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Invisalign and Wisdom Teeth

I was told when I was 17 if I removed my wisdom teeth I’d never need braces because there’d be plenty of room for my teeth. I did. Now I’m in my 30s and my front teeth are crowding. Have I done something or was my dentist not honest? Can this be fixed without braces? I’m a little old for a mouth full of metal, even with the cool new colored bands the kids are wearing these days.

Angie

Angie,

A woman inserting her Invisalign aligners onto her teeth

I wouldn’t say your dentist was dishonest. I think he probably meant you’d definitely have crowding if you didn’t get your wisdom teeth out, but there’d be room if you did. However, teeth move and shift throughout our lives. You asked if you did anything wrong. It’s hard to know. There are a few patient-related reasons we’ll go into in a moment.

Some Reasons for Crowding

  • You were made that way: For some, their narrow palates or smaller jaws can lead to misalignment through normal everyday biting forces.
  • Tooth Grinding: This is something that is patient related. Unfortunately, most patients don’t even realize they are grinding their teeth because it often takes place while they’re sleeping. The motion of your teeth causes them to shift and could cause the crowding you’re experiencing. Unfortunately, this type of thing often leads to TMJ Disorder.
  • Bad Dental Work: We’d like to think every dentist is as skilled as the next, but that is not always true. Sometimes there is a poorly fitted crown or another type of dental work which can throw off your bite.
  • Ignoring Dental Care: Sometimes people neglect their dental care and can develop gum disease. This can cause your teeth to shift. Without getting the care you need, your teeth will eventually become loose and you’ll lose them, requiring expensive tooth replacements.
  • Tumors: There are certain medical conditions which cause tumors that can throw off your bite. If you’re getting regular checkups your dentist will do regular examinations for things like that. So, it’s not something you should panic about if you’re diligent with your dental appointments.
  • Trauma: I’m assuming you’d know if you had an accident of some type which affected your bite. But that is another issue which can cause problems.

Invisalign Could Solve this for You

You won’t have to have a metal mouth, even a colorful one. Invisalign is a modern orthodontic system which allows adults and older teens to repair their smile without anyone having to know. The aligners, which are used instead of wires and brackets are completely invisible. Even at a conversational distance, people cannot tell you have them on.

My suggestion would be for you to see your dentist and find out the reason for your recent crowding. While Invisalign can straighten your teeth, if the problem is grinding, you’ll need a mouthguard to permanently protect them or you’ll be right back in the same position.

Additionally, if it’s something like gum disease causing the problem, Invisalign would be dangerous. You don’t want to be shifting around your teeth when they’re already loosening.

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Best Smile Makeover for My Nephew

My nephew wants to be an actor. He’s actually quite good. I think the only thing which could hold him back is his smile. It’s not quite Hollywood material. I really believe in him so I’ve offered to pay for a complete smile makeover for him, no matter the cost. I’ve been told to get him Lumineers by our dentist, but truthfully, I’ve never thought he did the most stunning work. So, I’m writing someone whose smile gallery does seem to have beautiful work but also won’t make money from me because of the distance to get a second opinion. I think his biggest problems are some crooked and stained teeth, but I want his smile to look fantastic!

Audrey

Dear Audrey,

First, let me say you are a very devoted aunt and it is wonderful that your nephew has someone who believes in him and gives him support. Acting is a tough career so knowing you’re behind him will give him confidence. I think young people should always be given a chance to live their dreams.

Secondly, I’d like to say that you’ve made the right decision not going forward with your dentist’s plan of Lumineers. This particular brand is not known for its good results. Some of that is the dentists who use the brand and some if it is the lab they require dentists to use. Either way, if you want your nephew to have a stunning smile, Lumineers is not the way to go.

I have two great options for your nephew.

A Smile Makeover with Invisalign and Teeth Whitening

before and after picture of a woman's smile who used Invisalign
An Invisalign Case

If the only thing wrong with his smile is some staining and crooked teeth, those two things can be easily repaired. He can even repair them simultaneously. Above, you’ll see before and after images of an Invisalign case done by Dr. Bader. Once her teeth were straightened with Invisalign, she couldn’t stop smiling.

