by Melinda, age 48
At the tender age of 48 I had
this big idea that I would like to improve the minor crowding
in my upper and lower teeth. I had a slight over bite as well.
Otherwise no major problems. So my girlfriend had Invisalign
braces and I was sitting on top of a very generous unused
orthodontic benefit from my employer and I thought, Oh okay,
gloriously sexy straight teeth, here I come.
After nine months of
Invisalign my teeth are still crowded and now my bite is
messed up! My rear teeth don't meet in the back anymore. My
orthodontist contacted the Invisalign folks and they said they
would give me some "refining" trays at no extra
charge (oh how very generous of them) but my ortho told me, if
I really wanted perfect teeth, I was going to have to go with
Fortunately for me she was
willing to write off the cost of the Invisaligns against the
arch wires, but it will be at a loss to her, more expense to
me (even with the write off), and tons more time invested on
If I had to do it over again
I would have never gone with Invisalign. My ortho made
the very best recommendation she could at the time of my
consult and no one would have ever been able to guess we would
have such a crummy outcome.
Editor's note: Invisalign
works well in some cases, but it isn't for everyone.
Complicated cases sometimes additionally need traditional braces
after Invisalign treatment. It is always a good idea to get several orthodontic
consultations to identify the best treatment options for your