Invisalign is a treatment option for teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth without the appearance of braces. However, there is some important information you should be aware of before deciding to use Invisalign.
1. Stay mindful of what you eat
The foods you eat will have to be carefully chosen. Keep in mind that if you want a snack in the middle of the day, it may not be worth it to remove your aligners, eat, and then brush and floss your teeth. Ideally, you should try to consume enough calories throughout your main meals so that you don't have to go through this process too frequently!
2. You have to wear your aligners full-time
When you use Invisalign, you are committing to a full-time schedule. Wearing your aligners for a minimum of 20-22 hours per day, as recommended by your dentist, is required for Invisalign to be effective. Only take them out to eat or brush their teeth.
When things get tough, it's tempting to take these aligners out, and it's even easier to forget to put them back in. If you are concerned that you will want to remove your Invisalign orthodontics more frequently than necessary, you may want to consider other orthodontic procedures.
3. They are pretty comfortable
Invisalign aligners are widely regarded as being comfortable to wear. When you change trays every two weeks, you may feel some pressure and pain, but most patients report that this is minor.
4. You need to brush after every meal
If you don't brush and floss after eating and instead just put your aligners back in, food particles will likely become trapped at the back of your teeth under your aligners. This creates a barrier that allows bacteria on your teeth to spread, potentially resulting in decay and bad breath. To avoid these problems, consider purchasing a portable toothbrush or keeping one on your desk at work.
5. Talking might be difficult at first
Talking may appear difficult at first, as it does with many orthodontic appliances. There may be some mumbling and lisping. This is normal and will pass as you become accustomed to your clear aligners.
6. Invisalign might not be the right move for you
For those with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, Invisalign is frequently a fantastic option. Depending on the severity of your misalignment, it may take a very long time to straighten your teeth with Invisalign. As a result, traditional braces may be more effective for you.
7. Your clear aligners can stain
If you have Invisalign aligners, you may want to spend some of your two-hour window period in the morning sipping a cup of coffee. This is because they can stain when exposed to certain substances.