I never really had a problem with the straightness...
I never really had a problem with the straightness of my teeth, until the last few years when I started to notice one of my front teeth sticking out in photos. I had 2 of my wisdom teeth out and hoped that this might encourage the offending tooth to move back but nothing happened so here I am trying Invisalign at the age of 31.
I'm on my first tray and into my second week. I wish I had found this site before I went ahead - I don't think it would have changed my mind - but at least I would have been more informed. Initial consultation suggested an 18 month time frame, but then at a subsequent appointment dentist suggested may be 2 years.
My major problem is with the attachments/buttons. I was told I was going to have them but I don't think I really understood what they were or realised how prominent they would make the invisalign. I was pretty disappointed about that.
I have no idea how many I have, if they'll get taken off, how many trays I'm going to have - this site has made me realise how much I don't know. Now I armed with a heap of questions for my next appointment which isn't until November.
For the first 2 days I felt a lot of pressure and my teeth ached when I took the aligners off to eat, and I wondered how I was going to do this for 2 weeks let alone 2 years but now they feel much better and I'm used to them already. I'm still very self conscious about them and tend to smile with my mouth closed now. My family and friends say that they're not that noticable but I think they're just trying to be nice. Lol. I'll post a couple of pics later.
I was told to just rinse my mouth with water after I eat - if I'm out or at work - but I note most of you brush your teeth every time you take them out. I don't know if this is something I should be doing too. I did order some Retainer Brite off the net after noticing it mentioned on some forums. I did have an icident the other night where I had a curry for dinner and it stained my buttons yellow! But it's all good now. :)
I'm due to start my next tray on Monday and from what I've read I'll be making sure I do that at night because I'm not looking forward to that pressure again, and if I can sleep through some of it I'll be happier.
Hoping It's Worth It
So when I got home last night I checked my little Invisalign bag and noticed the aligners are numbered 1/13, 2/13, 3/13 - does this mean my treatment only involves 13 aligners? Or can this be added to further down the track? I'll be super excited if this means I only have to wear these for 6 months - as opposed to the 18 months I was expecting!
Tray 1 - Week 2
What can I say - I think I'm already getting used to them. No pain or rubbing, no more lisp (although it still trips me up sometimes if I'm speaking quickly) and they're actually feeling looser - I hope this is normal.
Tray 3 - Week 1
Can't believe I'm already on my 3rd tray, the time has just flown and I'm so used to it now that I don't even think about it when I'm talking to people. Although the cleaning routine is becoming increasingly cumbersome. My second tray was quite loose on my top right back teeth and I couldn't stop flicking it with my tongue and popping it off, I'm glad this is not the issue with my 3rd tray too. I have my first check up next week where I'll get my next lot of trays. I must say I haven't noticed any progress but I'm hanging out for tray 6 where my video starts showing my front tooth really straighten up. Another thing to mention, I also had a crackling noise in my left ear for a few days during my 2nd tray, I've noticed a few people on here have mentioned the same thing so I wasn't too worried about it. We'll see how my appointment goes next week and go from there.
Tray 3 finished
12 Nov 2013
2 months post
So today is my last day for Tray 3 and I had my first check up since I started. It all seems to be going well and they were happy with my progress. They've given me my next 5 aligners to take me past Christmas. I can't believe it's been 6 weeks already! I can't see any changes but I know my bottom teeth are shifting because it's getting much easier to floss them. Not looking forward to the next couple of days after I change my tray tonight....
P.S. My lips are very dry from the mintiness of the toothpaste - I can't seem to find a toothpaste that isn't mint flavour. Any suggestions?
18 Dec 2013
3 months post
Well it's been a while, but I'm definitely starting to see the movement and other people have also commented on the difference. I haven't felt as much pressure with the last few trays, which is strange because they seem to be the ones that have made such a difference, but maybe I'm just used to it now. I've noticed that previously all of the pressue has been on my top front teeth but Tray 6 seems to be making my back teeth quite sore which has made it a bit difficult to eat. The whole cleaning after every meal is still quite tedious but my sister thinks my teeth have never been whiter so that's a bonus! I'm at my half way mark now so I can't wait to see the improvement over the final trays. Merry Christmas all! :)
A little comparison
18 Dec 2013
3 months post
The photo doesn't do it justice as it still looks like it's sticking out a lot but the gap between the two teeth is so much smaller now.
16 Jan 2014
4 months post
I've just finished Tray 7 which was pretty uneventful, however the first few days of Tray 8 have been quite painful. I don't think I've felt this much pressure with any other tray and 4 days in and my teeth are still sore and sensitive - especially my front teeth. It hurts the most when I try to take my top tray out. I've discovered it's easiest just to rip it off like a bandaid. :) I've had quite a few friends and family comment on my teeth and how much straighter they are already - which is a good feeling. It gives me hope that this hasn't all been a waste of time and money. I have my next check up appointment in a few days so I will check in with further info then.
20 Jan 2014
4 months post
So I had my check up yesterday and they are extremely happy with my progress. I was also extremely happy when they advised me that the final 3 trays (of my 13) were for over correcting so apparently I don't even need them! I have 2 trays left (6 weeks including the remaining time of my current tray) and then I go in and have another scan and begin the refinement stage. He'll even take the attachments off until the new plan comes in. Yipee!
I don't want to get my hopes up, but I'm hoping it's smooth sailing from here on out. Hopefully my refinement stage isn't too long and I only need a handful of trays to fix the teeth that haven't obeyed the first plan. Apparently the next 2 trays will be just as painful as the current one as these show the most movement in my front tooth. I can live with that as long as it straightens it! :)
Stage 2 - Refinement
19 Mar 2014
6 months post
It's been a while since my last post. Last week I went to have more scans done so they can make the trays for my refinements. They took off all of the attachments and I only have to wear my current tray (Tray 10) at night like a retainer. It feels so good. I will go back in 6 weeks to pick up the new trays and have more attachments applied. I'm not sure how many trays will be in the refinement stage but I'm getting excited as I figure I'm at least at the half way point. I'm still not happy with my front tooth, there's been a big improvement but it's still quite twisted. I'll post again once I get my new trays in 6 weeks. :)
29 Apr 2014
7 months post
I just realised I hadn't posted since my last appointment. So for my refinement stage I have 10 trays on top and 7 trays on the bottom, but only 3 attachements (2 on the offending front tooth and 1 on the tooth next to it). I'm quite happy with that.
End of Refinement Stage
29 Jul 2014
10 months post
So I had a dentist appointment yesterday as I'm at the end of my refinement stage. I had 10 trays on top and 7 trays on the bottom. For the last 3 trays I've only had to wear the bottom tray at night. There's still a couple of teeth (one on top, and one on bottom) that are being stubborn so they've put 'dimples' in my trays where those teeth are and I have to go back in another 4 weeks to see if this has fixed them. I can feel the pressure on these teeth which is great - I hope it straightens them up once and for all. I hope to post some pics in the next couple of days.