Invisalign Update: Half Way!

I am on tray 9 of my Invisalign braces already! Time has flown. The first few weeks seemed to take forever to pass, but now that Invisalign is part of my routine the weeks are whizzing by.

I thought I’d share a photo update of how we’re doing because it took ages for me to notice any real movement in my teeth, but when I look at the difference now I can see they really have changed a lot.

Here’s my teeth, in braces, when I first got them:

And here are my teeth today:

Invisalign half way

Looking at them like this I can see just how much they have improved. I love it!

You can see a slight gap on both of these trays around my teeth. The first tray was really painful and it took a while before I could fit it close to my teeth. This tray (number 9 of 17), has been almost as bad as the first one. I find when I change trays – every two weeks – that there is a bit of tenderness and soreness for the first 48 hours or so.

Tray 9 must be doing something big though because I woke up after changing into it before bed and my whole face seemed to hurt. I’m on day 2 now, but I still can’t push it down onto my teeth fully because they are so sore. They were actually a bit loose yesterday when I tentatively prodded them after dinner, which freaked me out slightly. It’ll ease in over the next couple of days and they should stop wobbling then (I hope!).

I have been in braces for just over three months now, and overall it has been fine. I do worry a lot about oral hygiene and brushing and flossing multiple times a day is now totally normal for me. I still feel them there, especially when I smile, and I don’t think I’ll ever not notice them. But they aren’t too obtrusive and so far I have been pleased with the results.

I’ll update again nearer the end, which should be around the end of October.

8 thoughts on “Invisalign Update: Half Way!”

  1. Looks really great already! Have you lost weight with the changes in your diet as predicted? How are you doing with your mum’s passing and all the necessary arrangements?

    • Hi Alisa, my weight dropped a lot after mum died, but has gone back up to where it was! I seem to be stuck at a certain point and I think I need a bit of a lifestyle overhaul to lose the last few kilos. I’m only just over where I should be, so they are the toughest to lose. Thanks for asking about Mum – everything is now done, but I still have all of her things in the house that I am going through. It is not easy. Very emotional and upsetting and also frustrating for a minimalist like me. But I will get there eventually. My piano teacher said it took him 14 months to sell/sort/organise all of the possessions, paperwork and photos when his mum died. I can see how that could be true for me also. But it’s all part of the grieving process, which I am just resigned to. No rush.

  2. That’s awesome! I’ve been wondering how this is going, and have been meaning to message you to ask. Thanks for the update! I feel like it’s going so fast!

  3. It’s so good to hear of others who are using invisalign. I’m on week 26 of 33 and I’m extremely pleased with the results. I’ve been told that there will be more tweaks after that, but I should be done by Christmas. Good luck with your last few weeks.

    • Thank you! I have ended up with new trays after my first 14, so I now have another 10 weeks to go… The difference is amazing, but I have a really stubborn tooth which needed more work. It will be great for you to be done at Christmas. I bet you can’t wait 🙂

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