For years my dentists in both Florida and then in Charlotte have been pointing out the obvious; my teeth, esp on the bottom, were getting very crowded. All of them offered Invisalign which I declined every time..until this Spring when a few teeth basically were pushed “out of line” and I started looking a bit hillbilly.
I adore my new dentist, but chose to go with an orthodontist who specializes in this sort of thing instead. The price difference was only $200, so it was well worth it. The truth is there’s both art and science involved in this process and I’m not sure the dentist’s approach would be as “refined” as the orthodontist’s.
I had my first set of plastic fitted into my mouth about two months ago and they don’t look bad at all- they truly do live up to the ‘invisa’ part of their name. It takes a bit of getting used to having something in your mouth, there’s a touch of slurpiness and your lips get a bit dry, but other than that, it’s not a biggie at all.
What is a surprising biggie is how wearing these things affects your day to day relationship with eating. I cannot emphasize how important it is to know this going in so you are not shocked. The thing is they recommend you wear these 22 hours a day- well I can tell you, there’s no way I am able to live up to that goal, and I’m pretty committed to the process.
I usually give myself at least half an hour for coffee alone in the morning! By the time I brush my teeth and use the Water-Pic, at least 45 minutes have passed…and that’s just breakfast!!
I try to make up for lost time with lunch by either skipping it, or just jamming something down like a sandwich or a yoghurt-then brushing and flossing as quickly as possible..but you can see how rapidly the allotted two hours of “free time” gets used up.
It’s certainly not the end of the world, but sitting around with friends, enjoying a glass of wine, those days are pretty much on hold until this is done..(with a few exceptions.) If you are a social person who frequently eats out, snacks a lot or enjoys leisurely cocktails or coffee breaks, you need to think this through. I also believe there are careers that are ill suited to Invisalign .. those who need to eat on the fly and don’t have the ability to thoroughly brush and floss after eating (EVERY SINGLE TIME) need to consider other options.
So anyway..the good news is I can definitely see marked improvement in my teeth. The doc said he thinks I only need these for 6-9 months so the inconveniences above are temporary. When it’s over, you get a set to wear at night to keep things straight which I will be more than happy to do..
because believe me- I ain’t doing this twice.