Hope This Works! - Albuquerque, NM

On my 2nd day of Invisalign. OMG my teeth are sore...

On my 2nd day of Invisalign. OMG my teeth are sore and my tongue is taking the beating of brushing up on them. Plz tell me this will go away. I feel like my tongue is getting scraped by a metal wit brush throughout the day. It's the back right of my tongue, the side.

I'm still trying to figure out a non-painful way to remove my upper tray when eating & tray. I know it's my 2nd day but geez I'm stuck with this for 2 yrs. now in thinking wat I got myself into. I feel like a prisoner, chained down with these trays lol
Hopefully as time goes, it will get easier!

I am on my first tray and I understand how you feel. The first three days were really hard for me, and I was questioning why decision to get Invisalign. I had the same problems you described with tongue and mouth soreness, I also couldn't talke properly! I was worried I'd have a speech impediment. It really hurt when my tongue hit my mouth in certain places, so I think that affected my speech. By the third day, the pain was a lot less and I was speaking normally. By the fourth day, it was gone. I've also lost a few pounds. I guess it's from not snacking. The downside is you will probably experience similar soreness for a few days each time you put in a new tray. But at least you'll know relief is coming.

Don't give up! Any movement of teeth is painful - I've had braces and now Invisalign. I haven't found the best way to clean. Tried toothpaste at first and found that eventually a film formed BUT at close to 2 weeks (when changing the trays) what difference did it matter - it was only on the rear teeth anyway. Right now I'm soaking them in the a.m. with liquid soap before putting them back in. I've seen it on a couple of posts from dentists. Who knows the best solution but I like you saw mixed solutions. Best wishes to you on the movement!!!
I hear you, the first 2 days I was really second guessing my decision to get the braces!! But I soon got used to the trays and it's fine now. I am almost halfway through tray 3. I got my attachments on at tray 2. You'll figure out the best way to get the trays out after a few days and it won't be such a struggle for you. Not sure if you could use a metal file to soften the edge of your tray. I've read about other people doing that. Hang in there - you'll do fine!! :)

Well today is my last day of tray 1, tonight i put...

Well today is my last day of tray 1, tonight i put on the 2nd tray. Kinda scared especially the pain for the few days. It took awhile for me to get use to tray 1, i had to file certain parts to feel comfortable. My last post, i forgot to mention (i was in pain and angry, as you could see in my typing ha) i also have to wear rubberbands on each side. The rubberbands took a lot more time to get use to and it makes my mouth very sore especially the bottom tooths of where it grabs onto of the tray. I certainly have a noticeable lisp. It was bad enough i was self consious about my teeth and smiling, now i have to worry about my speech impedment. I feel its the rubberbands making it worse, it just seems it automatically keeps my mouth closed. I cant yawn that big because i have rubberbands pulling down on my trays.
After the 1st week having the trays, i got used to popping them out and finally got strength to eat chewy but not that chewy foods. i still have limitations. But this past wknd, i will admit i had them off for a very long period of time during the day. Drinking wine is my bad habit since i sip on it which makes me keep the trays off longer. By bedtime, i put them back in and when i wake up the next day, my teeth are so sore. They're still sore right now and it's Monday.
I know i need to keep them in for the recommended 22hrs but its so difficult on the wknds.
As i look through everyones review, i get impatient. I want to see results now but wont see any proly till next year. I will have 29 trays for top and bottom but my dentist said he wont be done with me. He said my teeth will look straight but i still have more work to be done. ugh! i was a little disappointed but I am literally paying for a 7k smile.
Hope tonight goes well for me on switching to tray 2. I know i would need to file it down to prevent it cutting in on my rightside tongue :( I will post in a couple days of how i am doing but dont be surprise i post earlier from an angry rant of how painful the 2nd tray is.

1 May 2013 - Tray 3: Well i started tray 3 a week...

1 May 2013 - Tray 3: Well i started tray 3 a week early. Tray 2 i only had on for 5 days and the fifth day, it cracked when removing. It happen on a Friday evening, therefore i couldnt see my dentist till Monday. Over the weekend i went back to Tray 1 for the top tray. By Monday, my dentist was able to see me the next day, Tuesday but was told to not wear Tray 1 or anything for the top. So that day i only had my bottom trays (2) in. It felt weird especially when i clenched my back tooth, i had a sharp pain. Instantly i thought OMG im getting a cavity. So i just took the bottom tray out while i was at work

When I came home, ate dinner, brush and put on Tray 2 for top and bottom. I didnt care if it was cracked but couldnt take the feeling of the attachments poking my gums. And i had a feeling my dentist would switch me to tray 3. And he did. Tray 3 is super tight. I'm on the 2nd day and my teeth are sore and achy. Also they put another attachment on. Its the top one with the teeth hiding in the front. It feels weird and hurts. So right now i have a total of 15 attachments, 10 at the bottom and 5 on top including the rubber bands i wear :(

I still havent manage to get my lisp under control. Its so embarrasing when i talk and i feel like i need to talk a little louder. I see others say the lisp goes away in a few weeks but its been a few weeks and i feel with this 3rd tray it got worse.

