I thought I would give you a halfway update on my Invisalign journey! I’m on aligner number 19 now, and I know that’s a little over halfway as I have 33 aligners in total, but it’s taken me a little while to put this blog post together for you all. For those of you who don’t already know, I started my Invisalign journey for straight teeth back in March of this year, and it’s now July. I am seeing Dr. Rachael Hampton at Aquae Sulis Dental Practice, here in Bath, and I couldn’t be more happy with everything so far! I’ve already been for a check up back in May, and everything with my teeth is perfectly on track and going well! Considering that I used to have a bad fear of the dentist, I no longer have one at all now and don’t mind heading there to get my teeth checked, and that really is thanks to the wonderful staff and experience. I cannot recommend Aquae Sulis and Rachael enough, to any of you. I’m so glad that I did my research and chose them for my Invisalign process!
So here are some pictures of my teeth now! The top photos are before, and the bottom photos are their current positioning. You can really see just how much they have moved and how much straighter they are already! It’s amazing! I’m even getting compliments from people who know me now too, saying my teeth are so much straighter and they can really tell the difference, which of course makes me a lot more confident to smile now too.
Regarding how the process has been so far, it’s been 19 weeks and honestly it hasn’t been that bad at all. Most of the aligners are fine, they’re not too tight, they’re not too painful. You just mostly feel pressure on your teeth for the first day or two. Sometimes there’s an aligner which is moving all of my teeth at once and it is a bit sore, giving me jaw ache and a mild headache, and then chewing food can be a bit tender, but I would say it’s just uncomfortable. It’s not painful. I usually ease the headache and jaw ache by popping the Invisalign out for 10 minutes and giving my mouth a break, then putting them back in. As long as I don’t exceed the 22 hours a day limit. I have had a few little mouth cuts, and sores, but they haven’t been bad at all. All in all, I would say the process has been fairly enjoyable. There’s been a few times where I’ve gone out to eat and I didn’t bring my floss or toothbrush to clean my teeth, so I ended up waiting a little while longer to put my aligners back in when I got home, and they were tighter, so do be careful. Your teeth start to shift back if the Invisalign isn’t in your mouth. I knew this already, so I’ve been really careful, but for those of you who didn’t know, I hope that helps!
The next blog post that I put together will be the final one! You will be seeing my teeth without any attachments or Invisalign on them, and totally straight and finished. I cannot wait for that! It should be around October/November if everything goes to plan! Lorna xx.