Invisalign® is an orthodontic system made up of a series of clear plastic shells that fit tightly around the teeth. This treatment is a process of wearing these clear and removable aligners, which gradually straighten your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, there are no brackets and wires. These are made of flexible plastic, specifically, a patented…
What to Consider Before Making a Decision to Undergo Invisalign® Treatment
Before Invisalign® becoming a thing, it was not uncommon for adults to shy away from getting treatments they needed simply because they did not want to have to deal with wearing metal wires and brackets that cover up their teeth.
Thanks to clear aligners like Invisalign®, adults can now get the teeth-straightening treatments they need without having to compromise on their appearance. Invisalign® treatments involve using clear plastic trays that are difficult to notice when worn. These aligner trays work using the same concept as traditional metal braces. They apply a constant force on the patient's teeth, slowly pushing them to a better position over time. Patients get several aligners at the start of treatment, and each is worn for about two weeks. Each tray further down the line pushes the patient's teeth closer to the target alignment.
Things to consider before straightening your teeth with Invisalign®
Thinking about straightening your teeth with Invisalign® clear braces? Here are a few things you should think about before making a decision:
1. Brushing and flossing becomes more important
Invisalign® trays prevent saliva from cleaning food particles and acids off teeth when worn. That can lead to tooth decay if the patient does not brush after meals or after drinking beverages other than water. Invisalign® aligners should be taken off before eating or drinking as they can become stained, making them more noticeable. Dentists recommend brushing after every meal to remove any food particles stuck on teeth before reinserting clear aligners.
2. Snacking becomes more of a hassle
Snacking during Invisalign® treatment can be complicated. The patient has to remove the aligner each time and brush afterward. The patient also needs to wear their aligner for 20-22 hours each day, and that leaves limited time for snacking. The same goes for sipping on sweet drinks or other beverages.
3. Other oral appliances might provide more effective treatment
Severe teeth alignment problems sometimes require the use of traditional metal braces. Invisalign® can only be used to treat orthodontic issues that are being caused by poor teeth alignment. Issues being caused by the position of the patient's jaw will likely require braces or other appliances.
4. Refinement aligners might be needed
Some patients require a refinement alignment after their treatment to put finishing touches on the alignment of their teeth. Working with refinement aligners is much like working with a regular set.
5. Find an Invisalign® dentist
It is important for patients to find a dentist who has experience administering treatments with Invisalign®. The brand's website has a search tool that can be used to locate dentists who work with Invisalign® in any area, as well as their experience level.
Get straighter teeth
Invisalign® clear braces allow you to improve the positioning of your teeth without compromising how your teeth look. It is also a more comfortable and convenient option than metal braces. Call or visit our Torrance clinic to learn more about the process and your other options. With Invisalign®, you can have the smile of your dreams in less than a year.
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