Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Invisalign Update 3: First Set of Aligners

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I recently got my first Invisalign® aligners! As of this post, I'm on my second set - but I'm wearing the very first in these pictures. For those of you who missed my last posts (read those posts here), I'm currently receiving complimentary Invisalign® treatment in exchange for sharing my experience, once a month. 

I'm officially on the road to straighter teeth. I wanted to fill you all in on my first month of treatment, and what it entails. I'll be wearing my first set of aligners (on top and bottom) for two weeks, then I switch to the second set for two weeks, as well. Once I'm done with those, I'll be going back in to Dr. Zhu at Manhattan Bridge Orthodontics to get my attachments. So, keep in mind that I am only wearing the initial aligners in these photos, not the clear attachments that will be fixed to some of my teeth. Once I get those, I'll make sure to update with more photos, so you can see what those are like.


Here's what I know about wearing the aligners, so far: 

• No eating or drinking (except water or seltzer) while the aligners are in. I remove them for every meal, brush my teeth, clean the aligners (no hot water!), and put them back in. This process has helped me resist compulsive snacking, and I've been drinking a lot more water. 

• The blue case is always at my side, in case I need to take my aligners out. It also contains what was introduced to me as rubber gum, little rubber pieces that you bite down on to secure the aligners, once you put them on. 

• The red case is used for the previous aligners, which should be kept in case they need to be re-used. I'm going to do my best to make sure I don't have to backtrack, but it's good to have them just in case! 

• The optimal wear for the aligners is 22 hours a day, with time permitted for meals and snacks. Mine might be more like 20-22, depending on if I'm out to dinner or at home. 

So far, so good. It took me a few days to get used to having the Invisalign aligners in, but now I'm adjusted to the routine and I've found it easy to adapt. These have been pretty comfortable, but they warned me that the one that will take some getting used to is the initial set with the attachments, so I'll have to wait and see. But since the pressure means it's shifting my teeth, I'm okay with that. I'll check back in, once I have the attachments on! 

p.s. If you are interested in Invisalign treatment, you can request more info, here.

12 comments:

  1. It'll be great! Just the 22 hours are pretty long:P

    www.shallwesasa.com

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    1. Yeah, that's been the hardest part for me - because if I go out to dinner with friends, it's a leisurely meal and usually more than two hours that my aligners are out. So mine has been more like 20.

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  2. I have had Invisalign since November. The attachments are the part that is a bummer to me. Not everyone has to have them, but depending on how the teeth have to move, the attachments may be used. It makes them less "invisible" unfortunately...but at least they aren't metal braces!

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    1. Yes, I have been pretty anxious about those! But I agree, it's better than metal. I actually have to have a lot of them, because my teeth need to be pulled outward on the sides and one of my side front teeth needs to drop down. So I'll have way more attachments than anyone of my friends who have had it. Where are yours placed, if you don't mind me asking? And how many do you have?

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I had regular old braces (which I regret to this day), but I've always been curious about invisalign. I really wish I hadn't had those nasty metal braces...the orthodontist cracked my teeth when taking them out :(

    xo Azu

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    1. Oh, no! I really liked my orthodontist (as a person), but he drilled into my enamel when he removed them and I have a groove in one of my front teeth. I also have scars inside my mouth from the wires!

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  4. Wow thats amazing! I have always wanted invisalign but didn't know anyone who had them. This is definitely making me want to get them. Excited to see the progress!

    xo,
    Octavia
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    1. Wish Wish Wish (http://wishwishwish.net/) also has them! I also know a lot of people who already completed it with great results, but I'm glad I got a chance to see them in person on Carrie - it made me feel more comfortable with getting them.

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  5. I'm really wanting to try this, thanks!!!

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  6. Yeah, Invisalign aligners can be easily removed for brushing, flossing and eating. Also, these Invisalign aligners are invisible and comfortable to wear as it never gives pain or irritation of mouth like traditional braces.

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  7. I'm loving following along with this. I've been wanting them for about a year now and finally booked my consultation a couple weeks back for tuesday! I'm pretty nervous but so excited at the same time haha :)
    Have a lovely week!
    April Everyday

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