Invisalign, which is a form of a clear aligner, is a fantastic option for many who are interested in straightening their teeth and fixing malocclusions they may have.
For many, Invisalign is a much better and often more affordable option than braces, which can be extremely noticeable and hard to clean.
Here’s What You Need to Know About Invisalign
As good of an opportunity as Invisalign is, however, there are a few things to know before you get started. With the proper knowledge going in, you can ensure that Invisalign works precisely the way you expect it to and you will have straighter teeth in no time.
Here are the five most important things you should know before getting Invisalign.
You Need to Brush Your Teeth Often
First and foremost, using Invisalign means brushing your teeth will be much more of a priority than ever before. Invisalign is an aligner that is placed into your mouth and can be removed. Unlike braces, which can only be removed by an orthodontist, Invisalign makes it harder to protect your teeth from foods and drinks.
Since food can get into your aligners, which can be difficult to clean out without removing, it is highly recommended that you brush your teeth after each meal.
Invisalign Can Be Uncomfortable at First
In the same manner that braces straighten your teeth, so does Invisalign, which means your teeth will be shifting which will lead to an uncomfortable, often painful feeling. As you start Invisalign, it is essential to realize this and stay patient; the pain will reside as you get more comfortable.
In most cases, Invisalign users have to learn how to talk with the clear aligner in their mouth, which can be difficult. Therefore, it is vital to practice speaking while the aligners are in your mouth to make the necessary adjustment.
Removing The Aligners Takes Practice
Invisalign is made to stay in place and straighten your teeth. Therefore, it can be hard to remove in a graceful manner. Like with anything, however, practice makes perfect. Be sure to practice removing your aligners to get better at it.
Many first time Invisalign users prefer to go to a bathroom when they remove their Invisalign at work or if they are at a restaurant before they eat. Also, Invisalign is typically supposed to be worn for 22 hours each day, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Invisalign Isn’t Right for Everyone
Lastly, Invisalign isn’t right for everyone. Although Invisalign can be great for those who have mild to moderate crooked teeth, crowded teeth or malocclusion, Invisalign tends to not work nearly as well as braces for individuals who have more severe issues. In most cases, the orthodontist will not give Invisalign as an option for those who have severely crooked teeth.
While this is disappointing news to some people who want to avoid wearing braces, keep in mind that braces are a good option as well. Braces, which typically only need to be worn for two years or less, will achieve the same result and, if properly cared for, your teeth can remain straight for a lifetime.
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