My Invisalign Experience: My First Appointment, Impressions, X-Rays and Photos


Even though it's 2014 (nearly 2015) it's still crazy to think how much orthodontic treatments have changed and advanced. I have always been okay in the whole tooth department, but like all children and teens I have had experience with braces before. When I was 12 years old I had a little plate for my top teeth. To be honest, I'm not sure why exactly I needed this, although I know it did some good! This was despite me misplacing it once it in a cafe in Switzerland....but that's a whole other story (!!!)!

On my last few general dentist appointments I have been told that I have a Malocclusion and told that I really needed surgery on my jaw. Malocclusions are typically inherited (my Dad has this terribly as well), meaning that it is passed down from one generation to the next. Ideally, your teeth should fit easily within your mouth without any crowding or spacing and in addition, none of your teeth should be rotated or twisted. The teeth of your upper jaw should slightly overlap the teeth of your lower jaw so that the points of your molars fit into the groves of the opposite molar. There are three classes of malocclusions and I have a Class 3 malocclusion and it's also considered to be one of the most difficult and complex orthodontic problems to treat. The surgery sounded extremely drastic and I just feel my overall health couldn't cope with it, to be honest.

So, what followed was many, many appointments to orthodontist to find an alternative solution. I was shown a huge range of braces and in the end found a treatment which appealed to me greatly: Invisalign. You've probably seen a lot of talk about Invisalign, those magical, near-invisible braces.

First Appointment:

So first things first were some impressions/moulds/casts/*insert technical name* (!) taken of my top and bottom sets of teeth for the aligners. I've had this down before, and remember them tasting of vanilla ice cream (you know me, vanilla fend and all!) but vanilla these were not. If you've not had impressions before I'll be honest it isn’t a very pleasant experience, it's not painful in the slightest, it really isn’t all that bad and doesn’t last long. Firstly I had two lots of 30 seconds moulds: One for the top and one for the bottom. These had a lovely berry scent and so naturally not unpleasant in the slightest! After this, a tray filled with what I could only possibly explain as a blue-tack ish paste is pushed onto your top or bottom teeth, held in for 4 or so minutes and then pulled out, upon which is left an impression of your teeth. Finally a 30 second mould of centre of my teeth with a toothpaste sort of consistency.

I had done a teeny bit of Googling on the impression process prior to my appointment, and the general consensus seemed to be that people said they wanted to gag, that they advised getting numbing spray and all this sort of thing but with delight it really was absolutely fine. There's a series of intricate Kadinsky esques paintings on the wall and I just counted the amount of colour in this. You can tell the art history student, eh? ;). But in all seriousness, if you have a sensitivity of your gag reflex speak to your orthodontist about this. Like I said, it isn’t all that pleasant but it doesn’t last too long and I kind of went in a little anxious for absolutely nothing at all (and also teaches me time and time to take reviews with a pinch of salt, and I hope you do the same with mine! We are all different).

Next up final thing I had to have done were photos and X-Rays of my mouth, which were super easy and, as you might expect, absolutely pain free. And to finish a range of photos. Some I had done plastic face-stretchers inserted, and one with mirrors to see the whole mouth. I think this is either going to be sent a lot with the impressions or simply for me to see my own progress.

So right now my little impressions are off to be created into my custom made aligners. It takes six weeks for them to be made, so I booked in to start my treatment in late January of next year. Also at this appointment I will be shown a video of how much teeth and jaw will change. I was also told my treatment will take at least 15 to 18 months, because of my malocclusion, but I believe for simple tooth correction it can be sorted in as little as 6 months (you lucky, lucky things you!).

And there you go, that's my first Invisalign diary post. I'll write another update in January. Meanwhile, is anyone else getting Invisalign treatment? Has anyone else had it? I'd love to know your thoughts and opinions. Excited yet slightly nervous to start this treatment! Feel free to ask me any questions about the impressions, X-Ray and photos stage.

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