Are you thinking of getting Invisalign? Are you doing your due diligence—Googling and thumbing through pamphlets? Well, because you are going to drop many G’s on a plastic grill, let me tell you some things your brochure won’t tell you.
Invisalign is pretty visible. If you do not want people to know you have corrective gear on your face, then keep everyone at least 8 feet away from you at all times. The closer they get, the more clearly they will see a thick shiny plastic film over your teeth. Mind you, spit bubbles do get smushed between your teeth and the Invisalign tray and well, you really have to just let it be. Don’t get me wrong, I think Invisalign is great, very convenient actually—much better than braces. But don’t go into it thinking they will go completley unnoticed.
You will have a lisp. It is bad at first, but as you get used to Invisalign, the lisp will fade. If you plan on being in a long meeting or giving a presentation, I thuggest you thake the Invithalign out (that’s lisp for I suggest you take the Invisalign out).
Things get very slimy. There is no sexy way to take your Invisalign out, and you will discover this very quickly. There will be saliva strings, lots of slurping, and when you wake up in the morning, there will be a film of slobber layering over your trays. Allow yourself an extra 10 minutes in the morning to brush your Invisalign and soak them for a bit until they are goop free.
Your teeth will hurt like a B. If you’ve had braces (then you shouldn’t have Invisalign because you would have worn your retainer after you got your braces removed but some people don’t…like me…and we have to learn the hard way), then you know how awful getting your braces tightened felt. Throughout the entire period of wearing your trays, you will be given new trays every 2-3 weeks. These trays are shaped tighter and straighter the further along you go to push/pull at your teeth to help the straightening process. When you get a new tray, it is like getting your braces tightened. It hurts and you just want to die in a bowl of Jello.
Your dentist will put little anchor things on your teeth. Before you get Invisalign, your dentist will glue small white “anchors” to your teeth mostly around the trouble areas. These serve kind of like braces brackets. They attach to the Invisalign tray and help with the shifting of your teeth to where they should be. However, these little anchor things are pretty noticeable. They look like chunks of cottage cheese stuck to your teeth. Be sure to brush these very well because if you drink wine or eat chocolate, they do stain sometimes.
You won’t wear your Invasilgn as much as you think you will. Because you have to take your trays out before eating or drinking, you will almost never have your trays in. After your 9am cup of coffee, you’re going to say screw it because you’ll be eating lunch in a few hours anyway, right? That’s my logic. It’s bad logic. My teeth will be F’d forever.