If your smile is more crooked than you would like, Invisalign near Clintonville is the clear choice over traditional braces. With sets of nearly unnoticeable plastic trays you wear over your teeth, your grin will be gradually shifted into a straighter position. However, it still requires effort on your part in order to make it work. Keep reading to find 10 truths about Invisalign that you should know before getting it.
1. Yes, You Have to Actually Wear Your Aligners
Unlike braces, your aligners are removable. That means you’re expected to take them out every time you eat or drink anything besides water. Unfortunately, that means you might forget to put them back in. For them to work effectively, you have to keep them in for at least 20 hours a day.
2. Invisalign Isn’t Right for Everyone
If your teeth are severely misaligned, Invisalign may not be enough, and you might need traditional braces. Additionally, if you’re not dedicated to wearing them as often as you should, treatment might not work.
3. You Might Have a Lisp at First
As your mouth gets adjusted to the aligners, you may have a slight lisp. However, this should fade as your teeth get used to talking with the aligners in.
4. Invest in Travel Toothbrushes
You’ll have to brush after every time you eat and before you reinsert your aligners. That means after every single meal and snack. It’s going to be a lot of brushing, so buy some travel-size toothbrushes and toothpastes in bulk.
5. You Might Lose Some Weight
Mindless snacking is going to be a whole lot harder knowing that you have to brush your teeth right afterwards. You might notice that after a few months, your jeans start fitting better now that the snacking is virtually gone from your life.
6. You May Start Drinking Less Coffee
Any drink that will stain your teeth will stain your aligners. This includes coffee. Since you’ll have to brush after consuming it, you won’t get to enjoy coffee quite like you used to. If you’re going to drink it, do it at the same time as your breakfast. That way you’ll only have to brush your teeth once.
7. Invisalign Is Pretty Much Painless
Compared to braces, Invisalign is a breeze. You may experience some discomfort when you adjust to a new set, but that’s nothing like the pain of getting braces tightened.
8. Don’t Clean Your Aligners with Toothpaste
You might think toothpaste is a great way to clean your trays, but it can actually be abrasive and wear down the plastic. It can also stain. Use an Invisalign cleaning kit you can get from your dentist.
9. Treatment Might Take Longer Than You Think
This is especially true if you shirk on your aligner-wearing duty. Invisalign advertises itself as working much more quickly than braces, but if you don’t keep your trays in the full time, you might end up having to wear them for a lot longer than originally planned.
10. Invisalign Is Definitely Worth It
Even through all the hardships, Invisalign is still much easier than braces. When you see your newly straightened smile looking back at you in the mirror after your treatment, you will think to yourself that it was all worth it.
Invisalign is a great option for fixing a crooked smile. Talk to your dentist about what else you should know before starting treatment.
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, and is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also a certified Invisalign provider. To get started on your journey to a more beautifully straight smile, contact Dr. Buck here or call (614) 459-7766.