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09-02-2014 09:37 AM
Linda on the move One of my DDs had invisalign and they worked out great for her. Some things on this thread that weren't our reality:

  • Invisalign cost us the same amount out of pocket than traditional braces would. To the penny. (My other DD had traditional braces)
  • We were told up front what our cost was, and given a contract that explained that we were paying for "straight teeth" and what could and couldn't not cost more money. The only additional expense was if my DD lost something and it had to be remade for her. (She lost one tray in the whole treatment period)
  • She experienced some gum discomfort, we called, they got us in the next day, and they filed it down so it was comfortable. It was a very fixable problem.
  • There were no attachments to be removed.
  • We were given a range of how long treatment would take, and it correct.
Invisalign won't work for all dental problems, and they did full x-rays before deciding a treatment plan. We went with an orthodontist who was recommended by our dentist. He said that compliance is the most difficult part of inivisalgn, and that adults tend to have a harder time than teens following all the rules for the full treatment time.
09-02-2014 09:02 AM
Sarah041986
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Originally Posted by jonb View Post
<p>not one to post, but wanted to get my experience out there for questions such as this. i got invisalign at 33 and i'll tell you if I could go back I would have gotten traditional braces (<span style="text-decoration:underline;">no question</span>). First, my orthodontist (and this isn't uncommon) told me my work would take 8 months. It took two years and cost twice as much as he estimated. Secondly, when the attachments were finally removed my gums had receeded considerably and I developed pockets where before there were none.</p>
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<p>Words of wisdom, GO TRADITIONAL. With traditional braces the orthodontist can make small, continual adjustments to adapt to how you're teeth and gums are taking to their movements. Plus, traditional braces don't scrape on your gums continually and allow the tissue to breath. </p>
With all do respect, your Ortho doesn't sound like they knew what they were doing... I don't know how much experience they had with Invisalign, but that shouldn't of happened to you.

When I first received mine, I expressed discomfort (the trays were scratching my mouth and pushing into my gums. I used ortho wax until my dentist corrected the problem). My dentist worked with me. Every Single tray I received after that fit in my mouth with NO PROBLEMS what so ever. He would keep and eye on everything when I came in every 2 months or so.

If anyone else is considering Invisalign-

-Find a dentist/ortho from the Invisalign site that's in network with your insurance.
-The trays SHOULD NOT be uncomfortable. (unlike braces that scratch you mouth)
-Get quoted for the ONE price you should pay. If you dentist knows how to properly set out your plan for all of the trays and If you are consistently wearing your trays the way your told too.... Your predicted plan should stay on track.
-Give consistent feed back to your dentist! You paid for the service! It's their job to makes ANY changes accordingly!

Also, not everyone can wear Invisalign. Your dentist should be able to tell you if you can or cannot. It has improved greatly since 2007 fyi

** I am not a expert. This is just my opinion. Take what you will from it
09-01-2014 09:31 PM
Earthyone
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Originally Posted by Sarah041986 View Post
I know this is a old post... but I wanted to respond to the comment in case anyone else runs across it. I'll leave my findings on Invisalign here...
Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the FDA, and Align Technology, Inc.has held the necessary 510K clearance from the FDA since 1998 to be able to sell and market the Invisalign system.

Do Invisalign aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?

No. Invisalign aligners and Vivera Retainers do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. These aligners and retainers are made with USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Tests have been conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials, and show that they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth. Of course, as with any medical device, you should consult with your health professional about your aligner or retainer treatment and any applicable risks of use.
Thank you very much for this, I've been meaning to look that up myself.
06-02-2014 05:05 AM
HinaThorn Because they are made of clear plastic they are very hard to see and most people won’t notice you are wearing them, the fact that they can be removed means that food and gunk wont get stuck behind them and there are no metal wires to irritate you.
They do cost a little bit more, but if you want their advantages then they may be worth it.
02-21-2014 08:48 PM
jonb

not one to post, but wanted to get my experience out there for questions such as this.  i got invisalign at 33 and i'll tell you if I could go back I would have gotten traditional braces (no question).  First, my orthodontist (and this isn't uncommon) told me my work would take 8 months.  It took two years and cost twice as much as he estimated.  Secondly, when the attachments were finally removed my gums had receeded considerably and I developed pockets where before there were none.

 

Words of wisdom, GO TRADITIONAL.  With traditional braces the orthodontist can make small, continual adjustments to adapt to how you're teeth and gums are taking to their movements.  Plus, traditional braces don't scrape on your gums continually and allow the tissue to breath.  

12-11-2013 08:46 AM
Sarah041986

I know this is a old post... but I wanted to respond to the comment in case anyone else runs across it. I'll leave my findings on Invisalign here...

Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the FDA, and Align Technology, Inc.has held the necessary 510K clearance from the FDA since 1998 to be able to sell and market the Invisalign system.

Do Invisalign aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?

No. Invisalign aligners and Vivera Retainers do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. These aligners and retainers are made with USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Tests have been conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials, and show that they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth. Of course, as with any medical device, you should consult with your health professional about your aligner or retainer treatment and any applicable risks of use.

