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I'm 2/3 of the way through Invisalign type treatment (just using a different company). I'm really pleased with the results so far and it's been 90% painless. There are a couple of days when I get a new set that they feel a bit sore and are uncomfortable to bite in to things but the rest of the time I often forget I've got them in. BUT you need to wear them nearly all day and night which really cuts down on how much you eat as you need to brush your teeth afterwards and more importantly it's cut into my enjoying a few glasses of wine at the weekend. But it'll be worth it for straight teeth.
They're called Orthocaps - I have softer day braces & more firm night ones and I get a new set every 3 weeks. The orthodontis said it would be 3000€ in total and we paid half of that upfront to Orthocaps. The rest is a bit to the orthodontist himself (altho I'm in and out in 5 mins) and the retainer at the end.
I had invisalign for something similar. Overcrowding teeth. Had it done 4 years ago and now I just wear the aligners at night 3 or 4 times a week and my teeth haven't moved. Expensive but worth it for a long term solution. Highly recommend it.
Thanks for all your posts I will go and see an Invisalign person that my dentist recommends and see what they say. The overcrowding is not that bad but I suppose it's something that annoys me a bit since I used to have perfect teeth.
I was unhappy with the position of my fangs canines and got veneers, on those two teeth only, 15 years ago.
They've been great. I've looked after them ( cleaning, not biting them down on carrots, toffees, etc) and they still look and feel great. I hope I'm not tempting fate but I can't see them failing any time soon.
I had an inman aligner which did work but wasn't amazing and then I moved and lost the retainer (you need to wear a retainer every day or they go crooked again) and they started moving back. I got my top teeth replaced with veneers and I've never looked back. The aligners are temporary in my view. You can get veneers for a fraction of the cost abroad if you're interested - mine were about 4k (in Dubai) and my aligner cost me about 2k. Wish I hadn't bothered with it now as veneers are way better. Process takes two weeks.
Sorry for the delay - I had the front eight done on the top row. They made a mould of my teeth and made me temporaries while the veneers were made. There was a bit of filing done but only around a millimetre on my teeth to allow the veneers to fit better. It didn't hurt but I was glad when it was over (no one likes the dentist I guess!)
Happy with the results - I went quite natural and didn't go Hollywood white as didn't want them to be too obvious. Really confident with my smile now and at least I know they are finally straight and won't move. Hope that helps!
I go with Porcelain Veneer it is because " Porcelain is the material of choice because it most naturally replicates human enamel. " sources says: s very much like a contact lens. It is an extremely thin sheet of porcelain that bonds to the front of your tooth. They are used to change the shape, color, size, and symmetry of the teeth and smile. The porcelain is very, very thin, on the order of 0.3 mm, about the thickness of a business card. " Article: atlantadentalspa.com/porcelain-veneers.html