anyone with braces want to join a thread?

(111 Posts)
saycheeeeeese Thu 06-Dec-12 11:50:32

Hope this is tbe right place to put this, i just recently started invisilign treatment for my horrible teeth and an keen to hear other people's experiences, share support whatever the type of braces you have decided on!!

hopes thread won't crash and burn smile

SquirtedFrankinScentsInStable Thu 06-Dec-12 11:58:22

I have the inman aligner atm this. I have one week today to go and I'm done.

My teeth were straight within 2 weeks, but it takes another 2 weeks to get the retainer made, so I've had to put up with it for another fortnight.
But 4 weeks for straight front teeth is pretty good.

lashingsofbingeinghere Thu 06-Dec-12 12:13:13

Hi, I am using clear plastic invisalign style braces (Orthocaps is the brand). Very pleased so far but it takes a long time -another 6-9 months to go!

Squirted, can I ask what you are paying for your treatment? Mine is £2,500 for top and bottom alignment (I have overcrowding on both, but worse on the top teeth).

SquirtedFrankinScentsInStable Thu 06-Dec-12 12:20:07

Lashing, top only. £1600.

I am getting them in the new year. One squint rogue tooth to the front upper.

saycheeeeeese Thu 06-Dec-12 12:34:37

Wow that Inman looks amazing! My invisilign treatment is going to last 18 months, 36 trays sad but I keep thinking it will be worth it.

I'm currently on tray 3, and noticing subtle changes, lots of gaps forming!

gregs what type are you getting?

scripsi Thu 06-Dec-12 12:43:18

I am hoping to take the plunge as my teeth cause me no end of worry. I have a lot of crowding on the lower teeth and a slightly wonky tooth on the upper (that's a new thing ...). I think the inman can only work for either up or down? Very interested in that though.

Anyway am marking my place as seeing others who have taken the plunge makes me hopeful!

saycheeeeeese Thu 06-Dec-12 12:52:07

scripso it took me 6 months to work up the courage to even ask my dentist about it....funny thing is Jenny told me that everyone he saw he he thought I was snuggle excellent candidate for the treatment because my oral hygiene I'd good but when I mentioned it to him he got really excited grin I must be a challenge.

My teeth are crowded both upper and lower, and it's going to take longer because I didn't opt to have my wisdom teeth extracted <shudder>

The only pain I've had so far is tongue ulcers but I took a nail file to the trays and that has solved the problem!

saycheeeeeese Thu 06-Dec-12 12:52:42

he not Jenny

scripsi Thu 06-Dec-12 13:06:47

thanks saycheeeeeese haha re Jenny typo. Luckily I had to have my wisdom teeth out ages ago, but there still isn't much space (hope that doesn't mean I'd need extractions!). I have one wonky tooth in the upper and really bad crookedness on the front three teeth on the lower jaw.
I would probably be looking for the quickest possible solution as I hate having anything done to my mouth.

saycheeeeeese Thu 06-Dec-12 13:10:54

I've just reread my post ffs my typos are awful sorry I'm using my mobile phone!

scripsi Thu 06-Dec-12 13:25:51

I like "snuggle excellent" and I shall be using that at the earliest opportunity grin

RyanGoslingRocks Thu 06-Dec-12 13:31:51

I got my braces off on Tuesday. 14 months of fixed braces, upper and lower. £3700! Cr@p at times but well worth it. Love my new teeth!
Good luck to you all :-)

scripsi Thu 06-Dec-12 14:01:55

Squirted would you mind saying which dentist you are using (PM if you want to!) - all my local ones are pushing invisalign but as my bite is good, I would think that the Inman Aligner would be even better. I would be happy to travel!

squoosh Thu 06-Dec-12 14:13:45

I'm thinking of getting invisalign too. Have a few gaps that are bugging me. Interested to hear how you all get on.

SquirtedFrankinScentsInStable Thu 06-Dec-12 14:54:20

scripsi i doubt you'd want to travel to Northern Ireland! grin

Theres "find a dentist" on their website.

Since I got this fitted ive noticed others advertising invisalign, but I didnt realise I was getting something different iyswim. I thought I had just got the name wrong.

My bite is good too, I had one overlapping front tooth. He told me it would take 6 weeks to be fixed, but it was only 2. At my first appointment to get it checked, he measured up for the retainer. I am well pleased.

scripsi Thu 06-Dec-12 15:38:37

Good point Squirted, perhaps a little too far to go for me! inman aligner could be just the thing for me though.

saycheeeeeese Thu 06-Dec-12 15:56:23

squirted I'm in Norn Iron too <waves>

Bella88 Thu 06-Dec-12 16:34:21

3 months into an 18 month sentence here - got ceramics on the top so not too vile looking. I'm nowhere near as self conscious of it as I thought I would be, braces don't seem as stigmatised these days do they?

