I’m more than halfway through my Invisalign treatment. I have 18 weeks left. Mine is a 7 month treatment in which I get a new set of Invisalign trays every 2 weeks for a total of 28 weeks or 14 sets of trays. What Freddy didn’t tell me until after I did my impressions and it was the day I would get my first tray is the following. I didn’t know that I would have these plastic balls on my front teeth that are basically stoppers for the Invisalign to align properly. That was a major blow to my self-esteem. I thought that since I could take off the trays any time, that I would be fine in the dating department.
What I didn’t know was that I would have these plastic stoppers on my front teeth for the entire treatment. I’ve slowly gotten over it but I still feel a little ugly when I smile. Definitely when I’m wearing the Invisalign I don’t feel confident when I smile but I still don’t feel fully confident even when they’re off. Related to that, another problem is that I have to wear the trays at all times other than when I’m eating. The suggested wear time is 22 hours per day. He told me that I could take them off whenever I want, but then I would need to wear it for the same amount of time in addition to the 2 weeks already needed. The problem is that I still don’t feel that confident when they’re off because of the plastic balls and more importantly I want to get the treatment over with. There is a small amount of information on his website at http://www.wholelifedental.com/ but most of the Invisalign schooling is done in person once you commit to getting them.
The biggest blow to my stomach figuratively speaking was when he told me I couldn’t drink hot coffee! You can’t drink any hot liquids at all but I am an avid coffee drinker especially being a Cuban. Coffee is my drug of choice and my guilty pleasure. Coffee is also a social thing for me that I like to do with friends and professionally. When I found out that I couldn’t drink hot coffee for 7 months I almost died again figuratively speaking. What I didn’t know was that I couldn’t drink hot liquid even with the Invisalign off. I thought that it was just that I couldn’t drink coffee because it would stain the trays. I thought I could just take them off and drink hot coffee but then I melted the plastic balls. I then realized that not only could I not drink coffee with the trays on, but I also couldn’t drink it without them on. Ever since then I have had to drink lukewarm coffee or iced coffee. Since I love caffeine so much and don’t really like iced coffee, I have kind of gotten used to it. I’ve drank coffee at the room temperature since that day and it’s pretty depressing.
Another thing I didn’t consider was that if I wanted to keep the trays clean and not smell bad, I would basically have to brush my teeth, floss, and pick out any food from my teeth after everything I eat. Of course you can’t eat with the trays on. I never cared to much to chew gum although it has been my choice of maintaining fresh breath throughout the day. Since I can’t chew gum with the trays on, and every minute with the trays off is an extra minute with them on, that’s one thing I have chosen to give up. I’ll just wait until I finish my treatment to chew gum again, because it’s just not worth the extra time. I have taken off the trays for a few hours like when I have gone out drinking with friends but because I haven’t been chewing gum, I didn’t even think about it.
In conclusion, I don’t regret getting Invisalign. I already feel and see my teeth getting straighter and having a perfect smile is more important to me in the long term than the short term embarrassment I have as a 24 year old single man. I know that it will pay off in the end.