Not What I Expected - Raleigh, NC

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So after over a year of wanting to get invisalign,...

So after over a year of wanting to get invisalign, I finally decided to bite the bullet since I am getting married next year. I figured, if I'm ever going to do this, now is the time. After a couple of dentist visits, I finally received my first set of aligners yesterday. Now, I was never told that invisalign could include 'attachments' and that I couldn't drink anything other than water with them in. I had to learn this after the fact.
I was given 5 attachments on the top and 7 on the bottom. Without the trays (?) in, these look ridiculous and do not allow me ability to bite down all the way making it incredibly difficult to eat. The thing that bothers me the most is that one of these attachments is on my front right tooth so that even with the invisalign aligner on my teeth, that tooth has this random blob poking out and is very noticeable. I am so self conscience about smiling, it looks ridiculous.
Here is the other thing, the aligners are killing my teeth due to movement and causing headaches, but I hear that this will only be the case the first couple of days that you wear a new aligner. Also, the edges of the aligners are causing rawness to the inside of my lips and underneath my tongue. I did some research and people suggested filing down the edges. I did this and my files are small enough. So I got out our dremel tool and filed them down a bit. Well this made it worse (although several people had luck with this). The underside of my tongue hurt so bad that I left work to go to CVS in search of braces wax and of course they were out. I then went to Walmart and picked some up and oh my god it was such a lifesaver. Also, I have a horrible lisp. My job requires me speaking on the phone several times a day so I hope that the lisp goes away soon.
So far (even though it has been exactly 28 hours since I've had by aligners in) I am very unhappy. I only have to wear Invisalign for 6 months but it seems very daunting to think that I could feel this way for that long. So far I don't regret my decision since I know that once this is all said and done I will be so incredibly happy. I can only hope that things will get better.

2 weeks in

Yesterday I changed to to my second set of aligners. I will say that I have gotten much more used to them being in my mouth but I still hate them. I thought that putting in the second set would cause a lot of pain but they haven't so far which is great. This set wasn't the same as before and there were areas that I needed to file down quite a bit to that the edges wouldn't jab into my gums.

I am having a lot of issues with my dentist and they refuse to answer a lot of my questions which is frustrated. I didn't know until a few days ago how many aligners I would have and this was after calling and emailing repeatedly. Turns out they told me 5-6 months and it's actually closer to 8. That is 3 months longer than I expected so I am not happy about that at all.

The other issue is that the resin that was used to create my attachments is much yellower than my teeth and since it covers the entirety of every other of my top teeth in front I look like a hillbilly. I called to have this replaced with whiter resin and they said that they could but I would get charged- whatever at least I won't look so ridiculous.

I am ready for the time to come when these feel normal and I get used to them being in my mouth. I doubt that will happen anytime soon but I can still hope.
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