You may remember that I am currently undergoing Invisalign treatment at the moment, where, over the course of the treatment I am posting my progress on here in order to document and share with you my experience. As I write this I am due to start tray eight so I am a little bit behind schedule, however I plan on catching up now that I have some images to show you from the ClinCheck appointment I had back in November. There was a bit of a delay in getting the link sent over to me as I didn’t get this until the beginning of December, however I didn’t really want to skip the step by step progress as such so held off in order to post this in the correct sequence.
In my previous post I discussed how my first appointment had gone. I had undergone several or more impressions in order for my Orthodontist to get a visual of the shape of my teeth so that he was then able to send the visual off to America in order for my treatment plan to be processed. After a couple of weeks my treatment plan came back which was in the form of a video which showed how my teeth would move over the given time period allocated to me.
As you may be aware Invisalign works by a series of aligners which you change every two weeks. My treatment plan is devised of 23 trays making this a total of 46 weeks, although my Orthodontist has stressed to me that sometimes this can take a little bit longer as everyone has a different experience.
The above images are print screens from the ClinCheck video as I was not able to find a way to share the video itself on here. Nevertheless, as you can see my teeth to begin with were quite crooked, the most noticeable being the front left as it crosses over the front right quite a lot. This in particular always showed up in photographs, hence why I never smile with my teeth showing. There are some other areas too such as the top row where one sticks out on an odd angle and also the bottom row where overcrowding has caused my bottom tooth to twist inwards.
There’s a fair bit of correction to do which will occur gradually over the best part of the next year. Whilst it may initially seem like a really long time I can honestly say that time is already going by so fast that come the third week in February I will be moving onto tray ten. The below image gives you a rough indication of how my teeth with move throughout the treatment, where starting off with tray one you can see that by the time I reach tray ten (twenty weeks in) that there is will already be quite a difference.
When I first started tray one back in October there was initially very little to remark upon, other than the fact that I had to get used to something foreign on my teeth. The aligner was tight for the first day but it wasn’t too uncomfortable, however next morning when I removed it to eat breakfast I did notice a dull ache which had not been there the day before. Removing the aligner itself I have found quite easy and it has only got easier the more often I have done it, the same goes for putting it back on as it tends to just click back into place.
You must wear each aligner for two weeks before you move onto the next, therefore I find it important to jot down the dates in which you change them over, as before you know it you can easily start to forget which week you changed it. When cleaning my aligners I tend to rinse them with cool water and then brush them gently with a tiny bit of toothpaste. My Orthodontist has advised to do nothing more than that as you can discolour them if you start to use anything like mouth wash to rinse them.
Eating hasn’t caused me any real issues if I am honest as unlike traditional braces I am able to take these out when I eat. The only thing I have to ensure is that once I have eaten I then clean my teeth straight away, this includes flossing as I don’t want to have trapped food between my teeth, especially whilst wearing the aligners. Not least is that pretty gross but it can also lead to decay much quicker.
Wearing these to work was the thing I was the most worried about, although I shouldn’t have worried as nobody even noticed that I was wearing them. Brushing my teeth however at work was pretty alien to me, although it has become somewhat second nature now.
For now that’s my latest update on my Invisalign Journey, however I will write up the next post soon to explain how I have got on as switching the trays over has been interesting! My next post will look at trays 2, 3 and 4 so if you want to hear more about my experience then please do pop back soon.
I was given the opportunity to enter a competition to win Invisalign back in February 2015 where I am delighted to say that I won. Throughout the course of my treatment I will be writing about my journey as part of the rules of the competition. My treatment is free, courtesy of Oasis Dental Care however my opinions and my shared experience of my Invisalign journey will all be that of my own.