It's now my third week of Invisalign, and I'm on my second set of trays. They were super tight when I put them in, which is uncomfortable, but I kinda like it because I can feel it working. And I swear, my front teeth have already moved. Maybe it's all in my head, but I think they have. Andy thought so too. They're still overlapping, but they're more even, if that makes sense.
If you want to see what my teeth with Invisalign look like, see my first post here.
I'm also feeling better about wearing them. I don't feel so awkward. I went to visit my brother and sister-in-law and they didn't even notice them until I said something about 10 minutes later. Unless they were lying to make me feel better... Maybe Andy told them to say that, I don't know. But anyways...
My 10 Things about Invisalign (so far):
1. Your teeth will be sore the first few days of your new trays (aligners). You put in a new tray every 2 weeks. Now, I never had braces, so I can't compare how bad the pain is, but I don't think it's too bad. It's sore more than painful. I take some Advil and avoid food that I have to bite into, like sandwiches or apples.
2. The attachments will feel really rough and you'll think they're sticking out of your mouth. But they're really not. It's only week 3 and I barely notice them anymore. In some lighting, you can't even see them.
3. The time you spend on dental hygiene (wow I've never written that word before and had to look it up) will increase. Of course you have to brush after every meal or snack now. But you also have to brush the trays, which takes longer than you may think. You also floss every night. I'm also using mouthwash at night, too. Because the trays completely cover your teeth, you don't want anything trapped in there that may cause cavities, so be extra thorough.
4. Going out to eat will become a bit of a pain. You have to bring all your Invisalign stuff, find a good time to take out your trays (which is weird when someone else is at the mirror in the bathroom), and then brush your teeth in a public restroom after. You may be thinking, why don't you just take them out before you leave the house and put them back in when you get home? That may work, depending on how long you'll be out of the house. You're supposed to wear them 22 hours a day, which means you have 2 hours to eat, drink, brush and whatnot. So I've been taking them out at the restaurant to cut down on the time they're off my teeth. A couple times I've had a snack at a time or place when it's really not convenient to brush my teeth, so I've used those Wisp disposable brushes. They work in a pinch, and then I brush when I get home.
6. You will have to go to the dentist more often. I am going every 4 weeks for a quick check and to get my new trays. Not a big deal, but still something that will need to fit into your schedule.
7. You'll be able to say funny things like "Just a minute, let me go put in my teeth."
8. This is totally a just-for-me-and-may-not-apply-to-you thing, but I grind my teeth at night. It causes some trouble for my teeth (cracking and messing up fillings), so wearing Invisalign at night is like a built in mouthguard teeth protector. So it's a real positive for me.
9. One thing I like about my new daily routine is that my teeth are all brushed, flossed, and mouthwashed right after dinner. Then I don't have to worry about doing all that later, when I'm half asleep and just ready to be in bed.
10. Seeing and feeling your teeth move will make it all worth it.
So there you have it! All about Invisalign. Is anyone out there thinking about getting it? If you have any questions for me, please leave a comment!