So I thought it was about time for another Invisalign update. I’ve been having the treatment for almost a year and a half now and I’m so close to being finished! I did have a few little setbacks that were purely my own fault (not wearing my aligners at all), so I should have been finished my treatment now.
For those that don’t know, Invisalign is a clear alternative to braces in the form of ‘aligners’ kind of like retainers, that you wear for up to 22 hours a day. I have 54 aligners for my treatment which I wear for between a week and two weeks each, and I’m currently on my 42nd. For my treatment, I had to have 4 teeth removed and 18 attachments (little tooth coloured dental bonding that are stuck to your teeth for the duration of the treatment to help the teeth move).
So if you read my last post, you’ll know that as a result of not wearing my aligners everyday, I lost the ‘tracking’ which basically means that the aligners don’t clip onto my teeth properly. Because of this, some of my teeth haven’t moved to where they’re supposed to be and the aligners are sitting on top of my attachments rather than clicking on to them. I just had my regular checkup a few weeks back, and my dentist said that because of this, I’m going to have to have another mini round of invisalign to correct this so that they’re nice and straight.
I’ve also noticed that as I’ve gotten further through my treatment the pain of putting another aligner in has been a lot less. I think this is mainly down to the fact that at the beginning of my treatment, my teeth had to move a lot more than what they are now, but it wasn’t too painful. It did hurt for the first day or two, but after that it was fine.
I also had a pretty bad cross and underbite, so he corrected this. At the minute, my teeth are in a weird stage where the top teeth are now infront of my bottom teeth, but not fully, so they kind of chatter together when I talk and eating is super hard because I can’t fully close my teeth together, so the next round will bring my bottom teeth inwards more and push my top ones out just a tad, so that I can actually close my teeth properly for the first time in almost 2 years haha! Yay!
I decided to make a little gif of my treatment viewer so that you can really see how much they’ve moved! Because I hated my teeth so much before, I honestly never smiled in a photo with my teeth showing, so I don’t have any ‘before/after’ photos, so I thought this was the next best thing! This is what you get shown at your clincheck appointment which is an interactive viewer of your projected treatment plan. The dark grey teeth on my animation are the ones that were removed. It’s absolutely amazing and I love to see how far my teeth have come! When I went to my last appointment and they had this up on the screen, I was in shock because I’d honestly forgotten just how bad my teeth were before to how they are now.
I’m definitely a lot more confident smiling in photos now – which is the whole reason I started my treatment in the first place. If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know that it definitely takes a lot of willpower to wear the aligners every single day and night, but it is completely worth it in the end! I used to sit and think how much easier it would have been to wear braces instead, as I couldn’t take them out when I didn’t fancy wearing them for a day, but I’m so glad that I stuck with it and got through it, because the results so far are amazing!
As always, I’m not sponsored to write these posts – I just want to write them to help others out who might be thinking about/going through Invisalign treatment! If you are, let me know how you’re getting on! I always love seeing other peoples results! You can find all of my previous invisalign posts here.