I thought I’d update you on what’s going on with my Invisalign treatment as well as Nathan’s traditional braces. We’ve had a big learning curve this month and I hope some of our experiences help you prepare for when you or your children get braces.
Location, location, location
I’m really glad our orthodontist’s office is only five minutes from home and 15 minutes from the kids’ schools, because we spent a lot of time at Dr. Waugh’s office in the last six weeks. I’ve always told people that the location of your orthodontist’s office is important, since you’ll be spending a lot of time there having x-rays and impressions made.
With Invisalign, your follow up appointments are spaced out farther than with traditional braces. Even so, your orthodontist’s office should be near work for you and school for the kids, depending on how you schedule things – either early morning appointments or end of the day appointments so you won’t miss out on too much school or work. You should also consider how close the office is to home in case you have to make an emergency visit during the holidays or weekends.
Nathan had a grand total of four appointments with Dr. Waugh since starting his treatment. He had impressions taken (see the picture above – they let him take them home after they were done with it). Then spacers – rubber bands around the back molars – were put in. Being fitted for the Herbst appliance took two visits, since Dr. Waugh wasn’t happy with part of it and had to have it remade. We go back to the orthodontist in mid-November for a check up.
Nathan’s been a trooper during all of this since the Herbst appliance cuts up the inside of his cheeks and makes his mouth and jaw sore. (You can see a picture of Herbst appliances here. I find them rather medieval, don’t you?) I’ve been giving Nathan ibuprofen for the pain and encouraging him to apply an ice pack to his face since his cheeks seem puffy and a bit swollen. I’ve also been making a lot of smoothies, soups and mushy foods, too. He’s been using orthodontic wax, too.
The only plus side to all our visits is that Nathan gets points for every visit as part of their kids’ club. So far, he has enough to get a $10 gift card, but I think he’s shooting for the $50 one.
In comparison, I only had one appointment to have impressions taken of my teeth. Dr. Waugh’s office uses a different technique than Dr. Goings’ office used. They take a “glue gun” and apply this purple stuff to your teeth. Then they slide on the impression trays. It’s a two step process that’s kind of yucky, especially when they had to do my lower jaw twice. Still, no biggie.
I’m not sure when I go in next as they’re probably waiting to get new aligner trays from Invisalign. Can’t wait, as I’m looking forward to getting my refinements done and wrapping up my Invisalign treatment!
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board. I’m receiving complimentary treatment from Invisalign, but all opinions and experiences expressed are my own.