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About two months ago, I began wearing Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Basically Invisalign is a clear, see-through, type of braces for your teeth.
Here's an iPhone photo of me with the Invisalign "aligners" on.
(Except those wrinkles under my eyes! Why didn't I Photoshop them away?)
So, why did I decide to do Invisalign?
When I was young I had braces. I got my braces off at the age of 12. For years, my teeth stayed "perfect."
About two years ago, I noticed one of my lower teeth was moving quickly and substantially. It was turning almost sideways and slipping behind my other teeth. Even though it bothered me, I had no intention of doing anything about it. I certainly didn't want braces for a second time. Also, my lower teeth aren't that visible when I smile so I figured I would just live with it.
Six months ago, my upper teeth began moving too. Specifically, my upper two front teeth were moving quickly. Yes, those same two front teeth which are the most visible teeth every time I talk or smile.
I had visions of Bugs Bunny teeth.
After talking with my dentist, and my kids' orthodontist, I decided to do Invisalign.
Every 2-3 weeks I put in a new set of clear aligners. Each set moves my teeth a little closer to where they're supposed to be. I should be done with the whole process of teeth straightening in about three months. The aligners pop out when I eat, but stay in the rest of the time.
The discomfort has been extremely minimal, and I love that I can take the aligners out when/if I need to.
Really, for me, the only negative has been the fact that I can no longer sip on coffee for hours in the morning. (I don't want to keep the aligners off for that length of time.) My coffee drinking time still exists, but I don't just aimlessly sip it for hours anymore.
Really, not that big of a sacrifice …
After I got Invisalign, (and by the way – paid, in full, for it), I wrote to them and suggested they might be interested in working with me. I get so many PR offers each day, and most of the products would hold no interest to my readers. I thought Invisalign had a product some of you might be interested in.
As a side note, I never write to companies suggesting they might want me to write about them on Twenty Four At Heart. Also, I specifically told them I wasn't looking for any free product/services for myself.
They never even bothered to respond.
Boo Hiss Invisalign!
Maybe they don't like the fact I sometimes use swear words, or write words like "vagina?" Maybe they only like young Mommy Bloggers and don't realize how many non-mommy-bloggers their product would appeal to?
In any case, it's their loss.
Yes, I'm writing about my experience, but no – they aren't getting any promotional benefits.
I've been told my teeth will not be 100% perfect when I'm done, but that they should be about 97-98% perfect. I can live with that – and to me, it's a decent trade-off for not having metal braces a second time.
More importantly, the final set of aligners will act as ongoing retainers. I will wear them, only at night, once my teeth are done being corrected. Wearing them just at night will prevent my teeth from moving in the future.
I'll update you when I'm done and let you know if I think the process was worth the cost.
Also, if I can get my before photos from the orthodontist, I'll post before and after photos once I'm done.
Would you do some form of teeth straightening as an adult?
How about any type of cosmetic dentistry?
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