Teeth misalignment makes a smile look odd, and one might even feel embarrassed to smile in public. Luckily, this problem can be fixed through orthodontic treatment. A few years ago, orthodontics used to be for kids, but things have changed since the invention of Invisalign®. In this blog, we will discuss Invisalign in detail to help you make an informed decision.
It is an orthodontic tool that is transparent and removable used to straighten teeth. The clear aligners have been around for 30+ years, and millions of people have fixed minor and complex cases with them. People of all ages can wear the aligners. However, they are often used by adults. They don’t use wires and brackets like traditional braces.
For the best experience, it is wise to know what to expect from the treatment. That said, here are two things you should know before getting Invisalign®:
Clear aligners work pretty much like traditional braces. However, they are removable, meaning you can have all your favorite foods without worrying about affecting the treatment. Nonetheless, that does not mean you should wear aligners just when you want to.
It is recommended to wear aligners at least 22 hours a day. Also, the aligners are changed every 14 days. The dentist will provide the replacements and teach you how to replace them. You will be doing that until the last day of the treatment.
Some people choose Invisalign because they have been convinced that the treatment takes a shorter time than metal braces. That’s not the case, though. Invisalign treatment takes pretty much the same time as traditional braces.
The dentist will show you a 3D picture of the expected result and an estimated treatment duration. Keep in mind every treatment is unique. Therefore, it might take your friend for 12 months, but it takes you 18 months. It all depends on the extent of the problem and your commitment to the treatment.
If you want to enjoy your treatment’s maximum benefits, you must take proper care of your Invisalign. Here are some tips to help you out:
Remove the Invisalign and clean them. Use colorless antibacterial soap to clean the aligners. Using color antibacterial soap may stain them. Bacteria often build up while we are sleeping, and the braces can be a great home for the bacteria. Clean the aligners every morning and evening as you clean your teeth.
Typically, it would help if you never ate or drink with your Invisalign. That means you will need to remove the aligners every time you want to eat or drink anything that is not water. That said, you should rinse the aligners in clean water after removing them. This will get rid of saliva. Dry saliva encourages bacteria and plaque buildup, which can affect your teeth.
Don’t leave the trays in the open. Leaving them in the open encourages bacteria buildup, and the bacteria can cause bad breath and infections. Also, it increases the risk of losing them.
Using toothpaste on the trays increases the risk of discoloring them. The abrasive elements in most toothpaste can make the trays visible, which defeats the purpose of getting invisible aligners in the first place. The point of getting clear aligners is to correct misalignment as discreetly as possible.
You will take some time to get used to the treatment. However, the discomfort should be gone within a few days. Your dentist will be with you through the treatment. Visit him as recommended, and he will make sure your orthodontic journey is as smooth as possible. Your dentist will tell you how often you should see him. In most cases, it will be every two-three months.
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