Teens and adults who'd like to straighten their teeth without the appearance of braces might consider Invisalign as a treatment option. However, our BC orthodontists want to share some important information you should know before choosing to use Invisalign.
1. Watch what you eat
The foods you eat will have to be carefully considered. Remember that if you want a snack in the middle of the day, it might not be worth it to remove your aligners, eat, then spend the extra time brushing and flossing your teeth. Ideally, you'll want to try and consume sufficient calories during your main meals so that you don't have to go through this entire process too often.
2. You have to wear your aligners full-time
You are committing yourself to a full-time schedule when you choose Invisalign. You'll need to wear your aligners for a minimum of 20-22 hours per day as recommended by your dentist on a consistent basis for Invisalign to be effective. You should only take them out to eat or clean your teeth.
When things become rough, you might be tempted to take these aligners out, and it's even easier to forget to put them back in afterwards. You might want to consider other orthodontic procedures instead of Invisalign orthodontics if you fear you'll have a desire to remove your aligners more frequently than you should.
3. They are pretty comfortable
Invisalign aligners are generally considered to be comfortable to use. When you change trays every two weeks, you may experience some pressure and pain, although most patients report that this discomfort is mild.
4. You need to brush after every meal
Food particles will likely get trapped at the back of your teeth under your aligners if you don't brush and floss after eating and instead just put your aligners right back in. This provides a barrier that helps bacteria on your teeth to spread, perhaps leading to decay and foul breath. Consider purchasing a portable toothbrush or keeping one on your desk at work to avoid these issues.
5. Talking might be difficult at first
As with a lot of orthodontic appliances, talking might seem a little difficult at first. You may notice some mumbling and lisping. This is normal and should subside as you get used to your clear aligners.
6. Invisalign might not be the right move for you
Invisalign is often a fantastic option for those who have mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Depending on how severe your misalignment is, it might take an extremely long time to straighten your teeth using Invisalign. This means that conventional braces may be more effective for you.
7. Your clear aligners can stain
You may want to spend some of your two-hour window period in the morning sipping on a cup of coffee if you have Invisalign aligners. This is because they have the potential to stain when exposed to certain substances.