I Really Only Need Five Teeth to Get in Order - Burbank, CA

I had braces in high school, but lost my retainer...

I had braces in high school, but lost my retainer and my top front teeth moved back. I'm starting invisalign express- 10 trays, five months- today and will update as I go. I have 6 attachments total with 5 of them on the top. The attachments make the invisalign looks less invisible. It took 4 weeks to get my first aligner after I did my impressions.


Sore teeth, cut up tongue, but I'm hopeful my mouth will adjust.
I should add that with insurance invisalign express cost $500.
I added a picture with the first aligner in.

Tray 2

I can't really see a difference yet, but I can feel my bite changing. The second tray feels much more finished than the first tray- no tongue irritation when I talk. I have the third tray and will start it next week. I think I'll be able to see a difference when I'm done with that one. Just comparing trays 1 and 3 show a big difference on the top front teeth. It's just tough to wear these 22 hours a day when you're a coffee addict like me!

Finishing up tray 5

Tray # 1 and 7 side by side.

Retainer #1 is on the right side and #7 on the left. You can see the v shape on the two front teeth are straightening out and the two teeth on the side are moving forward. I don't start #7 until next week.

Started #8 last night.

I can see a good difference in my smile, but number 8 is a bit painful. Day one is always a sore one. The pictures compare tray 1 and 8. Tray 1 is starting to yellow from being out... ew.
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The movement is really obvious in the trays.  Is it equally obvious in your teeth?  Thanks for the update!!
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Curious as to how long went by between high school braces and teeth movement? I didn't have braces prior to invisalign, but a have a few HS friends that are now doing invisalign after they had braces then. It's been about 6 years in between then, which to me is a very short time for things to noticeably move around that much! But they're actually happier post invisalign treatment than regular brace treatment.
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That is a really good question!  I want to know, too :D.
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I got the braces off at 16 and I'm 25 now, but my teeth have been messed up for a few years now. I noticed it was getting worse by the year so I decided to take care of it before I would've needed a full invisalign set or wear braces again. Bottom teeth moved so little it isn't noticeable, but the top front teeth started to get crowded.
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Woooow!  It's super obvious in the trays!  So exciting :D
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Hi!  It's a little hard to compare with the different angles on all the pics :).  Do you see any progress?  With regular invisalign it'd be very early, but since you have so few trays in all, I wouldn't be surprised if you're seeing something...
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Man, how many cups of coffee do you drink in a day?  LOL!  I'd think two shouldn't make a big difference in how long your trays are in, so it must be more.  Do you get bad withdrawal if you cut down?
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I'm a slow coffee sipper. With my crazy work schedule I'm drinking coffee throughout the day just to stay alive. I wouldn't dare cut down! lol
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Your mouth will toughen up for sure.  But if there are really sharp edges, you can file them.  And use orthodontic wax as well if the filing doesn't help. :D
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Hi Liz! Looks like we're express buddies! I just started tray 2 a couple days ago and will hopefully be past all this mouth plastic by July as well! :)
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Can't wait to see your updates. Your teeth already look so nice and straight! :-D
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Congratulations on starting your express treatment!  We don't have a lot of people doing express, but we do have a couple.  One, Lissa120, who is also here in California, by the way, just started right around the first of February, if you wanted to check out her review :).

Your teeth are already very nice--I hope this goes smoothly and uneventfully for you, and that you have the smile you hope for at the end of your treatment.

I look forward to following your review!
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Thanks! I'll take a look at her review too
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