I have overcrowding, a marked overbite, and two crooked bottom teeth. - So Far, So Good - San Francisco, CA

I'm on tray set #3, out of a total of 26 for the...

I'm on tray set #3, out of a total of 26 for the top and 35 for the bottom. I have overcrowding, a marked overbite, and two crooked bottom teeth - one that's moved out too far and one that's behind the two on either side of it. The one that has moved forward is a sharp canine and it's a real problem; my lip gets caught on it, and I sometimes bite myself accidentally. It's moved further and further forward as I've gotten older and it's the main reason I decided to do this treatment. Getting the other things fixed - plus whitening - will be a bonus.

I had a little trouble adjusting to the first set of trays, but that may be because I had a cold at the time, which led to several very painful canker sores. After the first five days, I was fine. The second set was easy to adjust to.

12 attachments were added after the second set of trays. They are very uncomfortable when the trays are out because they're rough in texture, but that's okay because it encourages me to brush my teeth and put the trays back in as soon as possible after eating. When the trays are in, I can feel the bumps, but they're smooth so they don't bother me.

The third set of trays was much tighter than the first two when I first got them. My dentist said they kind of ease you into it with the early trays. I didn't need Advil, though. The pressure was noticeable and uncomfortable, but not really painful. It was a struggle getting them off for the first three days, but after that they were a little looser and I'd figured out the best way to lever them off.

I have no trouble sleeping with them, which bodes well for using the retainers every night once I'm done. I like knowing that after I've gone through all of this, I'll be able to maintain the new alignment easily.

I had a small amount of filing done and there will be more. It wasn't painful at all. There was some bleeding that night when I flossed, but by the next day, everything was back to normal. It was good to find that filing wasn't a big deal, so I won't be anxious about future reductions.

I can tell from the soreness whenever I take the trays out and bite into anything that the trays are doing their job. Unless something changes radically, I expect the treatment to continue to go well.

(BTW, the cost I gave is the total. I'm only paying 50% of that because my dental plan picks up the other 50%. Having straighter, whiter teeth and a set of retainers is definitely worth $2,400 to me.)

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