Thanks to everyone for all your recent comments, it is great to see that people are actually reading this.
As I wrote in my last post I have a small crack in tray number 6, but had decided to ignore it. To cut a long story short, this morning I gave in to my conscience and called the orthodontist. I am paying so much that I really don’t want to compromise this process.
The good news is that he said that as long as the tray is still wearable and hasn’t completely broken I can just wear it. I think this is probably because I am in Australia, and all my trays are sent from the Invisalign production factory in the US. Consequently if we waited for a new one it might take weeks to arrive. I’m not sure the advice would be the same if I were a patient in the US, for example.
Anyway, I am happy to wear it, I feel that it is still doing it’s job as there is significant pressure on the teeth in question and the crack is very small. If it breaks I have to call him again. So, for the next 2 weeks I will be removing that tray very gingerly. I feel better however just for having called.
As an aside, 48 hours in, the trays are still very tight- so much so that I have had a mild headache for the last 2 days. I have noticed this Invisalign headache several times. It seems that when the trays are tight they give me a headache, particularly on the first day. The painkillers help, but I think it’s similar to when you clench your jaw and give yourself a tension headache, the Invisalign replicates that by putting pressure on your jaw. The aligners are gradually loosening, but still feel significantly tighter than other trays have at this point. Hopefully that means my teeth are really working hard this set and will soon be nicely aligned and straight.