When I looked into my bag of Invisalign aligners and saw only three sets remained it meant that in six weeks, I would be done. While I was not sorry that this journey was almost done, I didn’t think six weeks would be enough time to get the rest of my overbite under control. My right profile looked pretty good, but the left profile still had a pretty significant flare. Check out my last scan to view the progress.
Dr Jacquie agreed. My actual progress was behind where the Invisalign digital treatment program expected my teeth to be. So she tweeked the original plan. Rather than changing the remaining aligners every two weeks, I now will be switching out every ten days. At the end of the month I will be re-scanned for a new mini-set of aligners. If needed, Dr Jacquie will add buttons and rubber bands to increase pressure and direction on the teeth.
On the every two weeks schedule, a new aligner felt tight when I first put them on, but the sensation passed quickly. On the first day of the new accelerated schedule, the bottom aligner slipped right into place. The upper aligner just did not fit. I was able to position the right side, but the left part hung out of my mouth like a fishhook. Now what? It was 8am and too early to call Dr Jacquie. I washed out the old aligner and popped it back into my mouth. After two hours I decided to try the new aligner one more time before an SOS call to Dr Jacquie. This time it worked. I was able to squeeze the aligner onto my teeth. It was so tight that I needed a moment. Then the pressure relaxed a bit and it felt merely snug.
I usually take out my aligners for breakfast and put it back two hours later. In just that short time, my teeth shifted enought to make the newest aligner unwearable. WHen I was finally able to slip it into place, the sensation is best described as a good “discomfort”, much like the way you feel when exercising. Muscles start to ache and burn in a work-out but this is a signal that the body is getting healthier. The tight Invisalign trays tell me that they were working on my overbite.