So, I finally am able to afford orthodontics and went ahead with Invisalign. Since I work in a customer service type job, I didn't want a mouth full of metal braces. My case is pretty mild - some crowding and my canines have a bit of a crossbite. However, my dentist said he thinks it will take about 18 months. They will probably have to shave some tooth enamel eventually, but I am THRILLED that there has been no talk of having to remove any teeth, especially my wisdom teeth - all four came in perfectly, and at most, have just slightly crowded my teeth.
At my biannual cleaning a couple weeks ago, I mentioned I wanted to start Invisalign and my office was very helpful and prompt about getting me in today - the dental hygienist (who was a doll!) took iTero scans. It was pretty easy and took about 40 minutes. Since I don't have too much crowding, the gal said it went quicker than it normally does. The dentist took some photos of my bite, teeth, and just my general jaw shape. It seemed that Invisalign requires these photos more than anything. They said they'd get the scans sent off and that they would call me in 3-5 weeks when my first set of aligners come in; they will also put on attachments. They didn't say how many I'll need, but I'm not too worried.
I hope this review helps others who are wondering to expect at their first appointment, as that is what I was most anxious about. :)
By the way, the cost of the aligners, attachments, and retainers is only $3500 for me. Apparently, the insurance company I'm with has a contract where it only costs my office $3500, instead of the $4500 it would cost without ANY insurance. If I were a year younger, my insurance would also have had covered about another $1000, but oh well. I like living in a small town!