Heard a lot about the drawbacks associated with traditional braces and not so sure you want to go for it anymore? Whether it’s the aesthetic, extra care, or regular visits to the orthodontist, you have the right not to admire this hassle invention.
What a difficult decision, right? You want to straighten your teeth but braces just aren’t it. Guess what, this shouldn’t be a problem because Invisalign treatment uses clear, plastic aligners that are made to move the teeth in the right direction in small steps.
If you’re feeling curious to learn more about Invisalign and answer some of your questions, then this blog is for you!
- How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign treatment uses clear, thin, removable aligners that are tailored for each patient by making a 3D scan of their mouth. They fit perfectly over your teeth in a way that they almost look invisible.
Invisalign straightens your teeth by gradually applying a certain force in a specific direction to reach optimal results. Your doctor will create a step-by-step plan for your unique situation that maps out the expected movement of your teeth at every stage of the process.
The treatment process goes like this:
First, you visit your trusted Invisalign clinic and consult your Invisalign-trained doctor/ specialist orthodontist who will evaluate your situation and create a treatment plan for you.
After you give your approval, your aligners will be created, and you will commit to your treatment plan until your gain a beautiful smile!
- Which is better, Invisalign or braces?
Both methods work towards achieving the same goal, but each has its own pros and cons. So, it all depends on your personal preferences, how much adjustment is required, and your budget.
However, Invisalign has proven to be faster and, in some cases, more effective as the customization and all-around force of the aligners yield you predictable and longer-lasting results.
- Is Invisalign treatment painful?
No, Invisalign treatment itself is not painful. However, just like any other orthodontic treatment, you will experience feelings of discomfort, especially at first when you are still not used to it or when you change your set of aligners every once in a while. Adjusting to the pressure every time might leave your teeth feeling sore.
After a few months when you have gotten more used to Invisalign, your pain will disappear or significantly reduce with time. Don’t stress too much about it and keep in mind that this method is way less painful than other teeth straightening mechanisms.
- Can I remove my Invisalign aligners at any time?
Typically for achieving the best results, you are supposed to keep your Invisalign aligners on for 20-22 hours a day. This is especially important for the first two days after you get a new set of trays.
I mean, yes you are allowed to take them off. You have to do so when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. For special occasions like job interviews or weddings, you can also take them off.
Remember, you have to wear your aligners to get the results that you want because not sticking to the plan your orthodontist has provided will delay the end of your treatment. Patient compliance in this situation is key; discipline yourself and stick to as close to 22 hours per day as possible.
- How do I take care of my aligners?
It is very important that your aligners are clean and sterilized before you use them each time. This is why you should use the Invisalign Cleaning System or clean them with a toothbrush and toothpaste then rinsing them with lukewarm water.
P.S. never use hot water as it will damage your aligners
To prevent food residue from staining your set, make sure you brush and floss your teeth properly before replacing your aligners every time.
- Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment?
Usually, orthodontic treatments require patients to use retainers post-treatment to protect the progress and prevent teeth from shifting back to their initial position. However, still check with your doctor if you will need one and if so, what are their specific instructions for your specific case.
The type of teeth straightening method suitable for you depends on many factors. So, when you make a decision, make sure it is an informed decision. Don’t be shy to ask questions and always consult experts for accuracy and guaranteed results!