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On tray 39/42… what?!? How crazy is that. Not sure I’ll make it to 42, as my next appointment is at the end of 41 (Oct. 13), and I’m hoping we just rescan… though he did mention rubber bands before rescanning. I really hope it’s after if it has to be at all. My open bite is not fully closed yet (pics included) but it’s come a long way. I am confident Invisalign could close it the rest of the way, but I’m not sure my ortho will be patient enough. But look at how far I’ve come! I can’t believe I was so worried about telling people and it’s been my secret for 13 months now.
 

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Absolutely amazing 🤩- thanks for sharing!! Can’t believe nobody has commented on it yet…
 
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Absolutely amazing 🤩- thanks for sharing!! Can’t believe nobody has commented on it yet…
Thanks! My projected treatment time was 26 months but this is after only 13. I can’t believe it. I think it’s just because I hid my teeth for so long, though my family finding out one day is going to be a weird conversation. 🤣
 
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I started tray 42/42 yesterday! I’ll need refinements, but it’s totally unreal I’ve made it this far! My ortho appointment was reschedule because he’s in quarantine, but I’m hoping they realize that the next time I see him I won’t have any trays. I’m worried they scheduled me a quick checkup appointment since I was supposed to see him before I was done. I’m too socially awkward and nervous on the phone to say I’ll need a rescan that day. Regardless, I’m going to be stuck in this tray for like 6 weeks, but hey, lots of flexing on wear time. Rescans and waiting for trays are one downside to Invisalign but the rest has been great. I love being able to smile and show my teeth. Family still doesn’t know, which is such a relief. I got to do this just for me!
 
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So my ortho made me wear my tray for three additional weeks before refinements, which was super annoying. He said he wanted my teeth to settle, but they would have settled waiting for refinement trays. But it is what is, and today was the day I was scanned for refinements! It is a huge milestone. I attached my first and recent scan.

He says three weeks for trays, but I’m sure it’ll be at least four. There’s definitely a delay on them. But at least I have a ton of flex time when wearing my tray since I’ve been in the same one for 5 weeks already, plus however many weeks I wait for new trays. So no rushing at Thanksgiving to get my trays in and out, so that’s a good thing.

Anyway, I attached some pictures of my first scan in July 2020 and my refinement scan today.
 

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I’ve been in my last tray (42/42) for 7 weeks now. I don’t understand why he made me wait 3 weeks before scanning when I had already wore that tray 2 weeks, and it takes 3+ weeks for refinements to come in. This is definitely the most frustrating part of treatment. It’s basically a retainer at this point, so I’m getting relaxed on wear time. It’s honestly going to be hard to go back to 22 hours a day once my refinement trays come in.

My family literally has no idea. How that is beyond me. But I guess little changes over time are harder to see. It’s so nice to smile in holiday pictures and not instantly freeze up when someone says “let’s get a picture.” That has honestly been the best part of this… I’m not terrified to take pics any more.

I’m really excited about refinements because there’s some things that still bug me about my smile. It’s weird how I used to just want my teeth to be a little better but now I’m obsessing about how I want them perfect. My right size needs to be pulled down a little more to look better, and I hope it helps my bite. It feels like I hit on the left first. Also there’s some gaps on the bottom from IPR. I’ll also need either bonding or shaving on my top front teeth because I have a small chip. All of this is super minor in comparison to how my teeth were before, but I’m excited for these changes. If I were to guess, I’ll have my refinement trays in about two weeks but who knows with shipping and the holidays. Fingers crossed, though! This tray is getting old and gross.
 
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That sucks you've had to wait 7 weeks in the last tray. Your teeth look amazing, it honestly feels like you just started your journey! It is hard to believe no one has noticed!
 
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