I call them braces but I guess they are officially called ‘aligners’. You know what I mean though? Braces is what we traditionally call what we use to straighten our teeth.
It’s now been two weeks since my teeth were prepped and the Invisalign were first put in my mouth and I wanted to share with you how it’s been, adjusting to life with them and what I’ve experienced so far.
Back to the beginning. The first time the orthodontist put the Invisalign braces in, they felt massive. They felt like I had big plastic things covering my teeth. I had a lisp, sounded like I had something in my mouth. Yes, I know. I actually did! They first went in about 9am and by 5pm I was feeling quite distressed. Aside from the lisp and feeling like I had something in my mouth, they were tight! I felt like I had a vice around my teeth and it was getting tighter and more and more uncomfortable. I am being careful to use the word pain. There wasn’t pain in the conventional sense of toothache or suffering severe pain, but it was close. My lip and just inside my lips had a couple of tiny cuts or sores from where the little buttons which are stuck on my teeth rubbed on the delicate skin. By bedtime I was glad to go to bed and try to forget all about these big monstrosities inside me.
That first sleep was weird or at least waking up was weird. How many times can you say you wake up to feeling something in your mouth that shouldn’t be there? But once I was fully awake I was elated. No more discomfort! The tightening, aching feeling I had been suffering 6 hours + after first fitting had gone. I was so relieved. Some part of me had been wondering the previous night, what have I let myself in for?
The past two weeks have gone by fast. Any sore lips or mouth was cleared up within a couple of days. I suffered no ulcers, which I was told were common, so yay! I did have a moment about day 7 when I got that same tightening feeling and discomfort again, but it was after I had been out for a meal and had the Invisalign out for well over an hour and I put the blame down to that. Again the discomfort was short lived and hasn’t reappeared.
Eating and drinking was weird at first. Having the Invisalign out for any length of time to eat or drink doesn’t feel right. Like my teeth are missing something. I’m sure it’s helping me not to mindlessly snack or drink sugary drinks. Water is the only drink that’s ok to consume whilst the aligners are in your mouth. So there’s been lots of water drinking and not much else. The lisp is now completely gone, my voice seems to be perfectly me again. This is great news for me as I talk a lot and the prospect of being voice-conscious for the next ten months had me in a bit of a tiz. I even had an interview on local radio without even battering an eye.
Being self-conscious about whether anyone could see the Invisalign is still something I am getting used to. But I must admit by today they feel so at home in my mouth and with the lisp now gone I am worrying about that less. I have an action packed weekend in front of me with lots of talking to people and socialising so let’s see how that goes and I will report back.
So now I’m at day 14 and I have just changed to my next set of aligners my first Invisalign step done! By now the first set of aligners are easy to take in and out and feel comfortable on my teeth, with no signs of tightness whatsoever. This morning when put in my new set of Invisalign I had that same tight feeling from day one but I tell you what, it felt pleasant! A bit like a cosy tooth hug. It felt like the first set were now too loose and these new ones are a perfect fit. So far or at least for the first twelve hours, there has been zero discomfort.
So, there’s where I’m with my journey to perfect teeth. Week two of forty four. No lisp, no injuries and no regrets.