Now or Never

I'm a 35 years old male who never had braces. I...

I'm a 35 years old male who never had braces. I decided to finally get it over with after talking to my ortho. So far so good. I'm actually seeing results after the 2nd tray. The first week of treatment was the worst because of irritation in my mouth, but now I'm totally fine with them. I can honestly say nobody really noticed them on or they just don't care. I had a lisp for the first week or so but believe it's now gone. I have an overbite with some flaring of my front teeth that I wanted corrected. The treatment has already pushed them in a little... enough for me to notice. My teeth actually looks better with my trays on than off. Eating out has been a pain, but I know it will be worth it in the end. I paid $5000 with insurance paying $2000, so $3000 out of pocket.

Tray 3

So up until now, I have been following the rules completely. I have worn my trays 22.5 hour a day and only have them out 30 minutes at a time. Tonight I went out with friends and decided to have a few drinks and eat. I ended up leaving my trays out for about hour and a half. I don't think I'll do that again since I think my teeth regressed some. I'm hoping by tomorrow, it'll move back into place. This will be the toughest part of this journey. I also need to find a drink that I can have with my tray's in. I'm thinking that vodka and tonic might be safe.

Tray 11

Sorry I haven't updated in a while, but been real busy. I recently got back from a 2 weeks business trip abroad to a poor country. I knew it would be difficult to keep my invisalign in the entire time consistently. I talked to my orth and he recommend that I complete a full 2 weeks and can wear the same tray only at night for the 2 weeks I'm gone. I did a lot better and averaged about 18 hours a day compared to my 22 hours when I'm at home. I had it off for about 9 hours on one of the days, but everything seems ok. I'm over half way done now and seen good improvements. Hope everyone can hang tough. I get IPR in week 12.

Tray 15/20

75% complete. I'm hanging in there and I'm starting to see the finish line. With my next appointment in Jan, my orth said we'll start talking about retainers. I'm going to push for the wire ones on both top and bottom if possible. At this point, I don't think I'll go with refinements as I just want to be done. I guess I'll have 12 more weeks to decide. I still want to get an implant for tooth 19 and some bonding done after my treatment. so far I'm very happy with the results.
Some tips: I wear my trays for about 22.5 hours a day. I always make my meals first and have everything ready then take out my trays. I clean my trays every time I take them out. If I'm eating out, I will at least rinse them out with water. I only brush my trays with water and will occasionally use tooth paste if they start to smell. I only drink water with my trays in and nothing else.... occasional vodka and tonic if I'm going out.

Tray 20/20

Last tray!!! I just started the implant process a week ago and everything went fine. The screw of the implant does not affect my trays at all. I'm 99% sure I'm not going to ask for refinements as I'm very pleased with the outcome and I can't imagine more trays improving it that much more. I will be getting the permanent retainers with the wires behind my teeth (top and bottom) and clear retainers at night. I am so glad to be this close, as the journey was frustrating at times... mostly with eating out and having to brush/floss afterwards. Overall, I'm very happy with the process with only one regret.... should have did it sooner. What's next for me is finishing tray 20, getting some bonding done to fix some chips, permanent retainers and completing my implant. Hopefully, that will be all folks.
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