Invisaline to Correct an Edge to Edge Bite - Leicester, GB

Hi everyone I 38yrs old and have finally decided...

Hi everyone I 38yrs old and have finally decided to do something about my bite. I basically have one back tooth that meets and one front tooth that meets the rest never touch, this means I do all my chewing on my left side and because of that I have many fillings, root fillings and a crown as the poor left side takes all the load.

I don't believe I started out with this bite, yes my lower jaw is bigger and I would never have an overbite but when I was around 9/10 I had a large number of teeth taken out to make room for others? I also had a removable brace to push one incisor at the top out and I remember there being an extra layer down the sides so that I couldn't put my teeth together. I think this is where it all started to go edge to edge :(

I also had fixed braces around sixteen to correct the edge to edge bite, that was horrendous, fixed in bottom to bring teeth in and a metal wire behind my top teeth to push them out but I didn't wear the elastic a as I should of and didn't appreciate the free dental care you get in the uk, and being a teenager I was happy to get them off asap! I'm now paying the price! I also at 19yrs had a car accident where I clamped my teeth down on impact and of course having and edge to edge bite ended up cracking & breaking a few teeth.

Considering all that has happened to my poor knashers they don't look that bad! They are straight just a really bad bite!

My cost is £3000 British Pounds

Anyhow here I am in my first 24 hrs of having invisaline fitted! Ouch! I have loads of those little things on my front top teeth and a few either side of my bottom teeth, they don't bother me too much when the trays are not in and its not that bad to wear the liners, nothing compared to fixed braces that is painful till you get used to them but I do find it awful and painful to take the trays out and my teeth really ache when I first take it out and when I first put it back in.

I love food and cups of tea but due to what I have to go through I'm a three meals and down a cup of tea kinda girl now! :(

Anyway I would love to hear from you all with tips on how to get through life with invisaline!

I'm going out sat night!!! What am I going to do??!!!

Rachael xx

Ps I was told by my orthodontist not to clean the trays with toothpaste

1 Week update

Ok so I have had invisalines for a week now and I things have improved. I started off in pain, taking out was horrendous, I couldn't help but feel down at the thought of putting up with this for a minimum of 9 months, what kept me going was the thought was that I may loose weight due to the hassle it was to eat. However I have started binge eating :( I have to stop that, its like compensation for having to have a mouth of plastic - I deserve that cookie or the whole packet because I have a mouth of plastic & who knows when I can next eat.....I'm going on an all inclusive holiday in a week I will probably come back a stone heavier :(

I went out Sat night without the invisalines in, I didn't feel all that great because of having all the attachments to my top front teeth but no one noticed and considering I didn't have the trays in for about 7hrs it didn't ache too much to put back in.

The trays are now really easy to take out (I can do without looking now which helps with eating!!) and can just about put back in without looking too. My teeth don't ache at all to the point that I am wondering if this first set has done its job and its time to move onto the next lot a week early. My orthodontist said though that you will know when its time to move as there will be no gaps between your teeth and the trays, the tiny gaps are really only on my bottom teeth and top teeth where they will be moving the top down and the bottom up I think.

When I don't have the trays in my teeth have moved lots already, I now have just my left front tooth meeting and nothing else! Lovely! When I have the trays in I want to bite down i think because I have never had a proper bite and it feels good to be able to bite down on something, I have got into the habit of this but I am sure im not supposed to do this?

On fri I took my kids to a theme park and straight after the picnic they ran to go on a catapilla rollacosta ride before I had time to find a washroom and brush my teeth etc. I had to run after them and I wenton the ride thinking the entire time ...my teeth will be rotting away!!!

I do have a lisp, I can hear it and people I am talking too have confirmed this! I was telling my kids of the other day and I could hear myself lisping and my kids wanted to laugh at me. Very hard to sound like super nanny when your lisping big time!

Those that I have told which is nearly everyone I speak to as I like to explain why I cant talk properly probably think why? My teeth are so straight why is she so vain that she needs to straighten them more? I have to explain my bite which is really bad and if I don't do something about it I will end up with false teeth in the future! EEEK!!!

RachaelXX
Dr Frances Mackay

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Helloooooo!  And welcome to our Invisalign community :D!  Congratulations on finally being able to do this for yourself, now that you will appreciate it!  I waited until I was 35 or 36 and I appreciated every single day!  :)  I was also told not to use toothpaste, and I did use toothpaste sometimes and regretted it.  But some people use it without any adverse effects.  I think it has to do with how much grit is in the toothpaste.

Yours is the first edge-to-edge bite case I'm seeing and I'm extremely curious to see how they fix it!  It's amazing how good your teeth look in the circumstances.  Especially after the accident.  Have you had any bonding done?

Even with the attachments, your teeth look good.  

We have had a number of people talking about going out and what to do.  It's been a while now so my memory for exactly who is a little foggy.  I know Crooky24 talked about it at some point.  I'm pretty sure fightingthefear24 also did.  Invisa312014 also talks about it.  SmileBright22 has a conversation about it in her comments section as well.
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Hi TwoPlusOne! Thank you for your reply! Yes I am certainly an odd case LOL! I have had some teeth built up, my left front tooth was built up at bottom which has caused me horrendous issues with bite, my tooth left of my left front tooth is a crown (this is my best looking tooth!!) and the opposite one was built up but looks not that great. I also have a crown which you can see in photos this was one of the cracked teeth, I think this crown caused my bite huge problems too because it hangs lower than my other teeth and that is the tooth I have to bite on because none of the others meet, I believe this tooth stops me biting down on the others. Not saying this is the only cause of my bite, that is my own genes causing that but the crown hasn't helped. Anyway the plan is to widen the top arch and bring the front teeth down (did not know this was possible) and bring the bottom teeth in a fraction. When I am next at my orthodontist I will ask if I can video the invisaline video as it is amazing what hopefully can be achieved. I read you review and it worries me about life after invisaline? Is wearing a retaining at night not enough?? Maybe with mine being a bite issue the fact that my top teeth will overlap my bottom teeth will keep them in place on its own? Who knows, we will be wearing invisalines for life! LOL! RachaelXX
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I think part of the issues I'm having are because I didn't wear my retainer full-time for 6 months after finishing treatment.  I couldn't really, because of the open bite, but it still means a less stable result.  Also, I got in the habit of biting down on the trays a lot--a very, very lot--so that I push my teeth so hard into the gums that my bite is open when I first take the trays out.  I do it all night, and when I was in full-time Invisalign, I did it 24 hours/day.  If I could have avoided that, I wouldn't have had the problem with the open bite, and I could have worn everything like I was supposed to.  It is also very likely that a retainer would have been enough.

To be honest, though, a retainer is enough.  It's just that not wearing the retainer every day is not enough for me.  I love wearing a retainer, too--it's just that it's uncomfortable when I clench my teeth so much and it gives me aches in jaw and head.  But wearing night-time retainers is not even a little bit annoying in itself.  I'd wear them most of the day if it weren't for the clenching :).

As for having to explain about bite issues, that doesn't surprise me at all.  The only people who know about bite issues are the ones who have them severely enough that the doctor has told them about it!  Glad to hear that things are getting a bit better for you though :).
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