Even with all this pain and discomfort, i know i will LOVE the end results.
I will be excited to see how you progress! I am still on aligner 1 and had a lott of pain as well with the aligner rubbing against my tongue. I will also have rubber bands, but that will be towards end of my treatment. & I'm not getting my attachments until after my 2nd aligner. but check my review out :) http://www.realself.com/review/tampa-fl-my-invisalign-experience

29 May 13 - 5th tray

Well my 4th tray went very well. For the 2nd & 3rd I managed to crack them in the same spot. But I perfected a way to take out my top tray, therefore my 4th tray didn't have no cracks and I DIDN'T have to file them :)

Last night I started on my 5th tray. So far it's going well. Just had to do minor filings but other then that, I have very little soreness. But on my last trays I notice on one of my teeth it doesn't cover it well, it's my top canine on the right. It doesn't hug the tooth, kinda weird. Not sure if I need to go in.

The biggest problem I have is keeping them on for 22hrs. It's so stressful that I have to rush through my meals. Since I got Invisalign, I can't enjoy a cup or 2 of coffee. I'm literally burning my throat trying to hurry up.

Also still having a noticeable lisp. I hate it, so embarrassing! Again having these rubber bands are so thick that its not very stretchy which makes my mouth keep shut.

Well hope this works! I'm paying good money for a good smile :D
We seem to be about in the same spot for trays. I have problem with them cracking too, but the cracks aren't too bad (usually on back molar) and it's usually last couple days of that tray so I wait it out and switch trays on time. I sometimes have a lisp too. I"ve noticed that it usually starts around the end of my 2 wks with a set of trays. It's like they become a bit more loose or something so more saliva gets in them and I consciously talk different because of it...I'm not really sure. But once I put a new tray in I'm good to go!
I am surprised you can see a difference since i cant. I'm trying to use the chewie when i am bored. My lisp comes and go's throughout the whole day. I just have to talk slower and pronounced each letter in a word. Still having trouble with my S's. No cracking yet on this 5th tray, thank goodness. But still having an issue with the top tray hugging my front canine tooth. I think the attachment is too big or the angle of the tray hooking onto the attachment arent exactly right. I have my 6th tray, but dont change out till next week and after i have my appt to pick up my 7th and whatever they give me.
I am surprised you can see a difference since i cant. I'm trying to use the chewie when i am bored. My lisp comes and go's throughout the whole day. I just have to talk slower and pronounced each letter in a word. Still having trouble with my S's. No cracking yet on this 5th tray, thank goodness. But still having an issue with the top tray hugging my front canine tooth. I think the attachment is too big or the angle of the tray hooking onto the attachment arent exactly right. I have my 6th tray, but dont change out till next week and after i have my appt to pick up my 7th and whatever they give me.

17 Jun 13 - 6th tray

It's been a week having my 6th tray in. At first i was having difficulty for the top tray to snap in. I am thinking my "problem tooth" (see pic), the attachment is too big for the tray to track on. This is the same tooth, of having my tray's getting cracked when i removed them but i finally figured a good way to take it out. Also it's the same tooth, of when they put on the attachment (during tray 3), it was also attach to that front tooth sitting in front of it. I had to go in and had them file it down and they apologize for not noticing it when they let me go.

I don't see a difference at all of my teeth, only my bite. But i guess i won't see anything for a long time.

Next week I go in to pick up more tray's and see if they need to do
something with my attachment on my "problem tooth"

15 Aug 13 - 10th tray

Been MIA but still trucking along with my tray's. I noticed the appearance and my bite lately. Especially with that one tooth on the top coming out from behind my tooth. Still have a few more days left with this tray and onto the 11th. Yay!

