What began as a daunting and long process a little over a year ago has finally almost come to an end and honestly, it was such a painless and speedy experience. Of course, the results have been very impressive as well. It's really been incredible to look at the slides of what my teeth used to look like and where they've been aligned to today. I am so happy that I went ahead and did it.
So last March I started seeing a dentist here in Los Angeles and he quickly became my friend since he was dating my good friend from high school. On one visit at his office, I began asking him about the whole Invisalign process and what exactly it would entail. We were friends by this time so I trusted his opinion. He proceeded to tell me all the facts and what specifically I would need in my case. I just had two little crooked teeth meaning that I wouldn't need to get metal braces and that Invisalign would be a good fit for me. He estimated that it would take about a year and that it would be a super easy process and that I might as well get it taken care of now before my teeth got anymore crooked. As a 26 year old, time was also an issue for me-I didn't want to have to get this fixed any later in my life.
My dentist was 100% correct. My Invisalign experience flew by and I'm so grateful for the positive change it's made to my bite and teeth placement.
Now, some of you may be wondering what is this Invisalign thing all about? Well, let me tell you…
Simply put, Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces. It effectively treats many of the same conditions that used to only require metal braces. They are a series of removable and virtually invisible aligners that gradually move teeth over time to help achieve a great smile and proper bite.
Invisalign works the same way metal braces do which is by moving teeth by applying pressure over time. Invisalign® G3 was introduced earlier this year and it's the most significant collection of new features and technology innovations in the company’s history. This new generation of Invisalign clear braces for both adults and teens, takes treatment capabilities to the highest level yet, making it possible for orthodontists to treat some of the most complex cases - previously only achieved with metal braces. This is sure to make those adults and teens extremely happy! However, in my opinion, the best things about Invisalign is how easy it is to maintain good oral hygiene with them, they are comfortable, affordable and safe for active lifestyles.
While I'm certainly not a teenager anymore, I still had some of those similar worries that teens have at that age before I began the Invisalign treatment: Would I look like a big dork? Would I have a lisp? Would I look really young with them on? And many others.. Invisalign really is the best option for people of any age with those concerns. Firstly, no one can ever tell that I'm wearing them because they are practically invisable. In fact, I even forget that I have them on because they really are clear! Another reason why Invisalign is great for young adults is that it fits their busy lives—the aligners are comfortable and durable, so it’s easy for teens to continue their favorite activities such as playing sports and musical instruments that can be challenging or uncomfortable with traditional metal braces. Invisalign is also removable—the aligners can easily be taken out to eat and brush teeth. This means that it's not necessary to change what you eat at all. Yes, I could eat popcorn and even chew gum!
Was my experience completely great? Well, not entirely, as of course, nothing is perfect. Like braces, I did have some pain on the first day of putting in a new tray. But that would quickly subside and I'd eventually forget that I even had them in. It did take me awhile before I got used to having to take my Invisalign out to eat but this actually made me pick and choose when I ate so I think I actually eat less often now which is a good thing. : )
Knowing all this information now after having gone through the entire process, I can't believe that I was ever considering getting old fashioned metal braces! And all I can say is now, is, wow, what a difference a year of Invisalign has made to my teeth!! Feel free to email me if you are considering getting Invisialign. I'd be more than happy to talk to you one on one about my experience further.
This post was sponsored by Invisalign.