Category Archives: Invisalign

What Do You Think of Lumineers for a Tooth Gap?

I have a giant tooth gap. I think the dentist said 8 mm. Originally my dentist recommended snap on smile, but I ended up not liking those. It looked completely fake. Even if it had looked better, I wouldn’t have been happy with it long because I couldn’t wear it all the time. I wasn’t sure what to do and I definitely don’t want a mouth full of metal braces. So, my dentist recommended Lumineers. This time I want to get a second opinion before I spend money on another useless procedure. Especially, because this one is so much more expensive.

Maddy K.

Dear Maddy,

Newton Invisalign

I can’t tell you how glad I am you wrote. You’re going to be glad to because I am about to save you from a very expensive disaster. You mentioned your snap-on smile looked completely fake. My guess is that’s because your dentist isn’t a skilled cosmetic dentist. Snap-on smile isn’t as stunning as porcelain veneers no matter how well they’re done, but they certainly shouldn’t look fake.

Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers which are often marketed to inexperienced dentists as being easy to place. While they may be easy to place, they’re definitely not easy to make beautiful. In fact, most expert cosmetic dentists won’t place them because their lab isn’t one of the best.

Your case is more complicated. The gap between your teeth is large enough to fit another tooth. It would take a highly skilled and artistic cosmetic dentist.

Two Solutions: Invisalign or Porcelain Veneers

There are two good options for you. The first is Invisalign. You mentioned you were opposed to braces. By any chance did your dentist mention Invisalign as an alternative to you? It uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth, and in less time than traditional braces.

Because it uses aligners instead of metal, no one can tell you’re even wearing anything. They also have a very high patient satisfaction rate because of how comfortable they are. And, to top it off, it’s significantly less expensive than the Lumineers options.

Your second option is porcelain veneers. Lumineers are just a brand of porcelain veneers. You won’t want that brand. Find an expert cosmetic dentist by using mynewsmile.com. They recommend the best cosmetic dentists in each area. Get a consultation. Because of its cost, this option really only makes sense if there are other things you want to change about your smile. It can give you a gorgeous complete smile makeover. But, you will only like the results if you get the right dentist.

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Can Invisalign Substitute for My Retainer?

I just finished my Invisalign treatment. I really loved it. I thought I would be embarrassed, but my friends thought it was cool, especially because they couldn’t see it until I took it out to eat. It was kind of fun having everybody like it so much. Now I’m supposed to wear a metal retainer and I’m not too keen. Is it possible for me to just wear my last pair of aligners as a substitute for a retainer? If so, will you tell my mom so she’ll cancel the appointment?

Arabella M.

Dear Arabella,

I’m glad you enjoyed your Invisalign treatment so well. It has a very high patient satisfaction rate. People love the fact that they’re invisible as well as how comfortable they are.  They’re marvelous at doing the job they were intended to do, but being a retainer won’t work.

Each pair of aligners is designed to last about two weeks. They will start wearing down. Even if they didn’t, you would eventually want to change them just for hygiene’s sake. Though you can’t use the aligners the way you’d hoped, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a mouth full of metal. There are many retainer options these days.

  • Retainers with clear plastic. There are some which just go around your teeth and others which cover the top of your mouth as well. Some of these can even be customized with colors or your favorite sports team logo. Though, you’re going for invisibility so that may not be a positive factor for you.
  • Lingual retainers. These are made of metal, but they are attached to the backs of your teeth where no one can see them. Your friends might also think that is cool.

I wouldn’t cancel your appointment. Instead, I’d talk to your orthodontist about what you just told me. He or she will be able to find something you’ll be happy with.

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Is My Dentist Lying to Me About My Invisalign Aligners?

My sister and I are both getting smile makeovers of sorts. We’re doing Invisalign to straighten our teeth and teeth whitening to give them some pop! We live in different cities, so we go to different dentists, but are doing the same procedures. Her dentist is using her Invisalign aligners as teeth whitening trays.  I got excited when I heard what she was doing and asked my dentist if we could. He said it’s not possible to use the aligners for whitening. Is he lying or is my sister’s dentist doing something dangerous?

Corinne – Baltimore

Corinne,

Invisalign aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. Plus, it saves you both time and money.  So, if your dentist is saying they can’t he’s either confused or dishonest.

However, it may be that he’s saying you’re not a good candidate for the whitening at the moment. You may have fillings that need dealing with or some other issues.

Before assuming he’s being dishonest, ask him what specific reason he had for not wanting to move forward with the whitening.

It’s also possible it’s just a policy he has to do the treatments separately. If that’s the case, he should just come right out and say that instead of pretending they can’t be combined.

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Will Coffee Be Legal If I Get Invisalign?

I’ve been seriously considering Invisalign. I love the idea of straightening my teeth, especially without people knowing it. I’m a little worried about my coffee habit though. Coffee is a stainer. Will my aligners stain, because that will defeat the purpose of invisible repair?

Jody C. – Canada

Jody,

Greetings! I love when we get questions from our northern neighbors. Yes, Invisalign aligners do stain, but you can still drink coffee during your treatment.

