This post is all about what to expect 9 months into the Invisalign treatment and to show you my incredible Invisalign before and after gap results.
You guys seem to be enjoying my Invisalign posts a lot (SO glad you find them helpful!), so I decided to come back here with an update.
(And, of course, to show you my incredible before and after gap pictures after Invisalign ;)).
Actually, this was supposed to be my Invisalign end of treatment update, but apparently, we’re not quite there yet.
Here’s what happened and what you should be prepared for if you’re getting aligners to fix the gap between your teeth.
Invisalign (Almost) End Of Treatment – 9 Months Update
My entire Invisalign treatment was supposed to be completed within 34 weeks – that’s about 8,5 months. Things were going great!
(You can check here my month-by-month results as well as everything there is to know about the Invisalign process, procedure, costs, pronunciation, etc).
As time passed, the gap between the teeth was getting smaller, and, by the end of the 8 months, it was completely GONE! I couldn’t believe my eyes! 😀
Yet, even though my front teeth were now touching (yay, no more gap!), it wasn’t over.
My teeth stayed together ONLY while I was wearing the aligners. The MINUTE I’d remove the trays, they’d start slowly separating and a small gap would appear again.
You should know that this is quite normal. Apparently, the bone needs to grow into the spaces where your teeth used to be and they need time to get used to their new “location”.
This might be quite a dumb explanation but this is how I understood it from my orthodontist :). So if it happens to you, know that it’s fine. You’ll just have to wear aligners a little while longer.
PRO Tip: Don’t wait until the last day of your treatment to book the check-up with your orthodontist. Schedule it a few weeks upfront so they can already order new aligners, if necessary.
I wish I’d done this sooner myself and here’s why. It took A LOOONG TIME to produce and deliver my new aligners to The Netherlands, so I ended up wearing my last Invisalign tray for OVER 2 MONTHS.
It wasn’t all that bad, but I wasn’t seeing any progress anymore. The most annoying part was that, despite washing them daily, the trays were getting quite yellowish.
What happens next?
6 New Invisalign Trays
I received 6 more trays from Invisalign which I am supposed to change every week. This is new compared to the previous ones, which I was wearing for 12-14 days each.
Each new tray is slightly tighter than the other to help my teeth stay together.
And another big change:
No More Invisalign Attachments!
This was BIG! Finally, no more attachments! This really felt like progress!
Invisalign attachments are barely visible, and not uncomfortable at all. But since I needed to have one on EVERY tooth, I was so happy to have them removed!
My aligners are now even more “invisible” without them. Can you even tell I’m wearing them?!
( Have a look HERE for everything you need to know about Invisalign at the beginning: attachments falling off and more!).
The attachments removal procedure is super quick and painless. It was done in 5 minutes. Do make sure to double-check that all of them have been removed. I had to go back again as they forgot one.
It’s not such a big deal, but the new trays do not have the space to fit the attachments so it’s best to make sure it’s done right and the trays perfectly fit on your teeth.
You should also expect to not hear that “click” sound when placing the new trays. This is because of the removal of the attachments.
My Before And After Gap Pictures With Invisalign
If you’ve ever wondered “Is Invisalign worth it?” I’m here to tell you that it 100000% IS! Actually don’t take my word for it, have a look at this incredible transformation of my teeth – Before and After Invisalign results.
The picture on the left was actually the one that convinced me it’s time to do something and fix my teeth! I am so incredibly happy with the progress!
I will come back and update you as soon as I have more info on how things evolve and everything you need to know at the end of the Invisalign treatment.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this update and that it was useful for you!
If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign you can check out their website here.