Grrrr. Tomorrow is three weeks since I had my teeth scanned. I want my aligners.
Hahaha, oh whatever. These things take time. :)
My alligners are in. :)
I'm super annoyed because my office cannot get me in until next Wednesday to get my attachments on and all that, but oh, well. It's gonna be 5 weeks from the scan to when they're in my mouth!
Got attachments put on and my first set of aligners today at 10AM!
Oh, boy. It hurt bad. It's feeling a little better now but before I took some Tylenol... Ouch. I have 13 attachments, none on the very front teeth, which is nice. They matched it to my tooth color somehow! You really can't see the bumps at all, and with the aligners in, my teeth just look a little shiner. My dentist shaved off .2mm in quite a few places, and I like .3mm by one of my canines. You cannot see that gap, at all, especially with the aligners in.
I have 9 aligners for the top and 11 for the bottom. I'll probably need refinements, but I can totally live with that. 5-7 months is the estimated time of completion. I feel like I can already feel them shifting; they darned well better be 'cus it feels like they're just twisting out of their root, lol. My smile looks so much better, I think, with the enamel removed. My teeth are a little less wide now and I like it. But seriously, my teeth aren't that bad and I'm so excited I'm getting them "fixed".
My BF is soooo awesome. He made me tea while that Tylenol kicked in and he's super happy I'm finally starting. He's so proud, haha. :) I don't think my office uses AcceDent - didn't know what it was when I asked. Was told to just brush the aligners when I brush my teeth. Hmm. Let me know if you have any questions that I haven't though of!
So, the past couple days have been a little miserable. Between my cheeks/tongue getting used to the inevitable rubbing of the plastic wear and the actual shifting that is occurring... Ouch. Orajel did the trick for my sore mouth, as did a warm salt water rinse. I'm finally getting used to these things. But, I will not lie, the first few days I was in tears. :( The first night I woke up at 3:30AM and couldn't get back to bed.
I have been leaving them in for at least 22 hours/day; I usually eat two meals a day so it's not too hard. After I eat l, I'll floss, use mouthwash, brush my teeth, and brush the trays. No problems with staining or breath yet!
No one has noticed them yet that I haven't told. :) My weird talking is slowly diminishing as time goes by. Yeah, for the first little bit I was seriously questioning why I had done this to myself, but that feeling has gone away. WOOT!
One week in!
Very little pain. Trays are feeling loose and I think that is a great sign.
I've been bad and have been drinking iced coffee through a straw in the morning before/at the very beginning of my 7AM shift. I always get my teeth brushed, for the second time, by about 10AM. No overt staining that I care about and I'm not prone to cavities, but I still wouldn't reccommend it. I just "need" my coffee. ;)
Gonna be switching to my 2nd tray Tuesday night before bed! Very much so looking forward to it.
Switched to tray two ten minutes ago and am headed to bed with 600mg ibuprofen in my belly. :)
Not too much to say. I'm definitely seeing some changes. No cavities or anything like that. :)
Tray 9/9 and 9/11.
16 Jan 2015
5 months post
Wow, I can't believe how fast my treatment has gone. Once you get started, it just becomes second nature. I'm not going to lie, I pop my trays out to eat, rinse them and my mouth out with water, and pop them back in. I do a thorough brushing in the AM/PM. I think it's caused my teeth/trays to be a little more dingy, but not necessarily dirty or gross, honestly.
The changes: two bottom canines are basically where they should be, two top incisiors are smaller and more proportionate, my general bite feels better, you can see more of my teeth/smile. I LOVE it and am so thankful I got Invisalign. I technically am on the last tray from my top teeth, and 9/11 for my bottom, but I'm planning to do refinements, so at least a few more. There isn't pain associated with the trays anymore - just a bit of discomfort the first night from how "stiff" they are. No more sore spots on my cheek or tongue!!! I notice my mouth/lips are more dry than usual, but not something Clinique lip balm can't fix (that stuff was expensive but a darned godsend my first week).
I have a little lisp when I have the trays out, actually. I think it is because I'm not used to talking with my repositioned teeth without the trays. Not too noticeable. On that note - I've had one person notice my Invisilign and ask about it. Plus, she and I work together in a pretty close proximity. No patients have commented about anything. They truly are invisible braces.
26 Apr 2015
8 months post
So, I finished 11 trays, and finally got my last six refinement trays. No cavities, not much excitement!