When I switched to the newest set of retainers last night, I realized something: this is the last tray for my bottom teeth. I’ve somehow made it through 30 weeks (15 trays) of Invisalign without breaking/losing/destroying any of them. How awesome is that?
I still have 8 trays (16 weeks) to go on the top teeth, which I think means I’ll be done with the final tray around May 8, just in time for the wedding. I am SO looking forward to being able to take pictures from more than my one tooth-hiding angle!
I have gotten a teensy bit lazier about wearing the trays as instructed as I’ve gotten further into the treatment – I’m a bit less conscientious about brushing and putting them back in IMMEDIATELY after eating, and sometimes I’ll leave them out for longer stretches of time because I forget or I get sick of lisping all the time. But for the most part I’ve been wearing them consistently and correctly, and I’m really seeing a difference.
My bite has changed drastically, which I really notice when I try to bite off a hangnail or something. I can’t seem to find/align the edges of my teeth like I used to, but that’s probably a good thing. I also can’t gnaw on my bottom lip the same way I used to, which is frustrating and has radically increased my chapstick expenditures.
So without further ado… here’s a comparison of week one to week thirty. You can see how much the tooth to the left (in the picture) of my two front teeth has rotated around. I never really had an issue with my bottom teeth, but they’re noticeably straighter, too.
I still have a little ways to go, and I'm hoping to have them all whitened and the Ugly Tooth filed/evened out once the aligning is done, but I already feel so much better about my smile. I wish I'd done this years ago...