7 Things You Must Know Before Trying Invisalign

7 Things You Must Know Before Trying Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners are a great option for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth with a lower-profile aesthetic than braces provide. However, there are a few important factors you should know about before choosing this orthodontic treatment option.

1. You actually have to wear your aligners.

For Invisalign to work properly, we’re talking about a full-time commitment. That is, 22 hours a day, every day. Your aligners should only ever come out when you're eating, or when you’re brushing or flossing your teeth.

It’s all to easy to just give in and take a break with these removable orthodontic appliances, so if you don’t think you’ll be able to resist, Invisalign may not be the right choice for you.

2. It can be hard to talk at first.

You may not be able to see your Invisalign aligners, but you will be able to hear them – at least at first. Until you get used to talking with your new aligners, you may find you’re doing a lot of lisping and mumbling.

For advice on talking with braces (most of which applies to Invialign too) click here.

3. It may not be right for you.

For minor orthodontic problems, Invisalign can be a great choice. But for more complex issues, treatment with Invisalign may ultimately take a really long time, and you may be better off with braces.

4. You’ll need to brush after EVERY meal.

And you’ll want to. The last thing you want to be doing is sealing food particles in against your teeth under your aligners. It won’t feel good, and will result in some pretty rank breath, too. Not to mention the fact that it creates a paradise for bacteria that will cause tooth decay. So invest in a travel tooth brush or keep one in your desk at work.

5. They can stain.

You’ll notice pretty quickly that, just like teeth, your Invisalign aligners can become stained by certain drinks. So while you don’t have to take your aligners out to drink your coffee, you may want to devote a portion of your two-hour aligner break each day to that morning cup of coffee.

6. Those extra snacks may not be worth it.

You’ll find you have to be more mindful and strategic about how and when you eat. If you find yourself craving a snack mid afternoon, it may not be worth it to take out your aligners, eat and then brush and floss. So make sure you eat enough to last you between meals, or you're making a lot of extra work for yourself.

7. It doesn’t really hurt!

Compared to braces, Invisalign aligners don’t cause much discomfort. Most of the discomfort that regular braces cause happens during adjustment appointments, and this simply isn’t an issue with Invisalign. You may feel a bit of pressure of discomfort when you change trays every two weeks, but for most people, this is very minimal.

If you think Invisalign may be the right orthodontic treatment choice for you, get in touch! Our friendly Maple Ridge orthodontists will help you make the best choice for your smile.

Book your first orthodontic consultation today at myOrthodontist Maple Ridge.