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The Week I Made a Mistake with Invisalign
I am an Invisalign Mom Advisory Board member. I received treatment in exchange for sharing my honest opinions with you.
I hate that I have to even write this but that is only because I am embarrassed with myself. I have been doing pretty well and have a great routine. My teeth are moving and my treatment has been going exactly as scheduled.
However, I made a mistake. I went out of town for three days and I left my trays at home. I brought nothing with me. I was so upset and honestly my teeth began to hurt a little after not wearing the trays for less than a day. I called my orthodontist and he told me to put my trays in as soon as I got home plus to take some pain reliever if I needed it (which I did).
Upon arriving home, I put in the previous trays for a few days and then switch back to the set of trays that I left at home. The change was minimal and it didn't really set me back for treatment. It was a mistake that took a few days to correct but turned out alright.
ADVICE FROM AN INVISALIGN PROVIDER
While you should always consult with your own Invisalign provider like I did, here is some advice from Dr. Gerry Curatola which I found pretty straightforward:
Remember that not wearing your aligner trays for two weeks or more during active therapy will almost always result in a degree of relapse. So, to get back on track after “driving in reverse” do the following:
- Use the previous aligner tray prior to the “active” aligner tray that was interrupted.
- Change to the current aligner after a “reboot period” of about two weeks.
- Change aligner trays at night before bed which will make it easier to get in and out in the morning.
The bone around your teeth during any orthodontic movement is in a dynamic state of deposition (making new bone) and resorption (taking away old bone) and it is important for this process to not be interrupted by inconsistent or improper use of your aligner trays.
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