Are you thinking about getting clear aligners but are wondering if it’s really worth it? Wondering how much do clear aligners cost?
I know it is quite the investment, but I’m here to tell you it’s 100% worth it. In this article I’m sharing my personal experience with clear aligners. How much do clear aligners cost, where to get them if you are in Chicago and my oral hygiene routine. Also, my favorite retainer cleaner and what’s the best way to clean your retainers.
I’m so so happy with my smile. In all honesty, I did like my smile before having clear aligners, but I was always self conscious about it whenever I saw photos of videos of myself because they were a little bit crooked.
Getting clear aligners was the best decision for me because it helped me with my self confidence. I love my smile so much right now! I owe it all to Dr Kitt from Love My Smile Chicago.
How it all started
I had a pretty smooth journey with my clear aligners. I went to my initial appointment with Dr Kitt from Love My Smile Chicago. Honestly if you are in the Chicago area, don’t look anywhere else. She is very nice and kind but also professional. Dr Kitt walked me through this journey and made the whole process very smooth. You also play an important role here, since you really have to listen to your dentist, follow their instructions and wear the clear aligners as much as you can. At least 18-20 hours a day!
I started my treatment with clear aligners in August 2019. Honestly, it was something I was considering doing, but between this and that, life got in the way and I just kept postponing it. Besides, I didn’t really feel like my teeth were THAT crooked… sure there was work to be done, but now that I look at my before/after photos I can really see the difference! Just look at that!
Isn’t that crazy!?
I am so happy with my smile now. I don’t know at what point my teeth started to move that much, especially the 2 front/upper ones, but I feel so confident now and I can’t recommend clear aligners enough! And if you are in Chicago, Love my Smile in Lincoln Park is the place to go! Everyone there is so nice and professional. Dr Kitt is so knowledgeable and made the whole process so much easier for me. Since they understand this a big investment in yourself, they offer super flexible payment plans which are interest free!!
How much do clear aligners cost?
The cost will vary per patient and the amount of time you’ll have to wear the clear aligners. It will cost between $3500 and $4500, but at Love My Smile Chicago, they have flexible payment options, which is great because it is a big investment.
You can schedule a free consultation and learn more about their payment plans here.
How long did I have to wear the aligners
My treatment lasted around 8 months, but again this can vary between patients. G (my hubby) had to wear his for almost 2 years. He’s also very happy with his results and I’m so happy we invested time and money into getting this done.
Tips and things to remember
Throughout my journey, I wrote down some things, which I hope will help you if you decide to start:
- First day of each tray is always a little uncomfortable, so make sure to always start a new tray at night. I once started new ones in the morning and my teeth felt sensitive and I got a headache. If you do this at night, you won’t feel a thing!
- Never wrap your aligners in a napkin LOL (it’s really easy to throw them in the trash this way).
- You have to wear your aligners all day and take them out when you are going to eat, so this really helps with nonsense snacking. Why? Well because you think about it twice before taking them off to eat. I know I skipped a few unnecessary (and mostly unhealthy) snacks in the middle of the day!
- In my experience, my teeth moved pretty fast at the beginning, which was so encouraging for me to keep going 🙂
- You can barely notice the aligners when you’re wearing them. I’m wearing them in most of my Instagram posts since last August and you can’t even notice them!
- Last but not least, after you are done with your treatment you will have to wear retainers at night to keep your teeth from moving again. Teeth move and it’s perfectly normal, so by wearing your retainers every night after you are done with treatment you will keep that perfect smile forever!
Why and how should you clean your retainers
As I mentioned earlier, after you are done with your clear aligners treatment, you have to wear retainers at night for the rest of your life pretty much. Since you invested so much money to get your teeth fixed, I’d say this is by far the most important thing you need to do! (besides actually wearing them every night LOL)
If you get your aligners with Love My Smile Chicago, you are good because Dr Kitt provides with two pairs of aligners plus a 3D print of your teeth (I think that’s how it’s called). This is useful in case you loose your retainers because A.) you have an extra pair and B.) with the 3D print you can have any orthodontist make you new retainers. She said that our teeth move pretty fast and if you spend a week or two without wearing your clear aligners at night, your retainer might stop fitting.
Best retainer cleaner products that I’ve tried so far
As you may have realized by now, you will need to take care of your clear aligners for the rest of your life, so really it all comes down on how good your retainer cleaner is. Luckily, Crest has a whole line for it, and it’s honestly pretty awesome. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take proper care of your aligners!
I’ve been using their 3-minute retainer cleaner tablets, the antibacterial toothpaste and the mouth rinse daily. They also have a gel which is the best retainer cleaner for detailed cleaning and it also comes with a brush as well as deep cleaning tablets which I use once a week. My aligners look as good as new honestly, and I’m sure they will stay that way because I’m taking proper care of them.
I used to clean my clear aligners with regular toothpaste and my toothbrush and they started to look kind of gross, so that’s why I switched to the Crest Aligner Care line (You can check it out by visiting this link).
Hope this post helps you decide whether or not clear aligners are for you. I know it’s a big investment but it’s completely worth it and as I mentioned earlier, Love My Smile Chicago has great payment plans too. Also, they are being extremely careful with COVID-19 and also offer online consultations. (just know that eventually you do have to physically go to there to get your X-rays).
Well that’s it for today! If you have any questions related to this subject, please leave them below! I’m here to help. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask me anything you want about this 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by!