I'm neurotic about keeping my gob clean so invested in a waterpik which is brill for jet washing all the bits of trapped food after eating, right little life saver it is.

saycheeeeeese Thu 06-Dec-12 16:57:29

Bella that sounds good, I've asked my DH to buy me the Oral B 5000...all singing and dancing!! The thing about invisilign is you have to take them out to eat but brush and loss before you put them back in..... people give me strange looks in the work toilets and I give them the middle finger when they leave

Anyone recommend a good whitening toothpaste? And a gentle mouthwash?

Iam being referred for train tracks but I am quite keen on the aligner mentioned above. I am waiting to hear back from a local dentist who does that too. If he can do it in 12 weeks I would rather that than 12 months.

SquirtedFrankinScentsInStable Thu 06-Dec-12 17:34:44

Hi SayCheeeeeese! <waves back>

scripsi did you find a dentist local to you? There's quite a lot listed it seems.

gregs you might want to check you are getting a retainer. I got traditional train tracks when I was in my 20's <old gimmer> stuck it for about 18 months. Over the past 10 years my front tooth has been gradually moving back to where it was before, apparently because I didn't get a retainer to wear. Hence the need for me to be getting it done again. <bitter about paying twice, but there you go> I was talked into this type because he will fit a permanent retaining wire across the back of my front teeth to ensure they can't move again.

I had braces in my late teens but like you didn't get a retainer so will ensure whatever I do this time I will have one.

Daft question time - can you eat and drink and talk ok with it in?

SquirtedFrankinScentsInStable Thu 06-Dec-12 17:56:43

No, it gets taken out for eating. Drinking gets easier tbh!
Speaking was a problem for a few days. I couldn't understand myself!

Just a few days? I have a front facing role and answer the phones at work. D you think it will work? I have a consultation on Tuesday.

GinAndSlimlinePlease Thu 06-Dec-12 18:15:56

hi fellow brace wearers grin

I'm 5 months into my fixed brace sentence. It's fixing lots, wonky teeth, wonky jaw and bite. Jaw surgery to come sad I've just had a couple of baby teeth out so I'm feeling a little down about it all.

But I'm looking forward to the end result. I can't wait for shiny straight teeth. And having an even bite, that'll be amazing. I can't bite down on one side, so looking forward to the day when I can chew food properly smile

I don't normally mind having the brace. It hasn't bothered me too much, once I got over the initial stage.

I'm jealous of all of you having invisible removable ones

ujjayi Thu 06-Dec-12 18:29:27

Hey all. Won't be joining the thread but wanted to pop in to say stick with it (or, go for it, if you've yet to take the plunge) grin

I finished 18 months of treatment 6 months ago and it is one of the best things I have done for myself, beauty wise. I had fixed braces which were tooth coloured. I switched to metal wires 9 months into treatment and wished I had had them from the start. They look cleaner and brighter than the tooth coloured version (which are noticeable anyway since your teeth are gappy/not straight). I now wear a retainer most nights and have a retainer wire behind my top 4 front teeth. The transformation has been stunning. I had a huge gap closed and front teeth uncrossed.

Good luck everyone!

TheReturnOfBridezilla Thu 06-Dec-12 18:34:22

I really want braces. I have my brother's wedding next summer and want my teeth to look better than they did at my own sad.

It all looks very expensive though.

ujjayi Thu 06-Dec-12 18:36:32

My orthodontist offered an interest free payment plan. Don't know if that's common practice?

TheReturnOfBridezilla Thu 06-Dec-12 18:39:59

Perhaps I'll ask my dentist about it? I'm actually due a check up this month, have felt a bit embarrassed about mentioning it before but I've always hated my teeth.

SquirtedFrankinScentsInStable Thu 06-Dec-12 18:45:28

greggs your dentist might have one to show you?
If you answer the phone all day, I would recommend you get it fitted on a Friday and give yourself the weekend to get used to it. The top plate doesn't sit flush with the top of your mouth so it takes a few days to get your tongue round the words.
My dentist said if I really needed to, I could take it out, but not for more than 4 hours at a time, as teeth will move in that time and undo the past 20 hours of work. I've been wearing this for 23 hours a day, which might be why it's worked so fast.
Good luck for your consultation. Let us know how you get on.

I will do. I am expecting an operation date for a hysterectomy in February meaning 6 weeks off work. I might try and tie them both in. I reckon it will take until the middle of January for me to have braces or the inman in place with Christmas holidays anyway. Thanks for your help.

AnnCoats Thu 06-Dec-12 19:27:37

Just want to say if anyone is dithering about getting braces - just go for it. My brace was removed just over a year ago and I'm so pleased with the results.

