A little over 2 years ago, my foray into the world of braces and oral pain began. I am here to tell you that yesterday, my braces were removed. I didn’t have braces in the traditional sense because I was fitted with Invisalign aligners. Part of that process, though, involved the installation of tons of knobs and buttons and bumps on my teeth so the aligners could grab onto something. So, I had knobs and bumps and stuff removed yesterday and my teeth are straight!
Growing up as a boy with a brother who liked to fight (it was mutual), my teeth were a wreck. I had chips and dings in my teeth, both top and bottom. After grinding all of the extra stuff off of my teeth, they ground my teeth too. I no longer have chipped or uneven teeth! Although those chips were hard won, I am happy to be free from their unhappy appearance. I have to tell you though, it was a lot more fun getting those chips than having them ground away. Holy cow was that awful!
After Invisalign…cheesy grin at no extra charge
So, I was fitted for retainers and now I will spend 4 months wearing them 24/7. If all goes well with that, I will wear them only at night after that period. I am pretty pleased with how all of this went down. I would do it again if I had to go back in time. What I wouldn’t do, however, is use Invisalign. I would get the regular old fashioned braces and be done with it. Mainly, I like the cool colored rubber bands. Actually, either way you can see stuff in your mouth. Invisalign aligners are not invisible and I needed to wear rubber bands anyhow in order to move my teeth and bite around. With the bands, Invisalign aligners are a ton more work every time you eat or drink anything besides water. No thanks. Hopefully I will never know though.