Sunday, August 28, 2016

Day 852 of my Invisalign Journey (28 Month Update)

I've been a terrible person and haven't posted in quite some time.  I was talking to my little boy and realized I've been doing these braces for a little over 2 years now.  This should be my last set of trays as me and the ortho think we are probably as close as we are going to get.  I'm on tray 2 of 14 for this final round (I think I've been through 4 total since this journey began).

The last two rounds (this one and the 16 trays prior) are really fine adjustments to get my bite more aligned, so all of the changes are too subtle to document.  It's funny to go back and see the journey that first few months and see the things that have changed since then for me.  For instance, the trays no longer bite my cheeks or gums, it was more technique and learning to change the way my mouth moved.  Also the awkwardness of pulling them out in public has completely gone away, but I think some of that is due to losing all sense of modesty when you have a 5 year old...

So out of the past I pulled up my Tray 1 picture.   Not very good photo, but you can see some of the alignment issues.

You can see the alignment difference, even if I still take a horrible mugshot!!

But I'm happier than I ever have been with my smile.  I can't believe how much of an attitude and confidence adjustment getting my teeth realigned has done for me.

If anyone is on the fence about it, the process is far less traumatic than wire braces, and they can fix some pretty severe rotation issues. 

That lower canine to the right on the first shot was almost a full 60-90 degrees turned and the Ortho wasn't sure at first if we could get that puppy back to proper alignment.  It's not 100%, but it's so much better that I can barely tell the difference.

Anyway I'm grateful I've been on this journey, but I am even more grateful it is almost coming to its conclusion.  Originally it was supposed to be 56 weeks and I'm now going on 122 weeks with at least another 20 to go before we start talking about retainers and post Invisalign care. 

Hopefully this isn't the last post, but if life carries me away again, don't be surprised and just keep smiling!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Tray's 18 and 19

Started Tray 19 today.   Looking towards the home stretch.  9 more trays left to go!   Still using Retainer Brite Soak and Fresh Guard Wipes to keep them minty fresh.  Now if I would just stop drinking soda and coffee with them in.   Fortunately the staining isn't that noticable just a bit yellowed like my exisiting teeth :S 

Tray 18 in
Tray 18 full Face

No Tray
Tray 19 in
Full face with Tray 19 in.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tray 15 & 17 - (No 16)

Sorry folks, life intervened and I haven't had a chance to post in a few weeks.   I got a new job in a new city (Elizabeth City, NC to be precise).   This was quite sudden, and I apparently missed posting for Trays 15 and Tray 16. 

Full Face Tray 15

No Tray 15

Tray 15
I don't have any shots of tray 16.  I apparently completely got side tracked.  But without further ado here is tray 17.
Tray 17

Full Face no Tray 17

Before Tray 17 went in.

Dr. Purcell gave me extra trays this time (3 months worth) because of the move.  So I should only have to get one more set of trays before the end of this process.   Hard to believe it's been 32 weeks already.   I'm going to keep Dr. Purcell and make the 2 hour drive to richmond for my last couple appointments and then find a new dentist closer after the ortho is complete.

Hopefully I can get back on track with my posts.   It's a crazy time for the Calder house!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tray 14

Not much to report considering I am at the halfway point.  I have managed not to crack or discolor this set yet.  Though I'm sure today's coffee and soda will change that.

I've been cleaning my teeth with Efferdents Fresh Guard wipes almost daily, and twice a week I use Retainer Brite.  Keeps them in pretty good shape, as long as I remember to brush them clean as well every once in a while.

This weeks shots are a bit bright because they were taken outside.  Even in my rush it still took me a week to post them...

Tray 14

Mug Shot

No Tray

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tray 13

Not much to tell for Tray 12.  There was a worn spot on the bottom of the top tray that felt like a strand of plastic was left after the molding was cast.  Other than that it was pretty uneventful.  Got distracted at the beach, and the salt water didn't seem to affect the trays much at all.   Almost half way done...  

No Tray

Tray 13

The full mug

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tray 12 and some filing

Went in for my checkup and filing today.   They had to file some teeth to make room for movement.  All in all everything is going well.  I did mess up on Saturday and forgot I had my teeth out from breakfast till lunch, but other than that one day I think I've been pretty on par.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tray 11

Nothing much to post about this time around.   Tray 10 has been pretty stable all week.   I think I stained them a bit drinking coffee this morning, but I knew I was swapping out, so I was a bit more carefree than I normally would be.

Of course that means I'm probably going to end up treating Tray 11 pretty bad.   I guess we will see in two weeks.   Oh this is also the last set before my next visit.   It's a long visit, so I'm trying to remember what they are going to do this time.

The quality of the pics are not great, taken from my dirty iPhone under bad light.

 No Tray

Tray 11

Full Mug