Just Started......long Road Ahead - Gloucester County, NJ

I started my aligners this past Monday. I go to a...

I started my aligners this past Monday. I go to a premier orthodontist who I really like, she was also the orhto for my teenage daughter who wore metal braces for 2 years. I'm 43 years old and have been self concsious of my overcrowded teeth since I was young. Now was the time to do this for me. I have sensitive gums and I've had bad dental experiences in the past so I went in as a very nervous patient. It definitely helped to have the chance to get to know my ortho over the past two years with my daughter. I had slimming done on 6 teeth, it was not bad at all. I have 10 buttons. I feel like they make the aligners more noticeable. I couldn't believe how tight my first tray was, I'm at the end of week one and the tray is much more comfortable but boy are my teeth sore. I also had a hard time the first day, I kept gagging as a result of feeling a mouth full of plastic. The gagging went away by the next day. My other biggest adjustment has been my speech and extra saliva. I speak a lot in my job and I feel like I'm trying so hard not to have a lisp that I'm clenching my teeth and trying to hide them. I think that is making my problem worse. My ortho has found that changing to a new aligner every week has worked out better for a lot of her patients and that is what I'm doing.....the result is I have many more trays (68 in total!) ....I will do my first change tomorrow night, I hope it won't be too bad. I hope my speech improves and the saliva lessens. I dread the thought of 68 weeks but when I close my eyes at night I dream of being able to smile and not be so self conscious. That will make this all worth it..

I am happy to report, with this being my 9th day,...

I am happy to report, with this being my 9th day, my lisp is considerably less noticeable. I took a leap of faith when I walked into my meeting at work and had to do some speaking in a large group. It worked out well, I definitely notice a huge difference since last week. I have to say last week being my first week was not so easy. I was worried the lisp would never go away and I felt like I was constantly clearing the bubbles out of my top tray. I've also gotten used to the feeling of a mouth full of plastic. I guess my brain and mouth are adjusting to this process. Also, I started tray 2 on Sunday night, I honestly thought they mixed up my aligners! They were so tight I didn't think I could get them on my teeth let alone when I tried to take them out!!! So tight I thought I would pull my teeth out. Luckily I changed them at night as suggested by many on this board. They definitely loosen up day by day so I guess they are doing what they are suppose to. As many have mentioned, you have to develop a thorough dental routine and allow enough time to clean the aligners, floss, brush, rinse and start over.

1/24/2013..... just about to end week 12 of 68 (I...

1/24/2013..... just about to end week 12 of 68 (I change trays weekly). Cannot believe I am 3 months into this...yes it is a long road ahead but I'm really looking forward to the end result. I don't see much of a difference but I know my teeth have moved in an effort to allow my problem teeth to move into proper position. In watching my invisalign video I can expect my most bothersome tooth to be straight by May! Looking forward to that! Taking care of my aligners has become habitual at this point. I do hate not being able to just pick up a hot drink or a quick snack without having to remove, floss, brush and rinse but again, I keep thinking of the big picture. I've not experienced any bad pain just some weeks are tighter fitting than others but I like that, it makes me know that they are doing their job!

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. ...

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. My biggest complaint, my crowded two front teeth.

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. ...

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. My biggest complaint, my crowded two front teeth.

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. ...

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. My biggest complaint, my crowded two front teeth.

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. ...

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. My biggest complaint, my crowded two front teeth.

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. ...

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. My biggest complaint, my crowded two front teeth.

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. ...

Initial pictures same day I took my first molds. My biggest complaint, my crowded two front teeth.
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Update: I am on tray 6 of 68. (My ortho does weekly vs bi-weekly trays). The lisp is 98% gone! The extra saliva is just about gone. I've been fortunate to not have much pain with my trays. When I switch to a new tray there is a lot of pressure. In fact I start to think it will be impossible for the new tray to fit and there must have been a mistake! Sure enough I'm able to pop it on before I go to bed. That next day is when I experience the most soreness and really it is not bad for me. I'm very used to the brushing, flossing, mouthwash upkeep. It has just become routine. Here is a TIP: out of the blue one day my bottom tray started to rub my inner lip pretty bad. I tried to file it down as others have suggested but I had no luck. I was able to find dental ortho wax at my local CVS and that instantly made it better. I was onto my next tray in two days so it worked out. Keep dental wax on hand in case you need it. I carry it in my cosmetic ag that also holds: floss, travel toothbrush and paste, my aligner case and a mini bottle of mouthwash. I don't leave the house without my case!
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Glad to hear you are doing pretty well with your treatment, overall. That is interesting that you are changing your trays weekly. I notice your cost is a bit on the high side compared to the average cost (of course its just an average). Do you know if the extra trays explain why your treatment was a bit on the more expensive side? I'm curious if your ortho mentioned anything about that or not.

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Hi Megan, I would say it is going more than pretty well, I have really adjusted and don't mind the trays at all. I look at each day as one day closer to being done! I didn't think my cost was much higher than others considering my treatment overall is expected from start to finish to be 2 years. My cost also includes refinements, my final retainer and also teeth whitening. I would also guess as you mentioned that it could be on the higher side because of so many trays. My ortho is highly experienced with Invisalign (she teaches and speaks to other orthos and dentists regarding Invisalign treatments) and in her experience she is find that having a weekly tray may produce better results. After two weeks the trays really loosen up where as changing them on a weekly basis (but at a slower movement) keeps the pressure and movement more consistent.
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Alright, so how is the second tray now? Is it pretty loose, or still on the snug side?

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Hi Megan! Pretty loose four days in! It's unbelievable how it loosens up. The lisp is much better as well. Thanks for asking! Megan, did you use Invisaligns? If so for how long and how was your experience?
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I haven't used Invisalign, but since I worked in the orthodontics field for several years I'm very sympathetic to what you are going through, especially during the adjustment period.

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Oh my gosh, gagging the first day :( I'm impressed you pushed through that!!

Good job of keeping your mind focused on the end result while you are working your way there. Though it probably doesn't feel like it now, the days will fly by and it won't be long until you are posting that you are on your last tray!

So glad that you decided to post your story so we can all hear how its going for you. :)

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Thank you Megan! You are a great community manager, checking in on everyone! I hope you are right and these days fly by! I look forward to the day I can post about my last tray :) This board really helped me to get ready for this jump. Its good to hear about the good and the bad....
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Isn't it so helpful? I'm always incredibly thankful for the other people who have posted about their experiences of treatments I'm considering. Thanks for choosing to post yours so others can hear what you experience is like and learn from it as well. :)

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