Ok, so can you totally see my braces in the above Instapic?? You can't, right?
Insta filter or none, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. I have just started a 22 week treatment at The Ortho Practice in Sydney CBD (they have more locations in Maroubra and Kincumber) and I have to admit I am on week 5 and loving life. I can already see a dramatic change in my front overlap which has bugged me ever since the braces I had as a kid were removed!
So what's Invisalign? They are pretty much invisible braces. A lot of the time people don't even know I am wearing them until I point them out. The specialist team at The Ortho Practice treat some of the most complex cases out there, luckily for me, I am refining the treatment I had when I was in high school as my wisdom teeth have cause some movement.
Here are the details of my treatment for those wondering what the finer details are:
- I have 22 aligners (top and bottom) which I have to change every two weeks. This would normally mean a 44 week treatment, however I am using a product called Acceledent which means I change my aligners weekly, cutting my Invisalign treatment time in half (whoo)!
- The cost of Invisalign can be anywhere from $5k to $10k or more depending on the complexity of each case. The average treatment is around the $7-$8k mark.
- I remove my aligners only when I need to eat, then brush my teeth and pop them back on. They are so easy to take care of and have also minimised my snacking habits during the day!
- To clean my aligners I just use my toothbrush and some water or soak in white vinegar, brush then rinse.
And it's not just about looking good - my overcrowding has meant there has been a lot of pressure on my teeth and a lot of wear and tear as a result. I only have one set of these chompers, so I wanna make sure they are with me for the long haul. Perfecting my smile means that I can clean them properly and maintain them for years to come.
I have to say this is one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. And the silver lining (just in case you weren't already convinced) is that with Invisalign, as my smile improves, it won't be hiding behind conventional wires and brackets. My friends and family can already see the improvements!
If you're interested in achieving a brand new, healthy smile for 2014 - give the peeps at The Ortho Practice a call on 9344 7081 for a complimentary initial consultation.