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What to Expect When Getting Your First Set of Invisalign® Clear Aligners

This post was sponsored by the Invisalign® brand and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Zoe smiling in front of hydrangea bush

I’m so excited to share that Zoë now has her Invisalign® clear aligners!

What Zoë expected with her first set of Invisalign aligners compared to her actual experience was so completely different.

In our last post, we shared with you that Zoë qualified for Invisalign treatment and showed you the whole initial consultation experience. Be sure to go back and watch that if you missed it.

As you saw, what Zoë expected when getting her aligners compared to her actual experience was quite different… in a very positive way! If you’re considering Invisalign treatment, here are some of the factors you’ll want to consider.

What Happens at the Appointment?

Zoe at Hoff Orthodontics

First, the orthodontist and his team made sure Zoë’s teeth were super clean and ready for the aligners. They applied the SmartForce® Attachments to Zoë’s teeth, which make complex tooth movements possible without braces. They also made sure her first set of new aligners fit properly.

Zoe putting in Invisalign aligners with chewy

Even though they were very thorough and answered all our questions, it took less than 30 minutes! And future appointments will be even faster, according to the orthodontist.

Is Invisalign Treatment Painful?

I hesitate to answer this question because pain is personal, and everyone will have their own experience with it. Pain was one thing Zoë was really worried about and I know it’s a frequently asked question among people considering Invisalign treatment, so I’ll share Zoë’s experience.

In the weeks since our initial consultation, Zoë told several of her friends who have braces that she was getting Invisalign aligners. Of course, instead of the comforting and supportive stories you’d hope for, she got horror stories about pain with braces.

Fortunately, that hasn’t been her experience with her Invisalign treatment. With her very first set of aligners, she had some pain for the first few days. Now, when she switches to a new set, she experiences mild discomfort for maybe a couple of days, and it dissipates quickly. She tells me that she has days where she almost forgets she’s wearing her aligners.

Invisalign aligners, case and box

She is very diligent about wearing her aligners 22+ hours a day. If she’s not eating or brushing her teeth, they’re in her mouth. The orthodontist mentioned that pain usually comes when someone doesn’t wear their aligners for at least 22 hours a day.

Are There Food Restrictions?

There are no food restrictions with Invisalign aligners, unlike with braces. Since you take them out when you eat, you don’t have the same worries. There are no broken brackets or wires from eating hard or crunchy foods, and nothing for food to get stuck in.

Zoë is so happy that she can eat absolutely anything she wants during her Invisalign treatment. As long as we give her permission, that is, LOL.

Caring for Your Aligners On the Go

You really should brush your teeth every time you eat or drink something besides water before putting your aligners back in. Since we’re on the go a lot, we had to make a plan for Zoë to more easily care for her aligners.

Zoë has started carrying a purse so she can always have her case, aligners, a travel toothbrush, toothpaste and a collapsible silicone cup with her. This has made eating out a lot easier for her. If your child is in school, you can probably pop those items into their backpack.

Packing Aligners for Travel

About a week after getting her first set of aligners, Zoë and Kaylee were headed to Missouri to visit with their grandmother and great grandmother for a couple weeks. Since Brian and I weren’t going, I was nervous about sending her off to deal with this change without me. So we got advice from the orthodontist and dental assistant to make sure she was prepared.

Zoë is on a 7-day schedule of changing her aligners. They recommended that she pack her aligners for each of those weeks.

In addition, they ALSO recommended she bring the previous set with her. That way, she could wear that set if she misplaced her current set and her teeth would hold their progress until the orthodontist could order a replacement set.

Even though I was nervous, I had a lot more confidence with her traveling alone with Invisalign aligners than if she’d gotten braces. If you have a mishap when traveling with braces, you’ll probably find yourself scrambling to find a local orthodontist to help you. That’s not something I worried about with her Invisalign treatment.

Zoë’s Confidence is Soaring

One thing we want to instill into our daughters is confidence. When I had braces as a teen, I was highly self-conscious. So much so that I taught myself to only breathe out of my nose so that I could always hide my braces from view. It’s not a rational fear, but it’s natural for young girls to feel that way, and I don’t want that for my daughter, especially during such a sensitive time in her development.

I am happy to say that Zoë is extremely confident wearing her new Invisalign aligners. She wears them with what seems to be a “badge of honor.”

Zoe in front of hydrangea bush

She gets a huge kick out of it when people who know her well see her for the first time since she got her aligners and don’t notice them. She thinks it’s so funny.

Zoë is always smiling and talking. She has no fears about being “judged” for her aligners like I was with my braces. That makes a mom’s heart happy.

My Thoughts So Far

I knew “braces” were in the future for both of our girls. I knew it was something that would be necessary in the very near future for them. Brian and I were literally just talking about getting the girls into an orthodontist when we were approached about possibly partnering with the Invisalign brand.

Frankly, Invisalign treatment wasn’t something we’d talked about until they approached us. And wow, we are so grateful we were introduced to them. The entire initial Invisalign treatment consultation really opened our eyes to what needed to be done to correct both Zoë’s and Kaylee’s smiles… but do you know what the most important thing is what we learned after she got her first set of aligners?

We learned that Invisalign clear aligners do so much for Zoë’s emotional wellbeing. Zoë’s confidence is soaring more and more every day as we see her teeth shift slowly to create her new smile. There are few things that can bring such a big smile to a mom’s face and a warm feeling to her heart. Knowing this confidence will build over the years to help her grow into a strong woman is such an amazing feeling.

We’re super excited to share Zoë’s Invisalign treatment journey with you. Learn more about Invisalign treatment on the Invisalign brand website. You can also take a smile assessment or find a doctor near you while you’re there.

What other questions do you have about getting the first set of Invisalign aligners?

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Invisalign aligners in a case

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