I personally think there are a lot of misconceptions about wearing aligners and in hindsight, I learned the more you know the better your journey.
If you’re wondering what Invisalign is, it’s basically an alternative to braces. It straightens and aligns your teeth in a more discreet way. This is not my first time doing Invisalign, I’ve tried to correct my teeth about 4 years ago and honestly, I just wasn’t ready nor motivated. I can’t blame my dentist nor the aligners, it was mostly my lack of discipline. That’s a major reason for the post, I think this is a journey that you should research so you know what you’re in for. With that being said, here are 10 things to know before getting Invisalign.
This May Or May Not Work For You
It’s important that you go for consultation after you do your research. While aligners are meant to improve your teeth, it may not work for everyone. Usually, your Orthodontist or Dentist will let you know if it’s the best option for you during your consultation and what may be needed before starting your aligners.
Consultations Are Important
Consultations are very helpful. This is your chance to ask all your questions, get insight on what this will be like for you, and how it’s going to go. I’m not sure if you can start Invisalign without it, but it really allows you to set your goals and see if you need to do anything prior to starting your trays.
For example, I had to remove most of my wisdom teeth to give my teeth more space to move because I have some over-crowding. This may not be the case for you but it’s good to figure out what you need to do prior to wear your trays (Invisalign).
Choosing Your Dentist/Orthodontist Is Important
Choosing your doctor is important because they are guiding you through this process. I personally think anything dealing with teeth is personal and you want someone who is knowledgeable about this and has experience.
Also, all dentists are not experienced in this type of treatment. This is considered a cosmetic change and people usually see an orthodontist for this. If you can find a dentist who has experience with this, it’s a win-win because you’re only seeing one doctor. To me, I found it helpful because I don’t have insurance that covers orthodontics so I would be paying even more out of pocket.
Invisalign Is Not Cheap
Invisalign’s can cost anywhere from $3,000-$7,000. It’s very expensive and isn’t covered by insurance. However, I would look into payment options and discuss that with your doctor. There are also other options like Smile Direct, Candid, and Byte. I don’t know that it’s cheaper, but those are other options.
Invisalign’s Are Not 100% Invisible
It’s a clear tray that moves your teeth into a straighter formation. You can tell you are wearing something (if you look up close) but it’s not completely visible. This can depend on your teeth though.
Sometimes these things called attachments are added to your actual teeth or aligners to help move stubborn teeth. Not everyone gets it, but those are more visible. Nonetheless, still more discreet than braces.
Invisalign’s Can Hurt
To be honest, you really only experience pain when you change your trays. It’s very fitting and it’s moving your teeth so there will be pressure. Also, sometimes the Invisalign can cut your cheeks, lip, or tongue.
Like I said you’d really only experience this the first week of changing your trays.
Everyone’s Journey Isn’t the Same
While I want to share my tips and journey with you, it may not be the same for you. You may need more or fewer trays, you may have hiccups along the way, etc… it’s very important to know that this is a journey unique to you and based on what you need to get the results you want.
Invisalign’s Are High-Maintenance
It requires you to not only brush your teeth more than you normally would, plus you have to brush an extra set of teeth. You should brush your aligners and teeth after EVERY meal. And you have to take them out every time you eat or drink anything that isn’t water.
Get ready to have to brush your teeth in public bathrooms. That was a huge adjustment for me and I’m a flight attendant. I cringe when I have to brush my teeth in the lavatory especially during COVID so keep that in mind.
Need To Form Good Habit
When you get Invisalign it’s important that you form good habits like taking them out and putting them right back when you’re done, wearing them consistently, and practicing good hygiene. It’s a new routine to form and get used to, but you get adjusted quickly.
Do Your Research
It’s important to research your options like what brand you want to go with, what the process will be like, and how much it’s going to cost. This way you’ll know what to expect and how to prepare.
I hope this was helpful. Watch my Invisalign journey on Youtube!