So you’ve finally decided to take the step to get braces. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for this moment for a long long time.
Of course when it comes to deciding to get and then choosing braces, a lot of factors come into play. Money is naturally the most difficult obstacle. That’s why it’s taken me til now, at 27 years of age, to finally be in the position to make a change and I’m so excited!!
I’m sure everyone is aware of Invisalign by now? You can read more about it here. Clear aligners that are next to invisible and probably the most convenient way to straighten your teeth. So what’s involved?
For my treatment I went with Mullingar Dental and here’s the steps I had to take in the process, from first consultation to first aligners.
From my first consultation to the day I received my first set of alingers, the process was about 2 months and I’ve included the payment for each step below.
Step 1: Consultation. I met with a member of the team for a quick check up and a chat about the different types of braces available to me. This step highlights any areas that need addressing before starting your Invisalign journey. (Free)
From this consultation arose two appointments, one for my gum health to be accessed by Dr. Javier Leon and another as I had to get my teeth cleaned. All parties have to be happy about the health of your gums before qualifying you eligible for Invisalign.
Step 2: After you pass those standards the rest moves quite quickly. Next up I met with my orthodontist Dr Joanna Sikorska-O’Brien, where she took measurements and discussed all my options in detail. All of your records are sent to the lab to help formulate a treatment plan. (€400 non-refundable)
Step 3: My treatment plan was sent back to the clinic about 3 weeks later and I was invited in to review the plan. Joanna discussed what the treatment would entail and what she thought would be the best way to go. She made slight changes and consulted back and forth with the lab until she was happy with the plan. I was then emailed a copy of my plan and a contract to sign. The aligners are not made until you sign a contract. (€600)
Step 4: I got the call that my aligners were ready about 4 weeks later.
On the day, I had minor work to get done before inserting the liners. I had to get some teeth filed (which didn’t not hurt at all) and I had to get attachments to top and bottom teeth. (Start the payment of €230 per month.)
And that’s that! The process could not have been any simplier.
Getting braces or even thinking about them is a massive commitment so if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask below or you can find me on my social media channels linked below.
Want to see how my first week went? Check it out
Love, Laura x