Invisalign Express - 29 Years Old, Minor Crowding Issues on Top and Bottom. - Pittsburgh, PA

I went in for an Invisalign consult in December. I...

I went in for an Invisalign consult in December. I ended up "chickening" out because I just didn't want to put in the commitment. I went back about 6 weeks ago and finally got my liners in. I had about 10 "bumps" cemented to my teeth. I don't know if it was my ortho or if this is normal, but there is a lot of excess cement around my teeth that is quite annoying when my liners are out. I'm sure it's part of it that I will get used to. I have only had these for one day so far and plan to update. The reason I went for Invisalign is that there was no way I was getting traditional braces at my age, and I had never had them when I was younger. The positioning of my bottom teeth (one tooth sticking out) was causing a bit of a snaggletooth and shifting of my top teeth. I just noticed this getting worse over time, mostly because I grind my teeth at night and the teeth were pushing against one another. I definitely thought the liners would be more invisible, but I did know what to expect based on reviews I read on here. It's unfortunate to me that even when the liners are out, people will be able to see the bumps on my teeth from certain angles. My treatment should only be about 5 months with a possible additional five months. I have slight mouth discomfort, but not a headache. I will say, I do not even want to eat because it's just annoying to take the liners out at work. Also, I like to drink my coffee throughout an hour in the morning, and I can't really do that, because I don't want to waste that time with my liners out. I'm having iced coffee through a straw with my liners in (rebel!). I plan on rinsing and brushing throughout the day. I will post more updates soon.

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Day 2

This is the second full day with the trays in. I have not had a headache at all. I have a sore mouth and a dull ache which just makes me want to remove them. I think that's obvious for everyone that there is going to be some discomfort. I haven't had problems with the trays as far as them being physically uncomfortable or hurting my mouth. It's kind of better with them in, because some of my "bumps" are a bit pointy and wearing on my inner cheeks and front inside of my mouth. Overall, it's just a bit of a daily annoyance... an extra added step in your routine. I'm hoping that once I see results I will be more motivated to push through!

1 week update

I've been wearing my trays for a week now. My speech is 100% improved. I feel like when I first got them, I was afraid to even talk at all. Now, it's fine. Overall, everything is better. You definitely just get used to trays being in your mouth. My back bottom teeth are very sore when I eat, which is funny because I just assumed my front teeth would be sore- since those are the ones that need moved (so I thought). I've been wearing them on weekdays for over 22 hours and on Friday and Saturday I would say they were in for around 18. I feel less self conscious about them also. Slight headaches the past few days... I'm not sure if that's from the trays or something else. I've been brushing the trays gently with water and toothpaste. The trays are starting to smell. It's a very, very odd smell. It's not like a bad breath smell or bacteria smell.. they just smell so strange and like nothing I've really smelled before. So, I just try not smell them! But it's kind of gross to think about putting smelly trays in my mouth.
Not too bad so far... just can't wait to see some movement!

Smooth sailing

I switched to Tray 2 a few days ago. Wooo hoooo. I had minor pain for the first two days, but really it was just when I put the tray back in after eating. I still haven't had any headaches. Basically, I have no complaints. One of my buttons popped off. I'm going today to have it put back on, so that's kind of a pain. Otherwise, everything is going great.

Tray 3

I just put in Tray 3. It feels pretty tight. I haven't noticed any major improvement yet, but it has only been one month. Can't believe how fast it went!

Tray 3 photos



I'm still on tray 3 and have my 6 week appointment in a few days. Everything is pretty much smooth sailing. No one has noticed my Invisalign yet or at least they haven't asked/mentioned it if they have.


I am still on tray 3. I go in for my 6 week appointment in a few days. No one has noticed my Invisalign and if they have they haven't said anything. It's easier every day.

Tray 5

I just started Tray 5 today, and once again, everything has been pretty much smooth sailing. I am noticing small changes that may only be noticeable to me, but it is encouraging nonetheless. I've been lucky in that I have had no pain at all and still no headaches. My doctor has been helpful, and next visit I get the rest of my trays. Hooray!


I'm on my refinement trays now... That means I only have about 6 trays to go. The internet on my phone isn't working right now, so I can't send pics to the computer (will update later). Overall, I'm very happy with Invisalign Express and am very happy with the price for the value. My ortho did not charge me for refinements, so my overall cost is at $1200.
My only complaint... Holy cow, my teeth are yellow! I have been so disgusted with my stained teeth lately, and I'm pregnant so I'm not supposed to do any whitening. But, I was thinking about it, and most of my teeth are covered in the cement used for the buttons. Maybe my ortho just is pretty careless, or it's normal to have your teeth covered in it. I do have quite a few buttons in the front. I guess at this point I'm assuming the cement is stained? I was looking through pictures at the beginning and my teeth are not nearly as yellow. Has anyone else had this issue? I can't wait to get this stuff off for that reason!


So, can anyone explain this overcorrection to me? I finished all of my Express aligners... My teeth aren't really exactly where I'd like them to do which is disappointing because they told me that the Express would work for me. I don't know if it's worth it to pay for the full set, because I would say only a few extra trays are needed. But anyway, ortho gave me my overcorrectors... Are these like a continuation of what I was doing? or are they making things "worse" like some others have said? I figured since my teeth weren't perfect before these, then maybe mine will continue to help align? All I know is, they hurt like h*ll! They hurt more than when I first started wearing the Invisalign almost. Ouch.


Dr Sahleny

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