I decided to get Invisalign in October last year. I got it to correct my bite, and because I did not want to get braces. Those things don’t look great and there was no way I was going to have metal wires in my mouth. No thank you! Luckily I was told that I was a good candidate for Invisalign by two orthodontists – it’s important to fish around before deciding where to get your teeth done. You will be seeing the orthodontist for a long time. In my case it’s a year and a half. This will obviously wary for different people depending on what needs fixing.

The first place I went to felt very commercial. The place was packed with kids and parents. It felt like all the patients were on a conveyer belt, going in one after the other. When it was finally time for my consultation, I was guided into a room that looked very clean and clinical. I liked it. It looked professional. Then, when the orthodontist walked in, she told me to open my mouth and then began blurting out words I could not understand. I was very intimidated and scared for my teeth. My thoughts included: Oh no my teeth are going to fall out, nothing can be fixed, oh no my teeth will always look ugly, please save me. Overall, the experience was very cold and intimidating, and that is why you need to fish around before you find a place you feel comfortable in.

I have since found an amazing orthodontist who is extremely pleasant. The staff there are also very nice and helpful, they explain everything in simple, non-medical terms, which makes me feel at ease.

What you need to know about wearing Invisalign trays:

  1. When you first put on a new tray, your teeth and gums will hurt. You will be able to tell exactly what the new tray is trying to do and this is very satisfying, and uncomfortable at the same time. The uncomfortable feeling will go away in an hour or so… at least it does for me.
  2. You must wear the trays for as long as you possibly can. It is very easy to forget to put them back on after a meal or snack because you feel like you are not done eating. Yes, it sucks to have to put them back on and then not eat or drink anything but water.
  3. You will have a lisp. I have a lisp when I wear my Invisalign. It’s embarrassing and it sucks, but you paid for this so you have to deal with it.
  4. You will get used to the trays. They really aren’t that uncomfortable. When you don’t have them on for a long period of time, you will feel guilty and will go put them on immediately after realizing this.
  5. When you see your teeth have changed even just a little, you will have an internal party. It’s exciting!

I hope you found this informative. Let me know if you have any questions regaring my experience so far in the comments section below!

-Shazia xx

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