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Invisalign-- Poorer and in Need of Real Braces After Two Years

Two years ago my dentist began offering...

Two years ago my dentist began offering Invisalign, and convinced me that it would fix my cross bite, crowded teeth and overjet on my lower incisors. I moved away from that dentist and my new dentist has tried valiantly to make them work, but the truth is that Invisalign doesn't work for cross bite or overjet. At the end of two years, my teeth look straighter, but my bite is open on the right side and the insides of my incisors touch before any of the rest of my teeth. Chewing is difficult. My new dentist referred me to an orthodontist. I will be fully banded in January, probably for at least another two years to fix the problems left by Invisalign.

Here's my mistake-- after 16 years at my first dentist, I trusted her. This was stupid. She was new to Invisalign, and the company is clearly unethical and making claims to the dentists that an experienced orthodontist would see right through. I should have done some research. If I had, I'd have gone to the orthodontist first, and I'd be done now instead of starting over.


I hated wearing them, they never feel clean even after you soak them in hydrogen peroxide. They made your mouth dry and lips chapped.
My hubby went with Damon, and he thought they were great.  Of course, he never had the old-style metal braces.  I've generally heard great things about the self-ligating braces.  I'd be super-interested to see a picture of yours once you get them on.  I've never seen the 3m version.
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Thank you for reviewing your doctor.  I'm sorry that you had a negative experience with Invisalign, as it is an expensive treatment if it doesn't work for you :(.  I know that Invisalign can correct cross-bite and overjet in some cases, but you're right, it requires a more experienced provider, and it is not the correct modality for all cases.  I went through Invisalign and it corrected my cross-bite, but these clear trays (including my retainer) have given me a posterior open bite, which gives me headaches and the like.  I am in the process of trying to get a Hawley retainer instead of these blasted clear trays.  So I definitely feel for you--it's not the panacea for every patient that some seem to think!

I'm so sorry that you had to pay all of this money, spend all that time, and are left having to start over :(.  I hope that your new treatment will leave you satisfied and happy.
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I also have a posterior open bite, and the teeth on that side don't line up one over the other. I don't have headaches, though. Thank you for the tip about the Hawley retainer. I have hated wearing the clear trays-- it feels like my teeth are suffocating.
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Invisalign-- Poorer and in Need of Real Braces After Two Years-- Update

Here's some photos. I went to see Dr. Terryl White, in Sterling, VA for my new 3-m self-ligating braces. Installation took about three hours, altogether, including x-rays and documentation of my existing smile. There was a long stretch in there I wasn't very keen on, laying in the chair with my mouth open, lip stretchers in place, and the nasty taste of etching agent on my tongue, but then orthodontia isn't for wimps.

I am posting photos of my last Invisalign trays in, my first day of ceramic braces, and today's photo, before I get the new wires tomorrow. As you can see, there's already improvement. My front teeth are uneven because I chipped one against the bottom teeth-- this was why I started Invisalign; it was braces or keep chipping my teeth due to the overjet on the lower incisors. Dr. Gloria Lee has cautiously adjusted the longer tooth so it's not so obvious as the disparity will only get worse according to Dr. White, and I'll need to get my front upper and lower incisors restored when all of this is over.

I like Dr. White; his practice is well-run and he has great assistants.

A little more info

Prior to Invisalign, my teeth were crowded, I had a crossbite and overjet on my lower incisors, but my bite closed properly and I did not clench my teeth while sleeping. It's the clenching that caused the posterior open bite. Because I couldn't close my bite, my dentist referred me to an orthodontist after struggling to try to get Invisalign to try to make it right for me. After two years of Invisalign, my teeth sort of look straight, but there is still overjet in the lower incisors and the lower molars lean toward the inside of my mouth instead of going straight up and down.

The ceramic self-ligating braces are much more comfortable than Invisalign, which always made me feel like my teeth were suffocating and gave me terrible dry-mouth. I no longer wake up with cotton mouth and have to get a sip of water in the middle of the night. If I had it to do over, I'd have gone straight to an orthodontist for wire and bracket braces. If I had, I'd be done now, instead of contemplating going to my fortieth high school reunion in braces. (It won't stop me. People seem to deal with it fine.)
Hi! I am sorry you didn't get the results you were looking for with Invisalign! I can't speak about the over-jet, but I have a cross-bite that has been corrected with Invisalign. I also have the issue of teeth not touching with the aligners out but have read and been told that will correct itself after a bit once out of the trays. Luckily I don't have much issue chewing! I have some chipped and misshaped teeth that my dentist will have to work on for me when I am done. The straighter my teeth have gotten the uglier they are closeup with all the jagged edges! :) Good luck with your braces... I hope you get the results you are looking for!
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If you need to wear Invisalign every night as retainers, I wonder if the open posterior bite will have a chance to correct itself? My jaw didn't have room for the crossbite correction, and they were misaligned all along my jaw on that side.
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Ugh, so sorry it didn't work for you and left you with an open bite. I'm developing one too, so I'm going to ask my ortho about it on the next appointment. I do think Invisalign can fix overjets, as I've seen after photos of cases from my ortho. I have an overjet as well, and it's supposed to be fixed, but if it isn't, I have the alternative of braces, so I'll look out to see if there is any improvement as I'm moving along. Thanks for your review -- it's a great reminder.
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Mitra Evans, DDS

I saw Dr. Evans for over 16 years and she's a really good dentist-- but she's not an orthodontist. If you want Invisalign, see an orthodontist.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 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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