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I have been contemplating getting invislaign for...

I have been contemplating getting invislaign for years.

I finally found an orthodontic provider (Not an invisalign dentist) that could provide me with Invisalign on a interest free payment plan with no deposit.

There is a major difffernece between an invisalign orthodontic provider and an invisalign dentist. My orthodontic provider provides free follow up treatment for 2 years, free whitening, as many refinements as I require and a permanent metal retainer behind my top and bottom teeth.

I purchased acceledent from Ebay. I got it second hand but it had been sterilized through the sellers orthodontist as well as mine. It only had 89 uses and still has a 3 year warranty. This means it was over used for 3 months maximum.

I had my scans sent off last week, so I should be receiving them back by the end of next week. (Last week of Jan 2014). Two weeks after that I shall be receiving my invisalign.

I have small teeth with gaps and crooked bottom teeth. My two front teeth cave inwards. I have an overbite and bruxism. I am hoping that the invisalign will also help to improve my bruxism.


Just found out acceledent comes with 3 different mouth pieces. Mine has come with open so I am asking my ortho to get me a deep one :)

I'm so excited - 2 weeks till my trays arrive

Hi all,

I saw my ortho this morning to view my treatment plan video.

It looks great, sadly due to the size of my teeth, I'll need a gum lift after treatment to make my smile more aesthetically pleasing.

I will need 21 trays over a 4-5 month period. I'm so thankful for acceledent.

I will have attachment on the two teeth next to my front up to tray 15, and 3 on my back bottom teeth for the duration of the invisalign.

I don't need to change my acceledent mouthpiece as the ortho said in reality they all do the same job and an open would suit my teeth just fine.

No bands etc. My teeth must have been better than I initially though as the treatment plan looks easy.

He did say that I may need some refinements at the end if the teeth next to my two top middle don't come down enough. Supposedly these are the hardest teeth to move but he said he actually likes the look of them at the end of the treatment video plan.

I have 25 months interest free no deposit payment plan. So $312 a month :)

The acceledent device

Getting Excited

Getting excited, should arrive in the next week.
I want tips!!!! Will I get a lisp? What will the pain be? Will people notice it?
My teeth aren't the whitest, I get free whitening after my journey :-( will the buttons and invisalign be more noticeable?
Whats the best way to clean them?


Soo.... It's still 10 or more days away. The silly ortho didn't make his revisions to my inital plan until a day or so ago. I went over 2 weeks ago and gave the all clear. Pretty annoyed.

It arrived

It arrived! Getting buttons on sat :-) couldn't get an appointment sooner.
Will start wearing Sunday as I have my boyfriends birthday Saturday night. I also want to start Sunday as I change weekly with acceledent and if I somehow go get drunk on Saturday..... I can change the next day without worrying if I've somehow stained or broken it hehe

Got it!

Got attachments and started wearing my alingers today. The ortho gaveme free retainer brite, toothpaste and cases. I have a follow up in four weeks. I currently have a lisp and talking just makes me laugh. The orthodontist said my first one or two trays for the first 2 days may not fit the best, but will relax into place and be less visible. Going home to use acceledent now :)

So much pain!

So I started wearing it full time today. My lips are sooo cut up from the attachments, my whole mouth is swollen because of it.
It is definitely not visible and don't think it ever will be. I'm pretty upset about it.
The top one is hard to get on and off but hurts my right canine so much, it feels wobbly already.
The bottom doesn't hurt at all and comes on and off easily.
Cleaning is easy, just rinsing with water after I take it out and before I put it back in.
I have acceledent in my mouth as we speak. I swear it feels like it's not doing much. The ortho said that's how it feels though.

It's so noticable

Number of people who have noticed: EVERYONE!

People just stare at me awkwardly, the fact that I can hardly talk makes it that much more obvious. Answering the phone at work is embarrassing and talking to candidates in person even more so. (I'm a recruitment consultant).

I struggle to say words like Executive, which sucks, because that is part of my companies name. Answering the phone is so damn awkward. :(


So many reviews.

I have bruxism when I sleep but stopped clenching during the day about 6 months ago.

I'm doing it again bad. It's like I have OCD and constantly want to take them out.

Definitely chewing from my back teeth.

heard lots of people have experienced this?


Using accelerant at work as a tool to stop people talking to me

Tray 2

On to tray 2 today.

Fits fine every butttttt when I bite down on my back teeth it feels like every time I push air out from them. Like they don't fit. But in a mirror and asking my parter they are 100% snug and in place.

No pain yet, not too tight either :)

Changed on day 6 as my first trays were pretty much falling out of my mouth!

