Post # 16
I had braces as an adult and I gotta admit I would not have been mature enough to maintain something I could have take out – that shiz hurts!!!
i had an Invisalign retainer. I wore it for about 6 montha before I decided all that $$$ I spent and the benefit of straight teeth just wasn’t worth a lifetime of that. Quit wearing it. my teeth are better then I started, although they did shift back a little. I regret nothing, there just was no way. sorry to be a downer and hopefully you are more mature then I was!
Post # 17
I had these a few years ago (still have them as retainers). I do remember them being painful for the first few days but it does get better. Hope you can make it through!
Post # 18
I had Invisalign for about a year and a half. It definitely took some getting used to and I was really self-conscious about it at first. It was also a PITA to remove them after every meal or drink (not a PITA as in it was hard, just that it was a PITA to always have to find a bathroom to do it in). But hey, I would still take them over regular braces any day and my teeth have been great ever since, so can’t complain too much!
Post # 19
Ibuprofen helps a lot for dental discomfort, but don’t mix it with wine unless you want a GI bleed.
Post # 20
I haven’t had Invisalign but I have traditional metal braces. I hated them at first, wondered what on earth I had done. It was so uncomfortable. I forget they’re there most of the time now though!
Hang in there, it does get better. I imagine my dream smile at the end when I want to take my braces off! It will be worth it!
Post # 21
Yes! Don’t do this! I learned the hard way 🙁
Post # 22
I’m in my refinement stage – it does get easier! For me, the first two sets were the worst – which kind of made sense because they were what were initially softening things up for the movements later on. Halfway through my initial treatment, I had one more killer set that started pushing my over jet back – I actually said “holy f” in the ortho’s office as I put them in, but even he warned me that it was going to be a really uncomfortable pair.
I found that wearing them for as long as possible (limit your breaks to just meals) helped. I also changed my aligners at night and took extra strength Tylenol right before putting them in, so that I’d sleep through the initial uncomfortableness of a new pair. Usually after each set there would be varying degrees of tenderness for a day or two, but nothing unmanageable, and by the time came to change I’d be like, “I can’t evenn feel them doing anything!”
Hang in there, it’s totally worth it!
Post # 23
Haha don’t worry guys, I wouldn’t do that 🙂 but hey! I appreciate the heads up!
Lol I’ll be fine, I think once I get used to it, it shouldn’t be an issue 🙂
It already feels a bit better, still super uncomfortable…..but after taking some headache medicine, it got better thank god 🙂
I can already tell it is going to be a pain!!! And I am noticing a little self consciousness going on…. But I’ll get over it…..
I actually got to see what my teeth will be like once I’m done, it looked so cool!!! Technology is awesome haha
So the first 2 sets are doing what exactly? Also, are they this thick all the time? Or do I just feel them thick because I’m not used to them? I am having a hard time eating for some reason. The anchors are really annoying lol.
Post # 24
Just make sure you wear the retainer at night for life or get the metal bar behind your teeth or it will be a much more expensive mistake to fix!! Orthodontic work is a life long thing and everyone I know that had braces as a kid now have super crooked teeth as an adult. Myself included,hence why I now have Invisalign bc I didn’t wear my retainer. That was a could thousand dollar mistake right there! But like everyone says the pain goes away in a few days- for me it was three. Then the next new tray will hurt too but nowhere near as much!! Prob only for a day. Good luck 🙂
Post # 25
I have Invisalign for 9 months now and it is hard at first yes… I remember the first day I barely wore them 3 hours :/ I suggest starting during the night, put them in just before sleeping, take a few pain pills like tylenol and go to sleep. The next morning you’ll already have worn them 8 hours straight so it should feel a little better. Eat soft foods at first cause your teeth might be sensitive. Just go on like this and increase gradually the time you wear them. After 2-3 days you shouldn’t even feel pain anymore, you will get used to it! If you have any questions don’t hesitate! 🙂
Post # 26
I had braces in high school and they were for sure painful, esp the first week or so and then every time I went and had them tightened..ouch! But so worth it!
Post # 27
I wore braces twice, for a total of 5 years. The answer is 800mg of ibuprofen every six hrs or so. You can generally completely eliminate the pain. My dentist said the issue for people is they don’t take enough to get rid of the pain. Just be careful high doses it’s a lot on your liver and kidneys so drink water and NO alcohol. Sometimes I would take 1600 mg to start. After four or five days the pain will go away, at least until you change trays. Don’t worry, it ends and it’ll be worth it!
Post # 28
Thanks for the advice! I asked about the permanent retainer but my orthodontist said it is far from permanent. It sometimes falls off. It also makes flossing really difficult so it isn’t recommended. Im not thrilled about wearing a retainer to bed for the rest of my life but….. My dream has always been to have perfect teeth. I am finally doing something to reach that dream so…… It just hurts! Hahaha
9 months! Are you seeing a difference??? I’ve been wearing them for 11 hours more or less now…. Took them off 3 times to eat. I am absolutely hating life! To top it off, in between all of this, I had to take the hubs to the Doctor because he is running a fever…. So the AC is off since he is so cold…. And I am burning up!!!!! Thankfully he’s slowly getting better (URI…… Poor guy…..) ok, enough bitching!! How do you clean your retainers? I smoke a bit and now I’m afraid to stain the Invisalign…..
Ouch is right girl!! Hubs is getting a kick out of it because he remembers very well what the first day was like when he got his in high school lol.
wow that’s a lot of ibuprofen! I am doing better thank God…. And after 11 hours, as uncomfortable as I am, I feel a bit better so I’m hoping to stay away from taking anything. I may take a couple of ibuprofen for bed to be sure I get some sleep…. But that’s as much as I hope to take.
Post # 29
For me the absolute worst part was my teeth tapping together…lol. It will get better OP. By Monday you’ll be snapping those things in and out and barely thinking of it.
Post # 30
Lets hope you’re right!!!!!! Thanks 🙂