Top 10 Things to Know Before Starting Invisalign

Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth without having to wear traditional braces. However, there are some things you should know before getting Invisalign treatment. In this blog post, we will discuss the top 10 things you need to know before starting Invisalign. Keep reading for more information!

Quick Guide:

 Starting Invisalign

1. Invisalign is suitable for most dental cases

If you are considering Invisalign, it is important to know that the treatment is suitable for a wide range of dental cases. Whether you have misaligned teeth or more complex dental problems, Invisalign can likely help you achieve straight teeth.

2. Invisalign is nearly invisible

One of the best things about Invisalign is that you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing that you are undergoing treatment as Invisalign are clear aligners.

3. You must be able to follow strict guidelines

In order to achieve the best results with Invisalign, you must be willing to follow strict guidelines. This includes wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day and only removing them to eat or drink, brush your teeth and clean your aligners. If you are not able to commit to these guidelines, Invisalign may not be the right choice for you.

4. It can be a little bit painful

In most cases, each time you start wearing a new aligner, the first few days will be a bit uncomfortable as your teeth must move to fit this aligner. This is normal and should subside within a few days. Your teeth may be sensitive when eating so although you do not have any food limitations that you may otherwise have with traditional metal braces, you may choose to stick to softer foods at the beginning of a new aligner due to this discomfort.

5. You will need to see your dentist regularly

Throughout your Invisalign treatment, you will need to see your dentist every few weeks for check-ups. This is so they can monitor your progress and make sure that you are on track to achieve your desired results.

6. You will be cleaning your teeth more regularly

Because the Invisalign aligners are removable, you will need to take them out to brush and floss your teeth after every meal. This is important to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. You must also brush the aligners to prevent discolouration or a stain on the invisalign trays.

7. You may have difficulty speaking clearly

When you first start wearing Invisalign, you may have trouble speaking clearly and may develop a temporary lisp. This is because your tongue must get used to the clear aligners in your mouth. However, this should only be temporary and will improve within a week or two.

8. You should always have your aligner case with you

In order to keep your aligners clean, you should always carry your aligner case with you when you leave the house. This way, if you need to remove your aligners for any reason, you can put them in the case and prevent them from getting broken, dirty or lost. Having the case can also enable you to remove your aligners more discreetly as this can be embarrassing for some.

9. A retainer must still be worn after treatment

As with braces, you will need to wear a retainer after your Invisalign treatment is complete, to ensure that you keep your teeth in their new correct position. Wearing a retainer is typically only required at night and can be removed during the day.

10. Take progress photos

Generally, you will start a new aligner each week, so if you wish to reflect on the progress of your smile it can be helpful to take progress photos. This can be motivating as you see your teeth gradually straighten over time and achieve the smile that you have always wanted. It is interesting to see how your face shape changes so it is recommended to take front, left and right side images.

Do you think Invisalign could be right for you? 

If you have been considering getting Invisalign to straighten your teeth but are not sure if it is the right treatment for you, hopefully, this list has helped. Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional metal braces and can be very effective in achieving the desired results. Contact Blue Tooth Dental today for a consultation.

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