The first part of the Invisalign program focused on the bottom teeth. Not only were they crooked, the flare was pushing out the top and were a major cause of the overbite. When I first went to Dr Jacquie I really didn’t care about the bottom row of teeth. I felt they weren’t that visable and the problem was above. She explained that they had to be corrected before the top could be put into line. ( no pun intended).
Last month with my lower jaw practically perfect it was time to get serious about the top. I was concerned that the aligners were going to be tighter and they now they definately meant business. For the first time I found myself removing aligners for a few minutes during the day because the pressure was intense. My mouth seemed to be a human barometer. I could actually tell if a storm was coming by an increased sense of pressure in my mouth. Taking off the aligners for 20 minutes was all I needed to relieve the discomfort.
I also noticed that I was getting a bit lazy. Some nights after dinner I would “forget” to put back the retainer immediately after eating. This week I also lost my first aligner. At home, I usually take out my aligner right before meals and dump them in a small bowl on the kitchen counter. This time, when I cleaned up the kitchen and brushed my teeth, the upper aligner had vanished. I vaguely remembered cleaning up some plastic bags on the counter and taking the trash to the chute down the hall. I’m fairly certain that my missing retainer was scooped up with trash and thrown out. I was due to change aligners in two days, so I pushed up the date. The new aligner was a bit tight, but still doable.
I’m waiting to post my progress until the last reveal in two months. But the changes are already pretty encouraging. At lunch this week I mentioned my overbite to a new co-worker. ” Overbite?” she said ” You don’t have an overbite” . How nice was that.