26 Sep 13 - 13th Tray

Nothing new. Just changing out tray's. Still having problems with the "Problem tooth" Somehow my trays are not tracking on it. I feel the attachment it too big for the tray to fit in it. I have told my doctor about it and said we have to wait till im done with all my tray's and remold it. I'm getting sick of it. I go in next week to pick 3-4 more tray's and making sure he does something about it. I'm paying an arm and 2 legs for this. I will get my money worth and i dont care if i'm the worst patient. I will bug him and his nurses.

Wish me luck! lol
Hang in there! Your before teeth look a lot like mine! I'm almost done, the time flies! I too have a problem tooth but my trays always fit. I couldn't see much improvement Until about tray fifteen then it started going great! I look forward to seeing your progress!
I'm only on my 4th tray (first tray with having the tray holders glued on to six of my bottom teeth). But while I have had the same issues in the past as others have posted, I've learned to deal with the first few days on each new tray: file the sharp edges; use sensodyne and ibuprofen etc; But it all seems worthwhile as with each new set of trays every 6 weeks, I see progress... two of my bottom teeth that were behind another, are now straight up and I can' t wait to see the forward tooth move back into place over the coming months. Be patient, file trays whenever necessary, brush, floss, use a water pick to improve circulation and make sore gums feel better, use a multipurpose mouthwash regularly, deal with the "lisp" - I have a New York accent and a lisp from the trays, so I'm not a "New Yorker with a lisp" ;-) Focus on the slight improvement after each set of trays and stay optimistic that it will all work out in the end. On top of it all, I also have a TAD on my left upper molars and I have elastics on my right upper bicuspid/molars. It all seems a small price to pay knowing I'm going to be a good looking, 67 year old man next year!!! Hang in there everyone!

Update from Tray 13 going on Tray 14

Well yesterday went in to pick up my trays and the doctor filed down my attachment on my problem tooth. I no longer have an attachment on it, feels weird but kind of relieved. Will be posting photos from the end of tray 13 w no longer the attachment.
I live in Albuquerque and am considering this. I've been to two consults and both orthodontists told me different things. Who is your orthodontist? Thanks!
Dr. Harnick. I think that's how it's spelled. He has 2 offices on golf course and Morris. He's the only one that said he can fix my teeth w Invisalign. So far he is right

21 Oct 13 - 16th Tray

Just took a pic and notice a huge difference. Feeling pretty happy and excited. But I really need to stick to the 22hrs of leaving it on. I've been slacking pretty bad
Great progress! Yeah, having them on all day can be difficult. I get bad about it sometimes too.
Thanks so much! He was one of my consults. Are you happy with your progress so far?
Sorry I haven't been on for a long time. I like him, he's very comforting when I am doubtful of my teeth. But he was the only one that gave me confidence of getting my teeth straight and fixing my bite.

10 Dec 13 - 19th Tray

So on my last update for the '16th tray', it was actually the 15th tray. I was getting way ahead of myself haha.

Tonight I will be putting on the 19th tray, have it right now. Chewing on my chewy thing. In the past months, I have seen a difference which I am glad.

I have been lazy of not wearing it for the whole 22hrs. It seems like everyday I wear it for 4-5 but mostly not at all. For sure I wear it to bed. During the day is the one I need to work on of keeping it on. I know I know bad me!

Cont 10 Dec 13 - going on 19th tray

Wow! You teeth are really coming along beautifully, huge improvement! It only gets better from now, hang in there!
Awe thanks!! I can't wait to see the finish product but still have a long way to go
Thanks for your response. I plan to start a 6 month invisalign treatment at the beginning of 2014. I had braces when I was a child but my teeth have really drifted apart since then.

28 Feb 14 - 24th Tray and a pulled tooth

So yesterday I walked in to my regular dentist office and thought I was getting my gold crown replace. Once they removed it, it was not good. On that tooth I had a root canal and several crowns on it. With that being said the new crown couldn't place on since that tooth has been shaped so much and file down, their was little tooth for the crown to stay on. So they had to pull the tooth. I was freaking out since I never gotten a tooth pull. I wanted to cry and they just looked at me waiting for my answer. So I just said go ahead and pull it. It was not fun. I had them numb me real good.

They finally got the tooth pulled out (in pieces, the root was so long), packed with some kind of bone powder and covered w a membrane and stitched it up.

Today I called my Invisalign dentist guy to see what I need to do. Last night I only wore the top tray. He told me to cut the bottom tray of where the tooth was pulled. It's not so bad. Just my jaw sore and keeping up on these 4 meds I was prescribed.

With that missing tooth, I have an option of getting an implant, a bridge or just keep that open space but that back tooth will try to move in at a angle.
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