Invisalign Newbie - The Bahamas

Pros: Removable, no wires; Cons: attachments I am...

Pros: Removable, no wires; Cons: attachments I am 26 years old and I have always wanted a better smile. I'm getting married this year and I definitely would like a new smile in time for my special day!

I start my treatment this coming Monday, March 19 and my treatment time is 6 months. I'm really excited!

Day 1: I was a nervous wreck going to my...

Day 1:

I was a nervous wreck going to my doctor’s office today for my Invisalign retainers. Turned out it was a very easy procedure and I was there only for about an hour or so. I had 7 attachments added onto my teeth (one tooth has two small attachments on it). Only one of the attachments I would say is really noticeable, and that is the one on my left incisor. The teeth where the attachments were added on had to first be filed. This lasted about 20 minutes or so and I didn’t feel it much. To be honest, the sound of the filing was more irritable than the filing itself. Once the attachments were on, the aligners were placed on my teeth. I had to look in the mirror while this was being done so I could see how to correctly put them on. One thing I haven’t seen or heard mentioned before is the “chewies”. These are small rubbery-like tubes that I was asked to bite on a few times with the aligners on to make sure that they snapped into place and that there was no spacing. I was given these at the end of the visit and told to bite on them every time I put my aligners on to ensure that they are fitted onto my teeth correctly.

Before, I left the office I was asked to put the aligners on and take them off on my own. I have a bit of length on my nails so I found this pretty easy. I started to pull them off from the back and when putting them on I was advised to start from the front teeth.

I have found myself swallowing a lot of saliva and my tongue is constantly swirling around my mouth. I’m also clenching my teeth a lot. It also feels very weird to talk. There is no pain or discomfort. It just feels odd. I’m hoping this feeling will subside.

My dentist informed me today that my treatment includes free whitening! How good is that! The cost of my treatment includes a $1,000 discount that was being offered at the time. However, I have to pay for my retainers at the end of the treatment which cost $500. I was told that I would have to wear the retainers for 1 year.

I will add a photo of my teeth with the aligners on later.

Today makes 4 weeks since I've had my aligners. I...

Today makes 4 weeks since I've had my aligners. I can't believe how quickly time has flown! I can definitely see improvements in my teeth and so far the experience has not been so bad.

The first week was rough as it took me some time to get used to the aligners in my mouth. The constant salivation died down after the 3rd day or so. However, the edges were really sharp and they were scratching my tongue and my gums. I read somewhere to use dental wax and that worked like a charm! After a few days I didn't need to use the wax anymore. However, when I got my 2nd set of aligners I had to use a bit of wax for one day.

It's slightly annoying having to brush and floss after I eat and before putting in the aligners. So I have cut out snacking completely. I've actually lost weight. I guess that's a good thing.

A good cleaning tip that I discovered is to soak the aligners in hydrogen peroxide and water. It works really well. I would definitely recommend it.

I get my 3rd set of aligners next week Monday and I cannot wait!
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