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:
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.