If you are a regular reader, then you probably already know that I am partnering with Invisalign® clear aligners to correct my past— I didn’t wear my retainer after metal braces–and so far, I am loving it!
I am about four months into my treatment and it’s such a part of my daily life now. I carry a case in my purse at all times as well as having one at home so I can easily store my aligners while I eat or drink anything that isn’t water. One of my favorite benefits of Invisalign clear aligners is that you don’t have a long list of forbidden foods like with metal braces. I also got an amazing new tumbler that has a chewy straw that doesn’t feel uncomfortable when I am drinking water.
There are many pros and cons to Invisalign vs. traditional metal braces. The biggest pro for me is there are less appointments with the Invisalign treatment. I get about four sets of clear aligners at each appointment, so I do not have to see my orthodontist each month. Even when I do go to the appointments, they are super short. I think my last check up was less than 15 minutes. That’s such a huge time saver vs. having regular braces and spending upwards of 90 minutes at a doctor’s office.
One of the biggest cons is my mouth gets SUPER dry having the aligners in. This doesn’t happen to everyone and isn’t a huge deal. In fact, I am actually upping my water intake because of it, so it is more like a con that turns into a pro.
Another pro is that I can take my clear aligners out if I need to be on the phone or if I meet with someone in person. Since the aligners make me talk a little funny (I have a bit of a lisp with them), it’s nice to have the option to take them out for 30 minutes here and there.
One last pro is they are super easy to clean. I brush them twice a day just like my teeth and it’s one of the easiest things. I originally thought the cleaning process might be complicated with the Invisalign treatment, but I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of it.
There are a ton of pros for getting Invisalign clear aligners; the ones I shared are just a few. My treatment is going great so far and I am starting to notice slight changes in my smile. I will probably start to see the biggest changes about my 10th clear aligners, and right now, I am on aligner #5. I am excited to share more of my journey with you all in the coming months, so keep your eye out for more posts on my Invisalign treatment experience in the future.
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