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by Advocate
Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:24 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Teeth Shifting Right After Tray Removal
Replies: 4
Views: 1653

Re: Teeth Shifting Right After Tray Removal

Yeah, that is annoying. I still have to wear my retainer every night or my teeth will slowly start to shift, even though I finished treatment two years ago. Retainers are apparently a life-long thing.
by Advocate
Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: All done :)
Replies: 9
Views: 2777

All done :)

My dentist removed my attachments today, and my teeth look great! I had such a huge gap when I started. After 32 aligners (and one "overcorrection" aligner), I'm done. Now I just have to get used to smiling -- instead of the shy, closed-mouth, Mona Lisa grin. :wink: :) I definitely recommend Invisal...
by Advocate
Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:41 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Freaking out! HELP!
Replies: 8
Views: 3375

Re: Freaking out! HELP!

I think you can snorkel while wearing Invisalign. Just don't bite down too ferociously on the snorkel mouth-piece.
by Advocate
Fri May 06, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Finished - my experience with Invisalign!
Replies: 11
Views: 5298

Re: Finished - my experience with Invisalign!

Wow that is a mega-improvement! Congratulations!
by Advocate
Thu May 05, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Finished - my experience with Invisalign!
Replies: 11
Views: 5298

Re: Finished - my experience with Invisalign!

I'm glad it worked out, but I wonder if you could have been finished sooner (without the need for a refinement) if you had worn them as directed. Congratulations anyway! Post before and after pictures?
by Advocate
Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:13 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Woohooo I'm done!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 3969

Re: Woohooo I'm done!!!

Congratulations on finishing your treatment! The results are excellent. How many aligners did you have?
by Advocate
Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:21 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: First Post & Ready for Invisalign :)
Replies: 6
Views: 2471

Re: First Post & Ready for Invisalign :)

Congratulations on taking the plunge! I started in January and am on tray 6 out of 21. I can already see a difference! Just make sure you wear the aligners 22 hours a day. That is surprisingly difficult to do when you consider the time it takes for 3 meals and brushing. Be aware that it can be diffi...
by Advocate
Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Invisalign Attachments on Front Teeth! Is it really necessar
Replies: 9
Views: 22018

Re: Invisalign Attachments on Front Teeth! Is it really nece

You're paying a doctor for his or her expertise. You can always get a second opinion from another doctor. But it is silly to disregard the doctor's opinion because you don't like it. You're paying a lot of money for this process. Why wouldn't you cooperate with your doctor to ensure that the treatme...
by Advocate
Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:40 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Can invisalign correct overbites?
Replies: 13
Views: 17029

Re: Can invisalign correct overbites?

My layman understanding is that additional tools such as elastics are used in conjunction with the aligners to fix large overbites. @moon781, that's sad that your progress seems to have stagnated for the moment. Have you seen good improvement from where you started? (difference from aligner 1 to ali...
by Advocate
Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: What's invisalign like for bottom teeth?
Replies: 2
Views: 1867

Re: What's invisalign like for bottom teeth?

It is exactly the same as for the top teeth. Don't worry about them not staying on. These things fit VERY tightly. They have to in order to move the teeth.
by Advocate
Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Is the expensive cleaning system worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 4062

Is the expensive cleaning system worth it?

Maybe I'm just being cheap, but I wonder if the $75 cleaning system is worth it? Brushing sort of keeps the aligners from getting completely gross, and I replace them every two weeks anyway. Any thoughts?
by Advocate
Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: first day
Replies: 25
Views: 5735

Re: first day

You should probably get an appointment with an allergist (a doctor specializing in allergies). He or she could probably answer your question better than an Orthodontist. I would guess the Align company would give you a refund if you're actually allergic to the plastic.
by Advocate
Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Four weeks to end of active treatment -- retention to follow
Replies: 7
Views: 2407

Re: Four weeks to end of active treatment -- retention to fo

Congratulations on being almost finished with your treatment. I'm only about 2 months into a 10-month treatment program. So I'm jealous! :evil:
by Advocate
Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:20 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Bite has not been fixed
Replies: 5
Views: 2446

Re: Bite has not been fixed

What causes the grinding? If it's stress, then maybe Yoga or meditation would help? Would a sedative like Lunesta reduce grinding?
by Advocate
Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Question for dr. Tam
Replies: 4
Views: 2252

Re: Question for dr. Tam

@Dr. Tam: Thank you for the informative response to the original poster, and I'm sure your opinion about the importance of choosing a good doctor is correct. Do you think the Invisalign Preferred Provider status is a good way for consumers to decide on a doctor? I mean, is it a useful metric for lay...