10 Things You Should Know About Invisalign
Did you know that having straight teeth may help you have healthier teeth, too? Straight teeth makes it easier to floss, which is key to preventing plaque buildup and tooth decay, and can prevent abnormal tooth wear. With modern technology, Invisalign can give you that picture-perfect smile you’re after and improve your oral health without worrying about traditional braces. Before you head to your orthodontist to get started, check out these 10 things you should know about Invisalign.
1. They can Treat More Than You’d Think
Invisalign can treat anything from crooked or protruding teeth to more serious problems like an overbite or underbite. If you’ve been wondering if you’re eligible for Invisalign, ask your orthodontist. You might be surprised by their answer!
2. You Have to Wear Them Almost All the Time
For Invisalign to work, dentists recommend you wear them for 22 hours a day. That means you can take them out to eat, brush your teeth, and floss, but that’s about it. Fitting all your meals and beverages into a 2 hour period can be a hard adjustment for some people, but others enjoy how cutting out mindless eating can tighten up their waistline. No matter where you fall, make sure you’re ready for that kind of commitment before you start your treatment.
3. You’ll Become a Brushing Pro
With Invisalign, you’ll need to brush and floss after eating or drinking anything besides water. If you don’t, food residue can become trapped between the aligners and your teeth. Not only is that uncomfortable for your teeth, but it can also yellow your aligners.
4. You’ll Learn to Clean the Aligners Properly
Surprisingly, you won’t use toothpaste! It contains an abrasive ingredient that can cause build-up and make your aligners murky and yellow. Instead, use a mild aligner cleaner.
5. They’re About as Expensive as Braces
You may have assumed that because Invisalign is a more modern treatment, it’s much more expensive than traditional braces. This isn’t the case! For many people, the Invisalign system costs about the same as braces.
6. You’ll have Fewer Appointments
Since your aligners have already been made and can be changed without an orthodontist, you’ll only need bi-monthly appointments. Compared to traditional braces, where you’d need to visit every month, Invisalign can save you a lot of time in the orthodontist’s chair.
7. You Might Still Experience Some Discomfort… or You Might Not
Even though they’re more discreet, Invisalign is still moving your teeth. That’s why some people may still experience discomfort, especially when they change to a different tray. However, many patients report feeling no pain at all. It all depends on your pain tolerance and treatment plan.
8. You May Have a Slight Lisp
Some patients report having a slight lisp during the first couple weeks. If this happens to you, don’t worry! It will go away once you get used to the aligners (and chances are, no one but you will notice).
9. You May Have Attachment
Attachments are tiny, tooth-colored bumps that are bonded to your teeth. Depending on your case, your orthodontist might recommend them to help your more stubborn teeth fall into place.
10. Oral Hygiene is Much Simpler
Compared to traditional braces, invisalign patients will have a much easier time caring for their teeth and gums. You won’t have to worry about special tools to clean around brackets or under wires. Instead, you’ll simply take them out, brush, floss, use mouthwash, and pop them back in.
Don’t be intimidated by the frequent teeth brushing or potential discomfort. Invisalign can help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Plus, you can see your progress and enjoy your smile at every step of the journey. Contact your local Tru Family Dental office for a consultation today!
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