12-18-2007 03:13 PM
Kenziesmom I just wanted to chime in, I had regular braces as a kid...didn't wear my retainers, so now at 41 I'm back in regular braces. I thought about the Invisalign, but I knew if they were the least bit uncomfortable..I would yank those suckers out!!! I just have to wear them for a year this time and I'm not vain at all..plus no one really notices them!
When I went for my consultation, the Ortho told me about the Invisalign...but he didn't push them at all, I believe he said they wouldn't fix an overbite, just straighten them. And he also said that they wouldn't fix them to the extent that regular braces would...
Hope that helps...
12-10-2007 08:08 PM
mx5alli I also did have Invisilign and they didn't really work for me but it was because my teeth needed to be rotated. My ortho sold his practice and the new ortho ended up telling me that Invisilign doesn't really work for rotating teeth so I ended up having braces after the Invisilign. The slight overcrowding I had was fixed with Invisilign though so it may work for you but mine was only slight. I was also a little concerned that for the overcrowding they shaved/grinded off the sides of my teeth in between to make more room for them to move. I don't think they need to do that with regular braces. They said it was perfectly ok but still seemed kinda scary to me to remove some of the outer layer of the tooth.

When I ended up having to get regular braces anyway (with clear brackets) they were so much easier to deal with. The Invisilign got a little dirty by the end of each two week period and had to be taken out when eating and every two weeks when you change them they really hurt and the plastic would cut up my tongue a little. The braces only hurt every 6 weeks so that was better. And knowone even really noticed the braces.

I also called Invisilign (because the retainer I ended up getting after the braces is made of the same material) and asked them about the bisphenol-A and they wouldn't talk to me either. They said they would only talk to my orthodontist. Next ortho appointment they told me Invisilign faxed them a copy of the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) and told them everything they used was "safe." ......so I dunno what to think...They didn't really answer the question. My ortho thinks I'm nuts for even asking but I think it is a perfectly sane question to ask what material I am going to be putting into my mouth every night when I go to bed for the rest of my life.....
11-25-2007 07:43 PM
klockdj My area is not orthodontics however, I had braces as an adult and asked my orthodontist about invisalign. He mentioned that they are great if you don't have need a lot of movement. Sometimes old fashioned braces are the only way to go. I would get a consultation appointment and what they will do after that is what they call records. They will take tons of x-rays and impressions for study models. Then they will do another consultation w/ the models and tell you what the best plan of action will be. Sometimes that includes extractions and or jaw surgery. It depends on your case. Good luck and let me tell you having braces wasn't bad. I had them in my early 30s and actually considered the fact that they made me look 16 a plus. I didn't have trouble w/ people not taking me seriously. I would do it ten times over again because I love my smile
11-24-2007 12:29 PM
Manonash Resurrecting this thread...

I wore them and for the most part loved them. They worked very well and did not show. In a year of wearing them only a couple of people ever noticed. However, I am now concerned at what I may have done. I got them about 3months before I got pg with DD. I wore them nearly my entire pg. Not long after DD was born you started hearing a LOT about Bisphenol-A and birth defects and hormonal issues. The plastic that the invisalign braces are made from is proprietary and they won't divulge what they are made of. All they will say is they are made from a hard, polycarbonate plastic (which if I remember correctly are the ones associated with BPA).
I have had lichen planus in my mouth for many years and now think it is estrogen driven. As soon as I put the first aligner in my mouth, I had the worse lichen planus I've ever had (mine is mild compared to some, but it was nearly gone and came back with a vengence while using invisalign). I started soaking the aligners a week in advance before using them for the first time. It helped a lot, but I still continued to have mild oral reactions to them though. I'm now concerned about what I may have done to DDs ovaries and wonder if I increased my breast cancer risk.

I have been unable to get invisalign to talk to me; they will not talk with customers, only dentists. I emailed them trying to ask about BPA and got an email back wanting to know if I were I reporter (not sure if it was a form email, but it seemed that way.)

If I had it all to do over again, I would just go with the traditional ones or leave my teeth like they were; they were only mildly crooked to begin with. I wouldn't worry about what the metal ones look like, I've seen many adults with them. My high school chemistry teacher wore them and I never thought she looked like a teenager with them or anything. In fact, I rarely paid them any attention.
10-17-2007 04:24 PM
tanyalynn The last time I went to the dentist, I started chatting with the hygienist (just so you know where I'm coming from--I'm not an expert, and this wasn't specific medical advice). She mentioned that the faster teeth are moved around, the shorter the roots are. She said she could tell I hadn't ever had braces because the roots of my teeth go up really high (I don't have great teeth by any stretch, but they weren't ever problematic enough to straighten). I don't know if the invisalign is faster than the traditional metal, but this may be something to look into.
10-17-2007 11:50 AM
lindberg99 I don't know anything about Invisalign but my kids' pediatrician had braces and really, I hardly noticed them. So I wouldn't worry about people noticing/commenting on your braces. I think more and more adults are getting them now.

I had some kind of mouth thing that probably was a grandparent to Invisalign (this was a long time ago!) I was supposed to wear it at night but had a lot of problems because I kept spitting it out in my sleep. I'm sure things are much different now though.
10-16-2007 11:23 PM
tylerdylan I saw a commercial the other day for Invisalign braces and they sound just like what I would want to get, but maybe they sound too good to be true??? I did some research and learned that price wise they are similar to regular braces. Does anyone have anything negative to say about them? Did anyone have good success with them with fairly overcrowded teeth?
I hate my teeth and really want to get them fixed BUT I don't really want real braces. I am not vain, but I am a 31 year old who no one takes seriously as it is because I look 16. The last thing I need is a mouth full of metal! But like I said my teeth are quite overcrowded (my jaw is the size of a childs). Are these type of braces really just good to straighten teeth or can they move teeth quite significantly? Thanks for your help....

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