I was treated as a teenager back in the '70s (yes I'm that old) with terrible overcrowding, had 4 teeth removed, full metal train tracks top and bottom. Trouble was after all that work I didn't wear my retainer and top teeth just moved back and looked awful.

So years later my new dentist wanted to refer me to his wife who's an orthodontist and I finally took the plunge in March 2011 with the hope of finally having straight teeth for my 50th birthday in April 2013. Ceramics just on top teeth. Had no trouble at all really just a bit sore when first on. Teeth moved really quickly and had brace off November 2011. Now got fixed retaining bar behind teeth and wear removable retainer every other night.

£1400 - best money I ever spent.

Just make sure you wear your retainer!

saycheeeeeese Thu 06-Dec-12 22:21:10

Mine is costing 3k but I'm paying it through the dental practice finance over 2years, though i could have spread it over 3 ...I will have lovely straight teeth before I hit 30!

After my DD was born I just thought f*ck it what have I got to lose I'm never going to regret it, I've always hated my teeth and you only live once!!

scripsi Fri 07-Dec-12 11:59:48

Squirted yes thanks, I have found a few though as I am rural I might have to venture into London. I am dithering as I would rather have a personal recommendation ...
Saycheeeeese I am feeling that way too - have spent too much of my life already trying to speak with my mouth closed!

saycheeeeeese Fri 07-Dec-12 14:17:31

My braces are making my teeth quite stained!!

Anyone recommend a good whitening toothpaste that is suitable for using at least 5times a day??

GinAndSlimlinePlease Fri 07-Dec-12 15:28:37

m getting really stained teeth too sad but l''ve accepted I'll get them whitened after the brace comes off...i

GreatCongas Fri 07-Dec-12 15:36:48

Sorry marking place as want to read this later
Phone apps being an arse and won't let me bookmark without booting me

Spoke to my dentist about the Inman. She has heard of it but doesn't overly recommend - they wouldn't really would they! She tells me to do the train track route for a better finish. Has concerns about my bite if I have Inman. We will see as I am having consultations with both but if mine can be sorted in a few weeks rather than months then I know what option I will take.

TiredMule Sat 08-Dec-12 10:19:58

Best money I ever spent! 2 years of fixed braces which I had off 2 years ago. Don't know why I waited so long, 2 years went so quickly and they weren't that visible-most people never noticed! I have bonded retainers top and bottom which will stay there forever! Love my new teeth-can't believe how I used to try not to smile to hid e them! I would say that fixed braces are supposed to give better longer lasting results, and I honestly can say that they are not very obvious at all.

Woohoo! My brace is out, retaining wire behind teeth.
And they look really really good. I am delighted.
4 weeks 2 days.

saycheeeeeese Tue 01-Jan-13 22:14:34

Well everyone, how are you getting on?

Im on my 5th set of invisilign braces so week 10 and its going well though I have to say ive been bad over christmas and had them out for whole days!

Just put my 5th set in tonight and boy they are bloody tight! !

themousetookastroll Tue 01-Jan-13 23:22:20

I've just started with Invisalign (well, two weeks ago, but I've been rubbish over Christmas). They are really good so far, and no-one has spotted/commented on them, not even DM, DSiS or (very unobservant) DH. My speech was a bit weird at the beginning, but seems fine now... Great to know so many others are opting for braces/straightening

saycheeeeeese Wed 02-Jan-13 10:27:22

themousetookastroll im very pleased with mine, no one ever notices though I have a big attachment on my eye tooth which makes my teeth look even more crowded that they are!

Do you have to have any attachments or IPR done? I had my first IPR 2 weeks ago and it wasn't as bad as I expected.

DerbyNottsLeicsNightNanny Wed 02-Jan-13 14:57:32

I've had my wire & elastics changed today on my 'invisible' 6month smiles fixed braces, so feel very tender at the mo! Am hoping that they will be off soon-ish, they've been on for 7.5months so far. Cant wait for it all to be over!

Getting my aligner. Just to go back for impressions and they will make it for me.

scripsi Wed 02-Jan-13 16:50:02

I am still on the fence, quite keen on the aligner but am hoping to find a dentist who does lots of different kinds of appliance: aligner, invisalign, 6monthsmile etc. so I make the right choice. I may have to travel to London for this. In the meantime I am saving up for them.

The dentist I found would do traditional braces, aligner and Invisalign. I was under no pressure for any of them as he said he could do any of them. Totally my choice.

scripsi Wed 02-Jan-13 18:54:08

That's great Gregs. My dentist only does invisalign or traditional so not great for an unbiased opinion and I would prefer the aligner as it is only my front teeth which are the problem.

