his second go around
with orthodontic treatment, this time with Invisalign.
His first orthodontic
treatment was over ten years ago, when he was treated for some
lower crowding, upper spaces, and general misalignment. That
treatment went 6 months over the estimate, for a total of
about three years.
Chris says, "I wore full
upper and lowers in stainless steel, and had a tendency to
knock off brackets, so I spent lots of time with the lip
retractors in place. I had an upper retainer, the old metal
kind which I wore 24/ 7 for the first year then only at night
for the next year or so until I got tired of it. I never had a
lower retainer and over the years my lower front teeth crowded
and started to push on my uppers.
"After a few months of
really being annoyed at not being able to close my mouth
without thinking about it, I scheduled an appointment with an
orthodontist down street. She suggested Invisalign and
estimated about 8 months of treatment. I have been wearing
upper and lower aligners since late August. My teeth are a
little sore, not as bad as i remember with braces, but then
again my teeth are not as crooked either;-)
"I really notice the
discomfort when I remove or replace them and when I try to
Chris' teeth with his
Invisalign tray in place.
A photo of Chris' bottom
teeth with the Invisalign tray in place.