Thomas Ross Hallock

Coming soon: straight teeth!

I just started treatment for Invisalign braces and thought I’d share this video of how my teeth will be moving around inside my mouth over the next year. If you know me well (in person), you’ll probably be surprised at how well the computer model resembles my teeth. In the videos, the “.5″ numbers on the bottom teeth indicate that the teeth will be filed down by 0.5mm to so they can pass by each other while shifting. The red marks indicate the locations of the clear handles that will be affixed to specific teeth to help the Invisalign trays grab them.

Update 24-April-2012
I got the attachments installed along with my first set of trays today. The attachments are installed using a set of template trays that have placeholders for the attachments. The attachments are placed into the template trays, which are then set onto my teeth, at which point the attachments are bonded using a UV light.

The attachments are the little white rectangles on my top teeth. This was taken after installing attachments on my top teeth, but before installing attachments on my lower teeth. Some teeth need the attachments because their current position isn't optimal for the forces that the trays will exert.

After putting on a set of trays for the first time, I have to bite down on these little "chewies" for a few minutes to push everything into place.

Here are the actual trays in my mouth. I have to wear them for 20-22 hours a day. I can only drink water when wearing them, so casual snacking is going to be difficult.

2 thoughts on “Coming soon: straight teeth!

  1. Papa

    What’s the deal with these “attachments?” Are they superglued to your tooth? Surely they don’t drill into the tooth to attach them.

  2. admin Post author

    I answered that in the post:

    I got the attachments installed along with my first set of trays today. The attachments are installed using a set of template trays that have placeholders for the attachments. The attachments are placed into the template trays, which are then set onto my teeth, at which point the attachments are bonded using a UV light.

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