Invisalign!

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    Mar 08, 2013 2:38 PM GMT
    So I have just started my six month Invisalign treatment and its been 48 hours since I have put my first aligners on, and my god the pain has been terrible. But hey no pain no gain hey, so I was wondering has anyone gone through this alternative braces treatment? If so I'd love to hear your stories or tips, Cheers
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    Mar 08, 2013 2:47 PM GMT
    I was told it would be a 6-month process... guess what? It's been 4 years and counting !!!! I still have them... ugh... My dentist made me wear them 3 wks at a time instead of 2, and then we had two replacements, etc... it's just not moving as fast as I anticipated. I've had these longer than I had real braces when I was a kid.

    The pain is not all that bad, you'll get used to it.
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    Mar 08, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    I did invisalign finishing up about 2 1/2 years ago. It took a lot longer than traditional braces for me. I took advil for the first couple of days of a new trays. That's my only suggestion. That and maybe some wax. They cut my gums some. I did like them. So much easier than traditional braces.
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    Mar 08, 2013 2:53 PM GMT
    Wow jeez that must have been really disappointing for you, there's a real difference between 6 months and 4 years! Do you mind me asking how old you were when you started on them? Because the older you get unfortunately the tissue and bone around your teeth get less softer, while also I was told that even though during one set within one week they have moved, you don't progress to the next aligner because rapid movement can actually kill the root and then tooth will die icon_sad.gif Agghhh so much to think about hey....thanks for your reply icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 08, 2013 2:58 PM GMT
    DouglasPDX saidI did invisalign finishing up about 2 1/2 years ago. It took a lot longer than traditional braces for me. I took advil for the first couple of days of a new trays. That's my only suggestion. That and maybe some wax. They cut my gums some. I did like them. So much easier than traditional braces.


    Yeah I've actually noticed already that my incisal papilla between the two upper centrals (you know the bump tissue that you sometimes burn from eating pizza haha) is already irritated, so yeah this may become a problem, thanks Doug icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 08, 2013 3:19 PM GMT
    TerraFirma saidI was told it would be a 6-month process... guess what? It's been 4 years and counting !!!! I still have them... ugh... My dentist made me wear them 3 wks at a time instead of 2, and then we had two replacements, etc... it's just not moving as fast as I anticipated. I've had these longer than I had real braces when I was a kid.

    The pain is not all that bad, you'll get used to it.


    4 years?? I had a coworkers who told me not to get them (due to the time of use) and I decided to go with regular braces. Took 1.5 years. Your post just validated that I made the right choice for myself.
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    Mar 08, 2013 3:24 PM GMT
    I'm sure the pain is the same for all braces. I remember back when every time they tighten them up I could not bite anything for at least a week and ya it was extremely painful ... and no drugs icon_evil.gif
  • Man4Masc

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    Mar 08, 2013 3:39 PM GMT
    I started my Invisalign in late December. Up to tray #6 or 7 now. I was told it would be a year, but after reading the comments, I wonder!

    I have some general discomfort for the first few days of a new tray, but that gets easier to handle. After my first few days of wearing the tray, I was ready to quit, but since they make you pay upfront, I stuck it out. Now it is part of the daily routine. I switch to a new tray at night before I go to bed, in the hopes of sleeping through the initial shock.

    My only complaint is that it makes eating a chore. I wanted to add some weight over the winter, but taking the trays out to eat every 3 or 4 hours to bulk up is a hassle!
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    Mar 08, 2013 7:18 PM GMT
    I never did Invisalign. So I had braces! And man what a nightmare that was. My dentist said that it would be years before my braces could finally come off. But he was wrong. Haha. I got them when I was in 8th grade and they were gone by the end of my sophomore year of High School. Now I just wear my retainers every single night. The bottom one is kind of designed like Invisalign though.

    But there does come a time when I hate wearing them. And sometimes, I'll awake in the middle of the night just to take them out because they make me feel uncomfortable. I should probably get a new one soon.

    And the pain with the Invisalign is just like wearing braces. I think. But don't worry, you'll get use to it.
  • Medjai

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    Mar 08, 2013 7:28 PM GMT
    I had them. They did more in three months than traditional orthodontics did in five years, and with less pain. Now I throw in a retainer every now and then, and have pretty much perfect teeth. Very happy with the result, and how well set up the program is.

