The first week was undoubtedly the toughest! It was tough getting use to my new routine which consist of taking the aligners out for each meal and cleaning them before placing them back into my mouth. Instead of my phone, wallet, keys checklist it went phone, wallet, keys, aligner case. No big deal but I certainly did forget the case a few times in the first week. The other note worthy adjustment was the attachments during eating. The attachments can have sharp edges. When your trays are on this is not an issue. When they are off during eating, those edges rub on your cheek. After a while, some sores occurred. Like anything new in your mouth, there is an adjustment period and my mouth took only 2 days to get use to this. By day 4 the sores were gone too. No big deal!
Watch this video to hear about my experiences with my first week of aligners.
Gerald W. Wesley, DDS, MS