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A Few Things To Know About Invisalign From A General Dentist
Invisalign® aligners allow patients to improve the alignment of teeth without having to deal with "metal mouth" or "brace face." For the past 100 years, traditional metal braces have been the most popular way to straighten teeth until Invisalign® was invented two decades ago.
People who want straighter teeth no longer have to deal with the metal wires and brackets, so long as they choose Invisalign® aligners.
Important facts from a general dentist about Invisalign®
Thinking about straightening teeth with clear aligners? Here are some important things to know before starting treatment:
1. Get ready to commit to the treatment
Invisalign® clear aligners need to be worn for 20 to 22 hours daily for the treatment to be effective. Forgetting to wear them before leaving for school or work can lead to the aligner no longer fitting. The tissues that anchor teeth are elastic so teeth that have been moved will revert towards their original position if the aligners are not being worn as recommended. Additionally, the treatment process may take longer.
2. The process
Invisalign® aligners are designed to only move a few teeth at a time. Not wearing the aligner as recommended by a dentist can set the treatment back. The way treatment works, the patient gets a series of aligner trays that slowly move their teeth towards better alignment. Each tray is worn for two weeks before swapping it out with one further down the line in the set. There is no point in starting Invisalign® treatment if there is not a plan to follow the schedule.
3. Aligners need to be cleaned
Clear aligners need to be cleaned daily with a toothbrush and soaked in Invisalign® soaking solution. Not properly cleaning the aligner can lead to it developing odors and becoming stained. The more discolored a patient's aligner trays are, the easier it is to notice the appliance in the wearer's mouth.
4. Patients should not eat with their aligners
Invisalign clear aligners should be taken out before meals to prevent them from breaking and developing stains or odors. Beverages can also stain clear aligners so patients should take them out when drinking anything besides water.
5. Cleaning teeth becomes more important
Invisalign® clear aligners prevent saliva from cleaning teeth throughout the day. This gives food particles and acids left on teeth after meals more time to damage teeth structures. An easy way to prevent this is by cleaning teeth before wearing clear aligners.
6. Patients need to see a dentist every six weeks
One of the perks that come with Invisalign® is the fact patients get several weeks of aligners at a time so they only have to see their dentist every six weeks during their treatment. These appointments give the dentist a chance to evaluate the patient's improvement and to make any adjustments needed.
Straighten teeth with Invisalign®
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