It is only my front 3 that have a problem. It was very interesting when he showed me the computer generated drawing of my teeth and hat would happen. Shitting myself over having teeth shaved though.

scripsi Wed 02-Jan-13 19:03:28

I would have to have my teeth shaved also I have no doubt - a friend had to have this done and was surprised how quick, easy and painless it was!

saycheeeeeese Wed 02-Jan-13 19:47:20

Just make sure you get your mouth frozen and it will be fine honestly!

themousetookastroll Fri 04-Jan-13 19:42:36

saycheeeeeese. I've got six little attachments on the front, and one on the back of a front tooth, and I'll also need periodic IPR - I had some at the first session, which was fine (without mouth freezing). It was the sound I disliked - like being sanded!

Any tips on how to clean the Invisaligns would be great. I'm just using a toothbrush and a bit of paste (inside and out) but find it hard to clean them properly. Would denture cleaner work, does anyone know, or does that require long soaking?

mammmamia Sun 13-Jan-13 11:22:40

saycheeeese thanks for sending me the link to this thread. I'm thinking of looking into the Inman aligned as well so really good to read other experiences. Thanks - will post back if I actually go through with it!

MadonnaKebab Sun 13-Jan-13 13:40:38

TheMouse
White vinegar diluted 50% with water, soak 30 mins
As well as not instead of physical cleaning

Bakingnovice Tue 15-Jan-13 19:25:05

Sooo excited to have found this thread. I had taught myself to never smile growing up as I hated my teeth. They were slightly wonky but really bothered me as they were the result of a neglected childhood. It took me 15 years to pluck up the courage to enquire about them. I am now in my last ten weeks of upper train tracks. I have a deep rooted fear of dentists but have found the pain tolerable. I hate the elastics I have now.

Mostly I am absolutely crappibg myself about how bad the removal
Of the braves is going to be! Can anyone help
Allay my fears??

Also, after treatment I get to wear a retainer at night. I asked my dentist about a fixed upper retainer and he said upper fixed retainers usually break. I'm v confused as everyone here seems to have a fixed retainer. I think I'm going to cry the day I am done with braces. It's been emotional!

Bakingnovice Tue 15-Jan-13 19:26:11

Oh and I couldn't have done this journey without my wonderful partner. The Panasonic oral irrigator.

MadonnaKebab Tue 15-Jan-13 20:42:56

Baking
Having the braces removed will not hurt at all provided your gums are healthy, so brush & irrigate really well in the weeks leading up to it
Upper bonded retainers do fail more than lower ones, so removable retainers are more usual

alexflower Tue 15-Jan-13 21:01:47

Just joining on here, about to get traintrack braces fitted on my upper teeth. Had them for 3 years at school and had a bonded retainer fitted but over the years it kept coming unglued and getting repaired and now I have gaps at either side. Been estimated around 5-6 months to close gaps so thankfully not too long!

florencewallpaper Tue 15-Jan-13 21:12:17

Hello! I had fixed lingual braces fitted in April last year to correct my overcrowded teeth and so far it's been miraculous.

I'll be honest and say that it's a true pain, I lisp a bit (though people say they don't notice) and I still have around 11 months to go, but my teeth are looking HEAPS better already so no regrets smile

Bakingnovice Tue 15-Jan-13 22:29:58

Oh madonna thank you. I clean well but my flossing is bad. I use my irrigator instead as I can't get floss between my braces. How long is removal?

My dentist told me he's been working for thirty years and I'm the first person who has ever cried out whilst Having elastics replaced on braves I'm so embarrassed to be so scared. Love this thread.

Good to have somewhere for all bracefaces to gather.

saycheeeeeese Wed 23-Jan-13 20:18:05

Sorry I've neglected the thread a bit! themouse I clean my trays with denture tablets, as recommended by my dentist and also soak in clear mouthwash at night for a few minutes.

I brush them every time I brush ny teeth too. I have the worst morning breath though, big downside to them so my DH gets pushed away first thing in the morning!

Im on my 6th set if teays, 6 out of 36 so I've a long way to go but definitely noticing a difference ! I think im becoming slightly OCD about my teeth, I think I'll end up brushing after every meal even after I finish treatment I cant stand dirty teeth now!

saycheeeeeese Wed 23-Jan-13 20:23:49

Oh and hello to all the newbies, its really interesting to hear about other experiences smile

gangbangstyle Wed 23-Jan-13 23:02:32

I've been thinking of getting a brace, crowded bottom teeth and a few top teeth sloping around a bit. The main thing stopping me is I'm assuming I'll have to have teeth out. I guess I need to see a dentist about it for advice. Has anyone in here had teeth out to accommodate teeth realigning?

gangbangstyle Wed 23-Jan-13 23:09:31

and what's IPR? thanks!

saycheeeeeese Thu 24-Jan-13 07:33:58

gangbang I was the same and was convinced they'd have to remove all of my wisdom teetg. But thankfully they don't, getting braces was one of my better decisions.

