I had metal braces as a child and waited 30+ years before deciding to invest in my teeth again with Invisalign. As I reflect on my Invisalign process, I have found myself asking the question, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”. If I would have known what I know now I would have done Invisalign sooner.
I have realized 3 things about Invisalign as an adult:
INVISALIGN IS EASIER THAN I THOUGHT
I think one of the things that kept me from doing Invisalign for so many years was thinking it would be an inconvenience to my lifestyle. Anytime we make a change it takes some getting used to. After a few weeks or a month of getting down the routine of Invisalign it has become very easy to integrate into my daily routine. I also thought it would be a big time investment with a lot of appointments to the orthodontist every few weeks. I have only needed check ups at the orthodontist about every 6 weeks. It really requires very little time investment. Invisalign is much easier than I thought.
- INVISALIGN MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
Three decades had passed from the time I got out of braces as a teen to when I chose to do Invisailgn. I had become accustomed to the way my smile looked and the way my teeth and jaw felt because the changes that had happened over time were gradual. Although my smile wasn’t perfect, for a long time I didn’t think it was bad enough to do something about.
What I didn’t know was the difference that Invisalign can make is way beyond just the look of your teeth. Yes, it will change the look of your teeth but it can also have a great impact on your bite, teeth alignment, chewing, jaw muscles and overall health of your mouth. Over the process of Invisalign, I experienced how great the positive changes could be and how much better my mouth could feel. The first changes were in the look of my teeth as my teeth began to spread out and become less crowded. Then, I began to notice changes in the alignment of my jaw. Once the jaw had become aligned, I began to notice less tension in my jaw muscles and more ease with chewing. Because the changes in my mouth were gradual over time I didn’t realize how much better my teeth and jaw could feel once they were in more optimal alignment. Invisalign really makes a big difference.
- INVISALIGN IS A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT
As a physical therapist and pilates instructor, I have always valued the time and energy I put into the health and fitness of my body. I believe that any worthwhile results require work and effort. If I want to get a lifetime of health out of my teeth it was time to start investing in them. A 9 month to year course of Invisalign has proven to be a very worthwhile investment for the future of my teeth.