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by Wireless
Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:58 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: So close... but so far....
Replies: 4
Views: 1703

Hang in there!! It's really easy to get unmotivated when you find out it's going to take longer than you were originally told, or to find out there are a lot more trays involved. I think the computer simulations and tray counts can give a false sense that the entire treatment can be easily predicted...
by Wireless
Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: First set of refinments completed and still not satisfied!
Replies: 7
Views: 2728

I'm sorry to read that your treatment isn't working out for you. Were you told up front there was a possibility of having fixed braces at the end? In my case, I was originally told I could require regular braces for 6 to 8 months if Invisalign didn't work. My orthodontist wanted to use Invisalign ov...
by Wireless
Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: How long I have to wait for my invisalign?
Replies: 11
Views: 7804

It took 7 weeks for me to get my first trays and 6 weeks for a mid-course refinement. Several weeks is not uncommon.
by Wireless
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Invisalign didn't work, where do I file a complaint?
Replies: 9
Views: 9049

Depending on where you are, there are boards certifying professionals. However, much would depend on the doc's track record and if he has a history of problems elsewhere. You could also contact Invisalign, since they have a certification program. Your example does show the importance of checking out...
by Wireless
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Retainers For Difficult Cases??
Replies: 2
Views: 1472

Drrick, Thanks for your feedback on this. The essix retainers I have now are creating a gap of about 2 mm between my upper and lower molars. The idea is for these teeth to grow in over the next few months. My big concern is keeping this from happening again going forward. I was surprised that a rela...
by Wireless
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:53 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Retainers For Difficult Cases??
Replies: 2
Views: 1472

Retainers For Difficult Cases??

Before I started treatment, my orthodontist noted my case would be difficult to correct and even more difficult to hold the correction afterwards. The problem is the curvature of my lower jaw that has caused a severe deep bite to relapse twice as my molars get pushed back in. When this happens, I en...
by Wireless
Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Invisalign as a technique rather than a product
Replies: 5
Views: 2206

I think it is important to seek out a doctor with experience in the event you have any unusual problems. Some specialists with Invisalign can do things others can only do with regular braces. In my case, my doctor wanted to use Invisalign over regular braces due to some pre-existing conditions. I wa...
by Wireless
Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: When waiting for refinements .........
Replies: 3
Views: 2783

I had to wear mine full time while waiting for the new trays, which took 7 weeks. However, I have had friends with Invisalign permitted to wear trays only at nigh while waiting. It depends on the specific case. I have required a lot of vertical correction and pressure from my jaws could have pushed ...
by Wireless
Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:54 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: daily time in/out of trays
Replies: 12
Views: 4820

I've been wearing aligners for close to two years. I'm probably averaging 21 to 22 hours / day and my ortho has not noted any problems because of wear time. My case is probably more complex than most, so if there was a problem, I think it would have shown up. My ortho's website notes 20 to 22 hrs pe...
by Wireless
Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: refinement questions
Replies: 2
Views: 1271

I had a mid-course correction - which is the same as a refinement but only earlier in my treatment. At that time, all of my attachments were removed and new impressions taken. It took several weeks to get new aligners during which I had to wear my last set full time. When the new trays came in, I en...
by Wireless
Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Invisalign diet
Replies: 15
Views: 11199

This is becoming more of a challenge as I'm approaching two years in aligners. This becomes a lifestyle after a while - I really miss sipping coffee at my desk when I'm working and also during meetings when everyone else is having snacks along with coffee while I'm sipping water. I'm looking forward...
by Wireless
Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:58 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: starting out in one week
Replies: 6
Views: 1996

Don't worry too much about visible attachments. What you see in the mirror is from a much closer distance than what most people see. I had 4 attachments that I thought were very visible for over a year - nobody noticed and I didn't notice anyone staring at my teeth. Recently, I have gotten temporary...
by Wireless
Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:43 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Finished Aligners But More Treatment to Go
Replies: 2
Views: 1396

So far I'm at about 50% for vertical correction (around 3 mm) according to my doc and it should take about 4 to 6 months to get the rest. I've been very surprised that Invisalign would work in my case - before I started treatment, everything I read stated this wouldn't work. I am taking longer than ...
by Wireless
Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Finished Aligners But More Treatment to Go
Replies: 2
Views: 1396

Finished Aligners But More Treatment to Go

I finished my Invisalign treatment with a sneeze - literally!! I had been wearing a partial upper with a lower partial retainer to allow my rear teeth to grow in and correct a severe deep bite. At this point, all of my attachments are off and the upper tray, which covered 8 teeth had gotten loose. I...
by Wireless
Sun Jul 18, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Please be happy for me!
Replies: 11
Views: 2870

I think Sadpanda has a good comment. There is a lot of commitment involved, particularly for complex cases, which can drag out. I've been in treatment over a year and a half without a real end in sight yet. It's difficult to go to meetings where I'm drinking water and others are having coffee and sn...