What Is Life with Invisalign Like?
Last edited 22/09/2018 - 22:59
I was supposed to have braces + a palatal expander when I was 16, but downright refused because by that point I thought I was too old. The palatal expander sounded absolutely awful and I didn't want to give up a bunch of my favourite foods with the braces.
I'm now 18 with narrow arches, an anterior open bite, a crossbite, and a horribly deviated top midline. My teeth look ridiculous and it's extremely uncomfortable to bite down. Filled with nothing but regret. My ortho looked at X-rays from 16 and said my teeth actually improved a lot on their own since then, so I have no idea how I used to live like that and then turn down braces.
I went to see a different ortho this time around, and she said I would now need an even longer period of braces + $10,000 jaw surgery to fix the issues. She said if that's not an option, she could do a lot of good using Invisalign + lots of attachments + elastics. I've put down the down payment for Invisalign, and will be going in to see my ClinCheck on Thursday. I'll be receiving my trays in the next couple of weeks.
Is Invisalign a massive life adjustment (particularly interested in hearing from those who have had elastics)? Everything I've read/watched online makes it sound pretty downright awful. Not a day goes by where I don't regret fixing my teeth at 16 and not having to worry about it. Everyone else in my grade had their teeth fixed at 12 - 14 which is why I didn't want to do it at 16 in the first place. Feels even worse now, everyone else hasn't worried about their teeth in years. The worst part is that the results from Invisalign will not be nearly as good as they would've been with the braces + expander. I can only get that with the surgery now. :(