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Straightening wonky teeth - Invisalign / Inman Aligner - have you ?

(16 Posts)
Chicinwellies Tue 24-May-16 05:48:36

I'm contemplating having my upper front teeth straightened, it's been many years since braces and they're nothing major but have a slight cross over and just not as straight as they once were. Keen to hear if people have tried and if worth the ££, hoping I can perhaps pay in instalments too!

Silvertap Tue 24-May-16 06:27:54

I'm wondering this too.

I've never had braces. I don't mind the money so much - I want to know what the pain will be like!

Chicinwellies Tue 24-May-16 13:16:50

Hmm, agreed, but having had braces and the fiddly turny key one that literally contorted my head (or so it felt like, but memories may be dramatising slightly), Im sure the pain will be niggling but something you get used to. Hoping to go for it later this year.

coppergrey Tue 24-May-16 14:50:37

I had a lingual brace applied to the back of my teeth - completely invisible and much quicker/cheaper than Invisilign.

It cost about £2,000 total and I paid in instalments over 6 months (length of the treatment). Best thing I ever did!

museumum Tue 24-May-16 14:57:22

I have Invisalign. I'm only about 1/4 of the way into it. It's a bit irritating on the mouth but I don't find it headachy like the wire braces I had as a teenager.
I had movement in my front incisors that was getting worse every year so felt I had to do something.
I had extractions and braces as a tanager to pull my teeth in but they were brought in too much and became overcrowded when my wisdom teeth came in. Invisalign is actually moving them all out a bit to create more space.
My ortho didn't think wire braces would work without a further e reaction which I really didn't want!

ChopsticksandChilliCrab Tue 24-May-16 15:04:06

I am half way through 24 weeks of Invisalign and it is going well. Like museumum I had extractions and braces as a child and my teeth were fine for 20 years. Over the past 10 years one tooth has twisted and this is what is being sorted out. The brace doesn't hurt at all, there are just a few hours of tightness when I get a new brace (every two weeks). I pay in instalments too.

InAWashingMachineMinute Tue 24-May-16 15:11:51

I went for a session about Inman aligner and was told it only worked well on the front four teeth. Don't know how true that is.

Invisalign can take longer than you think. You often need refinements after the initial set of aligners - and then need to wear your final aligner for six months after completing the treatment. I had it done and am pleased with the results, but it took much longer than I'd hoped.

ontherightpath Tue 24-May-16 18:29:11

I've been wearing an inman aligner for the past 10 weeks and its amazing! My front 2 teeth were crossed and the next two sticking out. The front 2 are almost uncrossed now and the side 2 are already correctly aligned, I have about 5 weeks to go.

The inman aligner is only suitable for the front 4 teeth (possibly the canines too depending on what is wrong) and only if they need to be tilted/pushed back or forwards or rotated not too much. It can't change your bite or pull teeth down or deal with anything major, but if you only need some mild-moderate cosmetic straightening its perfect and I can totally recommend it.

The only down side is the lisp so I don't wear mine for work - its still working perfectly well though despite not being in for 25 hours a week.

Cost wise its around £2000 (London prices) including a bonded retainer on the back of the teeth and a removable night retainer - the retainers are essential as the teeth would move back very quickly without them.

shirkingworking Tue 24-May-16 20:48:41

I'm about to start Invisalign... Had full works of braces as a teenager (removeable upper plate then train tracks on both top and bottom AND head brace at night that took 2 years). Had perfect teeth but they have slowly moved and are now wonky (am 41) - not dreadful but have one bottom one that is awful and top teeth tilt inwards a bit (nice). They estimate 2 years of Invisalign. Ugh. Not looking forward to lisping. On the plus side, I should lose a bit of weight as I won't be able to snack throughout the day like I normally do!

ledgeoffseason Tue 24-May-16 21:13:45

Yes, had Invisalign before wedding to correct where teeth had moved back from teenage train tracks. I was a very chilled out bride but that straight white smile was v important to me, more important than a fancy dress. If I suffered that much as a teen with elastics on braces etc for years then I was getting it fixed! Really really worth it for me, was so pleased and still wear retainers nightly now.

hilbil21 Tue 24-May-16 21:19:21

I originally went for Invisalign but they said six month smile would work better for me. Did a great job!

user1485142572 Mon 23-Jan-17 04:00:36

Hi Chicinwellies, I have tried invisalign clear aligners from ( ) Aurora for straightening my upper front teeth. I was tired of wearing metal braces and it made my smile awkward. I was embarrassed to smile out in the middle of people as they would make fun of my metal braces. Invisalign were easy to use and were made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic. You can simply wear them the whole day except when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. No one will recognize that you are trying to straight out the teeth as they do not involve the usage of metal braces. You need to have your invisalign replaced every two weeks until your teeth are straightened. They were really effective and was worth the money spent.

witwootoodleoo Mon 23-Jan-17 05:19:11

I had my lower fronts sorted with an inman aligner. Money very well spent as far as I'm concerned.

The key is to wear it as much as possible and that way the treatment doesn't take as long - I literally just removed mine for meals. It did give me a bit of a lisp so I spent a while teaching myself to speak normally in it but it was worth it to get it done quicker.

Was a few years back but it took about 8 weeks I think which was quicker than expected because I kept it in a lot. I paid in instalments.

The worst thing was the filing but even that wasn't so bad - didn't hurt in the slightest (and I'm a wuss) but the idea of it did freak me out a bit. It's basically just like having someone emery board your teeth. I'd do it again without hesitation though.

wineusuallyhelps Mon 23-Jan-17 07:49:55

I had white/clear train-track braces (six-month smiles I think?) about 4 years ago. I originally wanted Invisalign but was told it was only for minor adjustments - my teeth needed more grin. This is despite me having braces at age 12 and again at 20 - my teeth just kept moving back!

Had them top and bottom for about a year. I'm so so glad I did. My front upper teeth were moving forwards and crossing over more and more, and now they are straight. I'm not afraid to smile now! Cost about £3k in total over the year including a couple of other procedures I needed. I'm grateful to have been able to spend that money as it's improved my confidence.

I now have a metal retainer fixed to the inside of my teeth and also wear a plastic retainer every other night to keep them in place.

Good luck!

wineusuallyhelps Mon 23-Jan-17 07:50:19

Oops, zombie blush

myfavouritecolourispurple Mon 23-Jan-17 08:15:09

I was embarrassed to smile out in the middle of people as they would make fun of my metal braces

Seriously? Are you in the UK? In the UK they are almost a rite of passage for teenagers and I don't think anyone makes fun because everyone wears them at some point. And if teenagers can manage not to take the mickey, surely adults can.

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