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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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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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Boss wants me to get porcelain veneers

My boss approached me today and said he’d like me to get porcelain veneers. He wasn’t being rude. There’s a public relations position coming up (in about 7 months) in our company that he’d really like to promote me to, but it requires being in front of TV cameras.  I really do have a crooked and stained smile. I’m excited about the promotion, but I priced porcelain veneers and I am not even close to having enough money. Are there other options? I want this job.

Genevieve B. – North Carolina

Genevieve,

Yes, porcelain veneers are pretty pricey. There is an option for you.  Invisalign will allow you to straighten your teeth without the unslightly (and uncomfortable) wires and brackets of braces. It can also do it in about half the time, so depending on the severity of your case, you could be completely done by then.  Even if it’s not complete, your teeth will look much nicer.

I know you mentioned that your teeth were also stained. There is a way to whiten your teeth simultaneously. Your dentist can give you professional teeth whitening gel and you can use your invisalign aligners as whitening trays.

You’ll find both these treatments together to be less money than porcelain veneers. In a very short time, you’ll be ready for that great new promotion.  Let your boss know your plans and you’ll be good to go.

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Daughter hates her braces

My teenaged daughter hates her braces. She says they hurt. I looked at them, and the metal is cutting into her lip pretty badly.  Is it too late to switch to  invisalign?

Lisa A. – New Mexico

Lisa,

I have good news for you. If your daughter is a good candidate for Invisalign, then there is no reason why she couldn’t swtich.

You’ll want to ask yourself how responsible your daughter is before you make a decision. With braces, they’re stuck on your teeth day and night until your dentist takes them off. Invisalignt is patient compliant.  It will be up to your daughter to keep them in. She’ll be allowed to remove them for meals, but other than that, your daughter will really need to keep them in or the treatment will be ineffective.

You might consider invisalign teen.  They include a few extra aligners in the package in case your daughter looses one or two.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.