten), and the large gap at the crown in front is completely closed already. I see some improvement in my overbite/overjet and I hope by the time I finish with the tenth set, it will be completely corrected. However, Dr Evans did tell me he might need to do some additional tweaking afterward with a regular retainer. My teeth have remained a little sore most of the time on these last two sets of aligners, but not too bad - I just see it as proof that they're doing their job. Overall, I'm very pleased.
Can one enjoy sugar-free peppermints with the retainers in without having to remove them and brush afterwards?
He seems very well informed and very caring.