Hello, I am back with an update on my Invisalign treatment. At the time of writing this post, I am up to 20th aligner (I have a total of 29 aligners to complete) . I can’t believe time has flown past so quickly and I have approximately 9 weeks to go with my treatment. How exciting!
Doing Acceledent one evening during my trip in Japan
Thanks to Acceledent*, my treatment plan is fast tracked by 50%. So instead of replacing aligners every fortnight, I move on to the next aligner weekly. All I had to do is insert and bite down the Acceledent device into my mouth every night for 20 minutes.
Now that I have experienced Invisalign for a good 5 months or so, I have also picked up some handy tips to make my teeth straightening journey more enjoyable and here is my personal updates detailing my personal experience so far.
Love how the aligners are almost invisible and how natural it is incorporated into my daily life.
1) With aligners on 22 hours of the day it also cancels out all the bad habits associated with biting like biting my lips, biting my nails or biting my hang nail. None of these can be done when my aligners are on.
2) Also,, it is 100% no no to drink anything except for water. I do however sneak in some weak, lukewarm green tea as I am partial to my tea.
3) When it comes to changing my aligners to the next set, I do so at night rather than in the morning, this allows the teeth a chance to settle into their new position while I sleep and the aligners are easier to remove in the morning.
My teeth cleaning kit that I carry with me.
4) I have mastered the art of flossing, teeth brushing and reapplication of lippie all less than five minutes. Now that I have the habit of brushing my teeth after every meal, I don’t think I can ever go back to not brushing my teeth after each meal.
5) During my recent trip to Japan, I found out that it is common for Japanese to brush their teeth after every meal so toilets in malls and restaurants are usually catered to those needs. In a way, it made brushing my teeth in public toilet totally normal and I blended right in. In fact, one of the Michelin star restaurants I went to in Omotesando in Japan came with floss and one-use mouth wash in the toilet, complete with individual basin in each toilet stall. Crazy huh?
The convenience of enjoying a meal and being able to eat whatever I like is what I love most about my teeth straightening journey with Invisalign. Here I am doing what I do best, having a crab feast in Hokkaido, Japan.
6) If time absolutely does not permit, or for whatever reason I can’t get to a nearby toilet to brush my teeth after a meal; always carry sugar-free gum to chew in place of brushing teeth. I do this rarely and only when I absolutely need it as end of the day, flossing and gum health is key to healthy teeth.
7) I have to admit, some aligners actually hurt more than the others. The discomfort however to me is interpreted as movement, meaning my teeth will get straighter by the end of the week. Holding onto this thought was very comforting and made the discomfort worthwhile. Out of the 20 trays, I probably had 4-5 aligners that were a little more painful than the others. Thinking back 5 out of 20 is a pretty good deal, don’t you think?
8) The hardest part of my treatment is actually not the aligners but the elastic bands that I had to hook onto my aligners. The elastic bands are fiddly and definitely require application in front of a mirror unlike the aligners where I could snap them back in without the use of a mirror. Due to the nature of my bite, I needed elastic bands (common for those who wear braces as well) to help correct my bite hence it was incorporated into my treatment plan. Sometimes these bands pull so strongly; it snaps my aligner out of my teeth if I didn’t snap them in place hard enough.
9) Stock up on tooth paste, mouth wash and floss from Costco. I also find Macclean tooth paste to be pretty awesome as it is packed with a minty punch to keep breath fresher and longer.
Caredent helps to gaps between my teeth and keep my gums healthy.
10) Gum health is equally as important with teeth care. I have experimented with Picksters and Caredent InterBrush and personally I much prefer Caredent as they comes in this sphere shape that makes cleansing of the gums more efficient and reaches to both bigger and smaller gaps rather than just one sized Picksters. It is also more cost effective with Caredent.
11) In terms of food consumption, I could eat everything and anything I could put into my mouth. I am so glad I chose Invisalign over braces as Invisalign gives me the freedom to feast without worrying food stuck in my braces etc.
Now that you have read all about my Invisalign updates, here are some before and after pictures to show you where I’m at. I am in love with the results already and my teeth are already so much straighter in such a short amount of time with minimal fuss too.
Effective and efficient results, tadaa! Picture on the top is Week 1 of aligner and picture on the bottom is Week 19. Massive difference to me already!
Can you see how much straighter my bottom row of teeth are? Also they aren’t as crowded and pushed against each other any more, amazing huh?
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*AcceleDent is a FDA-cleared, Class II medical device designed for faster orthodontic treatment. Through the use of gentle micropulses, called SoftPulse Technology®, bone remodelling is accelerated, allowing teeth to move up to 50% faster.
Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted this Invisalign® treatment for review but this did not, in any way, influence my opinion on the product, results or experience. AcceleDent was purchased from my own funds.