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Taquana “Tabby” Sears – My Invisalign Ride: The Next Phase

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign®, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

Invisible bracesThis week I started Phase 2 of my Invisalign® treatment. I received a total of nine trays in this set. These are the “refinement” trays. I had four teeth that didn’t move like we had hoped. I’m excited about getting started with this set of trays as it means I’m nearing the end!
During my dental visit this week, five new attachments were placed. There were 11 attachments with my last set of trays. So these five will be a piece of cake! The attachments are small tooth colored buttons attached to your teeth. They guide your teeth to move in the right direction. They also assist in keeping your trays snugly in place. The tighter the fit the faster my teeth will move.

Also during this visit, there was some reshaping of a few teeth, using a very thin strip of blue paper resembling fine sand paper. This procedure removed about .3 millimeters from the sides of the tooth to give it more room to move. This procedure is common with orthodontic treatment, including traditional metal braces. It does not weaken the teeth or enamel since there is minimal removal. The aligners themselves move the teeth.

With these minor changes, I expect these nine trays to “get the job done” over the next 18 weeks. So mid-May I should be finished!
Continue to follow my 18-month Invisalign® ride. Send any questions this way, I’ll be glad to answer them.

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