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 braces! Invisalign consists invisible of 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 you 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. The good this is that it’s 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, you 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 ok 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, which is just about the whole day.
Sometimes there are complications with invisalign treatments, but not often, and most can be easily fixed.
- Some people may be allergic to the material the trays are made of
- If your 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
- You 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 your 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 tooth paste 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 whiten your teeth easily! 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 you can use invisalign at any age, even after retirement if your teeth begin to move! Some younger children with impacted teeth may not be able to use invisalign or if you have severe jaw problems you may not be a 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.