    Stick with it, follow the wear guidelines, and the results will be well worth it.
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    Mar 08, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    Currently near the end of my Invisalign and I have been very happy with the results! I was originally planned for 52 weeks and they just bumped me 14 additional weeks but the results have been good and the pain was bearable, if it gets bad some Advil right before you swap the set makes a difference.

    You'll adjust to them after a few weeks.

    Good luck!
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    Mar 08, 2013 9:20 PM GMT
    Ah.....the pain of braces, where even soft bread hurts like hell. Did them in college.
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    Mar 08, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
    Excellent teeth are the only good thing my alcoholic, bigoted, violent, now deceased father gave me.

    I win.
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    Mar 08, 2013 10:51 PM GMT
    I had braces for like 3yrs when I was in high school. They are very uncomfortable, make it difficult to clean your teeth, and would always cut and irritate the inner lip. So I guess in that respect, invisalign is probably good choice!

    Also, as far as I know retainers are for life. After I had my braces removed, I wore them for a few months and then stopped. Some of my bottom teeth (which looked the worst before my treatment) started moving a bit. I went back to my doctor and asked for permanent retainers on my bottom teeth (looks kind of like a tiny metal chain).

    Everything has been fine ever since, I am upset that one tooth moved from its position but I'll live with it.
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    Mar 08, 2013 10:59 PM GMT
    Braces hurt period... so I doubt its just invisalign (but that's a slower process no?). Shifting teeth isn't going to be painless!

    Unfortunately for me when I was younger my dentist removed my braces too early. One of my main front teeth is still crooked but its not too noticeable. I use to suck on a finger when I was younger and it jacked up my teeth in that area.
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    Mar 08, 2013 11:42 PM GMT
    I think guys with braces are so cute and sexy. But that's just me.
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    Mar 09, 2013 1:27 AM GMT
    Wow I didn't expect this many replies so thanks for your story guys, really appreciate it dudes icon_biggrin.gif I just woke up and I gotta say the pain is 85% gone, I took two panadol's before bed so that seemed to do the trick. A lot of you guys have mentioned wearing retainers after, I have been told that I will have one retainer on the lingual that's permanent, so didn't you guys have these attached straight after treatment then?
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    Mar 09, 2013 2:04 AM GMT
    DouglasPDX said I took advil for the first couple of days of a new trays. That's my only suggestion.

    I know it could be uncomfortable, but you shouldn't be using Advil (or Ibuprofen or any other NSAIDS) as it prevents teeth from moving.
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    Mar 09, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    Note to self: "live through the pain" haha
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    Mar 09, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    huhwhat saidI think guys with braces are so cute and sexy. But that's just me.
    same... I always wanted to kiss a guy with braces.
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    Mar 09, 2013 3:32 AM GMT
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    huhwhat saidI think guys with braces are so cute and sexy. But that's just me.
    same... I always wanted to kiss a guy with braces.


    Hahaha! I never cared for braces on account that they were hard to keep clean and the food that would get caught in-between the brackets was embarrassing. And I have a feeling that my retainers are for life. I think the longest time I've gone without wearing them is a week. And when I go to put them back in, I can honestly tell how much my teeth have moved since then.

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    Mar 09, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    I had regular old metal braces when I was in 5th to 8th grade. After that I had retainers and then didn't wear them so my lower teeth moved a lot and my uppers slightly. I went and had ortho consults and Invisalign consults( both stated that the movement I wanted would take around 24 months. I also went and investigated " 6 month smiles". I ended up going with the 6 month smiles( its basically regular braces only the brackets are clear and the wires are white and the rubber bands are clear as well( many didnt realize i had them on unless I mentioned something like " I cant have gum dude to the mouth hardware"). It took 7 months but everything's back in place. I go in a few weeks to get upper and lower retainers bonded to the back of my teeth. For now I just have clear retainers. 7 months is a lottttttttttttttttttttt faster then the 24 I was quoted for invisalign. It was about half the cost and my dental insurance( thank you hospital employer) covered half of it( yea its not like Im a kid but hey I love spending others $$$$$). Im extremely happy with it and would encourage anyone to investigate it. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 22, 2013 10:45 AM GMT
    So just thought I'd update on my progress, I'm already half way through the treatment, wearing tray 7 of 14 and gotta say at half way I can already see the difference considerably and am now very excited about seeing the end result icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 22, 2013 12:17 PM GMT
    One of my bottom teeth recedes a little. I bite my lip occassionally and it REALLY HURTS!
    I had my teeth bonded for $600. They did not look perfect as my dentist assured me. Worse yet, it slowly cracked off over the months. I don't think my doctor charged me for it.