Every friend and family member that I told about Propel tried their hardest to convince me to not do it. They did not understand why I would opt to have tiny holes drilled into my jawline and that I should just be patient and wait the normal 2 year treatment course (it is now estimated 10-15 months with Propel, BIG DIFFERENCE!). I also reminded each and every one of them that they don't have to take pictures smiling from a very specific angle and I don't mind a little bit of discomfort for amazing results!
Today I not only got my Invisalign trays and attachments, but I received my first propel treatment. The attachments were quick and painless (NOTHING like the goopy, gross, mess I went through with metal braces 17 years ago!) and then it was time for my Propel. First they numbed me up with this topical numbing agent that the hygienist held up to my jaw for several minutes, then I received a second numbing agent that felt like a shot of air being blown at certain parts of my gums.
Dr. Caponera made approximately 8 - 10 holes along my left front and bottom jaw line. I am so happy to say I felt ABSOLUTELY NO PAIN! None, zip, zilch, nada! In certain spots I felt pressure ( in some spots I felt absolutely nothing) and a little pang. By pang I mean it didn't hurt but I felt a little bit uncomfortable. I bled quite a bit after the procedure was over and was actually surprised by that since I barely felt anything! I rinsed my mouth several times, they popped my Invisalign tray in place and I was on my merry way.
About 30 minutes I felt the oncoming of some serious jaw pain and ran as fast as I could to get some Tylenol. It is VERY important that you ONLY take Tylenol!! Part of what makes Propel work is the inflammation caused by the little holes drilled into your jawline and if you take ibuprofen or Advil, it will keep the inflammation down and basically cancel out the Propel treatment. It took me about 6-8 Tylenol to get the pain under control.
I would highly recommend taking 2 before you get the procedure and to not make any plans for the rest of the day. This is not something that you can get done during lunch and then go back to work. You will want to and certainly should get some rest after this procedure. I continued bleeding for a few hours after I got home, but it was nothing serious and my orthodontist assured me the blood wouldn't stain my Invisalign (I couldn't imagine walking around with blood stains!). Because I took so many Tylenol I took my Invisalign out and ate about an hour and a half after the procedure. My teeth were a bit sore, but I was able to eat eggs and oatmeal just fine. I cleaned my trays and mouth and popped them back in with no problem.
One thing I had read about in my Invisalign research and encountered as the numbing agents wore off is the sharp edges of the trays. It was scraping the inside of my bottom lip and driving me crazy! When I popped them out to eat, I grabbed a metal nail file and filed them down. After that there was no discomfort.
Due to me chosing to do Propel, I get to change my trays weekly. I will try my best to update my review weekly!