Invisalign® is a unique way to straighten teeth in half the time of traditional braces but without the metal wires and brackets. Commonly called “invisible braces”, Invisalign has widely been used by older adults wanting to correct imperfections or make slight improvements to their smile, without looking like their teenage kids! But now more than ever, Invisalign is becoming more popular with a different demographic - young adults are joining the movement to straighten their teeth without the look of metal brackets impeding their appearance. Are you considering Invisalign? What can you do to get the most out of your Invisalign experience?
At Dallas Laser Dentistry, our experienced Dallas, TX Invisalign orthodontics dentists offer this innovative orthodontic treatment to properly align and straighten teeth without the use of traditional braces. So what can you do to get the most out of your Invisalign investment when trying to beautify your smile? Let’s take a look at the tips and advice recommended for Invisalign in order to ensure you get the best results and a great, new smile!
All the buzz about Invisalign
There is no doubt that Invisalign has been the popular buzz over the years with more and more people trying out “invisible braces” in order to correct or enhance their smile. This new way to discreetly straighten teeth has had older adults all in a rush to try it out and now younger adults and teens are catching onto the “clear braces” movement. The custom fit trays or aligners have the same goal as traditional braces, which is to improve a patient’s smile with straighter teeth but with the perk of the braces being removable and taking half the time of traditional braces. This popular cosmetic way of improving smiles is catching on and here is what you need to know.
Tip #1: You must wear your trays
The aligners (or trays) that are adjusting and moving your teeth into proper place won’t work if they are not worn. It has been found that patients who wear their aligners 20 hours or less, on a daily basis, have counterproductive results plus it prolongs the process. Invisalign is typically easier and much faster to get results (as compared to traditional braces), but patients need to commit to wearing their customized aligners for at least 22 hours a day and a full 48 hours the first 2 days upon getting new ones for “adjustments”. Committing to wearing the aligners means your teeth will straighten out per your treatment schedule and possibly even get done faster than expected.
Tip #2: Stay on schedule
Following your doctor’s instructions is a key part of the Invisalign process. Staying on schedule as to when to change out your aligners to new ones and doing them in the right order will only benefit your smile, allowing it to improve so you will get noticeable results quickly. Your doctor will know when it is time for you to get new trays, much like “adjustments” with traditional braces, in order to keep the straightening process on track and improving the appearance of your teeth. There is also a specific order to follow to keep your teeth or bite moving in the right direction. Being on schedule with your next set of trays, in the right order, is imperative to get the best results.
Tip #3: Take care of your dental hygiene
Dental hygiene and proper care of the aligners or trays are an important part of the Invisalign process. Brushing and flossing after each meal are crucial. Just like with traditional braces, you don’t want food or debris sitting on your teeth, which can directly cause tooth decay or irritated gums. With Invisalign, if you don’t floss or brush after every meal that food will sit on your teeth once you put your aligners or trays back in, essentially trapping the particles, which can cause decay. Brushing and flossing after you eat is an important factor throughout the Invisalign treatments in order to keep your teeth healthy. Also, between your appointments where you will get a new set of trays, the existing Invisalign trays should also be cleaned regularly with mild soap and water. Do not use toothpaste with a toothbrush to clean your trays. This can scratch or damage them as well as not clean them properly. Cleaning your Invisalign trays regularly keeps them free of stains or discoloration so your “invisible braces” stay invisible!
Tip #4: Give yourself time to adjust
Just like with traditional braces, there is an adjustment period for you and your mouth to get used to these new devices on your teeth. At first it will feel weird or awkward and you may even experience a little discomfort but eventually your mouth will adjust to them. You may also notice a slight change in your speech or a “lisp” when you first start wearing the aligners. It is called the “speech learning curve” and it can be difficult but don’t get discouraged. It also doesn’t mean take them out when you want to talk! In order to keep with the 22-hour daily commitment, keep them in and practice talking. Your mouth will adjust to aligners and your speech will improve to where you no longer realize you even have them on!
Tip #5: Understand a retainer after treatment is necessary
If you don’t wear your retainer, when done with the Invisalign process, then you might as well not even start it. Like with traditional braces, you will need to wear your retainer at night when done with Invisalign. We provide our patients the first year’s worth of retainers as part of the initial cost. Patients who don’t commit to wearing their retainer always lose what progress was made, so wearing your retainer and going to follow up appointments with your doctor are important for the post-care protocol.
Tip #6: Invisalign is not an option for everyone
Invisalign is not for everyone. If you have severely crooked teeth or a severe overbite/underbite then traditional braces or surgery may be your only option. Invisalign can treat the most common issues like gaps, slight overbites/underbites and some cases of overcrowded teeth but is not always the best option for complex orthodontic issues. Consulting with one of the Invisalign orthodontics dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry is the best first step in deciding if Invisalign is the right option for your smile!
If you are interested in cosmetically improving the look of your smile, then considering Invisalign could be your next step! Invisalign is an excellent alternative t for getting a straighter, healthier looking smile without the attention and maintenance that comes with traditional braces - and in half the time of traditional braces. By following these tips and recommendations you will notice the results that Invisalign can provide while others don’t notice the devices making it happen! If you want to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign contact Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX to set up a free smile consultation today!