The following pictures point out the key areas in which Aligntech royally screwed up.
Unfortunate for me, I discovered these “flaws” the morning I put them in… and also a week before I moved from South Texas to the East Coast. In other words… It would’ve been impossible to have my doctor order a more comfortable set. I was stuck, and that was that.
Remember folks, this is what they’re supposed to look like (and apparently, what your mouth is supposed to look like mid-treatment too).
I did some more Google searching and didn’t find much on aligners that come from the aligner factory like mine did, however I did find plenty to read from people who’ve experienced sharp edges. Everyone’s solution seemed to be that if you used a nail file to sand down the sharp parts, you could instantly be pain-free and continue on your merry way. A walk in the park. Finito. Done. But for me, that wasn’t so.
Here are a couple words that describe my experiences with aligners #10:
• not funny
• raw patches… you would think that my tongue and cheeks had the herp.
• football player mouth guard… the kind you boil
• gum suffocation
I am now two trays past this ridiculousness, so obviously I managed to power through. If you ever experience this, here are my suggested options: 1. Be pissed. 2. Call up your doc and postpone your treatment a minimum of two weeks while you wait for new ones. 3. Power through like the gladiator you are.