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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