Did you know that over half of all American adults need orthodontic treatment? If you are one of those millions, you may have considered Invisalign as your treatment of choice. However, while your decision may be based on aesthetics, you should know more about clear aligners before you decide.
So continue reading to learn what to expect from your treatment ahead of your appointment with an Invisalign specialist.
Wearing Aligners Is Like a Full-Time Job
Before you opt for Invisalign treatment, you should know that they require more of you than traditional braces. For one, this is due to the nature of a clear, removable aligner; anything you eat or drink will get trapped inside.
That trapped food and beverage is more than gross. If left unrinsed, it can damage and stain both your teeth and your aligner. As a result, Invisalign users are directed to remove their appliance before every meal and every drink that’s not water.
However, you can’t keep them out for too long. Most treatment plans require wearing your teeth aligners for 22 hours a day. Also, similar to traditional braces, be prepared for visits to your Invisalign specialist for adjustments and new aligners.
Invisalign Aligners Are Comfortable
You have probably heard some things about the discomfort and potential pain that accompanies regular braces. As a result, you may be wondering, “does Invisalign hurt?” But you shouldn’t worry!
The most you will feel is some discomfort from your teeth shifting into their proper position and usually only at the start of a new aligner. People who experience pain with traditional braces often complain about how the metal brackets and sharp wires poke and scrape the insides of their cheeks. This differs from what you can expect from Invisalign braces, which are smooth and custom-made so that they fit comfortably.
Invisalign Is Often Faster Than Traditional Braces
Invisalign uses custom 3D printed clear aligners and tooth-colored attachments to reposition your teeth with both speed and accuracy. This differs from the pace of teeth straightening with traditional braces because Invisalign aligners apply pressure to your entire arch instead of individual teeth as with brackets and wires.
However, there is one caveat to Invisalign’s speed, and it has to do with the level of maintenance required. Those who are forgetful or lose things easily might not comply with a 22-hour wear time, thus extending the length of their treatment plan.
Invisalign Works for Most but Not All
While Invisalign is an excellent orthodontic treatment option for many people, some complex cases are better treated with regular braces. These cases might include those with a severe overbite, TMJ, or teeth spaced more than 6mm apart.
If this is the case, don’t stress, your orthodontist has seen it all and will be able to create the perfect plan for you.
Answer Your Questions With an Invisalign Specialist
The best way to find out if it’s right for you is to speak directly with an Invisalign specialist. During your initial appointment, they will answer all of your questions, and you may be able to have your 3D imaging done during this time as well. Then, your orthodontist will use this information to determine your eligibility and the duration of your treatment.
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