SNAPCORRECT UPDATE: 3 MONTHS INTO MY TREATMENT PLAN
I’m a little over 3 months into my treatment plan with SnapCorrect, and I am absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the difference I’m already seeing in my smile.
When I announced I was starting this journey, the people closest to me did what all good friends and family members are supposed to do.. said things like:
“There is NOTHING wrong with your teeth!”
“Your smile is already pretty!”
“I don’t even notice what you’re self-conscious about!”
And as much as I appreciated their well-meaning compliments, I was doing this for me, not them. I’m the one who is self-conscious when she smiles. I’m the one who hates her right side profile. I’m the one who envies those people who actually wore their retainers like good little girls and boys and kept their teeth perfectly aligned all the way into adulthood.
Here’s the thing, though. Those people who said nothing needed fixing.. yeah, they’re starting to notice now. I shared on Instagram a few weeks ago that I could finally see the edge of my right side snaggletooth.. the one that has been hiding behind my front tooth for YEARS. That’s around the same time my mom (who is obligated to tell me I look beautiful no matter what because, well, she’s my mom..) looked at me and said “WOW! They really are straightening up, aren’t they?”
So along with the fact that the difference is finally noticeable to others, I wanted to share a few more things I’ve learned in my first three months of treatment, especially if you’re thinking about trying SnapCorrect out for yourself. (Discount codes and details are at the bottom of this post!)
Some sets are going to hurt more than others.
If I could set a blazing fire to aligner set #6, I would. The next set, #7, which I’m currently wearing, barely hurt at all. During the first few sets, it seemed like there was alternating focus on the top and bottom. For example, set #1 hurt the top and not the bottom, set #2 hurt the bottom and not the top. Some sets have felt like “maintenance” sets, where they simply give you a little bit of a rest from all the moving, and maintain the progress you’ve made.
I cannot stress the importance of wearing your aligners ALL THE TIME to help with this. Your first instinct will be to rip them out of your mouth and never put them back in, but this only makes that pain period last longer.
Pro tip: On aligner switch day, take your current aligners out, eat dinner, put your current aligners back in, and change to your new set right before going to bed. That way, you’ll sleep through the first 6-8 hours of the new set and you won’t be tempted to take them out sooner. Ibuprofen has also helped me through a few of those first days into a new set.
Things might look like they’re getting worse before they get better.
During that same hellish 6th set (12 weeks in), I noticed my front right tooth was being shifted out, and was sticking out more than it normally did. I knew this was necessary to get that snaggletooth out from behind it, but it was still a little unnerving in the moment. Thankfully, set #7 has almost fully corrected it back to where it was before, and I can still see the edge of my snaggletooth!
I’ll be honest. Some of the transitions don’t necessarily make sense (to me, because I’m clearly not an orthodontist), but I trust that the SnapCorrect team knows exactly what they are doing and that my smile will be as perfect as my “after” picture shows!
Your teeth might feel a tad loose.
THIS IS TOTALLY NORMAL. I REPEAT. THIS IS TOTALLY NORMAL. I was about 4 sets (8 weeks) in before I noticed a wiggly tooth. I immediately had a meltdown. OMG ALL MY TEETH ARE GOING TO FALL OUT!! WHAT DO I DO?? I NEED TO STOP THIS IMMEDIATELY!! STRAIGHT TEETH ARE NOT WORTH NO TEETH!!
And then, I calmed down, did a little research, and found this answer via SnapCorrect Support. Basically, if you think about it, it’s common sense. Your teeth have to move into positions they’re not used to, which means they need to loosen up to do so. Remember, they have been stuck in one position for a very long time, so during the transition, they’re fighting to get back to where they’re comfortable. That is why (AGAIN), it is insanely important to wear your aligners AT ALL TIMES (when you’re not eating, of course), so they stay where they’re supposed to and they don’t try to migrate back to a previous position.
As always, you can find my entire SnapCorrect journey documented on Instagram inside my saved highlights, and if you missed my previous posts, you can find them below:
If a straighter smile has been on your neverending to-do list, head over to SnapCorrect and use the code SNAPCHRISTENKIT for 60% off your impression kit.
Then, once the awesome SnapCorrect team has created a specialized treatment plan just for you, you can use the code SNAPCHRISTEN for $250 off your aligners!
The fine print: I am currently partnering with SnapCorrect to straighten my smile, but all opinions are strictly based off my own experience. If you use my codes, I may receive a small commission, which helps me keep awesome content coming your way.