A couple weeks later , Dr called me in to view my clincheck... More years came. I couldn't believe my mouth with look normal one-day. My treatment will be longer than we thought, but that's okay... I'll need 42 uppers / 42 bottom trays. Yikes :/ ! And 14 attachments. 7 on top, 7 on bottom. None on my front teeth though. (So that's cool) My trays came in on, September 11th 2013. I went up to the office and got my first set... just to get used to. I was to come back in two weeks to get my attachments put on and IPR done.
My first set of aligners popped right on and came off pretty easily. I had watched quite a few vlogs on YouTube, and was scared it was going to be tough to pry the suckers off. Ha! They were not painful at all, just tight. I got used to the first set pretty quickly. The first few days were annoying. My mouth was so dry, and the edges were cutting up my tongue. But I went and got dental was and that brought instant relief. I drink lots of water and have cut snacking out completely. Two weeks went by rather quickly.
September 24th went in for my attachments & IPR. Oh, I also had to get a deep cleaning bc I hadn't had one in so long. I know there's no excuse to wait 12 years to go to the dentist for a cleaning, but that was what it was. :/ I've been raising babies and like I said, I was ashamed. Now, I realize there's no shame in correcting your problems even if they're super ugly. My teeth had a wall of plauque built up on the bottom back side. After that deep cleaning I could feel grooves between my teeth... I hadn't felt in years!!!! It felt so nice to finally be taking care of something for me for once. The cleaning took a while. I've promised myself I'll never skip a cleaning ever again. I'm going every 6 months, period. It's vital. Christy my hygienist said that there's no tooth decay and that it really wasn't that bad. It felt like it was to me. Next, came the attachments and that took around 40 mins. It wasn't painful at all.... Then IPR, I was scared, but it wasn't bad... just uncomfortable and a lil scary. No pain. I got 3 more sets of trays. She put my new set on there at the office. It was tight and lots of pressure. She had me take them in and out... which I did. It wasn't as easy as the first set, but it was doable. I left excited! Doc told me that my teeth would be more sore with the attachments. That day, once I got home. Oh my, my mouth was so sore. I guess from the deep cleaning and all the time I had my mouth open. I even had a few lil cuts in my mouth. I rinsed with salt water and was fine by the next day. Those two weeks flew by.
October 8th --- It was time for my third set of aligners. I popped them in before bed and the next few days a lil sore, but nothing unbearable. I've had them in five days now and there's no pain whatsoever. Sometimes when taking them out my teeth feel a little bit sore, but that's a good thing bc that means my teeth are shifting. I know I have a long ways to go. I haven't seen any changes yet, but I guess I wouldn't, eh? I've just started tray 3/42. :)
So, I wanted to write about my experience to help others. When I first started looking into invisalign I was obsessed with researching. Hey, it's alot of time and money I'm investing into my smile, right? I love to read other's experiences, too. Okay, wanted share what I've used to clean my aligners~ I soak my trays in efferdent every morning. I always rinse them after I pop them out and brush with toothpaste as well. This keeps them super clean and non smelly.
-I have what I call my "invisalign bag" It's a cosmetic bag with two sides. I carry it everywhere with me. It has, my blue invisalign case, chewies, dental wax, travel toothbrush, extra toothbrush, toothpastes, Colgate wisps, mouthwash, germ-x, compact mirror, dental floss, Listerine stripes, and chapstick.
- I brush every time I eat... I've read where a few others say, "oh, I don't brush all the time, I'm lazy." My dentist told me that it's vital to brush/floss anytime you eat. Never pop the aligners in over teeth that may have food stuck between. It will cause decay and cavities. He informed me that if I do get a cavity, that I can't get it fixed until after treatment. I don't know about y'all, but I'll be wearing these for almost two years. So, I brush and floss like crazy, lol. My teeth have never felt cleaner.
That's my whole story so far, lol. Sorry for rambling, but like i said, I want this experience wrote down. I'm going to be taking pictures of my progress. (Even though I HATE my teeth) I will be updating. So excited to see the end result. I'm looking forward to finally being able to get family portraits professionally made with my hubby and babies... here's to hoping i have a confident smile my dentist promised. Thanks for reading and joining me in my journey.