Most people don’t like to wear unsightly braces, so invisalign is a great alternative, and most people won’t even know you are wearing them! Invisalign consists of invisible aligners that fit over your teeth to gradually move your teeth into position. The aligners are changed regularly depending on your treatment plan.
X-Rays and Photographs
Your dentist needs to create a customized treatment for your specific needs. Most dentists will take at least 8 photographs of your teeth and face, a panoramic x-ray, and sometimes a lateral cephalometric x-ray. They will also take impressions of your upper and lower teeth.
Your First Visit
During your first visit your dentist will attach “composite Buttons” on your teeth. These buttons are necessary to help the Invisalign trays apply specific forces to move your teeth more effectively. They are made from the same substance your dentist uses to fill your teeth.
In some cases, your dentist may need to reshape the enamel between your teeth using discs or small sandpaper strips. This procedure is called “interproximal reduction” and the purpose is to create more space for your teeth.
Finally, after all that work, you’ll get fitted for your first set of Invisalign trays. They’ll probably feel very tight when snapped over your teeth and you’ll have difficulty removing them. Once your dentist has determined the correct fit for your teeth, you’ll be provided a few trays since the Invisaligns need to be replaced every week or two. Previously it was recommended that trays be changed about every two weeks, but the current recommendation is to replace every week.
You’ll naturally feel some discomfort and soreness for a few days. This is only temporary and you’ll back to normal with time.
Each time you change the trays, expect some discomfort and sensitivity. Eventually your teeth will become less sore each time you need to replace the trays.
Since you will have a new object in your mouth, your tongue will need to find a new position, therefore speaking can be more difficult for a few weeks! Talking to yourself is now a good idea, it can help you loosen your tongue so you can get used to speaking normal again.
Wearing your Trays
If you don’t wear the trays long enough you could cause a setback in your progress. It’s okay to take them off to eat or brush your teeth but be sure to put them right back in for best results. At minimum, you should wear them 22 hours each day.
Sometimes, but not often, there are complications with Invisalign treatments. However, these are easily fixed.
- Some people may be allergic to the tray material
- If you’re too rough with the trays, they can break
- You may accidentally throw your trays in the trash
- Some people experience jaw pain or TMJ
- Speaking is sometimes a problem, especially in the first few weeks
- Your teeth become sensitive
- Extra trays or extra time is needed if your teeth movement is slower than expected
Cleaning Invisalign Trays
Invisalign trays should be rinsed out with water before you reinsert them. If you prefer, they can be cleaned with regular dish soap, or even brushed with your toothbrush. If you use your toothbrush don’t add toothpaste because it can cause scratching to the surface and cause more build-up or staining.
Teeth Care and Invisalign Trays
Since sugar can get stuck in the trays and cause decay of your teeth, you should avoid sugary foods and drinks.
Be sure you floss and brush your teeth more often than usual.
Stains can set in your trays causing your teeth to stain, therefore, you should abstain from food and drinks that have dark coloring such as coffee, dark tea, dark sodas or red wine.
Always carry a toothbrush with you to avoid developing cavities and remember to brush your teeth before you reinsert the trays.
Whitening Your Teeth
Now’s the time you can easily whiten your teeth! Since the trays seal tight against your teeth, you can simply put a small amount of whitening gel in the tray and let it on for about 30 minutes each day until your teeth are the white color you want. There are various concentrations available so do your research.
Who Can Use Invisalign?
Most orthodontic cases can be treated with Invisalign. Look for an experienced orthodontist for advice. Keep in mind that Invisalign can be used at any age even after retirement if your teeth begin to move! Some younger children with impacted teeth and those with severe jaw problems may not be an Invisalign candidate.
Always discuss your concerns with your dentist. Follow his or her advice to achieve the results for a bright, happy, and healthy smile.
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About Tri-State Family Dentistry
Tri-State Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care possible. Being privately owned since 2009, we don’t experience the corporate pressure that other dental practices have to hit certain revenue numbers. You will never be ‘sold’ dentistry at Tri-State Family Dentistry. After we explain your treatment options, you can make your own decisions.