When I was going to orthodontists for consultations, I never asked about the Invisalign pros and cons. I wore metal braces before and knew everything to expect in that department, but I was just concerned about people noticing me wearing braces. It didn’t even cross my mind that with Invisalign you can wear rubber bands or have white attachments on your teeth – I’m not to that point yet in wearing my aligners, but it’s coming.
Now, at week three into my brace face journey, it’s time to wear my second set of Invisalign aligners. Every 3 weeks you get new trays to shift your teeth (one upper and lower) to the desired smiled you and your orthodontist talked about. I probably should have assumed this was the process, but I think I was just so ready to get my teeth fixed that I skipped all the questions. Read how it all started in my Brace Face Journey post.
For those of you still making your decision to get Invisalign, here is my third week of wearing Invisalign pros and cons list
Pros wearing Invisalign:
- You’ll brush your teeth A LOT. You’ll need to carry a toothbrush everywhere because after you eat, you’ll brush – this is also a con. Food can get trapped under your aligners and build up plaque that will dissolve your enamel. It’s ideal that you brush and floss before putting your aligners back in.
- Nobody notices you have on Invisalign. You notice, but no one else is paying that much attention. This may change when attachments are added and rubber bands are put on.
- No more snacking. Say bye-bye to the candy and gum because it’s pointless to have four M&M’s when you have to take out your trays and brush your teeth before putting them back in. Plus, this helps with losing weight. Score!
- Chap Stick is your new BFF. It’s not so easy to put on lipstick anymore, so get a cherry lip balm for color and shine. Your lips are going to be ever so kissable.
- Self-Control. I have discovered mind over matter since wearing Invisalign. You develop some major willpower to wear the aligners all day, the mindless snacking comes to a halt, and you’re dedicated to your hygiene.
Cons wearing Invisalign:
- Don’t wear lipstick. Your aligners end up wearing it and then you have to scrub it off – and I do mean scrub! I haven’t given up yet, I’m experimenting with lip stains at the moment.
- No red wine. Don’t drink anything other than water with Invisalign, but red wine is a big no-no. If you can’t make the switch from red to white, then make sure you brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners back in. Even in doing this, I’ve still had a pink tint to my aligners.
- Brush like you mean it. You need to brush your teeth after every meal in order to not have food sticking to your teeth when you put your aligners back in.
- 22 hours a day. That’s how long you need to wear your aligners. I knew I would need to wear them every day, all day, but I guess I just figured it would be a piece of cake. It takes discipline knowing you can take out your trays when your teeth hurt. Total mind game!
- Chapped lips. This is why Chap Stick is your new BFF. The aligners dry out your mouth and you’ll need to drink plenty of water.
- Embarrassing moments. Sometimes you can’t always get to the restroom in order to take out your aligners, so you have to take them out around people. Imagine a string of spit attached to your tray as your pulling it out of your mouth. Yeah, cute.
- You talk with a lisp. Theriosuly guys, it thucks!
- Price. Yeah, it’s about $2K more than regular braces. This is something to consider, especially if your insurance doesn’t cover braces.
Even though my cons outweigh my pros, I totally recommend Invisalign. It’s my third week wearing my aligners and even though it hurts and it’s been hard, I couldn’t imagine having a mouth full of metal at almost 30 with a full-time career. I made this investment and it’s something that I’ve wanted for a long time, so I can suck it up.
The only people I wouldn’t recommend Invisalign to are children and teens. At that age, it’s usually hard to see the benefit of wearing braces, and when you have the option to remove them, you will. When I was 12 and I got braces put on, I would have totally removed them given the option.
It may suck as an adolescent getting metal braces, but at that age, everyone is. Plus, metal braces are cheaper for parents.
Check back next month on my progress. By then, I hope to show you a before and after photo of what a month wearing Invisalign has done for my smile! 1 year and 3 weeks to go!