IPR is a procedure where they file in between the teeth to allow them room to move, its common practice during invisalign treatment and I assume other type of braces. Its definitely sounds worse than it is.

Speak to your dentist about your options and go for it, I can't imagine anyone regretting it!!

Colliewollydoodle Thu 24-Jan-13 17:32:12

I went down the Invisalign route. It took 9 months to push back a front tooth and ease a space for it to be pushed into on the top and the bottom ones were all just straightened up as they were twisted. Brilliant, worked really well. I'm still wearing a retainer at night, thas been about 8 months now, and if I miss a night I can feel that the teeth are on the move, so need to carry on with the retainer. But it has all been simple easy painless pricey , but what teeth procedure isn't ? Would thoroughly recommend it. Most of my friends were completely unaware I was having it done.

saycheeeeeese Thu 24-Jan-13 22:20:50

collie did you pay for a retainer or do you just use your final tray?

Bakingnovice Thu 24-Jan-13 22:32:38

I've paid £2k for top braces incl retainer. It cost £100. I think I was a bit robbed. I've got ten weeks to go. It should've been less but apparently my teeth have shifted back a bit as the bl

Bakingnovice Thu 24-Jan-13 22:32:47

Bl

Bakingnovice Thu 24-Jan-13 22:33:35

So sorry. Fucking iPhone!

Bloody dentist makes appointments ten weeks apart and he admitted its too long.

saycheeeeeese Fri 25-Jan-13 07:31:23

Baking id be livid if my dentist messed me about like that!

Colliewollydoodle Wed 30-Jan-13 19:49:46

Sorry baking just checked thread, no it was all part of the package, I got two sets.

Colliewollydoodle Wed 30-Jan-13 19:51:24

Sorry SAYCHEEEESE just checked thread, no it was all part of the package, I got two sets.

saycheeeeeese Tue 05-Feb-13 08:47:45

My retainers are going to cost £400 for 3 sets shock

But they should last years as long as they're looked after!

The next year and a half is going to be long however I've noticed a change in my top canine which used to protrude badly, its now nearly in line with my other teeth smile

Missbopeep Thu 07-Feb-13 17:59:35

Anyone with Invisalign who can answer some questions?

I might try a new dentist for a quote as my regular dentist is not v experienced with this.

However, I have had conflicting info on some things- ca anyone confirm or not?

- the initial consultation can tell you how long the treatment will take and if you will need extractions IF you pay to have moulds done and sent to the US- TRUE OR FALSE? My own dentist said they do this for £200 hmm

- filing down the edges of teth instead of having extractions- won't this weaken the teeth eventually over the years as you will be losing enamel- anyone know?

I have seen 1 orhtodontist who I didn't take to- and won't use him-but he quoted me around £3K and said it would take around 2 years as my crowding was moderate-severe shock on upper jaw but not lower jaw. I did have 2 extractions as a child to make space in my lower jaw but the teeth never moved to fill the gap.

Any info at all v welcome.

I am worried about going into something costing a lot of money and wishing I hadn't if it's painful, nuisance etc etc.

I have 2 overlapping teeth on my upper jaw on one side - the middle tooth and the next one along- and my front teeth are evidently "set back" - the opposite of rabbit teeth.

Gosh the more I write the more I think I need this doing but I'm pretty old now and keep wondering if it's worth it.

saycheeeeeese Thu 07-Feb-13 22:43:40

Ok I will try to help missbopeep

I got my initial consultation for free, part of the offer but it was only my dentist telling me about it, and giving me guesstimates. By the time I got my moulds etc I had agreed to it so im not sure how much they'd charge if you changed your mind after they sent it to US to produce the clincheck (the animation they base your trays on).

To he honest I did ALOT of research and there are a few forums you can join too but it really is the best thing I ever done for me. I have crowded teetg upper, my dentist was able to negotiate them away from extracting ny wisdom teeth, in toal I will need 5 teeth shave to 0.3mm which is very little. Your teeth will close up and the gaps that have been shaved will close so I cant imagine it wouldn't have too much of a detrimental effect and most brace weareres both traditional and invisible have had teeth filed, its pretty standard.

Its up to you how much your teeth bother you, im 28 now and will be 30 before im done, I hate my teeth and decided life is too short for regrets.

It is costing me 3k, im paying it off over 2years.

I will admit that the constant brushing and flossing is irritating at first and people tend to look at you weird in public loos but you get used to it abd actually become a bit obsessive about it, big advantage is it helps you to cut down on snackibg smile

The braces took about 2 weeks to get really used to them, now I hate not having them in, my teeth feel sharp and jaggy! Im on tray 7 out of 36, I can see a huge difference already and my teeth have never been cleaner and whiter because ofthe constant brushing.

