What You Should Know Before Getting an Invisalign?
Having slanted or crooked teeth is common in all. Most people with crooked teeth find it embarrassing, and the result is low self-esteem and confidence. Aside from the psychological effect, crooked teeth can lead to oral health problems down the road.
Fortunately, there are some ways that can correct crooked teeth. The most common one is the braces, however in some countries having this can also lower someone’s self-confidence even more. Most affected are kids, they are being bullied when they are walking around with the metal contraptions in their mouth.
Good thing is, there is a worthy alternative to braces, it is the Invisalign. It also accomplishes everything that braces can do. The only difference is, instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic retainers.
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What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign or clear aligners were developed around the turn of the century, since then it has grown in popularity. This innovative method, next to braces, for orthodontic treatment, uses medical-grade plastic aligners rather than the metal wires and brackets. That is the difference of clear aligners to the traditional braces. These dental trays are moulded to the exact shape of the patients’ teeth. Although, it needed some slight adjustments to begin the first stage of treatment.
After wearing your initial sets of trays, you need to come into the office to have your progress assessed. At this point, you will get a new collection of trays for the proceeding stage of adjustment. This process continues until your treatment is done and you gain your beautifully straight smile.
Important things to Know Before Getting Invisalign
Invisalign is Fast and Efficient
Most people think that the main difference between aligners and traditional braces is the aesthetic aspect. Little did they know that the Invisalign treatment is fast and you can see the results within 2-3 months. Most patients will notice a change after these months if they are diligent in keeping their retainers in as much as possible. Remember that, your treatment will begin with a pre-arranged set of clear retainers that you need to wear.
Also, many patients love the discretion associated with the nearly-invisible option for straightening your teeth.
Clean the Aligners Properly
Do not use toothpaste in cleaning the aligners. Though it may be a counterintuitive option, brushing your aligners can make it look murky and yellow. Also, toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that can cause build-up on your aligners, so use a mild aligner cleanser instead.
Invisalign has Invisible Appearance
Aligner trays are invisible or transparent in appearance. They are completely clear so they don’t detract from your face. This one is a great option for teens, adults, and young adults. Good for everyone who wants to live life without the brackets and wires associated with traditional braces.
You Need to Wear Your Aligners For At Least 22 Hours Per Day
The dentist’s recommended daily wear time is at least 22 hours a day. These aligners should remain on your teeth at all times except when you are eating or brushing. You must wear them at night while sleeping as well.
Regular Appointments are Needed
You are required to see your dentist every six to 10 weeks for your follow up treatments. The average length of the treatment is 12 to 18 months. But it still depends on how much work your teeth need to do. Besides, you need to get several sets of aligners to take home between visits to swap out every two weeks.
Expect Some Discomfort
Same with metal brackets, you will also feel a little discomfort when you force your teeth to move with aligners. Your teeth might feel loose or extra sensitive sometimes when you are wearing it. But know that there is no discomfort feeling on the inside of your gums. The reason is they rub against the plastic material unlike braces with metal bands and wires.
You’ll Have to Limit Some Liquids
Generally, drinking anything that can stain your teeth like coffee, red wine, tea can also stain your clear aligners. So if you rely on a cup of coffee to fuel your mornings, you need to limit it. However, you can always brush your teeth before you put the trays back in.
Take Them Out Before You Eat
You are not allowed to eat with it, just make sure to eat during the suggested wear time (two hours). Make sure that you do not eat with them, you do not want to ruin it. Keep in mind that it is recommended that you brush your teeth first, before putting your aligners back in.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have any questions or concerns about Invisalign, or you would like to book an appointment, please contact us today. You may also get a quote for the Invisalign cost.
We are happy to answer any queries you have. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in our Thornhill Dental office soon!
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