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Experience with Invisalign?
Any recommendations regarding the use of Invisalign instead of braces? I
am 50 with an overbite that is getting worse and was told by the dentist
that invisalign would work for my problem. But it also seems like the
same money but less time for the dentist, so I am skeptical. Any
feedback from your experience would be welcome. Thanks.
I currently have invisalign and love it. I am about 40% through and have
seen great results with minimal discomfort or change to my lifestyle. No
one will recognize that you have them and they are easy to manage and you
can take them out to eat.
I do question the use of invisalign for an overbite. I was told that invis
doesnt work well for overbites, just crooked teeth. If you are
specifically looking to treat an overbite I would get a second opinion.
Invisalign experiences for adults
My dentist recommends Invisalign instead of braces, for me. Since
this is a $5,500 commitment, I would really like to know of your
experiences and any advice if I do it. I have overcrowded jaw
pushing the top front teeth out. Also, do you agree that last
impression should be used as a retainer afterwards? Thanks.
DO IT!! Invisalign is amazing. I had my doubts - I'm not
someone who likes to suffer any kind of discomfort, and I didn't
believe they would be as 'invisible' as promised. And... $5500?
Would they WORK?? Answer: they are everything they were touted
to be. As to comfort - each set is uncomfortable for the first
day or two, but nothing significant, and definitely nothing
Advil can't conquer. Appearance - they are only noticeable if
you look closely. No one would know I had them if I didn't keep
talking about them because I'm so excited about them. And yes,
they are working. I'm on set 9 of my 15 sets, and I can see a
significant difference already. My lower teeth were crossed and
my uppers were uneven. Both uppers are lowers are MUCH more
straight and even just five months into treatment.
You asked about wearing the last set as a retainer - yes, I
think that's the plan. The last set is a computer generated
rendition of how my teeth are supposed to be. I assume I'll be
wearing these at night indefinitely, to prevent the teeth from
moving back. (I assume it will be OK to skip nights
occasionally too, although I have absolutely no problem wearing
them every night forever if need be). I LOVE them and wish I
had done this years ago.
I did invisalign about 6 years ago and had a really great
experience. I would highly recommend it. I was getting married
in the middle of my treatments so getting traditional braces put
on, taken off for the wedding and then put back on didn't seem
very practical so I decided on the invisalign route instead.
There was definitely some soreness, especially in the beginning
and at the change of each retainer but it definitely decreased
as the time went on and it was never too bad. Changed my
eating/snacking habits since you have to take them out to eat or
drink anything but water. And I was a little obsessive about
carrying a toothbrush around with me but maybe that was all for
the better anyhow. After my last retainer, the orthodontist had
a final retainer made which I use at night which is thicker and
studier than then ones you wear during treatment. I have a
small wire across the inside of my bottom front teeth but I
don't notice it at all anymore. They said the wire
might need to be replaced at some point but I haven't had any
problems with it thus far. I also had overcrowding and my front
teeth were being turned out. Treatment took only just over a
year and since then my teeth have been looking great.
happy with my teeth finally!
I found Invisalign practical as an adult in a public work
environment. They also function nicely as bleach trays. Metal
braces would not have helped my last promotion.. I did however
find the end result less than 100% satisfying (more like a B-
grade) and often wonder if the metal braces would have achieved
better results for the $5000... I did wear my Invisalign trays
religiously, but still have the same overall misalignment- only
a lot less obvious. I guess the trays have a harder time really
making those very small incremental movements happen, depending
on how badly aligned your teeth are. Do not expect perfection...
Dentist who offers Invisalign?
I'd like to get recommendations from anyone who has had success with
Invisalign braces as an adult. I'm looking for a compassionate dentist
who offers Invisalign. I'll consider most places in the Bay Area for the
right person! Dr Joshua Bernstein in Piedmont has a very slick website
and sounds expensive but perhaps it's worth it.
Any comments on him also appreciated or other recommendations. Thanks.
Need straightening out
I would like to recommend Dr. Sepideh Razavi of Advanta Dental in
Emeryville. She and her entire staff are wonderful. It's been a great
experience, she walked me through the entire process, and has been there
with me through all the steps. I'm almost done with my invisalign!
Happy Invisalign Client
I am considering Invisalign braces to correct shifting
bottom teeth. Has anyone (adult) had recent experience
with Invisalign? I especially want to hear about any
negative sequelae (AFTER removal) to wearing
Invisalign, before I make a decision to go ahead. (I
am in my 60's.)
I had the invisalign for 2 years a few years ago and it was almost magical
how they worked! What is VERY important is that you continue wearing them or
rather whatever retainer or similar you are given at the end or else the
teeth will go right back to where they were.
I've almost finished over a year and a half of Invisilign
treatment and have been very happy with the results. My teeth
were pretty crooked w/lots of crowding--I never had braces as a
child--and they look great now. I've been very happy with the
doctors at Berkeley Orthodontics (www.berkeleyorthodontics.com).
They have an office off Solano and one on Colby near Alta Bates
in Berkeley. I too do on camera work, and I've found it useful
to be able to take off my braces for auditions or shoots, while
straightening my teeth (I could leave them on, but they affect my
speech a little bit so I usually take them off). Invisilign is great!
Almost straight teeth
Has anyone ever tried Invisalign, a series of clear removable
aligners to straighten your teeth without braces? They cost
about the same as braces ($2000-$5000) and are fitted by a
dentist. Apparently, you need to take them off when eating,
drinking or brushing, which seems like a hassle. And you need to
get regular 6-week dental check-ups to ensure that they are
working properly. But the advantage is they are virtually
invisible. I don't know anyone who has used these and wanted to
know: are they worth it?
hi, i'm currently about half way finished w/my invisalign treatment and have been
very happy with it. most people can't tell i'm wearing them and i see a real
difference in my teeth. i get new aligners every two weeks, and go to the
orthodontist every 4 weeks to get my next two sets and get checked. while it's a
little annoying to have to take them off and on, it's great to be able to eat normally
and clean my teeth thoroughly. i've gotten a little sloppy about never eating in
them and i've always left them in to drink (including coffee). the thing is, because
you get new ones every two weeks, they never get that gross. it's really important
to wear them as much as you can, like 20-22 hours a day, so i try to get them back
in as soon as i can after eating.
i have a little bit of discomfort for the first day or so of each new set, and i'm
definitely aware that they're in my mouth, but i think they're a lot less
uncomfortable than normal braces. my treatment is pretty long (32 aligners on the
top, 42 on the bottom) and cost about $6000 (regular braces would have been only
$200-400 cheaper). i go to nelson, meyer, etc. in berkeley and highly
recommend them--all the dentists and staff are really great.
--almost straight teeth
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