The blog author is currently going through an Invisalign treatment. She has decided to share her experience in the hopes that it will help others make the leap too!
If you haven’t yet, read Part one of this series!
A couple of weeks after I had all of my measurements taken for Invisalign, Cindi from my West Seattle Dentist called me and we made an appointment for me to come get my Invisalign trays. I wasn’t sure what to expect on that first visit. I arrived and was called back and had the process explained to me. The way the trays would move my teeth was pretty straight forward: It would take a series of 16 trays to move my teeth to perfection. I would wear one set for 2 weeks and then change to the next set. The whole process would take about 32 weeks, or about 8 months. This was my custom made treatment plan. It is different for every person under going an Invisalign treatment, sometimes with more trays, sometimes with less.
Wait, why so many trays again?
Well, the way Invisalign works, is that each set of new trays moves your teeth closer to the final position. If you tried to get from start to finish with one set of trays, it wouldn’t work. As you wear your trays and your teeth move, your body makes new bone around the teeth in their new position, so that they stay in place. Plus, if you tied to move from start to finish with just one set of trays, it would be super painful.
As I sat in my chair, Parris explained that they needed to put tiny “buttons” on some of my teeth for the Invisalign trays to anchor on to. These would create the torque, or force, necessary to move the teeth around. They also needed to shave in between some of my lower teeth, to create the space necessary for my teeth to move into with out the crowding. Parris leaned me back, and we got to work. Using pre-made trays from Invisalign, she was able to get the buttons on quickly and accurately. Dr. Kirchner, then came in, shaved in between the teeth (no drill required!) and I was done. They had me practice snapping my trays into place, gave me some instructions to follow as far as how to care for them and what to do (wear them 22 hours a day!), and sent me on my way. This appointment was a little longer, about 45 min, but still, not that long compared to other dental appointments. I was excited to be on my way
The first couple of days were a little uncomfortable. The edges of the trays were a little scratchy, and the buttons were also scratchy on the inside of my mouth. As long as I wore my trays though, they protected the inside of my mouth from the buttons. Pretty soon, about 3 or 4 days later, I didn’t even notice the scratchy feeling. My teeth were a tiny bit sore from moving, but not so much so that I needed to take any kind of pain med for.
Two weeks went by quick, and all of the sudden, it was time to switch to my next set of Invisalign trays. I was afraid that they would hurt, since they were going to be different from the set I had gotten used to, but the transition was almost seamless! No pain at all! Seriously, why hadn’t I signed up for this sooner?
Over the next several months, every time I went in to see Dr. Kirchner and her team, it was just a quick 10-15 minute appointment. Dr. Kirchner would look at my progress, hear any concerns I had, answer my questions, check to make sure my new set of trays fit correctly, and then send my on my way. I was even able to bring my three kids with me with no problems because I knew it was going to be quick. Things were moving along great!
Check back next time to see what happens at the final appointment and see my final smile!