The first thing to say is now that I am at the end of my aligner treatment, I am delighted with the results.
After investigating other methods of improving "my smile" I decided Invisalign was the right treatment for me as it is completely non invasive with perfect results.
My treatment was originally planned for 13 weeks and then extended to 22 weeks, during which time I had the complete support of a professional and determined dental team, which added to the success of the aligners.
You personally need to commit to this treatment for a number of reasons:
1. There is a degree of discomfort as your teeth are gently moved by the aligners, however this only tends to last 24-48 hours maximum after each aligner change.
2. It can also often be difficult at times to speak clearly while wearing the aligners.
3. Keeping up with timely dental appointments is also very important and although I personally found the regular taking of impressions very uncomfortable they are a necessary part of making sure the aligners are actually doing their job.
Using retainers to keep the newly moved teeth in place is the final part of the treatment, there is no discomfort whatsoever while wearing these but again you need to remain patient and committed.
A recommended option to help keep teeth in place and work alongside the retainers is retainer wires fitted to the back of the teeth, this didn't work for me as the wires became detached on more than one occasion so I opted to have them totally removed and work with the retainer trays only.
All in all I would definitely recommend this treatment.