Invisalign BRACES Day 1 Fears & Expectations by Lillee Jean
It’s day one, and I have one thing to say:
This is me:
I wasn’t sure what to expect other than what I read around about.
Pain, lisp, swelling…and the preparation to be “out of order” for a week. Mentally, I said to myself,
“OKAY, you got this Lillee…just a few trays then it will be like magic…right? In, and out.”
Like most people who overanalyze about something they’re fearful of…I GOOGLED, and freaked myself out. My number one thing, even though it’s been a day to say is simple:
DO NOT GOOGLE. DO NOT COMPARE YOUR SCANS TO OTHERS.
It sounds perfectly logical, but the truth is, for someone like me, who medically needs this done, I really got worried. I got worried I’d look “odd”, or perhaps with teeth “too big” for my face…though, in hindsight, it’s not veneers, it’s a form of clear braces.
Peel & LOCK
When I first popped the tray in, at the ortho’s office, I was REALLY nervous to remove them.
Step one was simple, but, step two, which, encompasses removing the aligner trays…woah. I viewed the trays like fragile little bendable plastic peels. Something you’d never want to use too much force on.
One thing I learned quickly is so Elle Woods: POP & LOCK.
Pop from the back molar, using your thumb, and PEEL in the opposite direction, SLOWLY. NEVER peel from your front teeth. When you pop both molars, then pull down, it tends to hurt, and feel like your teeth are coming out WITH the aligner. Thus, the peel is better.
View it like an ORANGE. The way you PEEL.
Yeah, You Can Eat; Just Watch IT
Besides removal and initial thoughts, one thing I questioned is
“Can I REALLY eat everything I love to nosh on?”
The answer is complicated. My teeth, which have gaps, and a canine impacted above, with baby teeth still flourishing below, AND TMJ in my jaw, felt different.
You are able to eat a wide variety of foods
Thus, giving you MORE freedom than the traditional metal braces ever could enable you to.
2. But, Wait a second
Quickly, I learned the softer the better. Won-Ton soup, tofu…broths, a muffin. The physical pressure of noshing down feels almost as though your teeth will “break”. Therefore, I wouldn’t say within the first week you can eat “anything”.
You have more freedom, for example, with noodle-like substances, or things with chocolate bits, but, the pressure does cause an “odd” sort of feeling once removed, thus eating can be a bit uncomfortable.
L for Lisp
I think besides anticipating pain, the lisp I didn’t quite fathom, and much, nor fear.
Above, is a kitty, quite resembling me at this moment.
Bottom line is, with anything FOREIGN, inside your mouth, there always will be a tad amount of discomfort, until you adjust.
According to 360Orthodontics.com:
“When you first have your Invisalign brace system fitted and placed for treatment, it is not unusual for the wearer to notice a slight lisp to the speech. This is often only noticeable to the wearer, and not to others around them. The slight lisp is often most obvious when making the “s” or “sh” sounds”
This is true. I have been practicing my verbiage in front of a mirror, and one thing I notice is, I must over exaggerate my words, over the plastic, teeth, and lip space. Some words, I can’t really say such as “say”. Thus, I’ve found other words to say around it like “speak of”, which rolls of nicely.
This is due to my tongue placement, and of course the foreign object.
Pain with Invisalign is HARD to gauge. I say this simply because on day one, I WAS FINE walking out, and coming home. After a few hours, my mouth started feeling “numb”, and then the “movement” happened, where I least expected it.
According to Healthline.com:
“It’s…possible to experience temporary pain in just one tooth. This is usually an indication that your aligners are doing their job by gradually adjusting your teeth.”
It hit my bottom row, with my canine, and OH MAN. It felt like a nerve rushing up to the bottom teeth.
Removal, around eating time was JUST AS PAINFUL, because as I removed the tray, it felt like it was ripping slowly apart at the tooth. Though it might sound dramatic, I was shaking. It hurt, quite bad. Then, once I applied the tray back on, after cleaning and eating, the chewy (used to secure), was immensely painful.
If you read this and you’re kinda’ making these faces:
This was only DAY ONE. After day two, which is actually today as I write this, I’m fine. No pain, no hurt when removing the tray, just EASE. It feels tight, but not “nervy”.
Essentially, the hype of “sleep” when you have a new tray, is quite true.
All In All
I’m excited to continue documenting this journey on fixing my alignment!
I will have to switch to metal to pull down the impacted teeth for a short while, but the best advice I can give is TRULY simple: Have faith in your orthodontist, and TAKE IT SLOW, day by day.
If you’re not comfortable with the opinion you’ve received or have a gut feeling it’s incorrect, MOVE ON, and find the right person. Trust me, coming from someone who does freak on issues like this, the right person will do the best job, and you will have “a peace of mind”, when your whole soul, is one.