Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Checking in on the Invisalign blog!

Wow! I can hardly believe that it is nearing 5 years since I decided to take the plunge into the world of Invisalign! When I look back, it seems like it was such a fast process! (although there were times that it felt like it would last forever...) Believe it or not, I am still using my last two trays as retainers! I sleep with them in maybe about once a week now. Honestly, I cannot stand them in my mouth anymore. I try to use them once a week to make sure that my teeth have not shifted. That was a lot of money to invest and I want to be sure that my results last a lifetime.

Here is a recent image of my teeth, all still in the right place!



Thank you for all of your comments! It makes me happy to know that this blog has been useful to so many of you. Good luck with your orthodontic adventures! :)

49 comments:

Jeannette said...

Haha, I got my first set of trays (and 9 attachments, eww) a few hours ago, so you couldn't have posted this at a better time! If that's not encouraging, I don't know what is.
I read your blog so many times over the last six months, and I now firmly believe that I can go through with this, so thanks a lot for sharing your experience.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you Sharon so much for your time, it is very nice of you to share your experience. I just finished reading your whole blog from the very beginning and i feel so much wiser now, as i'll have the impressions taken of my teeth for the invisalign treatment next week. I can't wait to begin my own journey after seeing your results. Your teeth look so beautiful, you must be very happy. I'm certainly happy for you. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.

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Anonymous said...

You are such a friendly person and so awesome to share your orthodontic story! I am on my 3rd tray and there will be 16 in total, so I should be done around September. I was never told in advance about the attachments, and it annoys me greatly that Invisalign's website doesn't mention them at all. I have a few that I don't mind at all, but the one that bothers me is on a darker tooth and the attachment is too light and doesn't match. It looks like a little barnacle. In evening indoor light it's hardly noticeable, so I'm more confident in evenings :-). But, I am forging ahead and this commitment makes me feel stronger and braver. I also have crowded teeth like you do. but I like your teeth a lot more, because they are whiter. I can't wait to see my results! ~CC

Anonymous said...

I am absolutely hating this process (I started my third set of 13 two days ago). I am thankful to have found your blog. It gives me such hope. If my teeth look half as good as yours when I'm finished, I probably shouldn't be complaining.

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Wow! Congratulations on your new smile! I am impressed with your commitment to wear your last set of trays at night every now and again. Smart move, you want to make sure your invisalign investment lasts forever.

Anonymous said...

It is so wonderful to read all these posts of people who had them or just finishing. It gives me hope and motivation.

I just started mine 2 days ago!!

I am also going to keep a journal of my experiences here:

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Dr. Warren DDS said...

What a nice ibute to your hard work against the pain, time and cost of the invisalign process.

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Anonymous said...

Loved your blog. Wish I had thought of it. A great idea for a future blogger would be a 1x/week photo so we could see a timelapse video of progress over time after treatment :)

I JUST finished my treatment plan of 22 trays (approx one year or 44 weeks. I ended up wearing the last set for like 5 or 6 weeks due to orthodontist vacations, appointment postponements, etc. My insurance covered $2000., and I paid a down payment of $1,200. After that I had to pay $88 monthly for 18 months. Grand total of $4,784 but only $2,784 out of my pocket over 18 months. I could have paid more per month with a lower or non-existent down payment.

I've been in my retainers for about 1 week now. They are still snug when I snap them in at night. I only wear them for about 7 hours a night so that might be part of the problem. The retainer was included in my treatment program, but it is just the one set not 4 over the course of a year for an extra $500. My biggest concern now is keeping them clear. I bought a year's supply of retainerbrite .com, we shall see.

The Invisalign process for me was not too bad. The first set I wore three weeks, and then 4 attachments were added for the remaining sets. Funny thing about them, I thought they had some magic way of removing them. They do, lol, they use a dremel type tool and grind them into oblivion when you're done. Fortunately no marks or stains so you can't tell they were ever there. That and the occasional brief filing were the least pleasant part of my treatment program.

My orthodontist admitted he had largely lost faith in Invisalign, but my treatment restored it. Apparently, the vast majority of people don't wear their liners with discipline.

I wore mine generally overnight from 10 pm to 6 am. Then they were out from 6am to about 9am (commute to work with coffee, breakfast, etc). Then wore them from 9am to 10:30, popped them out for a quick snack and then back in until 1:00 pm. They were out from 1:00pm to 1:30 for lunch, and then out again briefly around 3:30 for another cliff bar or whatever. Then I wore them from 3:30 until dinnertime about 6pm, at which time they were out (post-dinner wine, etc) until 10pm. That cycle pretty much repeated every weekday for an average daily wear time of about 18 hours. I brushed and flossed prior to putting them in at night, and brushed again in the morning while the trays were cleaning in either denture cleaner (apparently NOT recommended by Invisalign) or hydrogen peroxide. I used the peroxide daily to 'freshen' them up. I brushed after everyime I ate or drank anything besides water. Doing that all day long (after coffee/breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, anything else that came up, and dinner/wine) was the biggest pain in the butt to the entire treatment program for me.

Hope this info is useful to someone.

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Liam Manning said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi, I am currently on the invisalign treatment on the 24th tray on 28. I am a bit concerned because at the end of my treatment my upper teeth won't be aligned with the lower teeth, meaning.The spacing between my upper central incisors and the lower ones won't match according to the little video and the orthodontist is trying to convince me that i don't need refinement because this imperfection won't really show. So i'm concerned that my teeth won't look perfect enough for the money I spent. My question is how many rounds of refinements were included in your contract. I want to know if i'm not satisfied after the first round if I will be allowed to ask for more rounds until I am completely satisfied??

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Anonymous said...

I am glad that it works well, I am a bit nervous as I just got them yesterday, except I have 16 buttons, 31 pairs of trays, and they are quite painful. I will put up with it though if it shows good results! Thanks for sharing!

Ashley Atkins said...

Wow! It’s been a long journey.. I'm doing invisalign right now. So, I'm not sure how well they work yet. Anyway, I bet you’re happy now and satisfied with the result.

Mia Hart said...

Your smile looks fantastic! I had invisalign 2 years ago and I use my last trays as retainers too! I am just so worried that they will go back to the way they were before I started and I definitely do not want that!

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Jennifer Davies said...

Your teeth look amazing! That honestly looks like a stock photo of a smile. I like it even better now that I know what you had to go through to get it that way. It certainly didn't happen overnight, but the braces were worth it. http://www.orthodontist.com.au

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