Let’s get right down to the most important question everyone seems have: How do they look? See that picture above? If you look at my top side teeth, you’ll notice some bubbles in the center of the tooth. The Invisalign trays have little notches in them that hook onto the attachments. The trays are still clear, and the attachments are tooth-colored, but the overall effect is more noticable for sure, but not bad at all. In fact, I’m sure less people would notice them if I didn’t say to practically everyone, “I have Invisalign”. My sister noticed, but most other people do not. In general, I think most people just look that closely (or critically) at other people as much as you think they do. Most folks, myself included, are more caught up in their own world and honestly don’t notice.
The process to get the attachments on was not bad at all, especially after reading so many reviews online about how horrific it was for some folks. It’s basically like getting a filling, without the numbing or drilling. The dentist puts some bitter-tasting adhesive on your teeth, then uses a mold and composite material (similar to a filling), hardens it with that magic blue light dentists have, and voila!, you now have a tooth colored spike/button/attachment on your tooth. My attachments all went on easily except for a couple on my two front lower teeth. After three failed attempts we were out of time, so I’ll get those on next time. All in all the appointment was about one hour and it is literally painless. The worst part honestly was just being set back it the chair with people working in your mouth.
So how do they feel? When I first felt the attachments I was very nervous – they were rough, pointy, and sharp! The dentist used a file to soften out the edges, but couldn’t take off too much because it’s the unique shape of the attachments that the retainer trays hook onto. The first few days after getting the attachments were pretty painful. When the trays were on it was fine, but getting your mouth used to a bunch of sharp little daggers is rough. I had terrible sores in my mouth wherever the attachment rubbed up against my lip when the trays were off. I’m particularly prone to mouth sores, and these were honestly the worst ones I’ve ever had. It was so painful to do anything with the trays off, like, you know, EAT! Luckily my 16 year old niece had both sympathy and some dental wax leftover from her days in traditional braces, so I started putting a glob of wax on the worst offending attachments while I ate.
I was pretty low, to be honest. I thought my Invisalign treatment was taking a sharp turn into miserableness, however, here I am, 10 days after getting the attachments on, and I no longer have any sores or any pain when my retainers are off. I’ve also been told the attachments themselves smooth out over time from taking the trays on and off, so I can expect them to become more and more comfortable. Regardless, when the trays are in, it’s fine, and the reality is the trays are supposed to be in for 22 hours a day!
So in sum, I’m totally fine, the threat of drama has passed, and I’m halfway through tray 3 of 16. Almost a quarter of the way finished.
More soon. xoxo