I am in the early stages of getting invisalign for my not-very-crooked teeth and starting to have second thoughts about the lifestyle change involved for the year+ long commitment.... mostly as it relates to my consumption of coffee and non-water beverages in general. How bad is it, really?
I am in my late 20's, and while my top teeth are almost perfectly straight, my bottom teeth are slightly-to-somewhat crowded (this
is a fairly good approximation), but have never bothered me at all aesthetically.
I have not always been the most diligent person about flossing and have some gum disease that is most problematic around these teeth. In the last year or so I have come to terms with the fact that these are the only teeth I will ever have and after having multiple cavities, I now brush and floss as much as I am supposed to. My gums have improved, including around my front teeth.
Starting several years ago, I have had several dentists mention orthodontia to me in relation to this crowding, especially as it affects my gums. In particular, one told me that he had similar crowding and now in middle age regrets not getting orthodontia at my age. All have made it clear that it is optional although they think it might be a good idea.
I was very gung ho about the whole thing until I started reading more of what the internet has to say about invisalign, and now I am starting to feel less confident about my ability to commit to this as well as the potential cavity outcomes related to having plastic over my teeth 22 hours a day. The party line is that they should be worn for 22 hours a day, and that only water can be consumed with the aligners in. How true is this really
? Obviously you are not my orthodontist, who repeated this same thing to me yesterday. I like to eat leisurely and drink non-water beverages leisurely. While I probably only spend about an hour total a day in the process of eating, I probably drink coffee over at least 2 hours a day (while getting ready, while at work), like to drink a (non-brown) diet pop on occasion (ok, almost daily), and now that its summer I like to sit in the sunshine and slowly drink alcohol (beer usually, though also cocktails and occasionally white or red wine) with some regularity (weekendly). Will invisalign ruin this all for me? Can you consume non-sugary things with the retainers in? Will it stain them and/or rot your teeth? Is it ridiculous to spend this much money on something if I am already trying to figure out if I can skirt around the rules?
I am planning on going to a new (highly recommended dentist) to get a second opinion about this whole thing vis-à-vis my gums, but if its not totally necessary and
its really going to be awful I'd rather aim to be an even better flosser and brusher than give up my life of occasional relaxed vice.