Good Results Half Way Through - Pleasanton, CA

I am 56 and correcting my bite to help preserve my...

I am 56 and correcting my bite to help preserve my teeth. My treatment is 42 trays, currently in number 21. Previously my lower front teeth were being chipped due to impact by the uppers during chewing. That no longer happens now that my bite is partially repaired. Cost is $4500 with insurance picking up $1100. In the long run it will be a real cost saving if my teeth are preserved. I had a severe overbite and crowding in lower jaw, causing "bunny rabbit bite". I never had orthodontia as a child. You are never too old to improve your health and well being. My dentist said it is reticululous for a person my age to have orthodontia. I am getting a new dentist.

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Hi Pixie! looks like we are roughly at the same point in our treatment.... half way there! I completely agree with you in your preservation of teeth and shame on your dentist for saying that about orthodontia at your age... it's NEVER too late to improve your smile and like you say... improve your health and well being so cheers to you, I completely agree with you. Anyway, I enjoyed reading your story and Good Luck to you!
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I'm down to my last lower tray...finally! My uppers have been done for about a year. There's one last tooth on the bottom that's being stubborn but after two years of treatment I just want to be done. Overall, I'm extremely happy with the results and so worth the cost! I really wish we weren't required to keep wearing the trays at might though :)
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Mine are the reverse, but the the top teeth had shifted so much the past few years, while the bottom just tilted. My ortho told me he could glue a wire to the backside of the bottom teeth, so I don't have to wear the bottom retainer at night...but I do have to wear it daily for about 6 months right after treatment. I am weighing the pros and cons of having a permanent retainer glued to my bottom teeth. Good luck on finishing your treatment!!
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Good for you for getting Invisalign if you weren't happy with the way your teeth were! Did you get used to the trays pretty easily, or was the transition period a bit rough on you?

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The transition was not difficult. It was difficult to insert and remove the lower tray in the first tray set, and it broke in pieces. After that I learned how to get the trays in and out without too much struggle. After several tray sets I began to forget I was wearing them most of the time. I have found that when a new try set goes in it is best to fast for 18 hours, leaving the trays in place. After that many hours my teeth have "agreed to move" and getting the trays out is not hard at all. I keep them out for very short periods of time (1/2 hour) in the first 3-4 days, and after that they slip in fairly easily. Overall I am pleased and very impressed with the technology. I can't imagine wearing metal braces. Actually my orthodontist believes that Invisalign can fix my severe overbite, whereas metal braces cannot, and to boot would necessitate an extraction. I didn't want to take that path because my goal is to preserver teeth, not to lose them!
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Wow, fasting for 18 hours every 2 weeks - good for you! That requires some serious motivation and self discipline.

Not sure if you saw this forum or not, but it certainly shows you weren't alone in having difficulty learning to get your trays in & out:

How do you get your Invisalign trays out?

You could jump on there and share your tips too. :)

You're half way done - keep us posted how things are going as you move towards the end of treatment.

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What you do with a new set of trays is exactly what I'm doing. I put in a new tray in early evening (I put my old tray in right after dinner for a couple hours, just so the teeth "remember" where they're supposed to be). I'm retired (54), so I don't eat breakfast the next day. I wait until noon or later to take them out (gives me 16-17 hours). And I try to only keep them out for 15-30 minutes also for the first few days. My bottom teeth are done and I have another 10 trays for the top, but I found that as my teeth got straighter, the trays were easier to get in/out and my teeth didn't hurt as much when taking out the trays. I wore braces as a teenager, but my teeth reshifted. My bite was off, causing some jaw pain and I also was chipping a few lower teeth. My jaw is much better and my teeth don't hit where they shouldn't. Good luck on your journey. I'm loving it...and smiling SO much more!
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It is so wonderful to read your success story and find a kindred spirit. I also time the fast as you do and replace the old tray set for a time before starting the new. My uppers were the first to be moved. Now the lowers are being moved aggressively and this most recent lower tray was a real challenge. Still, it sure beats chipping teeth! Best of wishes to you in your remaining treatment.
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I don't know if you are, but I take pictures at the end of each tray. I didn't think the teeth were moving much, but when I look back at previous pictures, even just the most recent one, I am amazed at how better they look. It really encouraged me to continue (that, and the fact that my husband keeps saying-with a laugh..."you are going to stay with it after spending $xxx on them." He's very supportive and understands what I'm going through). We have a LOT of years left to enjoy our beautiful smiles :)
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No I am not taking pictures. Of course my ortho is taking before/after pictures, so it will be interesting to see the difference. At every visit we review the computer simulations, and the difference from the starting point is already striking. Keep smiling CraftyMama!
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