If you have been thinking about straighter teeth, you have probably heard all the buzz about Invisalign and want to know whether it’s right for you.
Invisalign is an alternative to braces that uses sets of clear retainers, referred to as aligners, to move your teeth into position in incremental stages.
Many adults missed having braces as a teenager, while others had braces but didn’t keep wearing their retainer, and their teeth moved back out of position. Whatever your reason, there is no ignoring the fact that Invisalign is an excellent option for people who don’t want to head down the braces track (bad pun intended).
Of course, your Invisalign provider will give you all the necessary information, but what should you consider before deciding on Invisalign?
#1 Wear your aligners 24/7 if possible
Much misinformation has spread suggesting you can take your aligners out whenever you like. The reality is that for them to work best, you need to keep this to a minimum.
#2 You will need to ramp up your dental hygiene regime
Every time you eat, you will need to brush or floss your teeth.
Any orthodontic device means you will have to be more vigilant with your brushing, but clear aligners can trap bacteria in against your teeth. This risk is one of the critical reasons people often choose a dentist for their Invisalign, as they will keep a careful eye on the condition of your teeth.
#3 Invisalign can prevent cavities
While Invisalign presents an oral health risk for some, who can’t stay to the more stringent regime, it has benefits for those who can. The aligners trap the fluoride from the toothpaste against your teeth and prevent fluids and your saliva diluting it.
Because Invisalign trays are removable, they make your teeth easier to clean, thus less chance of cavities and gum disease.
#4 New aligners can affect your speech
Each set of new aligners can cause you to have a slight lisp until your mouth gets used to them.
#5 Eating habits will change
While you can eat some foods with them, there are many you can’t. Patients often report having stopped snacking because of Invisalign. While for some, this may seem like a curse; for others, they see it as a blessing.
#6 Treatment times and costs vary from person to person
The length of treatment and the cost can only be determined accurately following an initial consultation.
Lucky for you that we are offering a free initial consultation, so you will have a heads up on what to expect.
For more information regarding this treatment, visit our Invisalign page.