Monday, January 04, 2016

Invisalign - Tray 1 & 2

Hello there! :-)

So, today I've got a little update on my Invisalign journey.

First two weeks impressions:
  • Week #1 day 1 & 2: Mouth extremely dry and sore inner lips caused by the attachments every time I had to eat and talked without the trays on.
  • Broke the first attachment on the second day of wearing Invisalign. Apparently, Invisalign does not check if the position of the attachments could lead to conflict while biting/eating. 
  • Week #1 day 1-4: Removing the aligners feels like you are pulling all your teeth out but it doesn't hurt.
  • Switching from set #1 to set #2 it felt very tight... Imagine you just bought a pair of jeans that are 2 sizes smaller than what you should have. That's how my teeth felt in set #2! hahah
  • Day 2 of set#2 was the first time I felt pain. My teeth were sore, specially the lower ones. Couldn't bite on food but after 1 paracetamol, all got fine. From that point on, everything smooth!

As time goes by, the aligners are not super tight anymore and it's a lot easier to remove/put them back in. Even though I thought my speech had changed, it seems that nobody notices anything.
I also thought that everyone could notice my attachments and braces while talking but I was wrong! And yes, I do have some attachments on my front teeth (not the middle ones).

To keep them clean, I use a baby tooth brush (it reaches the smaller places much easier than an adult brush) and a bit of tooth paste. Nothing fancy but I haven't noticed any coloration so far. I'm just following the instructions that came with the Starter Kit.

I knew what I was getting into but brushing my teeth&aligners every single time I eat (which reduced from 6 to 4 times/day) is a bit annoying!
Do it on public restrooms becomes even more awkward. You get funny looks but nobody says a word (so far...).
My purse became a portable mouth cleaning kit; everywhere I go I need to carry:
  • Tooth brush + paste
  • Flossers
  • Aligners's case
And yeah, say good bye to unexpected snacking/drinking. Everything has to be planed.
On the other hand, I try to keep it as relaxed as possible, as I don't want to be a "slave" of these braces. As long as I carry my "cleaning kit" everywhere, all is fine.
After a while, you just get used to it and to the looks you get... hahaha

While wearing the aligners, I just can't bite my lips (you know... remove dry patches... I know it's not good!) or nails! So, finally, they are slowly getting back to a much better size and shape.
But because I wash my hands so much more now, my skin is super dry. I will soon become one the biggest hand-cream customers of my local drugstore...

But for those who are wondering how the first two sets of aligners look, here they are:
I honestly do not see a major difference between set 1 and 2, but if there's something I can point out is the slightly movement of my two front upper teeth.

I did get my first session of IPR done (a procedure to file a bit of your teeth's enamel to make them "slimmer" so they have more room to move) and it was not painful though uncomfortable. No need to be afraid! ;-)

At the moment, tray #3 is almost over; it's going fast.... :)

Soon, I will come back with more info/updates.
If you have any questions, please, leave them in the comments section below.

See you soon!!
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  1. Apre, não parece lá muito cómodo, mas o efeito depois compensa :)
    Beijinhos e feliz 2016!

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  2. Hi I’m considering to get either braces or Invisalign but I was wondering does Invisalign process take longer or shorter time than braces?

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    1. Hi Michael,

      I don't know the answer to your question because I did not try traditional braces.
      Best option is to sit with your ortho, and talk through your treatment and see which option is best for you and your expectations.

      Good luck on your journey to a better smile. :)

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