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How I Prevent Cavities While Using Invisalign

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I love books and writing, so I decided to share my experience using Invisalign so others will know what to expect.

My Invisalign Smile

My Invisalign Smile

My Story

I lost a baby tooth as an adult. I didn't have an adult tooth underneath, and I wanted to get a tooth implant to fill the gap. In order to get the implant, however, I was advised by my orthodontist that I would need to wear braces for a year to widen the gap, and to move the tooth roots on either side. Only then would there be enough room for the implant.

My teeth are pretty straight and nice-looking (except for the gap, of course), so I was a bit upset about this added expense. I decided to visit several other orthodontists to get their opinions, as well as quotes.

All but one orthodontist told me I'd have to have braces not only the bottom teeth but on the top teeth, as well, because moving the bottom teeth would affect the top. This was due to the fact that I have what they call a "deep bite." I imagine that most orthodontists see people who want their top teeth to look better. I really didn't want anything done to my upper teeth; they were already naturally straight and even. But when three independent orthodontists raised the same issue, I resigned myself to the idea that I'd have to get braces on top, too.

Looking back, I sometimes wish I'd gone with the one orthodontist who recommended braces only on the bottom teeth (and some sort of holding plate for the top teeth). But he had estimated the whole process would take around 15-18 months. Instead, I went with the orthodontist who recommended Invisalign for both the top and bottom. She said the process would be completed within 12 months.

This orthodontist was a premier provider of Invisalign, which meant the process would be faster. She explained that I would be able to tighten my teeth on my own with new Invisalign trays every 2 weeks. She also brought up some good points about how having an implant is permanent; once the implant is in, unlike your other teeth, it cannot be moved. This was why she recommended having braces on both top and bottom, since she'd be able to better control the process.

One of the things I liked most was seeing her photo books of her Invisalign patients, with their impressive before-and-after pictures. Overall, I am happy with her as a clinician—although I do find the Invisalign appliances themselves annoying for many reasons.

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