I finally got my Invisaligns! What a process to get here! It took an exceptionally long time to get them because my case is “very complex”. There was more back and forth between my orthodontist and the Invisalign peeps than usual, so it took 3 weeks longer than it should have. I was surprised to find out that I have 22 trays. I thought it would be way more, even my orthodontist said we were looking into the high 20s last time we spoke. That being said, I’m happy with less if they give the results we want.
The first thing I noticed when I out them on for the first time is the “tight” feeling. Obviously with the goal of moving teeth, I expected a tightness. I took Tylenol and Ibuprofen and went about my day. I had to work nights, but the pain wasn’t too bad. By the time my shift was over at 7am, I was in agony. My mouth felt claustrophobic, my jaw was sore, and worst of all, my tongue was all cut up from the plastic! I popped more Tylenol and Ibuprofen and settled in for a sleep.
I have been taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen almost daily ever since. Usually it’s only once a day, but sometimes more. The claustrophobic feeling subsided within a couple of days, and my tongue isn’t getting cut up anymore either. I do feel them constantly, and I have a slight lisp. I have found that eating has quickly become an unpleasurable experience. It is also a huge pain in the ass to brush my teeth a million times a day! I have heard of the Invisalign diet, and I most certainly understand now! It’s too much work to snack. I need to be really hungry to eat, and if I’m going to eat, it better be worth the work!
I took a truly horrible picture after I put in the trays for the first time, but it’s the only one I have right now…
Well, at least my teeth can only look better!