- Aug 17, 2012
I keep thinking about braces lately. I just want straight teeth. One of my front upper teeth sticks out quite a lot, and I keep thinking it would be nice to have my teeth straightened, so one they look nicer, and two, I don't get food stuck behind it nearly every time I eat.
One thing I would love, if it was an option, is Invisalign. But I'm worried that it won't be an option for me if my teeth are too much for Invisalign to sort out. Most of my teeth are straight, it's just one or two of my front teeth sticks out a bit.
I keep looking at the before and after pictures on the websites of a few places I want to get an opinion from. Two of them offer virtual consultations and I want to do one but I'm anxious. Argh. I've also seen that my dentist is offering consultations for Invisalign (I don't know if virtual or in person) and I could email to ask for advice.
I still want to save up a good size deposit to pay for treatment but there wouldn't be any harm in having a consultation, would there? Argh ?
No harm at all! If it means anything, I wish I would have done this years ago. Invisalign wasn’t even on my radar when I went in because of my bite, crowding, and high canine teeth, but I’ve learned the technology has advanced so much. I’ve also learned that if one ortho says no, the next could say yes. Everyone thinks Invisalign will yield the same results regardless but your results are dependent on your provider. He/she designs the plans. Invisalign comes up with a baseline and it’s up to the provider to tweak and change it.
I would also encourage making consults with orthodontists over dentists. Dentists take a course to become Invisalign certified but orthos have years (sometimes decades) of experience aligning teeth and perfecting the bite.
One thing that helped me was trying to figure out exactly what scared me. Then working through why that scared me and what I could do to make it better. One of the first things I told my ortho was that I was embarrassed and didn’t want him to judge me. He said “why would I do that?” And I was instantly at ease. I’d take an ortho appointment over a dentists one any day. It’s pure excitement over nerves, especially progress appointments!
Good luck and keep us posted. I have nothing bad to say.