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5 Things to Know About Invisalign

September 30, 2020 0

Your smile is important!

If you feel self-conscious about your smile, you may find yourself trying to cover your mouth when you talk and prefer to blend into the background. When you feel happy with your smile, your confidence shines through and you wear it with pride wherever you go.

Thanks to advancements in ::orthodontics:: in the past decade, achieving the beautiful smile of your dreams is much easier than it used to be, courtesy of Invisalign. The comfortable, clear, and removable braces have transformed millions of smiles all over the world, will you be next?

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth, which uses removable aligners that are custom-made just for you. The clear aligners are replaced every two weeks, gradually realigning your teeth little by little until the final position is reached, transforming your smile.

Invisalign treatment is a great option for those with mild or moderate orthodontic problems, such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites, turned teeth, gaps, and crowded teeth. Your orthodontist or local Invisalign dentist will be able to give you a better idea if you’re a good candidate.

5 Things to Know About Invisalign

If you’re considering Invisalign treatment but want to know more before taking the plunge, here are the five things you’re probably dying to know.

1. How does Invisalign work?

The first step on your Invisalign journey will be a consultation with your dentist, who will discuss with you the desired outcome of your treatment and what can be achieved with the aligners. Impressions and scans will be taken of your teeth. A 3-D image of your teeth is created, which is used to map out the precise movement of teeth needed to straighten the teeth for the desired final result. Once the treatment plan is decided, a series of clear aligners will be custom made just for you, using the latest 3D printing technology. Unlike traditional braces that use a wire attached to the teeth, to push or pull them into a better alignment, the Invisalign treatment pushes the teeth into more optimal alignment with a series of plastic aligners that are replaced every few weeks. To get the best results from Invisalign, a high level of patient compliance is required. If the aligners are not worn as directed by your orthodontist – such as wearing them for the required duration, correct cleaning routine, and avoiding certain foods and beverages – your progress will become slower and slower, and possibly stop completely.

2. What are the benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces?

There are a number of advantages of using Invisalign over traditional braces, including:

  • Although the Invisalign aligners need to be worn 22 to 23 hours a day, they can be removed to brush the teeth, floss, or for other short periods of time for convenience. Traditional braced are glues to the teeth and connected with wires.
  • As they can be removed, there are no foods that are off-limits, whereas, with traditional braces, there is a long list of foods you can no longer enjoy until your treatment is over.
  • As opposed to the look of traditional braces – with metal wires and brackets – Invisalign is clear and virtually invisible. At first glance, people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
  • With the smooth plastic aligners, you won’t experience the pain of poking wires, or painful lips and gums.
  • Even though Invisalign uses advanced technology, the cost is still comparable with the cost of traditional braces.

3. Does Invisalign treatment hurt?

Although Invisalign treatment is significantly less painful than traditional metal braces, some patients do experience some mild discomfort. This discomfort usually occurs when switching to a new set of aligners, which may be a result of the pressure that is required to realign the teeth. The discomfort is usually gone within just a few days and is easily managed with over the counter pain medication. The good news is, if you do experience any discomfort, you will get used to it quickly.

4. How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Even though Invisalign is a viable alternative to traditional braces that provide a lot more flexibility, they still take time to straighten your teeth. Just like your Invisalign aligners are custom made just for you, your treatment plan is also tailored to your individual needs. Therefore, there is not a set time that your treatment will take. However, the average treatment times tend to be between 12 and 18 months. Most Invisalign patients will have to wear a retainer once treatment is complete. You may find this frustrating, but it is a necessary step, as it prevents your teeth from shifting from their final position after your aligners are taken off. When wearing the retainer, your teeth are held in their new position for longer, giving you the best possible result. Although, when the Invisalign retainer needs to be worn is decided on a case-by-case basis, generally they only need to be worn during sleep to maintain the corrected position of your teeth.

5. Will it change my lifestyle?

Invisalign is designed to fit into your lifestyle, not disrupt it. Although you must adhere to wearing your aligners for the recommended time day-to-day, they can be removed when you want to eat tricky foods, to take care of your oral hygiene, or during a sports game, etc. Invisalign really does give you flexibility in your routine…there isn’t much that is off-limits. With traditional wire and bracket braces, you may feel like it is a constant battle to keep them clean, especially as they are attached to your teeth. Not the case with Invisalign – just pop them out and clean them easily with warm water and a mild detergent, that’s it! Just be sure not to clean your aligners with toothpaste, as the abrasives can result in a build-up in bacteria. Plus, there will be no lengthy visits to the dentist for potentially painful tightening of wires, like there is with traditional braces. A quick appointment with your Invisalign specialist about every six to eight weeks to check on your progress. Put simply, Invisalign, won’t change your lifestyle, but it will change your life. So, there is just one more question to ask. Are you ready for your new Invisalign smile?

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