My Invisalign Adventure - Alberta, Canada.
- updated 2 months ago
I have been considering Invisalign braces for a...
- 11 Dec 2012
- 1 month pre
I have been considering Invisalign braces for a few years, but considering it seriously within the last year (March 2012) when I asked my I booked an appointment for a cleaning and to see an orthodontist to inquire about Invisalign. During that appointment, he had told me I was a good candidate for Invisalign and about the product itself. Since that initial appointment, I did a lot of research about Invisalign and got my benefits/insurance in order.
11 Dec 2012:
Today I went in for my “records appointment.” They took xrays of my skull and teeth. Photographs of me not smiling, smiling and a profile shot. Photographs of my teeth and inside my mouth using a mirror to get to the backs of my teeth. This part was uncomfortable because they had to stretched my mouth open with these plastic brackets. The ortho did an examination of my teeth, giving an verbal report to the hygienist. Then he took more photos of my teeth using an electronic wand inside my mouth. This is the new way of “making impressions” of my teeth.
When all that was done, we sat down and he answered my numerous questions. He was super informative and answered all my questions very well. I felt really confident getting my Invisalign done there.
My next appointment is scheduled for 8 Jan 2012 to see my Clin Check presentation, but I might get in as early as next Thursday to see it!
21 Dec 2012: I got to see my ClinCheck...
- 21 Dec 2012
- 28 days pre
I got to see my ClinCheck yesterday! I will need 18 trays with 8 or 9 attachments, can’t remember the exact number. I was told it will take about 9-13 months and cost $5400 of which I have already paid $300 for my initial records appointment. I will need IPR on my lower teeth at some point of my treatment. At the six month mark (June), they will take new impressions to send to Invisalign to determine the remaining of my treatment plan. I asked if I could take my ClinCheck home with me and he said that they normally don’t give them to patients but, he would try to burn it on a CD for me. I want to watch it over and over!
I was slightly shocked at the amount of trays I needed. I was expecting around 14 trays based on the tons of blogs/reviews I have been reading and also since my teeth aren't all that bad. Another thing I was slightly put off about was the fact not only do I have an attachment on one of my front teeth, but I have two on the same front tooth! My two front teeth aren't the problem area at all.
Overall I am very happy with the final results in the ClinCheck. They will look amazing when I’m all done! (which I can’t even imagine at this point)
My appointment to get the attachments and receive my trays is Friday January 18.
I go for my Invisalign fitting tomorrow. I will be...
- 17 Jan 2013
- 1 day pre
I've had my Invisalign on for 5 days now and the...
- 23 Jan 2013
- 5 days post
My appt was at 1:00 in the afternoon and by supper time I was ready for a break from the aligners. This was the moment I had been dreading. I had read so many terrible stories about removing the trays for the first time. I was relieved, it took me less than a minute to remove them! I felt pain on a couple teeth as I removed them and tenderness while I ate. I ate mostly mushy food the first couples days (soup, pasta, yogurt, mashed potatoes, etc.). Now I can pop them out in less than ten seconds. Also, the constant ache went away in two days.
I had a slight lisp for the first couple days when I said "s" words but it has gone away completely now that my mouth/tongue are used to them. Other grievances include some gum/lip sore from the edge of the tray, chapped lips, dry mouth (especially while/after working out/exercise) and soreness at the corners of my mouth.
On my second day with Invisalign, I went out for lunch and had a girls nite then out to a bar. I removed my trays for lunch and brushed afterwards in the washroom. It is strange brushing your teeth in a public washroom and that will probably be something I will never quite feel comfortable doing but not the worst thing in the world. At the girls nite, I drank white wine with them in and avoided the snacks.
So far no one has asked me what's on my teeth or anything. I'm not sure if no one has noticed or if they have noticed and not wanted to ask. Either way, they aren't completely invisible but manageable.
I made a kit for my purse as well as my office at work comprised of a travel/foldable toothbrush, travel sized toothpaste and floss sticks. In my opinion, the floss sticks are a life saver for flossing on-the-go and in a hurry. I use regular floss in the comfort of my own home.
Finally An Update on my Progress!
- 11 Jun 2013
- 5 months post
My previous appt (2 weeks ago) was the halfway point of my treatment. They took another set of impressions and sent them to Invisalign to ensure I was on track. Yesterday I went in to see the results and receive another 6 weeks of trays. They remove the two attachments on my one front tooth!! I was so excited to hear that, those are the only two attachments that I absolutely hated and felt they made my “invisible” very much visible. My ortho also removed three other attachments to replaced them with new ones in slightly different placements. The only tooth being stubborn and not doing what it is supposed to is my upper right 2nd bicuspid. The updated attachments are supposed to target this tooth. He also did IPR on my lower left lateral incisor. The removal of the attachments and IPR is slightly uncomfortable. The removal of attachment feels cold and I had a few shooting pains. The IPR is just a strange feeling since its basically fine sand paper filing the sides of your teeth like floss. They also added another set of trays/2 weeks to my treatment, not a big deal for me. Another 8 set of trays/16 weeks to go!! My final ortho appt for this my invisalign treatment is scheduled for October 16th. Hopefully I will be happy with everything and I will be done with invisalign!
Pictures coming soon!
Forgot to Mention..
- 11 Jun 2013
- 5 months post
Last Set of Trays 19/19
- 10 Oct 2013
- 9 months post