Invisalign is one of the invisible solutions to straighten teeth and a growing number of adults and teens are turning to Invisalign to achieve the smile they have always wanted. Patients have also found Invisalign treatment to be more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Invisalign are clear plastic aligners, which are made from BPA-free plastic. These can be worn by teenagers and adults, and they can be used to treat a wide range of malocclusion problems such as teeth protrusion, spacing between teeth, crowding and more. However, this treatment is not necessarily suitable for everyone. Here are some things you should know before getting Invisalign treatment.
Eligibility for Invisalign
Invisalign is a great option for patients with crooked teeth, but it is not the solution to every problem. This treatment can fix most malaligned teeth, but there are limitations to its use. Invisalign cannot work miracles – it may not be able to fix every issue you have with your smile, such as jaw discrepancy problems, severe misalignment, tooth shape and size discrepancies, and prior dental work. These issues may require the use of traditional metal braces or traditional ceramic braces. Before you decide on an orthodontic treatment, make sure you talk to your dentist about whether Invisalign is right for you.
Invisalign requires commitment
Invisalign is a great option for many people, but it does require personal commitment. Invisalign has several advantages over traditional braces and is especially great for those who want to straighten their teeth without anyone noticing. However, the aligners are only effective if worn for the correct amount of time.
Aligners need to be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day, so you should only take them out to eat and brush your teeth. If you are someone who is forgetful or loses track of time easily, you may find yourself taking the aligners out more often than you should. This can slow down teeth movement or push your teeth out of alignment and undo all the progress you have made so far with Invisalign.
You need to be diligent with your dental hygiene
In addition to wearing them full-time, you need to take care of the aligners. The aligners should be cleaned twice daily, which you can do when brushing your teeth. They must also be rinsed every time you remove them to prevent bacteria build-up. Do not use boiling hot water as this can distort the plastic.
Flossing ensures that your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and that there are no food particles stuck between your teeth before you put on the aligners. Any retained food debris will not be washed away by saliva, and can harbour bacteria, increasing the risk of decay. Hence, it is critical that you floss and brush your teeth regularly.
You might need to cut down on snacking
If you snack throughout the day and want to wear Invisalign, be aware that you will need to brush and floss your teeth after every meal and snack. Even a small portion of food will get trapped in your teeth between the time you remove your aligners and re-wear them. This means that you will likely need to make lifestyle changes – for better oral hygiene and healthier teeth. If you cannot find an alternative to snacking, this could be a deal-breaker for those who are already struggling to resist their cravings.
It does not stop with Invisalign
Just like traditional braces, you will need retainers after you complete your treatment. Retainers are important for your teeth’s long-term alignment. While braces only straighten the teeth in your mouth, retainers are what keep them in place long after you have completed your orthodontic treatment. Typically, it is recommended that you wear your retainer around the clock for the first 6 months and, subsequently, overnight. Retainers ensure that your teeth will stay aligned in the long run.
Invisalign has been blowing up in popularity lately, and it is not hard to understand why. Not only does Invisalign offer a viable alternative to traditional braces, it is also nearly invisible when you are wearing it. These invisible teeth aligners are an efficient way to fix misaligned teeth, while not having to be self-conscious about. Here at The Braces Practice, we have a team of experienced dentists who can advise you if Invisalign is for you. Visit us at our dental clinic in Holland Village or Bedok North to find out more!
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