Get the tissues ready. This is the last Invisalign blog entry I’m going to write for the foreseeable future.
At long last, after a circus-like struggle, I finally got my retainers. I decided (well, come to think of it, I wasn’t given a choice) on the Vivera plastic retainers by Invisalign:
They are not nearly as bad as a lot of people complain about. Yes, they are more stiff than the weekly aligners, but don’t I want them to be? They are also more smooth around the edges, which my tongue very much appreciates!
Although he contradicted himself a few times, my orthodontist gave me a schedule to wean myself off of ’round-the-clock retainer wearing, and I wanted to share it because I like it: every week, reduce daily wear by 2 hours. When you get to 8 hours, just wear it at night: eventually, just wear a few nights a week. Right now the retainer is tight and this feels impossible, but I am hopeful!
So, as I reflect on my overall experience, I ask myself if it was worth it: worth the cost, worth the constant annoyances with a completely incompetent ortho office, worth my tongue and gums cut on plastic? Over all yes. I’ve been self-conscious about my smile my entire life, and although it’s not perfect now, I’m no longer ashamed of it (I will say, though, that the psychology of it all is still there… I still cover my mouth a lot). My biggest gripe is that NONE of my back teeth (you know, the ones I chew with?) touch, no matter how hard i try. But, since my orthodontist is moving to New Jersey and gave me no plan for future work, I guess it’s a lot of soft foods in my future. Smoothies are the new steak now anyway, right?