I saw it as a year or two out of my life for a lot of hapoy years with beautiful teeth in return. And I do think its worth it, im loving it and get very excited with each new tray.

saycheeeeeese Thu 07-Feb-13 22:44:40

Sorry for spelling was using my phone :-)

Missbopeep Fri 08-Feb-13 10:34:31

Thanks- that's very helpful I am in my 50s- my mum had a traditional brace at 75 so by family standards I still have plenty of time to go!

saycheeeeeese Fri 08-Feb-13 14:31:26

I should also mention that you will only be eligible if you have good oral hygiene and not too many fillings, I was a good candidate because I only have 2fillings.

Go for it!!

GinAndSlimlinePlease Fri 08-Feb-13 14:41:10

Hi fellow brace face folk smile

All is going well with my train tracks! They're nicely moving into position after I had four teeth removed. For the first time ever I'm getting straight teeth!

The staining has improved after my orthodontist replaced elastics with wire. The wire hurts a little more but is water to keep clean. I found out I was pregnant last week and not sure how that will work with the braces. I hope ok... It means I won't be having any jaw surgery just yet too grin

saycheeeeeese Fri 08-Feb-13 14:55:15

ginandslim massive congratulations on your pregnancy!!!

Im sure it will be fine having train tracks while pregnant! Among other health reasons I couldn't contemplate having another baby while going through invisalign, brushing my teeth made me vomit during pregnancy so I don't think having trays in would be such a good idea!

Glad to hear you're starting to see a big difference, it definitely makes the hassle worthwhile! My 'snag' tooth is nearly back in line with the rest of my teeth so im well chuffed!

crispycake Fri 08-Feb-13 18:40:32

Saycheeeeese - thank you for the link I'm sure this will come in very helpful.

I had consultations today for invisilign. I also got impressions taken by one dentist. He's the one I'm going with. I just need to go and pay my clincheck fee then hopefully it'll be all systems go smile

It'll be lovely to smile showing my teeth.

saycheeeeeese Sat 09-Feb-13 00:02:24

Welcome to the thread crispy its all very exciting getting started, wait until you see your clincheck you'll be amazed!

Keep us posted, im on tray 7 out of 36 and wont be finished until next summer! But hoping it will be completely worth it, wish i'd done this years ago!!

chasingtail Sun 17-Feb-13 17:43:32

Can I join, can I, can I??!

Had Clear Step, fixed braces fitted on Friday and would love to be part of this thread.

Hated my smile forever, so finally at the ripe old age of 41, I have taken the plunge and done it.

Really pleased and just hoping the pain, embaressment and poverty will be minor disadvantages!

crispycake Fri 01-Mar-13 19:41:08

Thought I'd post back.

So I got my clincheck through on Tuesday and I must say I'm pretty amazed at the end result. They are perfectly straight!
Even after 3 months my front tooth that sticks out is noticeably better. I can't wait to start which I think will be in 2 weeks.
I popped into the surgery today to pay for the next stage of my treatment and seen my dentist, who was very excited and came over to me to tell me that invisilign is even more clear than before as they've started using a new product to make the trays.
Anyone have this yet?
So by the end of sept I should have lovely straight teeth. Yay smile

Bakingnovice Tue 05-Mar-13 14:31:58

I've got my final appointment pre removal today. I have a real fear of dentists so I always feel anxious before any appointment. I should be having my brace removed in 4 weeks. I'm a bit worried as some of my gums feel sore. I don't floss as its really hard to get the floss in and out of the tracks, but I have a brilliant irrigator I use. Can anyone tell me how long removal takes? I'm bricking it!!

Garydentist Sat 16-Mar-13 23:06:25

Hi. I hope you don't mind me joining in but I used a German clear aligner system called In-Line on myself 6 years ago and have treated lots of patients with it since then.
I love it because patients find them so comfortable as they have no attachments and they move quicker than other clear braces because they are stronger. Most cases are 6-7 months. And no-one knows they are wearing them. I had one lady that wore her first aligner for a month and her husband didn't know she started!
The Inman Aligner is the quickest but my patients find it quite bulky and can't talk with it. Clearstep have gone bankrupt and have left thousands of dentists and patients stuck so many are using In-Line or other similar ones instead.

I can help answer some questions if you like. The IPR where you file a little enamel is very safe as you only remove a small fraction of the enamel and it saves having extractions done.
Also with In-Line you get a 3D prediction emailed to you before treatment so you see exactly how the teeth will look at the end. Invisalign's clincheck is similar.
Don't worry Bakingnovice about having the fixed brace removed. The brackets pop off really easily by a simple twist and once your teeth are polished they will feel great. It is totally painless. (Or should be!)
I would definitely go for a fixed retainer.I fit lots of them and they don't break when they are placed properly. Removable retainers can still get some relapse sometimes. I fit fixed and also give a removable over it too just to wear once a week to make sure you know the teeth don't move. It's too much money and time to risk it!

