In honor of being half way through my Invisalign experience, I thought I would write about the pros and cons, in case you, too, might be considering Invisalign as a cure for what ails your teeth.
Here it goes:
1. I sort of look like I’m wearing a mouth guard all the time.
2. I still get the feeling that people are staring at my mouth when I talk, and I think I’ve pretty much confirmed that I’m right.
3. It is mildly annoying to have plastic aligners in my mouth 24/7. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s mildly annoying to have plastic aligners in my mouth 18/7. They stay out for, at least, two hours after every meal, especially after breakfast, lest I have to quickly down three cups of coffee in an effort to get my teeth brushed and ready for the aligners. Three cups of coffee in a short amount of time, not unthinkable, but it would seriously mess with my morning routine, and don’t mess with my morning routine! Apply this same logic to my weekend wine.
4. If I have to brush my teeth ONE MORE TIME, I might just shoot myself, or my super sonic toothbrush, but if I want to eat, and I do, then I must keep on brushing, which means brushing the aligners, too. I never thought I could hate brushing my teeth. Alas, I do.
5. I have to visit the orthodontist every six weeks, which my significant other finds very disruptive to his work routine. Whatever. His significant other finds it very disruptive to her routine, as well, since she has to break from her morning routine (see above), to get to her standing eight a.m. appointment that she makes, to keep her significant other happy. Did you get all that?
6. It’s expensive.
7. I have to take out those nasty aligners (my daughter calls them my teeth) every morning and soak them in denture solution.
8. My daughter thinks I have false teeth.
9. Plastic aligners pretty much put an end to any spontaneous kissing. My husband loves me, but not that much.
10. One more thing for me to lose.
11. No free samples at Wegmans, unless I want to go hide in the corner and perform a maneuver that is akin to someone taking their dentures out (see number 8). Again, apply this logic to birthday cake at kids’ parties and wine tasting at Wegmans.
12. And the latest, unwanted side effect, eating more, which counters an early pro, weight loss, which occurred when I stopped snacking because it was such a pain the ass to take the aligners out and brush my teeth. But, now that I’ve become a pro at taking the aligners out, and my teeth aren’t hurting anymore, food is back in my life. Specifically things like tortilla chips and Doritos, foods which, previously, were too painful to eat. On bad days, almost all foods used to hurt my very sensitive, recovering teeth. Sensitive from all the night grinding (see children), recovering from all the fillings that somehow, after religiously visiting the dentist every six months, cropped up in last two years. (I had to throw my dental hygiene habits in there, I can’t let you think that I don’t take care of my teeth. I swear, I brush and floss daily. Really, I do.)
So, that’s it. Now that Invisalign, just like my awesome orthodontist assured me, has helped my teeth get the rest they so badly needed (while moving them into proper position, of course), I can now eat again. Lucky for me, unlucky for my waist line.
Now, the pros:
1. My teeth don’t hurt anymore.