Three times a day, you take the aligners out for meals. I’d be sure to get in a cup of coffee with each of your meals. What you don’t want to do is drink coffee while you have your aligners in.

The coffee will pool in your aligners. Not only will that be disturbingly unattractive, but it will eat away at your tooth enamel.

So, you can have your teeth straightened and drink coffee, just be sure to time your coffee around the times you can “legally” have out your aligners.

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Can My Invisalign Be Repaired From the Heat?

I feel like a complete moron. I went on a lunch date. I took out my Invisalign for the date and we hit it off.  We ended up spending the afternoon together. I completely forgot about my aligners being in my car. By the time I got back and saw them, they were warped. I don’t know what to do. Is there a way to repair them?

Samantha K. – New Mexico

Samantha,

There’s not really a way to reshape them. However, please don’t wear them while they’re warped. It will completely throw off your bite. Invisalign carefully plans your treatment, so wearing aligners that are misshapen can throw your treatment back months.

You’ll need to have new aligners made. Call your dentist’s office. Aligners are made in two week increments. If you’re early in that two week time period, you’ll need to have the same aligners re-made. If you’re late in the two week period, you can likely just move on to the next pair of aligners.

Your dentist’s office has seen it all, so don’t feel bad about what happened.

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How Do I Know If I Have Real Invisalign?

My sister and I both got Invisalign. Hers looks different than mine. They’re both invisible. I’m just wondering if one of us got a knock off?

Emily S. – Utah

Emily,

I could be that they look different simply because you have two different smiles, so the re-alignment of your teeth will be shaped differently.

However, there is a really easy way to tell if you have the real deal or a knock-off.  Take a look at the biting surface of the tray. Invisalign stamps their trademarked name right on it.  You should also see a handful of numbers and letters. These are  your patient ID number. They also help the dentist (and patient) know whether the aligner is for your top or bottom teeth and other information.

Invisalign has a higher than normal patient satisfaction rate, so I bet you’ll be thrilled with your new smile when the procedure is over.

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Options For A Tooth Gap

I have quite a large tooth gap. My dentist said it’s about 9mm. I want to fix it. He’s suggesting lumineers. I wondered if there are any other options, because it’s just the gap that bothers me and he wants to do like six different lumineers. That’s pretty expensive. But, I’m too old to have a mouth full of metal braces.

Guadelupe – Florida

Guadelupe,

Whatever you do, don’t get lumineers to fix this tooth gap. The size of the gap you mentioned is large enough to fit an entire other tooth. That would look really weird. An expert cosmetic dentist could possibly pull it off, but based on what you’ve said, your dentist is not an expert cosmetic dentist.

A tooth gap can be fixed with porcelain veneers, but generally it would need to be a smaller gap. There is a better option, that is much more affordable. Close the gap.

You don’t have to use traditional braces to do it. Invisalign uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth. It can close your gap, in half the time of braces and much more comfortably.

I’ll be honest, your dentist should have told you about all your options. In fact, he’s ethically bound to do so. I’m a little concerned he chose not to all while only telling you about a very expensive treatment, that wouldn’t even work well.

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Will invisalign work if I am missing teeth?

If I’m missing two teeth, will that mean I can’t have invisalign? I don’t want braces, especially at my age. Will I need to replace the teeth first?

Sonya M. – Michigan

Sonya,

It’s not likely the missing teeth will be a problem with Invisalign. But that depends on a couple of things.

First, which teeth are missing

Second, how many are missing.

It’s possible you won’t even have to replace them, depending on which teeth they are.

The key will be to see a few general dentists who place invisalign. Orthodontists, tend to lead toward wires and brackets, which is where their training is.

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Blind Date Insulted My Teeth

I had a blind date on Valentine’s Day.  I know. Pathetic.  But, sometimes we do stupid things. I wanted to leave within the first few minutes, when he told me I’d be pretty if it weren’t for my crooked teeth. The most depressing part of that is he’s right.  So, is there anything I can do about my teeth without becoming an adult version of a twelve year old with a mouth full of metal?

Miranda H. – Nebraska

Miranda,

May I just say you are fortunate to have only had to spend one evening with such a loser?

That being said, there is some other good news for you. There are some fantastic advancements in orthodontics since your middle school days.

Invisalign is an awesome solution. It uses clear aligners, that not even your jerk date could have seen. They’re quite comfortable and work in about half the time as traditional braces.

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Can a dentist give you fake invisalign?

Me and my best friend both got invisalign. Hers look great. Mine look yellow. Did my dentist give me fake ones?

Alicia L. – Destin, FL

Alicia,

Sometimes Invisalign aligners can get yellow if they’re being scratched. The scratches allow the aligners to pick up stains.  Your toothbrush is a safe cleaning tool, but make sure you’re not using a abrasive toothpaste.

There are off brands of Invisalign. But, if you have one it is easy to figure out. invisalign stamps their name on the trays. Take a look at the biting surface of the tray and you should easily see their trademarked name as well as a handful of numbers and letters that indicate your patient ID number, whether the aligner is for your top or bottom teeth and other information.

Talk to your dentist about what’s going on. He or she can help you out.

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