Ok, soooo, I went on Saturday to my Ortho to recieve my first tray of Invisalign! I was soooo excited, I couldnt stop thinking about it the night before. When I got there the orthodontist, sat me in my chair and told me "Well, are you ready to never be the same person again? Are you ready for your new smile?!", and I'm like "Hell yes!", lord knows Ive been dealing with messed up teeth almost my whole life, post baby teeth! Hehe!
So, he told me that before placing my Invisalign into my teeth that he first needed to place small attachments onto my teeth in order to hold the trays in place. Now some people (as Ive read in other forums) call these "buttons", and Ive heard them mention that they help your teeth turn and move easier. Now I dont see how these little thingy's can help your teeth move when its the actual tray not the buttons doing the work, but whatever! My ortho simply just told me that they were to grip the trays better and that they would most likely fall off at some point and not to worry if it does. I've seen some photographs of other people have these put on every single tooth (dont know why), my ortho just place them on my cordial canine teeth - two on top, two on bottom.
So after he did that, he finally placed the invisalgn on my teeth. Damn it was tight! I felt it right away. He said that the pain would go away in about three days. He said that this was an indication of the teeth moving and this occured pretty much every time a new tray is inserted (every 2 weeks). Then he gave me the rundown. No eating with them on, no drinking with them on - only water. Have to carry one of my cases everywhere - no case, no food - ugh! He told me to use the retainer brite to clean them with, and gave me all the other indications. He gave me my second tray to switch to in two weeks, and said to come back in a month. And then I was off....
So I left there and of course I hadnt eaten so I had to grab a bite, but knew that I had to get these things out. So of course it took me about 10 minutes to get them out, it hurt so bad! No to mention that since I have all four of my wisdom teeth, the tray reaches all the way to the bck of my gums, as I kept trying to wiggle it out, it kept touching the back of my throat causing me to gag repeatedly. I wanted to cry! But I got it out and was able to eat.
Later that day, I felt the pain decrease a bit, so it wasnt much of a bother. However, I was so terrified of taking them back out that I didnt eat for the rest of the day - talk about a new found diet system!!! So, I later on went to sleep and was soooooo uncomfortable. I called my mom practically in tears from the pain! Dont believe the bullshit advertising they put out about Invisalign being the "pain free way to beautiful teeth"...boo hoo! So I called my momma and told her I couldnt bear it, how would I get any sleep? So she advised to take it out and then put them back in the morning. BAD IDEA!!
I took those things out and the pain was 10 times worse!!! It felt like my gums were throbbing, so I decided to put them back in, oh the torture! So I finally begged my boyfriend at 3:00am to go to the gas station and to get me some Alieve (this is good because Alieve contains Naproxin which is a muscle relaxer), and after popping five of those Alieves in my mouth I was finally off to my beauty sleep! Hehe!
So I woke up yesterday, and did pretty well, kept taking 2 Alieves every four hours to sedate the pain and it eased my day. I'm a typical snacker, so I cut my food down to three meals a day. And Im starting to get the nook of how to take them off more efficiently.
Today, I went to my local drug store and bought me some toothpaste, a travel tooth brush, dental floss, mouth wash and a small makeup pouch. This will be my dental kit. I've decided to carry this with me everywhere since its reccomended to brush after each meal with Invisalign, and I see what they mean. People with Invisalign are prone to bad breath without proper hygiene, so that is definetely something I want to avoid.
This thing is still annoying though. The pain is down but the annoyance is still prominent. Also I noticed how mushy and soft my gums felt, clearly an indication of tooth movement.
I dont know if I'll ever get used to this, but we'll see.
I have 38 uppers and 25 lowers...seems like such a long time! :o(