I am happy to answer any questions if I can!

DrRajKumar Tue 19-Mar-13 22:32:58

As an Invisalign expert with over 780 cases under my belt, I can safely say that Invisalign is the treatment of choice when treating both arches. Most people have upper and lower arch problems.#
Inman is vey bulky and not great at complex crowding.

saycheeeeeese Sun 24-Mar-13 09:09:01

Wow some really good advice there Garydentist and DrRaj thanks for joining the thread smile

I have to admit IPR did concern me slightly but glad to hear there are no detrimental effects long term.

Sorry I've neglected the thread I don't get on here much these days but wanted to report im on tray 10 and my snag tooth on the top has disappeared, it's amazing getting invisalign was the best decision ever, pain free and results already smile

crispy how exciting those months will fly in, I've had my trays for 5 months now and I couldn't tell you where the time has gone, haven't heard of the clearer trays but that sounds great though very few people notice mine anyway.

chasing welcome to the thread and well done for taking the plunge, clear step? Are they like invisalign?

To the two dentists here, I have 38 trays and im on 10/38 is it likely I will need anymore refinement trays? Is that standard? I thought once I got to 38/38 that would be me done but ive Googled and a lot of people are saying they had to get refinements?

saycheeeeeese Sun 24-Mar-13 09:18:02

Sorry I am on 11/36!!

saycheeeeeese Sun 24-Mar-13 09:20:36

I have another question about retainers (sorry I have a toddler snatching my phone and posting too early).

After invisilgn would I be better with a fixed retainer or removable? Anyone with any experience of this?

crispycake Thu 28-Mar-13 19:00:02

Well I had my attachments fitted today and I have 13 yes 13! I was worried what these would like but they're actually not that bad.
I also had some IPR done today and I didn't like this. The actual filing/spacing was ok it was the prep that was unbearable to the point where my toes where curling sad & I'll need more doing.
Do you get use the feel of the attachments?

I'm on tray 2 out of 14. I'm wearing tray 2 for 4 weeks!
Anyone else wore one for as long?

Saycheeeese - I was wondering what would be best once treatment has finished.

crispycake Fri 29-Mar-13 11:42:00

After looking on the Internet last night I realised the bit that hurt quite a bit was having the grinder in between my teeth. I didn't know I was having this.
Worse thing was during the whole procedure I had a mirror above me! This wasn't a pleasent sight at all smile

LaVitaBellissima Fri 29-Mar-13 12:03:08

I have been thinking about getting Invisalign as I have bad overcrowding on my lower teeth. Have a tooth related injury ATM so would appreciate some advise from one of the threads resident dentists grin sorry for hijack!

It looks like I am going to lose my front tooth sad headbutt from a tantruming toddler injury sad I am 32, root canal failed as after a week I'm still in pain, my lovely dentist says although the X-ray isn't obvious he thinks there is a tiny fracture. I am due to go back next week to discuss my options. Would you recommend a bridge or an implant?
He says based on my age he'd recommend referring my for an implant, or he can do a bridge being the cheaper option.
Am unsure what to do sad confused

Crutchlow35 Fri 29-Mar-13 18:19:09

I got my Inman today. Can anone who has had it tell me if the saliva gets better as you get used to it?

saycheeeeeese Tue 09-Apr-13 11:33:50

Bumping the thread.

crispy you will get used to the attachments they smooth down too which helps. My IPR wasn't bad at all it felt like the dentist was using a miniature file between my teeth, he didn't need a grinder, what size was your IPR?
No mirror either that would have scared the crap out of me.

I only have another year to go and I should be finished, still no regrets at all smile

Bakingnovice Wed 10-Apr-13 15:25:49

Was debraced last week and felt brilliant. They took moulds for my retainer and I came home. Removing my porcelain brackets was horrid as they shattered and had to be almost tugged off. And I felt like I was going to faint. Anyway, woke up Friday and my teeth had shifted massively and I was really upset. Rang the surgery who managed to make my retainer quickly and I now have it in. I'm collected my night time retainer next week. Having the retainer in is weird as it hurts because it's pushed the shifting teeth back into position. I hope Ivey used to it.

I wanted to ask if anyone has had the bottom of their filed down a bit to level them off. I'm going next week for this. My dentist said it'll just finish off the teeth as they are quite curvy at the bottom.

saycheeeeeese Wed 10-Apr-13 19:12:48

It's amazing how fast they can move in such a short period of time, if I don't wear my tray for a few hours mine definitely move. You will get used to the retainer it's not unlike the invisalign trays and it took me about a week to get used to it.

