How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses transparent, plastic aligners to straighten teeth gently and gradually. The aligners are removable, so they can be taken out for eating, drinking, and brushing teeth. Each aligner is custom-made for the patient, and the aligners are worn for one to two weeks before being replaced with the next in the series. The aligners gradually move teeth into desired positions throughout treatment, typically lasting approximately a year. If you are considering Invisalign, consult with Dr. Smith from Vivid Orthodontics today!
How Do I Care For My Aligners?
Aligners are a popular choice for straightening teeth because they are barely noticeable and can be removed for eating and cleaning your teeth. However, aligners themselves require a bit of special care to keep them clean and in good condition. Here are some tips for caring for your aligners:
- Clean your aligners every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and lukewarm water. Avoid toothpaste, as it can cause scratching.
- Store your aligners in the provided case when you are not wearing them.
- Avoid leaving your aligners in direct sunlight or extreme heat, as this can cause them to warp.
Following these simple tips can help ensure that your aligners stay clean and in good condition.
How Long Do I Need To Wear My Aligners Each Day?
One of the most common questions patients have about aligners is how long they need to be worn daily. The answer depends on the specific case, but most orthodontists recommend that aligners be worn for at least 20 hours daily. This allows the aligners to work their magic and gradually shift the teeth into their new, correct position. However, as a general rule, 20-22 hours is a good goal. So other than when you’re eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth, remember to keep those aligners in!
Will Wearing Invisalign Clear Aligners Affect My Speech?
When you first start wearing Invisalign clear aligners, you may notice that speaking feels a bit funny. This is because the aligners sit right on your teeth, and they may cause you to produce a slightly different sound when you talk. However, this change is only temporary and will go away after a few days as you become more used to wearing the aligners.
Are There Any Food Restrictions With Invisalign?
There are no food limitations with Invisalign, which is one of its many benefits. While undergoing treatment with Invisalign clear aligners, you are able to eat whatever you want as long as you first remove the aligners. Before you put your aligners back in after eating, brush your teeth. Tooth decay can result from food particles wedged between your teeth and the aligners, so you always want clean teeth before you put your aligners back in for the day. Also, take care when eating foods that are firm and sticky. Hard foods can break the aligners, while sticky foods might break a wire or bracket.
What Happens After Treatment?
You will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from moving back to their original position. In most cases, you will need to wear the retainer full-time for the first 3-6 months after treatment, depending on Dr. Smith’s recommendation, and then switch to wearing it only at night. It is essential to follow Dr. Smith’s instructions at Vivid Orthodontics carefully to ensure your treatment is successful and your smile remains straight and beautiful for a lifetime. With proper care, Invisalign can give you the straight, beautiful smile you have always wanted.