Thursday, March 25, 2010

My 1st Day with Invisalign!

I decided about 2 months ago that I wanted to start my invisalign treatment and went in for my appointment today to get my first set of trays in. I had basically NO idea what to expect...but for anyone else that might be thinking about doing this...this is what went on today...

He started by using this small circle tool to contour my teeth. He said this needed to be done so my teeth will have more spaces to move during the procedure. This tool made loud whirring sounds and was extremely scary...it doesn't hurt...if you don't move, that is...just the sound and the smell kinda freaks you out a little bit...it smells a little like burnt rubber tires...you know, like when the wheels spins really fast and there's that smoke and smell that comes out?

So I was COMPLETELY still the whole time...I wasn't prepared to lose my tongue or something you know...After that, he glued on these very small white adapters on some of the teeth...he said this will help with the teeth moving to the correct place after I put on the invisalign tray.

Then he put the trays on to make sure they were the right size...He showed me the correct way to put them on and take them off (as I'm supposed to remove them before I eat or drink hot drinks and to brush my teeth)...Then he had me go to the mirror and practice putting it on and taking it off myself...so I'd be sure I knew how to handle it when I get home...

So that was the whole appt ~ not too bad, and overall not too scary...I had 3 add'l trays that they gave me in additional to the 1st one, so total 4 trays in all. I am suppose to wear each tray for two weeks and then change it to the next one for another two weeks, etc etc...then go back to see them after 8 weeks and they will give me the next set.

So that's not that difficult right? Well I kept the first tray off since I was going straight to eat after my appt...and I just put it in about an hour ago when I got home...

It doesn't really hurt...I was afraid it was going to be painful like alot of people said regular braces are...its just...uncomfortable...I can't stop biting down because I keep wanting to close the gap between my teeth since it does feel like there is something extra there...I mean, which of course there is, but I guess I'm just not used to it yet...

My speech has definitely slurred...I feel like I'm speaking like a three year old...and OMG...I can't stop salivating! I don't know why! I walked up to my roommate and spoke to her with blurred speech and mouth full of saliva....EWWWW! I know, right!!!

Well, I have to work tomorrow and I don't think I am going to get used to it that quickly...so if you were my passenger, would you be ok if I came up to you and ask, "wat wooth you lik to drain?" while simultaneously drool is dripping down the side of my face? LOL

I would post pictures...but didn't want to GROSS anyone out!

10 comments:

Kristy said...

Oh, you poor thing
I have a dentist appointment on the 6th to get my gums cleaned! It's a three hour appointment and they're giving nitric oxide!

Kat said...

Kristy ~ WOW a 3hrs appt just for gum cleaning? Good Luck! Hope everything goes well!

randomblogette said...

Wow! Invisalign doesn't sound too bad. I had braces as a child and they were horrible. My cousin got the old version of invisalign from back in the day and I was so jealous. I hope it works out for you. I am sure that you will get used to them soon and hopefully you will have less drooling and slurred speech!

The Stanley Family said...

I'm very jealous. I had braces as a kid, but my teeth have shifted over the years. I want to talk to the dentist about invisline at my next appt. Glad to hear they're not that bad.

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skyambassador said...

hello! i'm also a flight attendant and i want to know where you got your invisalign and the cost/package. i have a small issue concerning my crossbite and i want to have it fixed by a certified ortho. please help!

Kat said...

Hi Skyambassador, your name doesn't have a link so I can't go to your page to respond...do you have a page? Where are you located? I think you can go to your local ortho and check it out. or if you are where I am =) I can refer you to mine... if you want more info, you can send me an email so I can reply. Thanks!

Office of Dental Arts said...

I can definitely agree that the newer Invisalign is much better than braces used to be. I had a lot of other orthodontic work as a kid and can say, even though I never got braces, it was not fun. They just keep making it easier.

Landen Worley said...

Invisalign is one of the most common treatments for crooked teeth these days. Most of the patients are those who feel awkward in using braces. I hope you posted your photos so we could see the changes that happened in your teeth. It's been three years now. How are you?

Landen@TannyHill.com

Jairo Chavez said...

I actually think it's best if you posted your photos here, Kat. It's a nice way to keep track of the progress of your Invisalign treatment when you can see the difference on the photos you share. It's been years now, and I believe you have removed your trays. Would love to see some 'before and after' photos. Please update us with your Invisalign journey. Thanks! :)

Jairo Chavez @ SpringBranchDental

Silvia Ballard said...

The slurred speech is normal for someone who only got to wear Invisalign for the first time. It's part of the adjustment process. And that's not the only thing you have to adjust to; eating and drinking are another. You'll have to remove the tray before you eat, and you'll only need to drink water or tea to avoid staining your tray and teeth. Besides, wearing Invisalign would naturally make your mouth dry, so you would need to dehydrate.

Silvia Ballard