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Invisalign Review and Pictures Update!

October 14th, 2009 Posted by Beauty, Featured 1 comment

Oct 14, 2009 Week 9 Day 2 (Aligner 5)

Upper: 5th out of 9 aligners

Lower: 5th out of 16 aligners

Problem Teeth Update (Crooked Teeth)

I’m half way there for my upper jaw. I definitely can see that the two upper  front teeth are more ‘lined up’. I do have a slight overbite and I can only see slight improvement.  However, I could see distinct results on my two lower front teeth. They are being ‘pushed out more. (See pictures below).

I have to confess that when I saw the final and 9th aligners for the upper jaw at the dentist, I was mildly disappointed as I thought that the overbite would be corrected more than what I imagine it to be. I hope to be wrong. At this point, we can only hope for the best!

(If you have a serious over bite problem, I suggest that you research more and talk to a few dentists or orthodontists about your issue, or you can check back on my result in two months’ time)

I started to receive comments from friends who didn’t even know that I was wearing Invisalign. Compliments like, my chin ‘seems narrower’ and my teeth ‘look straighter’. All good stuff!

Funny thing is that the ‘improvements’ I saw are not that obvious on the pictures. Can you see the difference though?

When I first started on Aug 18, 2009, with aligners.

Picture update on Oct 13, 09, one month later, with aligners.

Other Teeth Update

On the flip side, I have noticed that my other teeth, which I thought were pretty straight to start with, have started to look ‘unruly’. They seemed to have ‘shifted’ to make space for the problem teeth.

I guess it makes sense that my teeth will look worse before they look better!

If you can notice from the pictures, the ‘spaces’ between my teeth is more noticeable now (the gap that is nearest to the gum). It seems almost like I have some food stuck between my teeth!

It is easier to floss now compared to when I wore my first two aligners. During that time, I felt that the teeth were being ‘squeezed together’ and they were ‘too tight and sore’ to floss.

Picture Update on Oct 13, 2009 without aligners


I found out that the ‘Invisalign video’ is called ‘Clincheck’. I will definitely asked Dr. E again it. I will insist this time.

Attachments Update

Since I had the attachments two weeks ago (the start of my 4th aligner/ tray), I am slowly getting used to them. Luckily I have only two attachments. They made it really difficult to wear AND pull out the aligners. I have a little trick of putting the front teeth part first and then bite the molars together to ‘click’ it into the correct position.

I actually don’t see how these attachments help the aligners to ‘grip’ better, unless they have been precisely put on which is not in my case. Read my previous post on how Dr. E put the attachments on my teeth, ‘The Attachments and How to Avoid the Frustration!’.

I noticed that one of my attachments is ‘rectangular’ and the other one is more like ‘triangular’, which Dr. E used sort of a ‘drill’ to sand off part of the attachment. I also noticed that part of my teeth seemed rough. I hope that she didn’t drill part of my teeth or enamel off! Dr. E!!


I have mentioned earlier about cleaning the aligners in my earlier post on “How to Clean Invisalign Aligners?” Since my last visit to the dentist hygiene last week, I’m much more diligent now!

I knew that some Invisalign users clean their teeth at the dentist 4 times a year. I’m not sure that is necessary. But having these aligners definitely make you over-scrutinized your teeth like never before!

I brush and flush at least 3 times a day (Instead of 2 when I first started). As I’m too lazy to brush more than that, I just have to limit or eliminate my snack! Now, I simply cannot put my aligners back without brushing my teeth!

If you are reading this and have any questions on my review or pictures, please comment below.

Til the next update, good luck to your Invisalign Journey (or Research)!

Tips #10: Brush and floss more than you want to! (Every time you take off your aligners, if circumstance doesn’t allow, try rinsing with water at the very least!) This tip will override Tips #6. Guys, we are stricter now!)


Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Invisalign: The Attachments and How to Avoid the Frustration? (Picture)

October 9th, 2009 Posted by Beauty 1 comment

Sept 29, 2009 Week 7 Day 1 (Aligner 4)

Not liking the Process

Yoohoo, I will be starting my 4th aligners today and I am hoping to watch my ‘invisalign video’ finally! I want to peep at the end of the tunnel!

I arrived at the dentist office on time and ended up waiting for 25 mins. I was the first patient and the reason why I was waiting is because Dr. E was on the phone with Invisalign. Well, not for my case but for another patient. (What’s going on?)

Finally, Dr. E asked her grumpy assistant to pass me my invisalign box. I opened it and found the complete instructions for invisalign. Gees, Dr. E should have passed them to me in the beginning! Also, I saw a printout of my upper and lower jaws. It indicates where spaces need to be created between the teeth before the start of certain aligners, eg, ‘0.3mm before aligner 1, 0.3 mm before aligner 2, etc). I though to myself, “Is Dr. E for real? I’m already on my aligner 4 today and I didn’t have any spaces created!”

Dr E., who was still on the phone,asked her assistant to put on the new aligners. I have now waited for 45 mins. I told the assistant that I could do it myself. Why didn’t she just tell me earlier? Dr. E then asked the assistant to ask me how was it. I said, “It fits but very tight.” The assistant replied to Dr. E, “She said fits but very tight.”

Completely useless and silly communication process! I stepped out, to where the reception was, where Dr. E was still on the phone, so that I can speak to her directly. I asked her about my attachments, as I don’t have them yet and I only have 5 more aligners to go for my upper jaw, and that’s only another 2 ½ months! She replied, “Oh, you lost your attachments?” It seems like she was ready to send me off if I didn’t mentioned them.

I was shocked!! Does this mean that she didn’t know that I didn’t have any attachments in the first place? Is this a joke! I told her that I didn’t have any attachments yet and I told her that I reminded her one month ago. She sent me back to the dentist chair.

She attempted to put the attachments for me. ‘Attempted’ because she seemed to have a lot of trouble doing it. After several tries, she finally put two attachments on my upper jaw after 25 mins! And I forgot to mention that the procedures that she did seemed to be different from what I read online and from the directions sheets in my aligner box. She put the attachments first by estimating where they would be before I wore back my aligners. I guessed at this moment, I just hope that she knew better.

I asked her why was the attachment done now and not earlier. She said, “Oh yours is a different case, I was on the phone with Invisalign earlier. I didn’t want to aggravate your teeth as they were injured.” I really hoped that she is not lying. I don’t want to know that my invisalign process failed because the attachments were put on too late.

The attachments or buttons look like ‘rice grains’ that are stuck to your teeth. Mine was a few tones lighter than my teeth, so you can definitely see them. It actually do feel like you have some rice grains stuck on your teeth but I got used to in just a few days. Luckily, I only have 2 attachments in total.

See the picture the attachment or ‘button’:

I asked Dr. E about the ‘video’ which she promised to show. She said, “Oh, you were supposed to watch it earlier, now that it’s over, you don’t have to watch it. It’s ok.” I’m getting frustrated.

She went on to say that she has problems with the invisalign company and ‘my first set of aligners’ they sent was rejected by her as she didn’t like how they looked. Wait a minute, she told me a few months ago in July that the mould was not properly taken and the computer at invisalign rejected my mould. She was either lying that time or now.

I’m now in Dr. E office for more than an hour and running late for my next appointment. I didn’t want to create a fuss at this time. Before I left, I asked her for another invisalign container as I read in the box that I was supposed to have two of them. She said, ‘Oh, you don’t want to do that, you will be mixed up’. I insisted and I was given a generic box.

I need to sit down with her on my next visit and let her know my concerns. And yes, before I walked out, I reminded her that they have not given my 5th aligners yet.

I do not like the process.

Tips #9: Asked the dentist to go through all the items with you in your ‘Invisalign box’. Make sure you ask all your questions on instructions, attachments, and/or the entire process before you order them.

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel


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