It has been officially one week since I had my Invisalign! I have wanted to put braces for so long but never had the courage to go ahead with it. This year I made it my top New Year’s Resolution and well, I guess it’s probably one of the ever first resolutions that I actually made it happen. After a whole process, first appointments and the wait to get the Invisalign delivered, I finally had it put on February 13th by Dr Asma at Synergy Dental in Blackpool. Dr Asma is so lovely and always made me feel comfortable and at ease.
Having this plastic layer over my teeth hasn’t been a lot of fun, specially the first few days. It felt so strange for the first 3 to 4 days! I thought I would keep a sort of diary here on the blog (more or less like the “Wedding Talks” that were kind of a failure – but this one won’t!) so not only you guys can follow my journey, get some advice or even get more info about Invisalign if you are thinking about getting it.
So today is going to be a bit of an overview on the last week and my first impressions on this little thing.
THE FIRST DAY:
Even though I read a lot about Invisalign , the attachments (or buttons) and all sorts, I don’t think I was ever able to visualise myself with it. I also wasn’t expecting to have attachments placed on my front teeth and so when I looked at myself in the mirror for the first time, it was a bit of a shock. I felt horrible with them and my confidence dropped bellow zero. They felt and looked huge to me and having the attachments on the front teeth kind of make them more noticeable. Luckily, I had those two days off work so it gave me time to get used to them, to practice putting them in an out and to actually accept my “new look”.
I was a bit worried about getting back to work because of all the questions they could ask but the truth is, no one noticed it until I actually pointed it out. When I realised that, I felt a lot more comfortable, confident and happy with myself.
Here are some photos on the day I had the attachments put on and got my Invisalign. Decided it would be good to have a before to compare to the next few months! Also, it shows how (almost) unnoticeable the attachments are.
You may watch a lot of YouTube videos, read a whole lot of “reviews” and a lot of people say that they don’t hurt. That you feel a constant pressure but that it is bearable. Well, I don’t know if I am soft but i did have pain on the first 2 to 3 days. After that, the pressure they many people describe and that I can easily deal with. But honestly, after 4 hours of wearing them I starter feeling a bit of pain and I managed it without any pain killers until the next day at night. By then, I couldn’t take it anymore, it was just too uncomfortable and so I had a couple of Paracetamol and that did the job. By the third day I had a couple more and since then I can say I have been pain free.
Removing the Invisalign to eat and putting them back on can be a bit of a pain as your teeth are sore due to the constant tension but it isn’t that bad! Nothing you can’t get used to.
THE LISP, EXCESS SALIVA & DRY LIPS:
Talking with this extra layer of plastic on your teeth isn’t an easy task. You will talk with a lisp, most likely. I did whilst talking Portuguese and English, although it is a lot less noticeable when I speak Portuguese. The good thing is : I notice it more than anyone else and it does get better with time. I still have a bit of a lisp a week after wearing it but it isn’t as bad as before.
Now, the excess saliva is pretty uncomfortable and I never felt so dehydrated in my life. The excess saliva is due to having something that doesn’t belong there in your month but you quickly get used to it or learn how to deal with it. I also had very dry lips (still have but apparently it’s normal). So a water bottle and lip balm are now handbag essentials – even more than before.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the mouth ulcers. Luckily I only got two (one on the tip and other on the right side of my tongue) from rubbing on the Invisalign but my good friend bonjela has been a huge help!
THE TEETH OBSESSION:
I will admit I have always been lazy when it comes to brushing my teeth. Don’t get me wrong – I did brush them everyday but flossing and using mouth wash was something I would happily skip, even knowing it wasn’t great for me. But since I got my Invisalign, I became obsessed with it all because you have no other option! Or maybe you do: having a really bad breath. Brushing my teeth now straight after eating anything or drinking any other thing apart from water is mandatory. I can’t even put my Invisalign on if I don’t do it – it just feels disgusting. I also brush my Invisalign every time I removed them to eat so they are always nice and fresh. It’s been a week and I have no stains at all so not only my Invisalign is nice and clean, just like new, but also my teeth look much cleaner and even a little bit whiter.
I guess this kind of summarises my whole first week wearing the Invisalign. Let’s just say it took me around 4 days to get used to it and get into the routine and I went from thinking on the first day “Why did I do this? My teeth weren’t so bad!! I can’t take this anymore” to “Maybe it isn’t that bad. A week has gone by pretty fast and it will all be worth it in the end!”. I have no regrets whatsoever and I can’t wait to start noticing the differences! I will be definitely doing monthly updates!
I am also thinking of doing a post on my Invisalign essentials – what I carry with me at all times and even phone apps that make it all a bit easier. Let me know if you would find it helpful and feel free to give me any ideas on other posts!