This post is sponsored by Byte. All opinions are my own.
At the beginning of the year, I started a my invisible aligner journey. Although I had braces in my teenage years, my teeth shifted quite a bit during my pregnancies. When Byte reached out, it seemed like a great opportunity to try out the aligners. I’ve been wearing my invisible teeth aligners for just about a month now, so I wanted to tell you about my experience, so far.
When the kit arrived, I was pretty excited. I’ve been continually impressed with Byte for their packaging and clarity. It took a little longer to get my aligners than I was expecting. They never actually said how long it would take, so I was expecting it would be super quick and easy like everything else had been with them. But once they did arrive, I read through all of the instructions and found it all very clearly laid out.
The way they label and organize the packaging just makes everything so easy. I started the second day my package arrived, on a Friday. The first time I put in the aligners, it felt a little weird. I wouldn’t say uncomfortable, but there was a bit of pressure on some of my teeth.
Although right away, I figured the process was pretty easy, there were some unexpected things that I wanted to mention about wearing invisible teeth aligners.
To be clear, I am not a medical professional, so I can’t be sure the health issues are due to the aligners. But they are issues that have popped up at the same time I started using the aligners. After further research online, these symptoms are not regular for most people, but do apply in some cases.
Unexpected Side Effects of Invisible Aligners
You Might Have a Lisp
The very first odd thing I was not expecting to experience with invisible teeth aligners was that I had a very strong lisp, at first. For the first week, my lisp was so strong that I actually had to remove my aligner anytime I had a work call or went out in public to interact with people. Since I telecommute, it was difficult keeping them in the 22 hours a day they suggest, since I had to jump on work calls. I was very diligent about leaving them in all night, and always putting them in whenever I wasn’t on the phone.
You Might Get a Headache
So I’m not sure if it’s just me, but every time I start the new week, I get a headache. I assume this is because of the higher level of pressure put on my teeth with the new aligner. This hasn’t been a major issue for me, but it is an odd side effect that I do wonder is related to the aligners.
Luckily, the Byte team includes Hyperbyte vibration therapy tool . This vibration therapy device helps cut treatment time significantly, usually in half. It also helps to make the entire process more comfortable. The Byte team actually called me within days of receiving my kit. When I told them I was a bit uncomfortable, they suggested using the Hyperbyte tool a few extra times to help make the entire process more comfortable. And it does.
You Might Have Nausea
The most unusual and annoying side effect that I attribute to the invisible teeth aligners (and some basic internet research confirms) is that the aligners make me feel nauseas. This is such a strange side effect I was not expecting at all. Honestly, this has been a pretty annoying part of the process.
I actually went to the doctor to make sure I wasn’t 1) pregnant (negative) 2) suddenly diabetic (not possible to go from healthy to diabetic in a month) 3) acid reflux (never been an issue 4) etc. (dr. checked for every other reason I could suddenly be nauseous).
Four weeks in, I’ve actually gotten used to the nausea. The headaches aren’t that big of a deal, and the lisp has subsided. I do still sound funny with certain words, so I do take out the aligners when I have work calls. These side effects are not amazing, but it’s also something I’ve just learned to deal with. I want straight teeth more than I am bothered by these minor issues.
Overall, the process has been really easy so far. It is not hard at all to wear the aligners. They provide a little container to store them in, so it’s never difficult to take them out in public or on the go. I’ve already noticed some improvement in my teeth. I really can’t wait to see how they look at the end of 3 months. (Most treatment times are 3-6 months. Since I had braces, mine is pretty short, luckily). Stay tuned, and I’ll post my results in a couple months!