Part Two: The first days of treatment – Invisalign

Well, I did it. I started Invisalign®! And I learned a lot in the process.

When we looked at my digital treatment plan, Dr. Grieve showed me that he would need to add attachments to some of my teeth for optimum results. The attachments are tiny knobs that are matched to the color of your teeth and adhered for the entirety of your treatment. I also had to have attachments for rubber bands, which was a surprise, but is essential to correcting bite problems. I have an overbite, which can cause jaw issues down the road.

I arrived on a blustery winter day, unsure if the office would be open due to the snow. Sure enough, Dr. Grieve had made it in and they were expecting me. When I arrived, I spoke briefly with a receptionist about her experience with Invisalign®. I was a little nervous, but she had a beautiful smile, and she assured me that the experience has been worth it for her.

The application of the attachments didn’t take more than 15 or 20 minutes, and then Dr. Grieve showed me how to put the Invisalign aligners onto my top and bottom teeth. I won’t lie – the pressure was a little bit painful at first. And the attachments were more noticeable than I’d expected. But I was happy to hear that my treatment would only be for six months. By summertime, I’d have the smile I’ve been missing.

The assistant gave me a few supplies and some tips on everyday use, and sent me on my way. Not before giving me a goody bag of soft treats like pudding and applesauce, though. I definitely ate those during the first few days!

I had to get used to a new routine, but my dental hygiene has never been better. It’s recommended that you wear the aligners for 22 hours per day, which means that you really only want to remove them for eating. Then, before I put them back I brush my teeth to keep the aligners from getting dirty.

Looking forward to my next visit with Dr. Grieve to make sure things are on track. Fingers crossed!

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