Aligners, tricks and nearing the end of treatment

Happy New Year everyone! I haven’t written here for a while so I thought I’d give you a January update.

Story so far: My lingual braces have become such a natural a part of my mouth that I hardly notice them. Aside from the fact that… I now have straight teeth! Yes, I can report that after just 7 months, my goofy top teeth are now straight, pulled back and aligned.

Latest gossip: However, due to the way my top teeth stuck out originally, my bottom teeth also grew a bit wonky and forward to match their counterparts. Seeing this, Dr Chatoo advised me to have aligners made for my bottom teeth to pull them back.

So here I am to write about the first day with these strange, transparent things. The aligners are made by Suresmile and were created in Texas by some robots (!) I received three fully customised aligners, each one slighter smaller than the last. The aligners (pictured below with their beautiful sparkly case) feel a bit like really thin, clear mouth guards. The upside of these is that I can take them out when I eat and consume hot drinks and they are invisible. I will only be wearing them for around 6 weeks, 2 weeks for each one.

Trick: When I got home from my appointment today, I decided to test exactly how invisible my aligners were by asking a few people whether they noticed anything different and grinning madly at them. I’m pleased to report that no one noticed a thing and were shocked when I popped the clear aligner out to show off.

The downside is that they ache a bit at the moment. I keep wanting to take them out which is probably an overall downside of aligners for reckless people like me who will opt for comfort over being sensible. However I’m going to stick with them as I have noticed my teeth smashing together recently which is exactly what Asif said would happen once the top row had been straightened.

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Aligner no.2 and no.3

Aligners:

  • Must be worn 20 hours per day
  • Take out when you eat and drink anything but water

I’m off to give these aligners a shot and learn a bit more about what it’s like to have them. Bon-voyage for now but I promise to return soon with a short video clip explaining what the first few days have been like with them, the lingual braces as well as any tips I pick up along the way that might be useful for ya. xx