Fairly quick process, mine was 56 weeks in total. Change the retainer every 2 weeks to the next one.
Pretty much invisible day to day.
If you wana lose weight then it’ll help, it simply isn’t worth the bother of snacking or drinking anything but water. Ideally when you eat you brush your teeth straight after then put it back in so you just start thinking can I actually be bothered.
You have to wear it 22 hours a day, wasn’t really an issue for me and if I was going on a night out I’d leave it at home. Just wouldn’t make a habit of that.
You can only drink water with them in or it’ll get stained, so coffee breaks or sugary drinks are a no. If I was at the end of a 2 week period I’d leave it in if I was going for a few pints or anything coz it was going in the bin shortly after.
I’ve now got a fixed metal wire behind my front 6 teeth, top and bottom. I’m more than used to it now but that’s there forever plus have to wear a plastic retainer at night. I don’t wear that every night but if I leave it for a couple of nights you can still feel the teeth have moved as it gets tighter to put on so worth keeping on top of.
I read a lot of stories about it being painful before I got mine but I never found it bad at all. If anything the pain was quite satisfying in a weird way as you could it was working.
I paid about £6k in total when I had mine but I’m seeing adverts now for a lot cheaper and all mail order. The pros massively outweigh the cons and even the negatives you get used to in no time and aren’t even much of a bother in the end.
Bit of an essay there, if you want any more info then pm me and if you’re in the north west I can recommend my dentist. He’s a decent fella.