So here I am. After years of wanting to do...
So here I am. After years of wanting to do something about my teeth (they are very slightly overcrowded on lower front) I have decided to go for it. But that prompted me to take action is my overbite (95%!). I had no idea it was so serious because none of my previous dentist ever mentioned it to me. I knew I have a deep bite but I always thought it is normal. About a couple years ago I switched to a new dentist and she immediately pointed it out to me. At first I thought she might be exaggerating and didn't pay attention to it.
Well, fast forward to this spring and all of a sudden I notice that my from lower teeth are starting to shift and hurt (front teeth are knocking lower ones). After waiting for a few months for things (teeth) to settle around I finally realize that I have to do something about it.
Last week I went to an orthodontist and they scanned and took pictures of the teeth and they confirmed that I can do Invisalign! It was such a relief since I was not mentally prepared to do braces.
Anyways, now I am waiting for my first trays to arrive! I will try to keep track of my progress here.
Waiting to pop in my 1st tray!
So I got my 1st tray! which I cannot wear just yet because of the holiday season. I did not want to start my treatment right now and have to have my attachments put in right before Christmas. I was given my 1st tray that I need to wear for 1 week before they add the attachments. We do this so that I am getting used to the tray, putting it in and getting it out, etc.
So now I have the trays and I keep staring at them, lol. I am really excited and nervous at the same time.
I also found out that I have 21 aligners and most likely we will then go into refiners.
I like that my doctor also gave me whitening paste that I can use weekly. The Invisalign trays act like customized whitening trays! I am going to take advantage of this and start whitening my teeth (I've never done it!).
OK, I'll update once I start wearing my 1st tray.
Happy Holidays everyone!
tray not hugging the gumline
While playing with my trays before I officially start wearing them I noticed that the upper tray is not hugging the gum line. What I mean is that there is a gap between the edge of the tray on my two front teeth and the gum line. The tray fits perfectly everywhere else. It bugs me because i can tell this is going to create a lot of friction between the edge of the tray and the inside of my upper lip. I also don't think using a nail file on the tray will help (the gap is fairly large).
Is this normal? Anyone else experience this with their trays?
went to Costco and bought floss in preparation for the Big day. It was on sale. so ended up buying 6 packs of 6. paid $75.00+tax. who on earth is spending $75 on floss?? anyone else? hope I am not the only crazy one :)
Tray 1, day 2
so I finally started wearing tray 1! I popped it in yesterday evening after taking an Advil400. I could feel a little pressure on my front teeth and that was about it. slept like a baby.
today I can feel a couple spots where I might need to file the trays as they rub against the inside of my creeks and lips. I haven't talked too much these days as I stayed home. this is about to change once I'm back at work tomorrow. I hear a slight lisp when I do talk and hopefully I this will go away soon as I get used talking with my trays in.
My routing is this: wake up, take trays out, brush teeth and trays and pop them back in. Prepare breakfast, take trays out, eat, then water floss, brush teeth, string floss, put trays back in. and this will repeat throughout the day each time I want to eat.
I will try to eat 3 times a day. no snacks as it is too much hassle.
Tray 2 Day 1
Last night I switched to tray 2. I could feel a little pressure for a while and then it went away. So far nothing major to report, I am not feeling any pain at all. It’s interesting that with first tray I felt pressure on my left side. With tray 2 the pressure ‘moved’ to the right side.
I am still trying to get used to not snacking throughout the day (drives me crazy). I am only drinking water while wearing the trays.
I am clearing them twice a day with some toothpaste and the electric toothbrush. I also let them soak in water and baking soda while I'm eating. I might overdo the whole brush-floss but I am literally terrified I might get cavities if I don’t.
I am a little nervous as the dentist gave me 7 trays and my next appointment is 3 months from now. I am hoping the teeth move as they are supposed to because 3 months is a long time if anything goes wrong….
Tray 5 Day 5
It’s been some time since I last updated. Nothing major happened during this time. I am religiously wearing my trays (I am pretty sure I average at least 22hrs/day). I am still brushing and flossing like crazy, haha. I think I am extremely paranoid about getting cavities if I don’t brush like I do.
Each time I switch to a new tray I feel the pressure for the first few hours, and then it goes away. With this last tray I felt my bottom incisors hurt a little bit more than before but nothing too bad.
It’s interesting how at first certain teeth hurt, then as days go by other teeth in completely different sport start hurting. I believe this is because of the SmartTrack technology they are using.
I am also pretty sure I have the Invisalign G5 technology too. I have the bite ramps and the optimized deep bite attachments (it better, because I have such a deep bit and I need all the help I can get).
I am also noticing small changes to my overbite. I don’t think it is wishful thinking, but I see my bite slightly opening up!
I also notice changes when I floss; it is now easier to floss between certain teeth.
I am a little worried about one upper lateral incisor that seems to track a little too slow. I notice a small gap on the bottom of my tray in one of the corners. I assume this tooth has to twist in place and it looks like it is not doing it as fast as it should. I am chewing on my Munchies around that tooth and hopefully this tooth will catch up with the rest.