Tray 2 pic

May be in Nandos right now


I have a massive overbite and the ortho said it wasn't something to worry about and I'm not getting bands. I swear it's worse than he thinks.

Week one vs week two

Tray 3 - 1/7th of the way there already

Put tray three in this morning.
Initial discomfort but completely fine now :) fits like a glove.
I'll use acceledent when I get to work this morning to set it in place like last time.
I'll know doubt later tonight get discomfort in my bottom snaffle tooth as that have me pain last time.
Please note I had just had a coffee in the bottom photo and had not brushed yet. Grose.
Another note, I'm struggling to floss 3 times a day. I always do it if I eat meat or something gritty. One of my gums bleeds when I floss :(
People that noticed. Everyone, not invisible.
Still have a little lisp, no one notices but I do.
My mouth gets so salivary then so dry, I drink so much water. I can't have big convos as I always seem to get a dry mouth and can't talk.

Changing on the seventh day

So I'm not changing after 7 days, I change on the 7th day :)

I have gaps

Ugh more gaps. I got invisalign to rid the gaps. Now I've got some where I never used too.

Tray 4 - start of week 4

Saw the orthodontist this morning. Did a bit more filing of my teeth.
Voices my concerns and am booked in to see him in 5 weeks, tray 10.
He said well have a better understanding then and if I'm not happy we can rescan then :)

Tray 5

Really gutted. I hate the shape of my teeth, my canines are so tiny in comparison to the rest of my teeth. I have tiny teeth and a lot of gums. I will never be able to get perfect teeth without veneers or bonding as my bruxism has caused me to grind down the whole right side of my mouth causing excessive chips in my teeth. The gaps will not be able to fully 'close' as the shape of the teeth will not allow for it. The top of the teeth will close the gaps but my front teeth and canines, the bottom unless I opt for composite bonding will always look like there is a massive gap/triangle.

Put it Tray 5 this morning, doesn't hurt at all!


Hate them so much

Tray 6

So I'm pretty pissed off. My teeth don't suit invisaling and I wish I got veneers.

I hate the second teeth from the middle on the top. They're so small. I asked the ortho and he said I'd need a gumlift but I have no idea where that money would come from. These have been so expensive and I wish if paid half the price for 8 veneers.

If you look, my teeth are ground down on one side. So my already small teeth are that much smaller.

I want to get the teeth smooth out to the same shape but they're too small to do so.

I've got tray 6 on now, no pain. I didn't even use acceledent this morning. I'll do it tonight.

Who else thinks my bottom teeth look worse?

Ortho Visit

So I visited my ortho on Wednesday morning. I am really thankful at how helpful he has been and the ease of him squeezing me in for an appointment when he is fully booked. That is one think I appreciate about Smile Solutions is that you always see your orthodontist at every visit and you can request a call/email/appointment whenever.

I told him my problems and he advised me that he is really sorry and knows the teeth aesthetically wont turn out how I like them to be. He wishes I'd be notified that due to the shape of my teeth it will always have the impressions of gaps as the sides do not align at the bottom.

If i'd be told this first, we could have gone down another treatment path. We now have two options, to leave the gums where they are and stop invisalign treatment on the top, whiten my teeth and put two veneers on lateral incisors to reshape the teeth and add length, rescan and start treatment without having to pull down the gums (mine and his preferred method) or to carry of with the treatment, get a gumlift on three teeth then composite bond the two lateral incisors. This option would be more pricey as i'd need two veneers and a gumlift.

He's getting back to me in the next week after discussing with his cosmetic team and colleagues what the best option would be to proceed.

Here's some pics that show the current alignment and gaps.

Tray 7

The last two photos are week 6 vs week 7.
Hardly any pain, went in much easier today.
Going to see the ortho next week and well decide if we stop the top so we can whitein and get two veneers.
Haven't seen much change in my teeth other than the middle two in weeks. Stagnating a bit

Tray 8

Other than my two front teeth, I'm seeing no change.
Getting provisional build up on my incisors on Monday free of charge.

Ortho visit

God I love my ortho. So professional, educated and caring.
I'm getting a rescan done this Friday. Why?
Because what's happening is we are now basing the treatment on me getting a gum lift and composite bonding after my invisalign treatment.
I reckon it'll push the treatment out by 6 weeks including for the invisalign to arrive.
Am I happy? Yes. I know this result will be what I'm after!

Trays back on this Sat!

Trays back on this Sat! Owies, not looking forward to the lisp again.

17 trays

17 trays to go.
Please do not use my top teeth as an example. They are getting pushed back up to make my guns more aligned so there is left gumlift required and to make room for the composite bonding.
My bottom teeth however, will carry on like they were.
17 more trays :)
Lisp is back, dry mouth etc. can't wait to get home and use acceledent again.
No attachments on m front 4. Teeth. Hooray!!!!!!

