Where are the after photos?
My Invisalign treatment finished in June when I had my ‘de-bond’ appointment. The de-bond is when they remove the attachments (aka buttons) which I had on my teeth (painless).
After that, I had a small metal bar fitted to the back of my bottom teeth and was given a couple of retainers to wear at night only, but every night.
Therefore this should be the post when I finally show you my before and after photos, but they are very obviously missing…
The journey continues
I should have been all smiles at the end of my treatment but I wasn’t. I liked the way my teeth looked but I wasn’t 100% happy.
Part of the problem is when you start thinking about fixing your teeth you start looking at pictures of teeth, and a lot of that involves pictures of perfect teeth.
I was happy with my bottom teeth but thought my top teeth actually looked better when I was wearing the upper Invisalign tray – and that can’t be right, can it?
I felt the ‘problem’ was with a couple of teeth on my right side that were still sitting back and not giving me the wide smile I wanted.
I had already signed a form to say I was happy with my treatment. I was a bit worried but felt I had to speak again to my orthodontist as the end result wasn’t what I had hoped for.
My orthodontist was fine and could see my point of view – phew! He gave me a couple of options to think about. One at no extra cost and the other at an extra £500.
The first option was to correct my top teeth ‘a bit’ with more Invisalign trays (about 6 months). However, I was told the real problem was my over-jet (front teeth sticking out) and the second option would address that.
He informed me that there was now a device that could fix my overjet, the Carriere Motion 3D Class II appliance (which wasn’t available at the start of my treatment). The option would mean wearing the motion appliance motion device and dental elastics for 3/4 months and afterwards wearing Invisalign for a further 6 months.
He said this would give me the best result possible. I may not ever have ‘perfect’ teeth but they should be as good as they can be.
I was reluctant to spend more money but I felt that having already been through 12 months of treatment I might as well carry on. Wearing the Invisalign trays had been such an easy experience, why not do it all again?
Carriere Motion 3D Appliance
This device is proper orthodontics. It does not compare to Invisalign at all. I have been wearing it for 2 weeks so far and… I really don’t like it;
It is visible
I was given the option of a metal or plastic version, I went for plastic (thank goodness) but it is still pretty visible. If I had gone for metal I would have asked for it to be removed by now.
Its bonded to my teeth which now look quite yellow which I hope is the glue – I am going to ask my orthodontist at my 4 week review.
Smiling you can see it, if I laugh you can also see the elastics.
|It’s not very pretty 😔|
You can’t take it out / It could break
Whilst the term wearing the device is used, you can’t stop wearing it – it is glued in. Only to be removed by your orthodontist at the end of use.
I was warned that it could break (metal is more robust) and that I have to be careful when biting into ‘hard’ foods – ie apples, crusty bread etc. My front teeth are crowned so I always cut up apples etc. That said I am being ultra careful as I know if I break it the cost will be £60 to have it replaced.
You have to wear dental elastics
I really struggled with these at first, 2 weeks in things have improved though. However, you HAVE to wear them but also change them regularly for the device to work. The appliance without the dental elastics is useless.
You can’t eat with elastics in but you can drink with them (but not sugary drinks).
After about one day of wearing the appliance, I got a whole load of ulcers under my tongue. Fortunately, I found at my local Boots the Chemist orthodontic wax which saved the day.
For the first week of wearing the device my teeth really hurt. Too tender to eat anything remotely hard, and in the mornings my whole jaw ached. It hurt enough for me to take painkillers which I never had to do with Invisalign.
One week in the pain eased off but I started waking up to find I have been biting my bottom lip.
All this pain is for some gain though. It is a sign (I hope) that teeth are moving which of course is the intention.
Things will get worse before they get better
Because my top back teeth are moving I am starting to get gaps in my front teeth (it does make flossing easier). So, for now, my teeth are starting to look worse.
Plus I have a load of junk fitted in my mouth!
Originally I was told I would need to wear the motion appliance for 3/4 months depending on how fast my teeth moved. Movement is quicker in children, longer in adults. I am determined to wear my elastics and keep changing them every 3 hours. I hope that I will be 3 months.
Back to Invisalign
Once the happy day comes when the motion appliance is removed I will be back to wearing Invisalign again. Having been through it once already it does not bother me a bit.
As I said earlier Invisalign was easy, and I would recommend it to anyone.
As for the Carriere Motion 3D Appliance… I’m not sure, I will let you know when I get to the end.
If you have any questions about Invisalign or the Carriere Motion 3D Appliance please leave me a comment.