I started my Invisalign treatment in April 2017. I had a fairly noticeable gap between my front teeth that I always hated. I knew it was going to be expensive but I finally bit the bullet and saw an orthodontist. I’m only 5 months in and already I’m loving the results and my confidence has soared. I still have a ways to go but being able to notice a difference is so exciting!
I hope this blog post is helpful for you – I’ve also made a YouTube video about it! Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.
Your orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth. For mine, they used a full metal arch with a putty-like material. You bite down into the putty and leave it there for 3-4 minutes to harden. The hygienist then has to pry it off of your teeth. Don’t be surprised if they have to repeat this process a few times – it needs to be perfect!
These impressions are what they sent to the Invisalign company. It takes a few weeks for them to make your actual trays. They will then ship your trays back to your orthodontist.
2. Cement Attachments
They put these cement-like attachments onto your teeth. These attachments are what your trays clip onto. You should hear them snap into place. It varies from person to person as far as which teeth these attachments go on. I actually have seven on my top teeth and three on my bottom. Once your finished with your treatment, they take the attachments off.
3. Sanding Between Teeth
Depending on your situation, your orthodontist might have to sand in between your teeth. If your teeth are too close together, they will not move properly. Sanding allows your teeth to move. They use something that looks like a nail filer and feels like sandpaper. I’m not going to sugarcoat this – this part sucks.
Living with Invisalign
4. Will My Teeth Be Sore?
My teeth are normally sore for up to three days after putting in a new tray.
5. How Often Do I Change My Trays?
I change my trays every 10 days. This varies from person to person.
6. How Do I Eat With Them?
The only thing you can have with your trays in is water. If you drink or eat anything else, you need to remove your trays.
7. Do I Have to Brush After Eating?
I brush after everything. I also floss after nearly everything as well. I’m paranoid about staining my teeth so I make sure to brush often.
8. Reminding Friends and Family
I’m constantly reminding people that I have my trays in. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to turn down food and explain that I have my trays in. Your parents, your significant other, your friends…. they will all forget at one point or another 🙂
9. How Many Hours Per Day Are They In?
You can have your trays out for 4 hours maximum per day. The Invisalign company suggests 2 but I don’t even know how that’s possible.
10. Don’t Throw Your Trays Away!
There is always the possibility that you might have to backtrack and return to a previous stage. I was supposed to go to Tray 13 but my bottom teeth weren’t moving how they were supposed to so I had to go back to Tray 9. Thank goodness I kept them!
11. How Do I Keep My Trays Clean?
If your trays are getting a whitish film on them, it’s calcium buildup. To clean them, I use my regular toothbrush and toothpaste and scrub them clean.
12. The Tray Holders
You will get a blue and a red tray holder. Invisalign states that the blue one is for your current stage and the red one is for the previous stage. I don’t do this. I put my old trays back in their original packaging and I keep one tray holder in my bathroom and one in my purse.
13. How Often Will I Need to See the Orthodontist?
I normally go to the orthodontist every 4 to 6 weeks. At these visits, they check to make sure your teeth are tracking properly and that your ready to move onto the next few stages. This is also the time when they’ll sand in between your teeth if necessary.
14. What’s It Like Taking Them Out in Public?
I was very self-conscious for the first few months when I was out in public. If I was out at a restaurant, I would excuse myself, head to the bathroom, and remove my trays in private. Now, I’ve become more comfortable and I just take them out at the table (depending on the situation obviously!).
15. Private Restrooms!
Private, individual restrooms will become your best friend. There will most likely be a time when you need to brush your teeth in public and it can feel a little weird.
Additional Pieces of Info:
- The majority of Invisalign consultations are free!
- If you lose a set, see your orthodontist as soon as possible!
- People usually don’t notice I have Invisalign unless I tell them.
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