Back in March I talked about how I started using Invisalign trays to straighten my teeth. I finally finished last week. Did it work?
I took a few photos of my mouth to show you a real before-and-after.
Here were my teeth back in March. (You may notice the tiny, spiky nubs on my side teeth the dentist had to install to keep the trays in place when I was wearing them.)
Not horrible as smiles go, and I never had any complaints, but the gap between my two front teeth was starting to bother me.
Here are my teeth now, six months later, after being all done with the Invisalign and a little teeth whitening:
My smile is now perfect. Even better, I now wear a retainer to bed every night so that my teeth will never move again, thus will stay perfect like this for the rest of my life. The money I spent on this (about $4000) was a very good investment.
And before you start complaining that you don’t have $4000 to spend to fix your teeth, I didn’t either. It took me about two years to save up that cash, since I don’t believe in debt. I put about $160 away every month for about two years, then paid cash for the procedure (which enabled me to negotiate the price down about 15%). Any middle class guy can do the same thing.
Having the Invisalign trays in my mouth for 23 hours a day (you take them out for eating) for almost six months was a little irritating at times, but they were still way better than having braces. No one could tell I had them on, even women I kissed. However, it made eating a real pain in the butt, since you have to take them out while you eat, then remember to put them back in, try to not get them thrown away by accident, etc. They were also somewhat uncomfortable at various points, especially when I had to swap out the trays for new ones (which you have to do every two weeks).
Well worth it though. I highly recommend it if you need it. The great thing about these kinds of teeth procedures is that it’s literally a once-in-a-lifetime expense. As long as you wear your retainer every night for the rest of your life (which I did not do initially, bad me), you’ll never need to fix your teeth ever again (at least in terms of alignment).
If you were wondering, I brush twice a day, mouthwash once or twice a day, and floss after every time I eat. I also eat very little sugar unless I’m on a cheat day. I get my teeth cleaned by a dentist every 10-12 months or so. I also had all metal fillings removed from my teeth a few years ago to reduce the odds of cancer.
Because of all this, at least according to every dentist that’s checked them, my teeth are very healthy.
Regarding how I whitened my teeth, I did a lot of research and settled on the Dazzlepro Whitening System. If you use the discount code “alphasmile” you’ll get 70% off, courtesy of my bro Alpha M. He does a very good video on teeth whitening here. (Damn. I really need to start doing YouTube videos.)
It only took three 30 minute applications (one a day for three days) using that teeth whitening kit to get my teeth pretty damn white, though I’m sure I’ll have to semi regularly do this again to keep them that way. Not a big deal.
So that’s one more thing I can permanently check off on the big list: getting my teeth perfect. If your teeth are problematic, I highly recommend Invisalign if you can tolerate a few months of inconvenience. Most women, those in the US at least, do indeed consider bad teeth a deal breaker, so be aware of this. It looks better to men in the professional workplace as well. Nice teeth also make you appear more confident and intelligent. In other words, it’s worth doing if you need it.
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