I am now at 26 weeks of my 42 week treatment program with Dr Jacquie. My lower jaw is gorgeous! I keep sneaking peeks in a mirror, barring my teeth like a puppy to check out the perfect row of even white teeth. I never really cared about the overcrowding in my lower jaw and focused on the flare on my upper jaw. However one of the reasons for the almost scary overbite is that the flare from the lowers pushed out the upper teeth. Now that the lower bad boys have been brought in line, the Invisalign retainers can focus on my upper bite problems.
In the before and after X-rays you can see the flare in both my upper and lower jaw. When I first saw how pronounced it was I wondered how I could actually chew. In the after, the flare in the upper jaw is reduced, but still has a way to go. But the difference in the lower jaw is pretty amazing.
Now the focus will be on the upper flare and I wonder if I will feel a difference in the way the aligners fit. Will they get tighter? Over the past months some aligners have flet extra snug but nothing genuinely uncomfortable.
I have heard about ” Invisalign buttons” that are attached to the teeth during treatment. Holes are cut in the aligners and a rubber band is attached to the buttons and is pulled across the teeth. This increases tension on the teeth to promote a shift in position.
The short answer is “no buttons”. The buttons and bands are used primarily where the bite is mismatched. Known as malocclusion, the extra pressure is used to move the jaws to line up evenly one on top of the other. The good news is that I have plain, old-fashioned buck teeth.