5 Things to Consider Before Getting Invisalign Braces.
Crooked or misaligned teeth can really take a toll on a person’s self-esteem. While traditional orthodontic solutions such as braces can fix this issue, many people are put off by their inconvenience and the impact they have on appearance. Invisalign braces offer the same benefits without the hassle of metal wires and uncomfortable apparatus. In Huntington Woods, MI, Restoration Dental provides this and many other essential dental care treatments that improve patient health as well as appearance. If you’re considering Invisalign, be sure to keep the following points in mind.
1. Expect Frequent Checkups With Your Dentist
Your Invisalign dentist will play a vital role during the course of your treatment. Clear aligners are custom made to address the dental needs of each patient, and as your teeth gradually change position, you’ll need new aligners to continue the progress. Your dentist provides these new aligners during regular checkups, while also assessing how well your treatment is advancing. While the timeline varies from treatment to treatment, most patients can expect to see the dentist once every ten weeks.
2. Proper Dental Care Is a Must
While good oral hygiene is important in general, it’s especially vital to people wearing Invisalign. Food particles left on teeth get trapped when the clear aligners are replaced. This exacerbates the rate of decay and can potentially lead to cavities, which will bring the Invisalign treatment process to a halt. For the best results, brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day is recommended. When away from home, consider rinsing with mouthwash after eating. Mouthwash is a great way to fight bacteria until you can brush your teeth again.
3. Care of Aligners Is Also Crucial
One of the great things about Invisalign is that you can remove your aligners when eating or drinking. Before replacing them, make sure you thoroughly rinse them to remove any food particles or saliva clinging to the plastic. When it comes to cleaning, gently brush aligners using a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild anti-bacterial soap. Toothpaste is too harsh and will degrade the plastic over time. Also, make sure you’re using gentle motions when brushing for the same reason. To keep aligners pliable, soak them in a specialized solution according to your dentist’s instructions.
4. Slight Discomfort Is Common
While this treatment is designed with comfort in mind, all orthodontics procedures entail a slight bit of discomfort. The good news is clear aligners don’t irritate oral tissues the same way metal braces do. However, be prepared for feelings of pressure and sensitivity as your teeth are re-positioned. Before leaving the Invisalign clinic, your dentist will provide remedies for mild discomfort. In most cases over-the-counter pain relievers are sufficient. If you receive a new set of aligners and experience a great degree of discomfort, contact your dentist about a possible adjustment.
5. Aligners Should Be Worn as Much As Possible
Remember, it’s best to wear your aligners as much as possible to stay on target with your treatment end-date. Most dentists recommend only taking them out while eating and drinking to prevent staining. For the best results, patients are advised to wear their aligners up to 22 hours a day, which means that they should also be worn at night. Once treatment is complete you may also be asked to wear a retainer. Retainers are integral in treating misaligned teeth, as they ensure that teeth don’t revert to their former position when aligners are no longer worn on a regular basis.
Contact Restoration Dental
If you have more questions about Invisalign and how it may benefit you, Restoration Dental is here to provide answers. Visit the Invisalign and Fast Brace page to learn more about this procedure, as well as their innovative Fast Brace process, which targets the root of the tooth when re-positioning. If you’d like to learn if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, call (248) 339-1200 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.