12 weeks round 2 update bottom teeth

Smile Solutions


5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Would love to hear how things are going.  We have a newer member over in the braces community who has some issues that remind me of yours, and your path is a long and winding one.  I'm hoping things are still on track.  I'm sending her over here to look at your review :).  She's from Finland!
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Welcome back!  So happy to see you again, and your bottom arch looks fantastic!  Such a massive improvement.  So excited for you :).
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Wow your bottom teeth look amazing!!!
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Looking good so far :)
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can i personally ask you, i got quoted for invisilign and my contract has nothing about free whitening, they actually made me sign an agreement stating there is no whitening or extra dental care added. I'm bummed to be paying $7800 hardly with any benefits you got offered :(
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This is really a dentist by dentist thing. Mine offered everything including cleanings, polishing, whitening, etc. with my treatment. Others I know that go to a different dentist were offered bare minimal treatment (trays and checkups) for around the same price as me. I didn't realize that the extras offered could vary so much and I lucked out with my dentist. But that's definitely something people should shop around for.
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Have you been out of aligners this whole time?  Or just maintaining the last set you were in?
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I was just maintaining my last one :)
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Oh, okay :).  I got so scared for a minute!
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Are they working with you money-wise? :)
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Yeah they've been amazing. I think they realised what I was told the outcome would be was not really what I had been told at first. Authentically the result didn't really make my upper teeth look any different which they agreed with. They gave me a discount and with the discount, instead of paying the cosmetic dentist the discount will be used to pay him. Ultimately I don't have to pay anything extra, just the same amount. But instead of a discount, the money will be given to the cosmetic dentist.
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Aesthetically opps haha
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Brilliant! :D
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Looks like the entire upper arch is tighter, but the lower arch has more space between the teeth…?  Maybe making space for movement?

And donewaiting has an interesting point.  Most people aren't quite appropriate for Lumineers because they end up making the teeth bigger (mostly thicker).  But since your teeth are small….  Of course, they are still expensive, which is still a problem.  Still interested in hearing whether the doctor mentioned them, though. :)
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This is what my orth has said to me: "So in the mean time I can provide you with a provisional buildup before our rescan (no cost to you) to give you an improved shape of incisors while we continue with alignment. The Cosmetic Dentist can then complete the final restoration after you have completed with me. " So I think it's kind of like what fillings are made from? The Cosmetic Dentist said he thinks he can achieve a great result without the use of full composite veneers. I guess there may be some new technology where build up (composite i think) can still achieve an asthetic look. My ortho has been great :) he emails me and is very flexible. After the provisional build up, I obviously need to get that removed as i'll have my teeth whitened then I will get a final restoration. Still unsure what that means but ill know next week :)
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Sweet!  :).

And to clarify, the Lumineers donewaiting mentioned are actually porcelain veneers where they just don't file down the teeth first.  What you're getting sounds like bonding, and I've seen some great results from that (as well as some older, less-great ones) so I have high hopes for you :D.  Exciting!
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Fingers crossed :) I think because its only two teeth that need very minimal work that it's probably the cheapest and best option. My ortho is rated 4.99 stars out of 5 on google reviews so fingers crossed he lives up to his name :)
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Did your doc mention luminees? I hear they are less invasive than veneers.
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Awesome to hear the doctor is working with you!  Looking forward to hearing the update!
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How much did your orthodontist charge for the replacement acceledent mouthpiece?
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I didn't get one. I got the one off eBay sterilised. It only had 90 uses too. But my orthodontists will charge me $150.00aud for a replacement mouthpiece.
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Why don't at the end of your treatment just get composite bonding that's what im doing , ranges from 150-400 and they're just like veneers.
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Because I've already spent $8400 on acceledent and invisalign and $5000 on wisdom teeth removal I can't afford another $1200 for 4 composite veneers. :(
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WOW. Please don't ever comment on my review again. Jerk! I don't have health insurance as I can't afford it. I'm 21 and have had no support from my parents. I have moved countries by myself at the age of 18 and have had to pay my way since I was 16. I work my ass off but sadly cannot get remunerated enough due to my age and having only 3 years of working experience. I did not get any money back, even from tax. I have no excess money, no savings and $14,000.00 in debt for my teeth. I have been bullied my whole life about the gaps in my teeth so when I could finally financially afford the $320 a month I jumped at the idea. I had my first orthodontist appointment at 16 and it's taken me 5 years to finally have enough money to do so. I have not been home in 2 years as I can not afford the flights. Get lost you arrogant pri**
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