Invisalign has brought a revolutionary advancement in orthodontic treatments and is becoming very popular among teens and the youth. You no longer have to live with a metallic smile that makes you anxious in social gatherings. Invisalign provides an aesthetic replacement to your conventional braces. It is a set of clear aligners that fit onto your upper and lower dental arches and gradually push your teeth into place.
We have elucidated a few points that need to be brought to your notice but are often not talked about. These are the 10 things you should know before getting Invisalign.
1. Invisalign is custom-made
Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit your unique bite. Your dentist takes prints of your mouth and carefully assesses the bite, shape, and size of your teeth. The prints are sent to an Invisalign laboratory, where a personalized treatment plan is formulated to fit your unique requirements.
2. Invisalign is fast and efficient
Often, Invisalign is considered only as an aesthetic replacement for traditional braces. People hardly talk about their efficiency and mention Invisalign in the list of cosmetic treatments. On the contrary, Invisalign aligners are extremely efficient and are capable of treating various orthodontic issues like crowding, spacing, misalignment, and malocclusion. Invisalign also provides quicker and faster results. Traditional braces are known to deliver the results in 24 months, while Invisalign can treat an orthodontic issue in as little as 6 months. Serious and complex cases can be treated in 12-18 months.
3. You are never too old for Invisalign
There is a huge misconception surrounding Invisalign treatment that it can only be used by people between the ages of 13-30. But you are an eligible candidate to get Invisalign if you are in good overall and oral health, not suffering from gum diseases and severe tooth decay.
4. You are likely to experience some minor discomfort
It is necessary to clear the shadows of myths and understand that you are likely to experience a slight amount of discomfort.
Invisalign aligners look smooth, sleek and even when compared with traditional braces. During the first couple of days, you may also experience some temporary mobility, dry mouth and a certain degree of lisp.
5. There are brackets, buttons, and bands involved in Invisalign treatment
Majority of the people opt for Invisalign because they want freedom from bands, buttons, and brackets, but in reality, Invisalign incorporates these to deliver efficient results. Complex orthodontic issues are difficult to treat and require additional attachments along with Invisalign. The brackets and bands act as anchor points and provide complex dental movements to shift the teeth into their ideal place. Although nothing would compromise the color of your natural teeth.
6. Invisalign are removable in nature
Invisalign aligners consist of a set of aligners that are latched on to the upper and lower dental arches. They are removable in nature and can be easily removed while eating, brushing, and flossing. Being removable, Invisalign never stands in the way of your favorite foods. You can consume anything without worrying about it sticking to your Invisalign aligners.
7. Regular visits to the dentist are required
You would need to visit your dentist or orthodontist regularly to ensure the ideal movement of your teeth. On an average, you’d receive about 18-22 aligners, and each aligner is supposed to be worn for one week. But sometimes, you may have to wear an aligner for a longer or period of time to achieve the desired movement. This can only be assessed by your dentist during regular checkups.
8. You have to keep your mouth and Invisalign aligners clean
Invisalign aligners need to be kept really clean because you can’t risk sealing any food particles in it, against your teeth. Food particles trapped under the Invisalign aligners house bacteria that cause decay. You may also experience foul breath. The aligners may also become yellow, if not cleaned properly. Please ask us how and we shall guide you.
9. Invisalign treatment is pocket-friendly
Invisalign aligners with their numerous benefits and cosmetic properties are a great choice of treatment when compared to other orthodontic treatments. Please keep them in your case and put it into your pocket to avoid accidental damage.
10. Take the experience into account when choosing your dentist
Choosing the right dentist for your Invisalign treatment is extremely necessary. Your dentist should be experienced and willing to work closely with you for the entire treatment period.
Dr. Saeb has many years of experience under her belt and can treat your dental issues with great precision and care. For further queries and inquiries, visit our dental practice or book an appointment with us.