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I am a member of the Invisalign Moms Advisory Board, and my daughter is receiving complimentary Invisalign Teen treatment.
Invisalign Teen – Four Weeks!
My daughter had her four week Invisalign appointment recently. I remember when I first started Invisalign Dr. Hung waited six weeks to see me again, but I think he keeps a closer eye on patients getting Invisalign Teen, since they might be less likely to voice concerns, or take wearing their Invisalign trays for 22 hours a day as seriously as adults. But things seem to be going really well with Fiona!
The first few of days after she started her Invisalign Teen treatment were actually a little rough. She called me from the nurse’s office at school on her first full day wearing them. They were rubbing against her gums and hurting her. I told her to take them out until she got home from school (she didn’t), and then I filed down a few sharp edges with a nail file, and it was better.
But that first set of trays still bothered her for a few days, probably because her mouth was still healing from the first day’s rubbing. I asked her if she wanted me to call the doctor, and she said no. I’d warned her before we started this process that she’d probably have some discomfort on her way to straight teeth, and she was determined to do well. She wanted Invisalign Teen way more than she wanted metal wires and brackets, so she was willing to bear it.For great results, you have to wear your #Invisalign trays 22 hours a day. Click To Tweet
When she switched to the second set of trays after two weeks, I was afraid it would happen again, but it didn’t. And I haven’t heard any complaints from her since those first few days!
At the four-week visit Dr. Hung had to make a little more room again for her teeth to move. It’s like getting your teeth flossed with sandpaper. It’s not comfortable, but it doesn’t hurt.
Compliance: The Key to Straight Teeth
Dr. Hung asked her lots of questions about which days feel tight and which days feel more normal. He decided that going forward she could try switching trays faster, every ten days instead of every two weeks. I thought Fiona would be thrilled (faster switching means a faster path to straight teeth and being done!), but she actually told me that she was nervous, that maybe she wasn’t wearing her Invisalign enough each day to earn a faster switch.
And that’s the thing: I don’t know if she is or not. I’m not with her most of the day. When she’s home it looks like she’s doing fine. I see her take her Invisalign out to eat and put them back when she’s done. She seems to be taking it very seriously. But I don’t see her at school. For reasons that only she knows she’s nervous that she’s not hitting the mark. But I just don’t think that’s the case!
I think it helps that we waited until she really wanted Invisalign. Compliance is SO important. Wearing your Invisalign trays for 22 hours a day is key to good results. But it can be hard to impress this on a kid. Knowing that the child herself has a desire for Invisalign goes a long way, I think, towards having a stress-free treatment.
It also helps that she can see results already. Maybe it was just the most logical way to move the teeth, or maybe Dr. Hung likes to get people motivated, but her top front teeth, which had been overlapping, are getting straight really fast. I saw her staring at her teeth in the mirror the other day, and she was really excited to show me the change!
Now Fiona is done seeing her orthodontist until the end of February. I can only hope that the rest of her treatment goes this smoothly. I’m really proud of her.
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I am a member of the Invisalign Moms Advisory Board. I am receiving complimentary Invisalign treatment as part of this program. All opinions are my own and based on my own and my daughter’s treatment experience. Full disclosure can be found here: http://shout.lt/ggGP.