Well I am only in to my treatment 7 days but so...
Well I am only in to my treatment 7 days but so far so good! The first few days were kind of painful (totally expected) but nothing that Advil didnt help with. My teeth were obviously sore and my tongue/cheeks did get pretty irritated from some fo the edges on the aligners. I havent had any gum problems at all. Right now I am not experiencing any pain or irritation in my mouth at all. Most of the time I forget that I have them in. I love how clear they really are! No one notices them at all and I talk as much as I always have...a lot. I do have a whopping 9 attachments but my dentist must've done an amazing job of putting them on because they are really hard to spot (with aligners in) and dont irritate my mouth at all (when the aligners are out). I have a fairly long treatment time (33 trays top and bottom) as I am a more complicated case. I've read a lot of reviews here saying that Invisalign flat out cannot treat complex cases but I think a lot of that depends on your dentist/ortho. Find a good one as I believe that makes a world of difference! You have to have one who knows how to plan a treatment course to get you the results you want or to at least tell you that you are not a candidate for this treatment. My dentist is excellent and I'd recommend him to others all day long. He was very upfront about anything and everything involved with Invisalign including attachments, filing and possible refinement later in treatment. My dentist wasnt sure that I would even be able to use Invisalign for my treatment when I first came in but he worked hand in hand with Invisalign (for about three long months) to get the results that we are looking for. I am very confident in my dentist and my treatment plan so we'll see how it goes!!! I can already tell that my teeth have moved and that is the best feeling!!! Find a great dentist/ortho, be realistic about your treatment and do your best to hold up your end of the responsibilities (hygiene!) and you'll be ok. :) Invisalign isnt a easy or quick fix...but it sure does look nicer than traditional braces.
PS-If I run in to any problems I'll make sure to update my review. :)
Well I am at the end of the first week of tray #4...
Well I am at the end of the first week of tray #4. Everything is going really great! My mouth is completely used to the trays and irritation caused my new trays is minimal. My teeth are moving right along. So far I've had two molars filed just a little bit but you cant tell at all. I've found that putting in a new tray at night is the best way to avoid the discomfort that comes with putting in those tight new trays. By morning they seem to have "settled" in you mouth. I'm very very happy with my Invisalign treatment so far.
I am now on tray 13 and starting...
I am now on tray 13 and starting 14 in a few days. My treatment is going really well so far and everything is on track. I really cant believe how much my teeth have moved already. Most of the movement is in the back so far but my dentist says that once I hit tray 15 that I will really start noticing the movement in the front. I'm really excited about it! Even though the front teeth havent moved a whole bunch yet I can still definitely tell a difference.
I havent had very many problems with severe pain or irritation in my mouth since the beginning...except for the beginning of tray 13. Wowza that one was rough but just like all the times before the pain is gone in a day or so.
I'm pretty tired of having to brush and floss my teeth all the time but when I start whining about it I just check out my ClinCheck and I'm happy again. I love seeing what my future smile will look like!
After reading many reviews on this site I've really come to believe that Invisalign is only as good as the patient and you must, must, MUST choose your dentist/ortho wisely. I cannot stress that enough. Thankfully I have a wonderful dentist who told me absolutely everything before treatment started. And I think I've been a good patient as I wear these things about 22 hours a day.
Well that is it for now...I'll update some more in a few trays. :)
Well, I'm on tray 27 out of 33 and things are...
Well, I'm on tray 27 out of 33 and things are going GREAT!!!! For the first time in my life I can smile and not be embarrassed and I'm not even done yet!!! It seems like these last trays are more painful then they were in the beginning but I think that's because these last trays are really focusing on my front teeth. For some reason the trays that prodominently work on the front teeth are a little more painful then when they are really working the back teeth. Well, they are for me anyway. Other than a couple days of pain at the beginning of the trays I've had no other problems. I still firmly believe that Invisalign only works as well as the patient follows the rules and you must must MUST have a good dentist/ortho. I'll be finished in mid-October and I can't wait. Once I'm done the attachments will finally come off and I will get a bleaching treatment too. I'm gonna have a Hollywood smile! I don't know if most dentists/ortho include the Zoom bleaching treatment in their packages but mine does and it's a great idea. I've gotten pretty slack about my drinking habits with my trays in. You're supposed to stick to water with them in and blah blah blah but I drink EVERYTHING with these suckers in. I do always have a bottle of water handy to periodically swish and I do stick to mostly sugar free drinks. Except for beer. :) I also stay away from things that really stain like red wine and Kool Aid. I still have my coffee though...and my beer! :) I still highly recommend Invisalign to anyone who is willing to put in the work.