Last night, I said goodbye to my first set of Invisalign aligners. I have to admit, I felt a little sentimental about it. I gave them a good cleaning before putting them back in their plastic baggie for safekeeping. I’m looking forward to comparing them to my final set.
I was a little nervous to try out set #2, but surprisingly, they clicked into place with ease. I can tell they feel a little tighter than I felt in the last days of my last set, but there’s absolutely no pain and barely any discomfort. In fact, when it comes time to remove them to eat, they’re even easier to take out than the first set – not sure why that is.
I’ve relaxed a tiny bit when it comes to keeping track of hours I’m wearing them. I allow myself about a half hour each for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an evening snack. On days when I’m in the mood for an afternoon coffee, I might skip the evening snack. What’s nice about the coffee break is that I don’t have to floss before placing the aligners back in – just a rinse with water and a quick brush of the teeth. Overall, I’m averaging 22 hours with the aligners in. The company recommends 20 – 22 hours, but I feel safer adhering to a 22-hour minimum.
Next week, I have an appointment with my orthodontist and a representative from OrthoAccel, the company that makes AcceleDent, who will be demonstrating the device for my ortho’s office. I’m happy I was able to convince my orthodontist to try out the device with me – I’ll be her first patient to use it. I can’t believe how lucky I was to come across mention of AcceleDent (I believe it was on bracesreview.com) on the first day of my treatment. If I hadn’t been so obsessive with reading about Invisalign, I probably would never heave heard of AcceleDent. If I start using the device when I begin my 3rd set of aligners, I might be finished with my entire treatment by November 13! With AcceleDent, it’s possible to change your trays every 7 days instead of 14. Previously, I was looking at end date of June 25, 2014!