So it's been 2 weeks since I started my [Invisalign] Tray 1! It hasn't been that painful physically. The first 2 days were the most uncomfortable, although they weren't painful, they felt really tight on my teeth - so tight that I just wanted to rip them right off! But after about 2 days I started getting used to the feeling of having something on my teeth. I was told that I need to eat with it on, drink with it on, and sleep with it on. I really tried to eat with it on but I admit that sometimes I do take them off, especially when I eat with coworkers because food WILL get stuck in the aligners (yes very gross), and when I ate meat like steak and burgers LOL. They also have affected my speech, I have trouble pronouncing my S's and X's, and overall I sound like I have a piece of candy in my mouth, and people who don't know I have Invislign on probably just think that I have a big tongue =p
Today I went to my dentist to get attachments on my teeth to prep for my Invisalign Tray 2. And you know what, she called me out for not wearing my aligners all the time =p She was able to spot that 2 of my teeth didn't fit the aligners perfectly which means I've been slacking off. She told me that she needs more commitment from me else my teeth won't look like My 3D treatment plan :( She also said that I'm only on my 2nd tray and I'm already behind schedule, so embarrassing! So yes from now on I have to try harder to chew with the aligners on, I don't want to get yelled at again =p
See the white things that stick out? Those are the attachments, which are used to help the aligners grip onto the teeth better. Traditional braces have attachments on every single tooth, but only certain teeth need attachments for Invisalign.
Wow, I've never shown you my teeth so close up right? I'm kind of grossed out by it, so proceed reading at your own risk! LOL.
Attachments on the left side.
Attachments on the right, notice I have a cross bite here?
You can see the place holders for the attachments on the aligners themselves.
So here's what my teeth look like with Tray 2:
See that there are a bit of spacing in between the teeth and the aligners? That means the aligners don't fit perfectly.
My aligners weren't that visible before, but now that I have the attachments on, it's quite obvious.
To help the aligners fit my teeth better to minimize the spacings, I was given these bite sticks:
I am supposed to lightly bite on these bite sticks for 30 min, 6 times a day >.< My bf laughed when I showed him these bite sticks, because they remind him of the chewing bone we give to dogs =p
Anyway, Tray 2 is supposed to hurt a lot more than Tray 1, and they are feeling REALLY tight at the moment, it also took me a long time to squeeze them onto my teeth! I took an Advil just now so hopefully I won't feel much pain in my sleep...