All About Invisalign

Are you considering Invisalign® or are already in treatment? If so, it’s important to understand how Invisalign works so that you can learn how to manage it to get best results. To start with, you need to take a ‘Smile Assessment Test’ with a dentist to check if Invisalign is right for you. Schedule an appointment with an experienced Aesthetic Dentistry expert to learn how Invisalign can be tailored to your specific needs.

Here are a few things that might answer your questions on Invisalign to help you take an informed decision before you go for it.

1. What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign are invisible aligners that look like teeth-whitening trays. A series of trays customized to individual’s needs are placed on the teeth in the sequence as determined by your dentist. Over a period of a week or two, a new set of aligners will be placed to continue the teeth straightening process.

2. The Invisalign Advantage – The Invisalign that is made of thermoplastic material are virtually invisible. Invisalign will not be noticed while undergoing the treatment. They are removable unlike other teeth-straightening options, so it enables you to brush, floss and eat comfortably, while it also helps to maintain better oral hygiene. Invisalign must be worn 20 -22 hrs. a day to obtain best results. You can even preview how your straightened teeth will look after completion of your treatment, once the treatment plan has been mapped out for you.

3. What is the duration of the treatment process?
The treatment duration depends on the complexity of your case as determined by your doctor. On an average it is estimated to be 12 months for adults while in the case of teenagers it may vary as determined by your orthodontist.

4. Will aligners change speech?
Invisalign aligners may temporarily create a slight lisp in the speech for a day or two. However, over time, your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, and the lisp will slowly go away.

5. Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Some people experience temporary discomfort for a few days initially, during each new stage of treatment. This slowly disappears once your teeth gets used to it. This discomfort is due to the pressure caused by Invisalign in shifting the teeth to its destination or as mapped by the dentist. However, there may not be any pain as in the case of metal braces.

6. Are there any diet restrictions with Invisalign?
Unlike other teeth straightening options where brackets and wires are used, Invisalign allows you to eat and drink all types of foods because they are removable. So you’re not restricted to eat only particular foods unless advised by your orthodontist. Aligners must be removed before eating and reinserted after brushing your teeth after every meal. This ensures your oral hygiene Is maintained. Also Aligners must be cleaned by brushing them and rinsing them in lukewarm water. However, it is best to use the Invisalign Cleaning System or as advised by your dentist.

7. At what periodicity should one visit the dentist during the Invisalign treatment?
You may have to visit once in four or six weeks or as advised by your dentist. These appointments to your dentist are a must to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

8. Is smoking allowed while using aligners?
Smoking is discouraged while wearing aligners as it may discolor the aligners.

9. Are beverages and alcohol intake acceptable during Invisalign treatment?
Alcohol and stain causing beverages are preferably avoided. This is due to the high sugar content in alcohol and sugary drinks that may get trapped between the aligners. Though small amounts of it may be occasionally acceptable, ensuring that the teeth are brushed and cleaned after the intake of beverages, is a must.

10. Is chewing gum acceptable with aligners?
Gum or any sticky foods are best prevented while wearing aligners. Removing your aligners before every meal or snack is recommended. Eating sweets and sticky foods are highly discouraged with aligners.