Whatever dentist you choose could also use the Invisalign aligners as teeth whitening trays allowing him to do both procedures simultaneously.

This may be all he needs. They’re very easy procedures and don’t cost a fortune.

A Smile Makeover with Porcelain Veneers

before and after porcelain veneer images
Smile makever done with porcelian veneers

If you’re looking for a top of the line smile makeover, then porcelain veneers are your likely procedure. This is what most people think of when they say a “Hollywood Smile”. Veneers are able to change anything about your nephew’s smile—their shape, size, color, even their character. An expert cosmetic dentist can do miracles and create a work of art.

Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist

What he’ll need is an expert cosmetic dentist. My suggestion would be for you to look on the mynewsmile.com website. They screen cosmetic dentists and only recommend those who meet their high standards of technical excellence and artistry. You can search by your nephew’s zip code and even place the distance you’re willing to travel.

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Help! Dentist Won’t Let Me Gift My Wife Invisalign

I want to get my wife Invisalign for Christmas but her dentist won’t let me. You’d think he’d want the business. Can I buy them directly from the company?

Bruce A.

Dear Bruce,

Patient putting in her Invisalign aligner

I’m not sure of your dentist’s exact reasoning behind the refusal so I can only take a guess. If your wife is otherwise a good candidate for Invisalign (which she may not be), it may be that he doesn’t want to “sell” it to you until he knows what her exact price will be. There are several factors which determine the final cost. The biggest factor is regarding how complicated her particular case is.

Maybe hers is easy and only needs a few sets of aligners. Or, maybe she needs a significant amount of work which could triple the number of aligners. Your dentist would have no way of gauging that without her coming in.

Purchasing Invisalign Ahead of Time

Here’s what I’d recommend in your case. First, you cannot purchase it directly from Invisalign. This treatment only can be done effectively under the care of a dentist. The company sells directly to the dentists who in turn treat you.

Instead, I’d talk to your dentist about a gift certificate for the “minimum” it could cost. Then after you’ve surprised your wife for Christmas, you can redeem it and pay any remaining cost. He shouldn’t have a problem with that.

I will let you know that many patients who get Invisalign also get teeth whitening. Combining the two is like an inexpensive mini smile makeover. Your wife will likely be thrilled to bits with that package.

I wish you guys a fantastic Christmas.
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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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Did I Kill My Invisalign Aligner?

I feel like a complete moron. I’m hoping I didn’t completely ruin my Invisalign aligners. I was eating breakfast and slipped the aligners in my robe while I had some pancakes. Then, I accidentally spilled the orange juice all over myself, including my robe. I gathered up all the soiled clothing and tossed them in the washer and then dryer. I was halfway through the dryer cycle when I realized my aligners weren’t in. That’s when I remembered they’re still in the pocket of my robe. I dashed to the laundry room and got them out. They fit okay, just a little more snug than usual. I’m hoping that means they’re just a bit shrunk and not that I ruined them. It would be humiliating to have to tell my dentist what I did.

Karen S. – Florida

Dear Karen,

First, you should never be embarrassed to tell your dentist anything. Believe me, he or she has seen it ALL. Forgetting where you placed your Invisalign aligners isn’t that bad at all. You wouldn’t believe some of the crazy stories we hear all the time. One lady got mad at her boyfriend because he didn’t want to take out his aligners to taste something she cooked for him and she ran his Invisalign through the garbage disposal.

Unfortunately, for your aligners, due to the heat of the dryer, they’re likely warped. The tightness you feel when you put them back on gives that away too. Being warped, they could completely throw off your treatment.

If you were close to the end of your two weeks with your aligners, then you can probably just move on to the next set. You don’t want to do that early too often. It will cause your teeth to come loose. But, just doing it once is no big deal.

If you weren’t close to the end of that set of aligner’s treatment, then you’ll need to call your dentist and have him or her make you a new set. In the meantime, if you have the previous set, wear those to keep your teeth from shifting.

Don’t feel too bad. This kind of thing could happen to anyone.

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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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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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