Is Invisalign really worth it?
Yes! Absolutely! It is 1000% worth it. It truly is the best investment I have ever made. It is the best purchase I have ever made. The best money I have ever spent...
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It really is an investment in yourself!
I really mean it and here is why I highly recommend if you need it and if you are a good candidate for it, absolutely go for it!
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces. It is basically braces for adults even though they are also available for children. The aligners are clear trays that are made of flexible plastic. They are custom made for you depending on what you are trying to fix with your teeth. I personally had a teeth gap that I truly hated. It took a year from start to finish to have the gap closed. I am absolutely beyond the moon happy with my results. And I know you will be too!
Here is how the process works:
You need to have a consultation with a dentist or an orthodontist that specializes and offers Invisalign. Do your research and make sure that he/she has been Invisalign certified. I would also highly recommend researching them and reading their reviews from other people that had a great experience with them.
Once you have that taken care of, you will need to schedule your consultation. During the appointment, your dentist or orthodontist will take a fast and precise 3D digital scan of your teeth and map out a custom treatment plan just for you. Everyone’s teeth issue is different, so a personal plan here is a key for a successful treatment.
The Invisalign treatment process involves taking a mold of your teeth. That is then scanned in order to create a computerized model. Using the doctor's treatment plan, the computer model creates stages between the current and desired teeth positions that are used to create molds for individual aligners. Next, clear alignment trays (aligners) are created for you and your dentist/orthodontist will go over your plan with you, answer any questions you might have and he or she will ensure that the trays fit well.
What do Invisalign aligners feel like?
And there it is. It is your first day with your first set of aligners. And guess what? That first day I wanted to cry, I was so angry at myself for actually doing this to myself and I regretted it. Yes, I mean it. That first day is the worst. It is such an uncomfortable and weird feeling. Yes, the aligners are virtually invisible (hence the name, Invisalign) but the feeling of them in your mouth is something that takes getting used to. My dentist encouraged me to take an Advil or Tylenol the first day or two to help with the pain and discomfort. I mean, It really feels more like pressure than pain. The aligners’ job is to gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, until you reach your beautiful new smile. Bottom and top aligners are usually what is recommended even if you do not have issues with both. But that will ensure that both bottom and top jaws align properly.
What is the time commitment?
Regular check-ins will be recommended with your dentist. You will most likely have to schedule face-to-face check-ups every 6-8 weeks to check your progress and pick up the next batch of aligners. You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out only to eat or drink and then go back in they go. Since they are virtually invisible, most people would not even know you are wearing them.
After those initial couple of days where you hate everyone and everything, I promise you, it gets better! And after a couple of weeks, having the aligners in your mouth all the time becomes second nature. The length of treatment depends on multiple factors, like how complex your case is and how often you wear your aligners. Your doctor will determine exactly how long your treatment will take based on your specific needs. On average, Invisalign treatment time is 12 to 18 months, though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks.
OK, but how about cost?
Now, let’s be real. Invisalign is not cheap. In most cases, Invisalign treatment typically costs about the same as regular braces. Your doctor will determine the cost of your treatment based on how complex your case is and how many aligners you need.
You have the option to pay the whole amount all at once if you are able to or like what I opted to do, make monthly payments, which was much more affordable for me at that time.
Here are my before and after pics. You can see, it really did wonders for me. I highly recommend it. Be sure you wear your aligners for the recommended hours per day and you will see results. I promise! Please also check out my Youtube video where I explain in more detail about the process and my experience with Invisalign.
As I mentioned earlier, if you can afford it, it is an amazing investment in yourself and it is worth it! It gives you a boost of confidence and a beautiful smile. I say go for it and you will not regret it!
Have a great day!