First set of aligners!
by, 08-20-2013 at 08:20 PM (920 Views)
I picked up my first two sets of aligners on 8/15/13 morning! The appointment was a little...underwhelming. I was hoping to get a cool starter kit like some of you have, but I only got the standard Invisalign welcome kit. I asked about Chewies, but the tech said that only people whose trays don't fit well will need them. (I am planning to ask for some at my next visit because I found that they help my aligners fit more snugly).
I was a little annoyed at the tech when she had me try on my aligners for the first time. She didn't give me a mirror, so I had no idea how to put them on. When she saw that I was struggling, she put them in for me (which does not help me learn how to do it myself). She told me how to take them off, but I didn't have to demonstrate that I could take them off. The ortho came by to check the fit and to answer questions. Annnnnd, that was it. I don't know what I expected, but it was very anti-climactic.
I got two sets of aligners, and am due back next month for attachments. (Not looking forward to that.)
I'm currently on day 6. So far no pain except for faint achiness occasionally in specific teeth. I swear the aligners feel different every day. On day two, the edges stuck out really far (even after seating them properly) and cut my lips. A couple days later, that went away and they cut into the rood of my mouth.
Brushing and flossing after every meal really sucks. My mouth and lips are dry all the time. I don't snack or sip yummy drinks during the day anymore. I try not to think about this being my life for the next two years (52 trays top and bottom).
Here are a couple of "before" pictures:
I have crowding on the bottom, an overjet, overbite and crossbite on the top, and three missing molars. I guess you say I have a complicated case!
None of my friends (including my best friend) could tell I had Invisalign until I told them. My lisp seemed really obvious to me, but no one else noticed. (The lisp is getting much better, btw. Hopefully it will be gone soon.)
I'm really excited about having straight teeth eventually, but right now 26 months seems like a really long way away!