I’m baaaaaaack! and I have your weekly Invisalign update.
The close of week two, tray two of Invisalign is almost over. I cannot say I’m happy about that because that means tray three is on the horizon. Oh the dread. Lol.
Honestly though you guys, it has not been all that bad. The first tray was awful because I was not used to having anything on my teeth. The second tray has been a bit tight, but not as bad as the first one. I will tell you that the one thing I have been complaining about non stop is the dry mouth I have.
Just a week ago I was complaining that the Invisalign was causing an excess production of saliva, and now it’s like I don’t have enough! I cannot stress how important drinking water and using chap stick has been. I think now that my mouth is somewhat used to having aligners in, the saliva production has stopped.
Now, while it’s only been two weeks, it feels like I’ve been wearing Invisalign for a year. I can say in all confidence however, that Aleve has made the first day of each tray much easier to tolerate. Though, when I have the aligners out, I can definitely feel my teeth and mouth trembling, but I’m chalking that up to being because I wear rubber bands and because it is only week two. The dreaded attachments are still a pain, and it takes me five minutes usually to get both aligners out as I have to pry them off over the attachments. Still, I am very much hoping this is all worth it in the end.
One recommendation I have is putting your new trays in at night and taking Aleve, and the pain will be less when you wake up in the morning. I changed mine Friday night, and the pain I had in the morning was pretty minimal.
I continue to wash the aligners every morning in a 3-minute Polident bath, and have had no issues with smell or crazy discoloration.
The one thing that no Orthodontist cannot prepare you for, is how many times you have to take your Invisalign out when you’re eating, and what a pain in the butt it is when you have to continuously clean them. So far, that’s honestly been the only real difficult part for me.
One thing I’ve done differently with this tray, is that I’ve been using Invisalign Chewie’s. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re rubber that you chew on to help seat the aligner if there is any space and the aligner doesn’t snap onto your teeth. They have been interesting to say the least, but I have heard them snap the aligner down which can only be a good thing.
While I will be doing a full blog post on Acceledent soon, I wanted to share that it has been a game changer in the pain and soreness aspect of clear aligners. Being on tray two, I haven’t seen much of a change other than a small gap between my two front teeth, but with Acceledent, I am changing the trays weekly instead of bi-weekly. Not to mention, the vibrations that Acceledent provides feel good against sore teeth. I am able to track when I use the device and for how long on my phone which is super helpful. The only thing I struggle with is taking it out of my mouth and having a ton of saliva come out with it. YUCK! I’m really looking forwarded to seeing if it truly works up to 50% faster in my treatment. Fingers crossed!
P.s. in case you were wondering, dental wax is still my best friend. I am really loving the Orthosil brand this week.
This second week has really been uneventful to say the least, which I am thankful for, but I am excited to see if tray three fits and how it feels.