Everyone is surprised when I tell them that I’m wearing Invisalign. Everyone, aside from those who’ve also had the invisible braces-alternative. Turns out I have at least 6 friends who currently have Invisalign too. But I never noticed!
“Wow I can’t tell at all!” “They really are invisible!” “I can’t believe they’re not braces!” are some common responses I get after apologizing for my ever so slight lisp.
As you know, I’m getting my orthodontic treatment from Smile Solutions. Melbourne’s Home of Dentistry is situated at the very top of the majestic Manchester Unity Building. Ten weeks into wearing Invisalign, I am a changed woman. I no longer snack, although I sure make up for it during meal times, and take dental hygiene seriously now.
Since many are curious about Invisalign, I thought I’d share some of the frequently asked questions I get about the treatment.
I am so used to the trays now I barely notice wearing them. Initially though, in the first week of wearing Invisalign, my front teeth were a little sore, as they are the ones requiring the straightening. I couldn’t bite into hard food (like apples or frozen cheesecake) but could still chew everything with my molars. Nowadays, they have literally become a part of me. Also at the start of the treatment, I salivated a bit, but thankfully after a few weeks, this ‘side effect’ has also subsided. I pretty much look and feel the same as before.How does Invisalign work?
You wear a new set of clear dental trays every fortnight which gradually shift your teeth into place. Each set differs from the previous ones ever so slightly. My orthodontist says that I won’t see noticeable changes to my teeth until 6 months into the treatment. So just a couple more months to go!
How has Invisalign changed your lifestyle?
Wearing Invisalign has forced me to kick my snacking habit in the butt. I used to eat all day long. But because Invisalign should be worn 22 hours a day (yes you wear them to sleep), I only take them off during meal times. So goodbye non-stop grazing, hello breakfast, lunch and dinner! After meals I try to brush my teeth and clean the trays whenever possible. My bag always has a toothbrush in it now.
You’re supposed to only drink water when wearing Invisalign, as tea and coffee will cause heat distortion and staining. But I have cheated by diluting green tea with a lot of cold water… and once I drank Champagne whilst wearing Invisalign. Needless to say, I gulped down a lot of water afterwards…
Photos by Karen Woo
And the best thing about wearing Invisalign? It hasn’t stopped me from grinning from head to toe!
I know that some of you are considering getting Invisalign. Let me know if there are any other questions I can answer for you. xx