By: Dr. Mark Nguyen DDS
The true beauty of wearing Invisalign aligners to straighten teeth is that OC Healthy Smile Blog Ad 4
they are practically invisible! Wearing braces has come a long way since the metal train tracks running across the teeth. Yes, those still exist, but Invisalign offers a practically undetectable option for women and men who want to have gorgeous smiles, but don’t necessarily want co-workers to know they are wearing braces. After all, who wants to feel like a self-conscious teenager again with a mouth full of metal? Treatment costs are about the same, so it is worth exploring if this technique is the right one for you. To help you weigh your options, here are seven things people wish they knew before Invisalign.
- You are in good company
Statistics indicate that 74% of adults have crooked or misaligned teeth. Invisalign treatment can be used for a variety of issues, including (but not limited to) protruding teeth, crowding, gaps, spacing, overbite and underbite.
- How adjustments work
An Invisalign-trained dentist creates a treatment plan which includes custom-made aligners that gently move the teeth into place. They are made out of plastic rather than metal. As progress is made, a new set of aligners is introduced every two weeks. Follow-up visits to your dentist every six weeks assure that the treatment is on track.
- You have to wear them most of the day
It is recommended that patients wear the braces for 20-22 hours a day to achieve the best results. The overall length of treatment averages around 12 months and is ultimately based on individual needs.
- You must remove your aligner to eat
The great news is that with Invisalign you don’t have to give up any foods during the treatment process. You can have anything you want. Yes, that includes chocolate! The key is to remove the aligners before you eat or drink, with water being the exception. This prevents staining or damage to the aligners and ultimately keeps them unnoticeable when you are wearing them again. When you are done eating, simply brush the aligners with warm water and wear.
- There is pressure but no pain
One of the key benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces is that they are not painful. The aligners are made of a smooth BPA-free plastic which is non-abrasive to the cheek and gums. There is a little pressure each time new aligners are introduced, which is a sign that the treatment is working.
- You have to brush twice
Remove the aligners and then brush and floss as you normally would. However, the new thing you’ll want to add to the beauty regimen is taking a toothbrush and toothpaste along to work. After eating, simply brush away food and beverage residue prior to putting the Invisalign back in your mouth. Cleaning the aligners is as simple as using a toothbrush and warm water. Invisalign also has a cleaning solution available. They should be cleaned every time after eating.
- Better health
Making the investment to straighten your teeth will produce big health benefits in the end. Properly aligned teeth enable better daily oral hygiene, reducing the incidence of tooth decay, gum disease and more serious issues such as heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, and more.