Can't Wait - Australia

I have always felt uncomfortable with my teeth,...

I have always felt uncomfortable with my teeth, and I think having them straight will greatly improve my confidence! Now I can finally afford them and justify them - I've taken the plunge.

I got a call today saying my trays had arrived!...

I got a call today saying my trays had arrived! Very excited (and a little nervous) considering it has only been two weeks since I paid the deposit - having the fitting on Saturday, so I'll update then!

I received my first set of aligners last night and...

I received my first set of aligners last night and so far it's been alright. The bottom ones were so hard to get off and on at the start, but now it's mainly taking it off that is hard and that's getting easier. I haven't had much pain, although a couple of teeth at the bottom are quite tender, which is making it hard to eat. It was a bit of a challenge today, as being social for me often involves going out for a bite to eat - so I had to plan a bit more.

I was mentally preparing myself for gut guns etc, but the retainers have been fine. They seem to fit perfectly, too and a more invisible than I thought they would be... I'm guessing that will change though when I go in a couple of weeks and get attachments put on... I can't quite remember how many it was. I'm pretty nervous for that visit. Considering how hard it is to get them off now, it may mean that I can't eat for a couple of days!

All in all though I'm so excited to start the process of straightening my teeth... Although I can't help thinking 'what if they don't change at all'

Gut guns?! iPhone autocorrect error! Haha - meant...

Gut guns?! iPhone autocorrect error! Haha - meant cut gums! :o

Today I went into the dentist to get my 2nd, 3rd...

Today I went into the dentist to get my 2nd, 3rd and 4th sets of aligners. I also have 14 attachments put on (8 on the top and 6 on the bottom). The process of putting the attachments on was fine, although when the dentist was prying the templates off my teeth it did cross my mind that they may never come off! He then put the 2nd set of aligners in and then asked me to get them off. It felt like it was impossible, so after a few minutes he then got them out for me and worked out a way to get them out. It was them my turn to put them in and try and get them out and after a few minutes I was finally successful. While it was tough, I'm glad he made sure I took them out because now I know it can happen! I haven't eaten today, but I'm getting pretty hungry, so I'm going to have to attempt to take them out soon.

Other than getting them out everything seems fine. While I have a lot of attachments, I don't have any on my front four teeth so you can hardly see them.

Looking forward to a year's time!

After having an attachment fall off a few days...

After having an attachment fall off a few days after getting it put on, I was concerned it was going to continue to hsppen. Although I had it replaced a week ago now and it is still there so hopefully it is now there for good. When I went back to the dentist to get the attachment replaced he also gave me a crochet hook to help get them off (another patient had said it had helped her a lot). I am yet to use it because by the time I received it, it wasn't having any issues getting the aligners out. I am switching trays tonight though, so I may have to use it tomorrow morning!

On to tray four now and next week I go to the...

On to tray four now and next week I go to the dentist to pick up trays 5, 6 and 7, which I'm quite excited about. I have been freaking out recently... firstly I thought my gums were going crazy and the secondly I've started noticing a couple of spaces between my teeth (that look really gross... If I stand really close to a mirror and stare at them). I just have to keep telling myself to stop obsessing over my teeth, and in the case of the gaps - I should be glad! At least I know the trays are moving teeth somewhere and the gaps are making room for my teeth to line up neatly (sometime in the distant future). Gosh knows what I'll be like when I get ipr. You read about people feeling more comfortable with their trays in than out and Im definitely starting to understand why!

So I'm on tray 7 now. Not much to report, and...

So I'm on tray 7 now. Not much to report, and whole I can't see any difference (other than a gap between two of my teeth) if I compare tray two with tray seven you can see minor differences (particularly where attachments are). Anyway, if I look at my clincheck the exciting stuff doesn't happen until about tray 20, so I've got a while to go yet, and maybe towards the end of February I'll have something exciting to report, if all goes well!

Just put on tray ten. I always put then on after...

Just put on tray ten. I always put then on after dinner as I find after a night's sleep in them they pretty much just pop off like usual and I don't need to spend five minutes in front of the mirror wondering if ill ever eat again.

I can definitely see changes now and if I compare tray ten to tray one, I am amazed at the difference. My two top front teeth are much more in line with each other (although they have got a way to go to be straight) and my canine teeth don't stick out quite as much (although they have a long way to go!) I can also see the crowding on my bottom teeth is reducing and a tooth that was quite rotated and looked like it was on an angle has come up a lot. While I still detest my smile, I am very positive that invisalign will get me the results I want and I can't wait to see it all happen!

Ps I was going to post more photos on here but I can't see how to do it... any tips?

Just put in tray 15 (out of 32), so I'm close to...

Just put in tray 15 (out of 32), so I'm close to being half way through my treatment. My teeth have changed do much (in a good way) and I can't wait for each new tray. I'm shocked at how fast they have moved, my bottom teeth are so much less crowded, my top four teeth are so much more aligned and my incisors are getting there.

I did have my doubts about how much invisalign was going to do. I think I had read to many horror stories... because so far it's been great, and I'm confident that when I have finished the treatment I will no longer feel self conscious about my teeth!

So I'm at the beginning of tray 20 (out of 32) and...

So I'm at the beginning of tray 20 (out of 32) and I'm amazed at the results! There's been such a shift in the last 10 trays, it's incredible. At the moment my teeth have been moved forward to reduce the crowding and in the last few trays they'll be brought back a bit thanks to a bit of ipr. Every tray now makes a huge difference - i can see sch an improvement in photos from the 3 trays before. i can now smile confidently now, and i can just tell im so much more relaxed abd happy in photos.I'm looking forward to them getting even straighter and then at the end of the treatment, I'm having them whitened!

I had my reservations about whether invisalign could fix my teeth. I had read a lot of reviews saying invisalign couldn't rotate teeth, or bring them down. If anyone has the same issues I had, don't be hesitant - invisalign should work for you too!
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