In case anyone is interested in Invisalign, here's an update...
When I went in for my first set of aligners, the orthodontic assistant told me that I wouldn't have any attachments until the third set and no rubber bands until after that.
Wait... WHAT?! Attachments? Rubber bands?
They had somehow forgotten at both of my evaluations to mention that they would be gluing little attachments to my teeth and that I would have rubber bands stretched between some of them.
I was none too thrilled with that announcement. Part of the reason I chose Invisalign was that nothing would be attached to my teeth. Or so I thought.
Fast forward five weeks... Tuesday, I got little attachments glued to several of my teeth. They make putting in the aligners very difficult and removing them extraordinarily difficult. I feel like I'm going to break something -- attachment, aligner or tooth -- with the force required to pry off the aligners. (Edit: I did break off one of the attachments. :( Had to go get a replacement glued on.) The attachments feel weird when the aligners aren't in. They don't hurt, but it feels odd to eat with them and I keep biting the inside of my cheek.
And now, here's what you have always wanted -- some insane close-ups of my big teeth. :P The attachments are the little square and rectangle thingies glued to the front of some of my teeth.
Funny how things are more noticeable in photos than in mirrors. The tea
I started drinking in place of cola is staining my teeth something
awful. :( And holy huge incisors, Batman, my overjet looks ENORMOUS!