If you require orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth, one popular option teens and adults choose is Invisalign. This treatment works very similar to traditional braces, but eliminates the need to install hardware directly onto the teeth due to Invisalign’s unique straightening processes.
How is Invisalign different from braces?
Invisalign uses clear aligners that fit over the teeth. The aligners are custom-created for each individual. Rather than having to worry about getting braces adjusted or tightened, with Invisalign, you merely switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks. You continue this process until you reach your desired objectives.
How long does Invisalign treatment take to straighten teeth?
Most people are surprised that Invisalign works just as fast at straightening teeth as traditional orthodontic braces. In adults, treatment typically lasts around a year, but could take a little longer, depending on the extent of the straightening required. In tweens and teens, total treatment time is comparable to wearing braces to straighten their teeth.
Do I have to give up my favorite foods with Invisalign?
Unlike braces, where you might have to forego eating some of your favorite foods until completing treatment, with Invisalign you can eat whatever you want. During snacks and meal times, you simply remove the aligners. After you eat, you brush your teeth and then put the aligners back in.
Can I drink beverage with the aligners in?
It is okay to drink water with the aligners in, but for other types of beverages, you should remove them like you do at meal times. It is equally important to brush your teeth if you have drank any sugary beverages like colas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and so on.
How long should the aligners be worn each day?
Since Invisalign treatment is similar to using traditional braces, you will want to wear the aligners as much as possible. This means leaving them throughout the entire day and while you sleep. The only times you should remove the aligners is when you eat and drink certain beverages.
How often will I have to visit my dentist during treatment?
Follow-up visits are essential to verify your teeth are straightening correctly. Your dentist will assess the frequency of follow-up visits throughout the entire treatment process. Initially, when you first start, returning at the end of the first two-week period is quite common to make sure you are ready for the next set of aligners.
Is there any after-care treatment I need to be aware of?
At the end of Invisalign treatment, you can be required to wear a retainer to help keep your teeth in place. You may need to wear the retainer most of the day to begin with, but over time, wearing it overnight or for part of the day is all that is needed to help maintain your new, beautiful smile.
To learn more about Invisalign or to schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign treatment is right for you, please feel free to contact Oasis Family Dental at (807) 623-2662 today!