Talking about Munchies (a variation of the Chewies). I am chewing them down like crazy. They are supposed to last 2 weeks and I start breaking them apart in less than 1 week! I don’t know if it’s because I am having such a deep bite or maybe because I bite on them too hard? Anyways, I recently bought a pacifier (!) that is a nice silicone-rubber and I bite on it. It’s been about 3 weeks since I’m using it and so far so good, it is holding up pretty well.
Well, that’s about it for now. I will update soon!
so I thought I should post here a couple pics with my 'chewies' or 'munchies'. yes, you are looking at a pacifier, lol. I found this brand at Superstore (a Canadian grocery store) and what I love about them is that they are made of silicone that can withstand my very deep and strong bite.
over the past months I found that the 'munchies' that my doctor gave me were wearing off very fast (I basically chew them to pieces within days) and they are also very expensive if I was to order them myself. In Canada the 'chewies' are also expensive to order off Amazon. so I went to the babies department of several stores and I found these pacifiers. Please note I am chewing on the sides of the pacifier (the ears and around the face, lol).
Vpro5 and progress scan
Quick update as I have some news. I went to my dentist yesterday and picked up the Vpro5! I am really excited to try it on and see if there are any improvements. I already used it twice (last night and this morning). First impressions: it is quiet! For some reason I thought the device will be louder, but it turns out you can barely hear it when it runs. Also the vibrations are really gentle. I don’t know why I imagined my whole head will vibrate when using it, lol. At times I had to touch the device to make sure it was still running. Some people complained that they felt nauseous after using it; I honestly felt great, no side effects whatsoever.
The only thing I didn’t liked is that the device looks a little cheap, the plastic used makes it looks more like a toy rather than a pretty pricey medical appliance. But hey, as long as it does its job I am happy! I don’t know if I am imagining things but I feel my aligners fit even better after using Vpro5, almost like they are part of the actual teeth.
I also did a progress scan to see how my teeth are tracking. If you have a previous scan done on iTero (most likely the initial scan) your doctor can do another scan and the computer will compare the two and tell you how each tooth is tracking. It was really cool to see both scans side by side. For me it was great news as all teeth were green (green means on track). Guess all the obsessive chewing on those munchies is really helping. So keep chewing on those suckers, people! Lol
So that’s the news. I am still religiously wearing my aligners, brushing and flossing and chewing on munchies each time I put the aligners back in after eating. It is a hassle but hey, we paid a lot of money so better get things done properly.
Tray 10, Day 2
quick update on my invisalign journey. I am using my Vpro5 each time, twice a day. I know the instructions say to use it once a day, but I am a freak lol. I like overdoing things (like, when they say wear your invisalign 22 hrs/day I always aim for 22.5hrs/day). I am not sure how much this vibration tool helps with teeth movement, but I do like how my aligners fit after I am using it.
I also got green light to change my aligners every 10 days. and...... remember how I said I like overdoing things? I changed my aligners after 11 days! yes, I am probably the first person to wear the aligners for longer than I was told to!! the truth is that after 10 days of tray 9 I felt that my teeth were still sore and not quite done with their movement. so I tried to do the responsible adult thing and be patient. on day 11 I felt that finally my teeth are settled and I changed to tray 10.
I will have to book another appointment with my dentist soon (I only have one more tray at home) and at that point we will re-evaluate how my teeth are doing to see if we keep the 10 days routine.
beside this, I do feel tray 10 is pushing my teeth quite a bit. Today I had to take an advil400 because I had a mild annoying headache and my teeth were hurting a bit too. felt a lot better after taking the pill and the pain is all gone now.
even tho I have that vibration tool I am still chewing my munchies each time I put my trays back in.
ok, that's it for now.
I have recently heard that some people are using baby vibrating teething rings! Has anyone tried them?? I don't know how efficient they are, but for $10-20 it's worth trying. I imagine they are not powerful enough to help with tooth movement, but I can see how they could help with aligner seating and pain.
also update on my Vpro5: I am starting to see progress after using it for about 4 weeks now. I did find that it took a couple weeks for my teeth/jaw to get used to it and really benefit from it. if prior to using it I could feel teeth moving up to day 9-10, now I feel that my teeth move and settle by day 6-7.
wow, I was just thinking that I am past my halfway mark and that I have less than 2 months until I'm done with my aligners. I do expect to have some refinements done.
I am now changing my trays weekly. I do feel my teeth are still a little sore by the time I need to put in a new tray but I love it that the week goes by so fast.
I am still very diligent and wear my trays and brush and floss all the time. I am also using my Vpro5 quite a bit (more than I should, haha).
I do have to be honest and say that I am looking forward to the time I can snack in the middle of the day! and I miss eating popcorn!!! I could eat it now, but it is a PITA to have to brush and floss and try to get all the popcorn bits out of your teeth, lol
one thing I noticed is that I am having some issues breathing at night. it could be the allergies this time of the year (plus all the construction dust we are having where I live).... I just feel that I wake up in the morning (sometimes even during night) and I start sneezing like crazy and my nose is runny and itchy (from all the yucky stuff that accumulates overnight). I don't know if my aligners are 'pushing' and expanding my jaws in a way that is somehow constricting my airflow?!?! has anyone else experienced this? I thought orthodontics work is supposed to help with breathing, but in my case is the opposite?! I plan to ask my doctor about it. just curious to see if anyone else had this happen to them.