Invisalign has become a popular orthodontic treatment option for patients who would otherwise need traditional braces. Their great appeal comes from their greatest advantage over braces: they’re invisible.
Traditional braces can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, not to mention the treatment takes a couple years and maybe longer depending on the severity of a patient’s dental treatment needs.
Many patients rush to sign up for Invisalign treatment before they consider whether the treatment is the best one for their orthodontic needs. They also fail to research what wearing Invisalign entails.
If you’re thinking of getting Invisalign, here are some things you may not know about Invisalign that you should:
- Invisalign trays must be worn most of the day. In fact, patients with Invisalign must wear their trays 22 hours a day, including when they sleep.
- You must take them out when you eat or drink. Invisalign wearers must take their trays out when they eat or drink anything other than water. The teeth will need to be cleaned before the trays are reasserted.
- You’ll need to give up your favorite beverages. Besides food particles, staining agents in coffee, tea, and red wine can get stuck in the trays, causing them to get discolored, and therefore, become visible. Any liquid other than water is to be avoided during the Invisalign treatment.
- Invisalign treatment can cause discomfort. While it isn’t common, there are cases when the Invisalign trays have sharp or rough edges that can irritate the gums and other soft tissue in the mouth such as the inside of the lips and cheeks. Covering the area of the Invisalign tray with wax or using a dentist file to smooth out rough edges can help.
- The Invisalign treatment can be accelerated. The average Invisalign treatment is around one year. There are additional products that may be used in conjunction with Invisalign that can speed up the tooth alignment treatment. AcceleDent and Propel are examples of such treatments.
- It may take more time for others to notice results. Patients notice results in as little as 2 months of wearing Invisalign. It may take an additional month or two for the results to be noticeable by others.
- Invisalign treatments vary. The cost of Invisalign treatment varies based on location. Expect to pay more if you’re in or near a major city or a popular state like New York.
- Wearing Invisalign may create apprehension. Some patients notice a slight lisp when they speak. Others become self-conscious because they think they are more visible than they really are.
- Better oral hygiene is required. Those wearing Invisalign will need to brush their teeth after each time they eat. This is because the teeth will be sitting in enclosed trays, soaking in the remnants of the last meal or snack.
- Removing Invisalign trays may be difficult. Patients who require attachments on certain teeth to hold the Invisalign trays in place, may find it more difficult in removing their Invisalign trays.
- Completion of Invisalign isn’t the end of treatment. Many patients think once their teeth are straight after Invisalign, they’re finished. Unfortunately, the teeth will shift back to their original, crooked position if not treated long term after getting corrected by Invisalign.
- There is no age limit to Invisalign. Any adult with all their teeth can get Invisalign. Surprisingly, Invisalign has seen a boost in popularity among older patients in their 60s.
- Invisalign is available at the orthodontist and the dentist. Patients who may need additional orthodontic work done should see their orthodontist about Invisalign. Those that don’t or those who require additional dental service should get their Invisalign at the dentist office.
- Teeth can be whitened during Invisalign treatment. Many patients want a straight smile that is also pearly white. With advanced teeth whitening now available at the dentist’s office, it is possible to have your teeth whitened during, not after your Invisalign treatment.
- Invisalign isn’t the best option for everyone. Invisalign is the cure-all for all orthodontic issues. Some patients with severely crooked teeth or misaligned bites may be better candidates for traditional braces. Invisalign offers the best results for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces in producing a straight smile. The treatment does involve commitment so it is important to know what to expect when going through the Invisalign treatment.
If you’re considering Invisalign for your orthodontic needs and would like additional information, schedule an appointment with a dentist at Dental Horizons.