Everything You Should Know About Invisalign
So you’ve probably heard about Invisalign and how it can effectively straighten your teeth. While this is true, Invisalign can also help address a number of dental concerns giving you the great smile you have always wanted. If you are considering the aligners but require more information, here are some interesting facts to help you make an informed decision.
1. Invisalign targets many problems
The clear aligners can be used to correct minor to moderate problems which include gaps, overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites and protruding teeth.
2. Each case is different
You will receive a new custom-made aligner as your treatment progresses. Your treatment plan is specifically designed to suit your needs and address your individual concerns. With that being said, the number of aligners used can differ from one person to the next spanning from 12 to 20 or more.
3. Invisalign is generally more expensive
Invisalign are clear plastic aligners which are custom made and replaced several times during your treatment. Bearing that in mind, the aligners are slightly more expensive than traditional braces but worth the price for those who want to discretely straighten their teeth.
4. Invisalign follows the same principal as braces
Both appliances use pressure to shift your teeth into place. So you would feel more or less the same sensations or discomforts with Invisalign as you would with braces.
5. Invisalign has its limits
Although Invisalign is a fairly modern orthodontic device, it can only fix mild to moderate problems. You would be advised to opt for traditional braces if you suffer from severe issues.
6. Good results
In most cases, Invisalign treatments tend to have successful end results but this largely depends on the skills and experience of the orthodontist who is carrying out the treatment.
7. The time frame does not differ
Braces and Invisalign generally take the same amount of time. However, the timeframe largely depends on you and the intensity of your problems.
8. Invisalign is removable
This is one of the main pros with Invisalign but remember that it has to be used for at least 22 hours a day for the desired results. This is a plus as it allows you to brush your teeth as you normally would.
9. Limited adjustments
Unlike braces, Invisalign does not involve wires or adjustments.
10. You do not have to restrict your diet
Eating hard and chewy foods is a big no-no when it comes to braces as they can easily break the wire. However, Invisalign aligners can be removed for you to enjoy whichever foods you like.
11. Retainers could be an option
Many patients require retainers after Invisalign treatment in order to keep the teeth from shifting back to their pre-treatment positions.
13. Change matters
Invisalign aligners are changed about every 2 weeks.
14. Speech adjustment
Invisalign can slightly affect your speech and you may notice a slight lisp. This is normal and you will adjust as time goes by.
15. Be Patient
Put your faith in your orthodontist and trust the process. Good things take time and given enough time, you will reach your desired goal. After assessing your teeth, your orthodontist can give you a more solid estimate as to how long it will take for your specific case.
If you would like to find out more about Invisalign, contact us today.