I'm getting one of my top teeth filed so interested to hear too.. oh the things we do for our vanity eh? grin

Bakingnovice Thu 11-Apr-13 15:13:33

Hating the retainer. Worse than having a brace. I think I have to wear the daytime one for about six months as well as the night one. It feels never ending at the moment.

Crutchlow35 Thu 11-Apr-13 15:18:15

I am 2 weeks into 12 wearing an inman aligner. I am finding it ok. Not wearing it as much as I would like as I just can't speak with it in so duri g the working day it is out but I see a big difference to my teeth already.

saycheeeeeese Thu 11-Apr-13 18:48:35

Baking that's how I felt it made ne feel claustrophobic at first, if that makes sense.

Crutchlow welcome, 12 weeks wow that's quick! I have another year of invisalign and I've done nearly 6 months already.

Bakingnovice Thu 11-Apr-13 19:15:06

Yes claustrophobic that's how I feel. Just weird and very irritated.

saycheeeeeese Thu 11-Apr-13 19:29:19

I know it well honestly it does get better. I spent the first week with a mega headache and the desire to rip my face off and bite someone very hard.

I bet your teeth are vair vair beautiful though!

FayeKorgasm Thu 11-Apr-13 19:35:53

I had invisalign on my top teeth 4 years ago. It was amazing and my teeth look perfect.

Some of the braces hurt more than others, and were more fiddley but it was the best thing I could do for my confidence. Most people didn't even realise I was wearing them.

I now have a permanent bar cemented behind my teeth, to keep them in place, but I don't really notice it now.

Enjoy your lovely new smile in a few months time smile

saycheeeeeese Thu 11-Apr-13 19:41:03

Faye im very pleased so far it has been relatively painless, as you say some trays are sore but most are ok. I find the trays following IPR tend to be the worst but still probably easy compared to traditional braces.

Did you choose the bar over a retainer?

Yonisausageroll Thu 11-Apr-13 20:23:57

That's the beauty say cheese of the aligner. 12 weeks instead of 2 years. I too will need a retainer after.

saycheeeeeese Thu 11-Apr-13 20:43:30

I asked my dentist about the inman but my teeth were too bad, my teeth were pretty awful but looking better by the day!

SoVerySleepy Sun 14-Apr-13 16:43:14

Hello, can anyone give me some advice please? I am getting a bit desperate as I hate my teeth so much sad

I have slightly wonky bottom teeth, v wonky upper teeth (a bit like this picture here) and the top teeth slightly overbite.

But I am put off by three issues:

- I have half a false front tooth with a semi-permanent cap from when I was fourteen. The cap sticks out a lot (making the wonkyness worse) and is discoloured. But I had to have in-gum injections to have it in, which freaked me out a lot (plus filing etc.) and I am worried that any brace will mean I have to have the cap replace/will not be possible with the cap.
- Related to the above, I am a total wuss about drills, teeth and needles. I have never had a filling and the cap was awful - I just don't like feeling helpless (plus have relatives with horror stories from bad dentists)
- Which leads me to 3: I don't have a dentist I know or trust. My old one retired a few years ago and I travelled back to that practice (at my parents) until recently, which I can't do any more. So I don't know how to look for a good dentist. Any recommendations if I give my location please? I am about six months overdue on my checkup because I am petrified of getting a rubbish dentist (DP's is awful - so many issues).

My back teeth are fine, all my wisdom teeth are still in (one is wonky but dormant so I've left it) and I am fanatical about oral hygiene. Any advice appreciated - you all seem to know your stuff!

saycheeeeeese Sun 14-Apr-13 22:21:53

Hi SoVerySleepy

Your case does sound complicated,I don't think you would qualify for invisalign because of the cap but don't quote me, have you ever spoken to an orthodontist?

I was terrified of drills etc however getting the braces has most definitely helped me get over my fear of the dentist and it helps that he's drop dead gorgeous as I had to go fortnightly at the beginning. My attitude, almost similar to my attitude towards pregnancy and childbirth, has been no pain no gain.

It will be worth it in the end. I think you should book an appointment with a few orthodontists, shop around and see whar your options are. Good oral hygiene tends to be a requirement for most braces so you're already there with that.

Let us know how you get on!

Doearwigsmakechutney Mon 29-Jul-13 20:17:42

I'm just resurrecting this thread (I was on it under a previous name) to ask about passive Invisalign aligners.

I thought I had 23 aligners in my course. I've just finished my 19th and been told I don't need the others, as they were 'overcorrecters'. Does anyone have any experience of this?

I thought the animated teeth moving video took me right through to 23 aligners, so feel a bit short changed to stop now. I also think my front teeth aren't quite right.

The dentist who started my treatment has returned to nz and I had a different person today. I asked a couple of times about the other aligners and didn't feel altogether happy about the answer. Any experience of this gratefully received. I think I'll email to clarify as well, as I feel a bit confused! Thanks

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