In my last update, I told you that I had all the attachments removed from my teeth and had the option of a few more months of Invisalign trays to make some minor adjustments or could move onto retainers. I decided to wrap up the treatment therefore, it was time to be fitted for bonded and Vivera retainers (the removable kind that you wear at night). I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board. I will be receiving complimentary treatment from Invisalign.
To fit me for the bonded retainers, which are metal structures that are permanently bonded behind your front teeth, a piece of mold-able wax is pressed into the gum line behind your teeth to make an impression.
Once they arrived, the Orthodontist sorts of gently sand papers the back of my teeth so that the bonding glue has a nice surface to attach. Once the bonded retainers are attached, I am again sent to the scanner, used to make all of the straightening trays. The scanner makes an amazing 3-D structure from which your retainers are made.
To be honest, my tongue was a bit irritated on and off for two weeks or so as I often found myself rubbing my tongue all over the retainers – I guess the foreign objects were not welcome. However, I quickly adjusted. Unfortunately, the retainers on both my upper and lower teeth were removed as my gum line was not quite straight across and I could not floss no matter what type of threaders I used.
Finally, just a few days after I was scanned for the Vivera retainers, I had a molar crack and the tooth capped so I had to have the scan re-done and bottom retainers remade. I have been diligent about wearing the retainers each night and look forward to having straight teeth for the rest of my life.