It has been several months since I finished working on my most perfect smile and I’m still loving the results – so here is my straight teeth at home update!! If you missed the previous post, here’s the story: In January 2016, I started looking into this relatively new company “Smile Care Club.” Since then, it has become Smile Direct Club, Invisalign now owns share in it, they use the same manufacturer, and that little company I started with has been growing astronomically!
I finished my treatment in September 2016, purchased a pair of $100 retainers from SDC, and then promptly ran them over with my car about a week later. Argh! I put back in my last set of trays (soooo glad I kept them!) and contacted SDC about ordering new ones. It took about a month to receive the new ones, but when I contacted them about the delay, they refunded my $100 and apologized for the delay! Yay for amazing customer service! (Side note: People have asked if you can just keep the final tray as “retainers.” In theory, yes, for a little while, but they do stretch out and wear out faster than the actual retainers since the retainers are made of a thicker plastic). You are to wear the retainers full time for the first 6 months and then only at night after that. They recommend that you replace the retainers every 6 months or so, but some SDC customers have decided to get various other retainer options such as bonded permanent retainers or the wire “Hawley” retainers from a local orthodontist.
After finishing my treatment, I had my next dentist appointment in October. I was nervous to hear any input the dentist may have regarding my new smile. It looked perfect to me, but I wasn’t sure if he’d have anything else to say. Unfortunately my usual dentist was out that day, but the substitute dentist said everything looked great, so yay for that! She did say I had more staining/buildup than usual and we talked about various ways to combat it. She said it’s due to the aligners/retainers not allowing my teeth to be in constant contact with saliva swishing around. She strongly suggested a Sonicare toothbrush but told me I’d be better off buying it on Amazon or somewhere similar to save money 🙂 The hygienist and I compared the various options (she described them as “good, better, best”) and we decided the “better” category would meet my needs without being astronomically expensive.
The Sonicare toothbrush definitely took some getting used to, and I really hated the way it would occasionally vibrate against my other teeth – it felt like my brain was vibrating! But after a few weeks, I grew to love it and love how clean my teeth always feel now. I also really like that I can pull off the head and rinse out the connector piece, because otherwise it would get gunked up pretty quickly. It also can go about 2 weeks without being recharged, which really surprised me.
I also mentioned to the Dentist that I noticed that my bottom front teeth had a little bit of a wiggle to them (not little-kid-loose-tooth wiggle) but enough to freak me out. She assured me this was completely normal as they have to loosen up to move and will eventually solidify in their new homes and lose the wiggle.