Today, I am back to give you an update about my Invisalign treatment.
I am currently in treatment since January of 2019, so I am nearing my two-year mark.
Invisalign. Refinements Round Two.
In May, I posted my last entry about Invisalign right after the orthodontist office opened back up due to COVID closures.
In May, I was given four out of nine trays that belonged to my second round of Invisalign refinements. I had to wear each tray for two weeks and was still wearing rubber bands to fix my bite.
On June 30th, I had my next follow up appointment. On that day, they gave me my last five aligners. Back then, I already thought that five more trays would probably not get me where I want to be at the end of this treatment.
But, the orthodontist told me that I would be done after this second round of refinements.
I went home and kept wearing my aligners for two weeks each.
Feeling not Happy with my Teeth
I kept getting more nervous about my teeth with every day going by and not seeing what I wanted to see when I smiled.
My next appointment would not be until September, and I would be scanned for retainers on that day.
I did not feel that this was right.
So, when I was on tray eight (out of nine), I called the orthodontist’s office and spoke to the receptionist. I told her that I was not happy with my teeth’ current look and that I needed another round of refinements to get me there.
Be Happy with your Outcome
She told me to send in pictures of my existing teeth status and that she would talk with Dr. Almy about it. But she also mentioned that they probably could shape the teeth to make them look for even.
But with the gaps between my teeth, I felt that there was just no way that shaping could do anything to fix it. It felt like a weird conversation to me, and I already knew then that I would not accept anything else than another round of refinements.
The first time I called was on a Thursday. Since I had not heard anything from the orthodontist over the next days, I called back the following Monday to check on my request.
I felt like I had to be pretty insistent that I would not accept my current outcome and demanded another rescan.
Not even an hour later, I got a phone call back from the orthodontist’s office, and they scheduled me for a rescan the very next day.
That’s what I am talking about!
Invisalign. Refinements Round Three
Everybody was very friendly when I went in for my visit the next day, and I was pleased with my visit.
The dental assistant took more pictures and she scanned my teeth for another round of refinements.
The dental assistant also asked me what I was not happy with and asked me to tell her precisely what I wanted to change to get the smile I wanted.
I told them about the gaps on the bottom and top that needed to be closed, and also wanted my left lateral incisor to be the same height as my right one so the upper front would look even across. Also, there was some minor movement needed on the bottom.
I felt delighted and confident that I was able to express what I still wanted to change exactly.
I got rescanned on August 18th and received my new aligners (another ten trays) on September 15th.
That day, the orthodontist also did another round of IPR (interproximal reduction) so that my teeth can move closer together. I have never had any pain while doing IPR. I want to mention this because many people are worried about pain when getting IPR done.
Also, the dental assistant put on two new attachments on the back of my teeth. This time she only added two new ones and left the ones from my second round of refinements on my teeth.
In contrast to my first two rounds of refinements, they took all attachments off and added an entirely new set of attachments each time.
Some more good news: no more rubber bands, and I am changing my trays every seven days again. Currently, I am on tray three, and I am changing to tray four tonight.
Changing Trays Weekly Again
I can honestly say that treatment is quicker and more comfortable when you are changing trays every seven days. It’s like a blur to me how quickly you can see the changes in your mouth. I have read somewhere that the first three days in a new tray move your teeth, and the rest of the time, they are just settling in that new position.
On September 15th, I was given all my ten new trays, and I do not see my orthodontist until November 24th. Then, they scan me for my retainer, and the orthodontist does some more shaping work to my teeth.
The end is near, and I can not wait anymore. I know I still have to wear my retainer 24/7 for the first few months, and then at night time for the rest of my life, but I want to be there NOW.
Currently, all my teeth are tracking correctly (from what I can tell), so I am just excited to finally, finally have straight teeth and the smile I always wanted.
I update again once I am in retainers.