Invisalign for Severe Crowding, 19 Years Old.

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Very excited to begin my Invisalign treatment. My...

Very excited to begin my Invisalign treatment. My estimated completion time is around 18-22 months. I plan to undergo the Propel Treatment sometime later in the year to shorten my treatment time by 40%-70%. Was quoted about $840 for the Propel treatment and the Vpro5 device. I can't wait for results to be seen, it's day three and I can already feel a difference!

One Week In

Just wanted to update for anyone considering Invisalign, but unsure how to adapt. At first, there might be sight pain, depending on your tolerance. I have a low pain tolerance, but was able to handle the pain of a new tray (and a new experience!). My teeth do feel slightly wiggly and my teeth do hurt still, but only slightly. The worst pain in definitely encountered on the first day. You may be worried about how you will be able to chew with teeth that hurt, but I assure you, after waiting for hours without being able to snack you'll want to eat even if it hurts! My teeth fit into the aligners better than they did the first few days. Hygiene has been a concern as I am a bit of a hypochondriac. When I get up, I put my aligners in with some retainer cleaner and then shower and brush my teeth. The aligners are clean and ready to go after that, and I have not experienced anything negative with the aligner cleaner (some people say you shouldn't use it). I find that if I'm out, instead of brushing my teeth every single time I eat, I floss and chew gum after rinsing with water. It keeps my mouth as clean as with brushing for the most part until I'm able to get home. I am keeping my aligners in for around 23 hours a day. They really become a part of you after awhile. If the plastic bothers you, and you psych yourself out about it easily, I recommend drinking some water to combat the slight dry mouth that accompanies the anxiety. I will be updating again once I change trays in a week, and once after my ortho appointment on the 27th.

Second Tray

Changed my tray on Thursday (it's now Saturday), didn't experience any pain. It felt tighter, but the teeth don't feel as loose as they did when I take the tray off and nothing hurts. The old trays did end up getting stained, but since I don't have sheet white teeth to begin with, it wasn't detectable when the old trays were on. I'm including a photo even though there isn't any detectable movement.


The process only took about ten minutes, and I didn't move my tongue to where I would taste the glue since I've heard it tastes bad. I got a total of 14 of them put on, two that are lingual on my front teeth. The trays are harder to put on and take off. I was given chewies to help seat my aligners. I asked about the newly released one week wear time and was told that I will start at 10 days for 10 weeks and then switch to one week after that, which leaves me at tray ten of 33 at the next appointment in January with a 'finishing' time at around 8 months from today, so early July 2017.

Aligner 10/33

Went back to the orthodontist today, and was told that I may need a refinement scan in March due to the placement of attachments on the front incisors being off leading to poor tracking. Not super happy about it. I was hoping that I would be switched to one week wear, but I'm still at 10 days. So this may end up adding significant time to my treatment.

Refinement Appointment and Scan Date

My patient portal suddenly has two new dates in it. A scan in March, and an entire month of waiting for the new aligners! This is after I was told I might not need the scan. I am confused, and upset.
Dr. Elvi Barcoma

Very pleased with the office and staff. They were all so incredibly friendly, I didn't feel like I was at the orthodontist. I know my case is complex but I wasn't turned down or made to feel bad about it like I have been at other offices. Very excited to begin seeing results!

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 After care follow-up
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
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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