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Don’t wish to discourage you, but we humans are odd creatures and once we’ve solved one problem and can love ourselves again, the next problem comes along. Am I being cynical?
 
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Don’t wish to discourage you, but we humans are odd creatures and once we’ve solved one problem and can love ourselves again, the next problem comes along. Am I being cynical?
Haha maybe! My teeth have been holding me back for over a decade. Straightening my teeth will boost my self confidence, which will be huge. I’ll finally be able to show who I really am, and any other problem that I face... hopefully I can handle with my new-found self confidence! 😀 I used to never know how to style my hair but now, I do and it’s really cute, so a beautiful smile and cute hair?! I would feel so good about myself. But why is everything a process? My app says 5 days until I can change my tray! Haha.
 
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I started tray 2 last night! I was expecting the worse for tray 1 so I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t that bad. I was expecting better for tray 2, and I am disappointed. Haha. Ohhhh the pain but it’s a good pain and I know that, but I’m not even sure how it’s safe to remove the trays right now. It feels like you’re going to rip out all your teeth. They are so tender, especially the crowded areas. And then you have that awkward, I got the tray half out but it’s stuck on the attachments and my teeth hurt if I try to pull it out or push it back in. 😂🤣 And then there’s a headache which I had at the start of tray 1 too.

But... overall, it’s really great and I have no regrets right now. I love that I’m finally doing something about a part of me I’ve hated for so long!
 
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Hey, it’s supposed to hurt! That’s your teeth being “persuaded” to move. But you know that anyway, and, as you say, it’s good pain. Hope everything settles down again soon and the trays get easier to deal with!
Anybody from your family noticed yet?
 
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Hey, it’s supposed to hurt! That’s your teeth being “persuaded” to move. But you know that anyway, and, as you say, it’s good pain. Hope everything settles down again soon and the trays get easier to deal with!
Anybody from your family noticed yet?
They haven’t! I removed them to eat when I went to visit them and then, just brushed and put them in when I left, but my mom has been over at my place a few times and I’ve left them in. My sister as well and they have not noticed. Granted, I’ve spent 18 years hiding my teeth when I talk, so that may have something to do with it. I’ve only told my best friend and her kids haven’t mentioned it... not even the super curious six year old. My best friend’s sister was over one night and I just didn’t say anything. She didn’t either. The longer I go, the more I feel like it’s my right to choose to tell people or not. If they notice and all, fine, but if they don’t, I don’t see any reason to go out of my way and tell them. I honestly think it’ll be easier to tell people when my teeth are straighter and they are less uncomfortable for me to talk about. Haha.
 
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I had my first ortho appointment since getting Invisalign. I’m not even nervous about going to see him. It’s great. The office is so quiet and he doesn’t room or patient hop. He put in tray 4! That’s 4/42. He decided to go down to 10 day changes. I do hope it goes to a week eventually but it’s better than 14 days!

The worst part is a thing called IPR. I’m glad he does the manual kind and not the kind with a razor. It basically involves him shaving between your teeth. It feels destructive. I always think I’m gonna look at my teeth and think a saw was taken to them. But it sounds worse than it is. It’s to eliminate contact between teeth so they have somewhere to move.

The process is going well. He was so impressed. He asked “is it just me or is your open bite smaller?” I’m like “it is! But you designed the plan so you should know,” haha. But he just seemed so happy with the progress so far. It’s not major but I see it and that’s huge to me. I’m also less ashamed of my teeth because I’m proud of their daily movements. I take too many pictures.

There is some pain with new trays but that just means it’s working! So far, it’s going well. If you’re thinking about Invisalign and reading this, I have nothing negative to say. If I knew I could do this instead of metal/ceramic braces, I may have moved a little quicker.
 
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Glad to read that Invisalign is going well for you! I keep thinking about it lately, and I thought to myself, I wonder how thisisme is getting on.

I've heard about IPR, it doesn't sound nice but hopefully it will go smoothly and help the whole process for you.

Keep us posted if you can :)
 
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This is a great report Thisisme!! Good to hear how you are getting along :)....
 
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Glad to read that Invisalign is going well for you! I keep thinking about it lately, and I thought to myself, I wonder how thisisme is getting on.

I've heard about IPR, it doesn't sound nice but hopefully it will go smoothly and help the whole process for you.

Keep us posted if you can :)
There are IPR horror stories on Reddit but my ortho is really gentle and always checks on me and asks if I want a break. I also did bravely check my teeth afterwards and you can hardly tell. It sounds like a lot worse than it is, and if it prevents him from removing healthy teeth to make space needed, I’m all for it! 😁
 
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Also, six weeks in and I have not told my family. Nobody has noticed, though usually when I see them it’s to eat. But, today, my mom came by for a few hours and I had them in. I did have one fairly long party (About 5 hours) that I ended up removing them for, but it hasn’t seemed to affect my treatment since I wear them 22 hours every other day. My friend’s kids haven’t noticed. One day I had to quickly pop them out when she wanted to share her treat with me. The teeth move so slowly so you can’t see changes unless you analyze them like me but hopefully in 2-3 months, it’s more obvious how straight they are getting!
 
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7 days left of tray 5 😁 I can already see so many changes and take selfies on Snapchat with my teeth now. They are far from perfect but I can see where they are going and it’s amazing! I had my first small gathering with them where I left them in and nobody said anything. The attachments may not be as noticeable as I think. I love that I can tell what teeth are being moved. Right now, it’s an upper molar. No idea where it’s going but I’m trusting the process.

I used to wake up every morning and the first thing I would think of were my teeth. Now I think about all my other frustrations, hahaha, but it’s still so worth it, and the best part is nobody really knows and I can do something I’ve always wanted without making a big deal out of it.
 
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Ha, ha - you were so worried about telling your family and friends. And in the end they don’t even notice! You can show them a few before and after pictures when everything is over in a couple of years time.
 
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