Invisalign: The good, the bad, the truth!

I got Invisalign was to make my teeth as “perfect” as possible. I would get insecure when I would look weird in pictures because of my smile. I thought I was too old and too late to get my teeth straightened but, then I found that Invisalign is a great solution.

 Where my teeth were when I began the treatment. Tray 1 our of 22.

Where my teeth were when I began the treatment. Tray 1 our of 22.

I started my Invisalign treatment on June 5th, 2018. I am already ½ way through my treatment. I have a total of 22 trays (different Invisalign retainers). My orthodontist had me switching my trays every 2 weeks (14 days) in the beginning but after a while, I started to feel the aligners a bit loose so I started changing them every 10 days on my own. When I went for a follow-up appointment after my first 5 trays, my orthodontist told me to change my Invisalign weekly (7 days). This has expedited my treatment, which I am grateful for. The original treatment layout was to take about 18 months, but if all goes well, God willing, I will be done by the end of this year! YAY! Just in time for Christmas, New Years and my birthday! I’m very excited, can’t you tell?  

 With Invisalign on. They are barely noticeable. 

With Invisalign on. They are barely noticeable. 

The good:

The good thing about the Invisalign is how simple the treatment is. I know how many trays I am getting for my entire treatment which makes it easier to track my progress. The Invisalign came inside a box with a video of how my teeth are supposed to be moving with each tray. It is not invisible but is not noticeable when you're taking pictures. 

 Currently on tray 11 out of 22. 

Currently on tray 11 out of 22. 

The bad: 

 The "Duck Face" becuase of my aligners. 

The "Duck Face" becuase of my aligners. 

  • The first three days were the worst! It felt like someone kicked me in the mouth repeatedly lol. 
  • Taking them off took some time to get used to. I learned that doing it from the inside is easier. 
  • The inside of my mouth was all cut up and my gums were a little sore/ swollen for the first couple of days. The cuts on the inside of my cheeks, and lips took a while to heal. 
  • I noticed for about a week and a half I had a bad lisp. I had to get used to having the Invisalign in all the time.
  • Your mouth develops a whole lot of spit that goes inside the aligners. Sounds gross, I know. But it’s totally normal. 
  • My lips sometimes would look as if I was making a duck face, but it's the Invisalign that wouldn’t let me close my mouth properly lol. 
  • It gets really annoying when you’re out and you have to eat or you’re going to have a drink because you either take them out at the table or have to run to the bathroom. 
 Where my teeth will be after the treatment is completed. 

Where my teeth will be after the treatment is completed. 

Tips: 

  • You cannot drink/ eat anything besides water with your Invisalign on. Take them off for anything else.
  • They will stain if you attempt to drink anything other than water and will also go inside the aligners between your teeth. Feels gross.  
  • Be careful with the attachments (bracket) they place on your teeth when eating the first day. If they are not placed well, they may fall off but if that happens just contact your orthodontist and they will replace it. 
  • You can still kiss your significant other, the Invisalign do get in the way, although it will feel a little weird at first. 
  • In the morning and night, soak the Invisalign trays in part mouthwash and water while you are brushing your teeth. Then brush the inside and outside of the Invisalign trays to make sure they are thoroughly clean.  
  • Keep the Invisalign trays in for 22 hours as recommended to get better results. 
  • When wearing lipstick, make sure it dries before you smile or start moving your lips around too much! It will get on your Invisalign and look gross. 

I recommend Invisalign for anyone who has the will power to be patient with their teeth and do not want a mouth full of metal in their mouth. 

 

xoxo Liza