August 1, 2016
Invisalign has become one of the leading ways to correct mildly crooked teeth or gapped teeth. It’s convenient for adults and even some teens who do not need comprehensive orthodontic treatment.
Many of our patients are lured into Invisalign because the treatment is so subtle and noninvasive. It also takes less time than traditional metal braces. I’ve noticed that patients often get caught up with aesthetic aspect of Invisalign that they overlook some of the key elements of Invisalign treatment. Today, I want to give you 5 facts about Invisalign to consider when we’re looking for ways to repair your smile.
1.) Invisalign is not a comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Crooked teeth. Spaces in your teeth. Invisalign can fix each of these dental issues. And the more we learn about Invisalign, the more we can use it to correct alignment issues. But Invisalign can’t fix everything. Patients with severe bite issues or rotated teeth are likely not candidates for Invisalign. The good news is that while Invisalign can correct every alignment problem, not all patients have those alignment issues. Even with its restrictions, there are millions of Americans who can benefit from Invisalign treatment.
2.) You have to wear the aligners! The great thing about Invisalign is that the treatment is in your hands. That’s a huge power for people who want to avoid uncomfortable metal brackets or wires, but you also need to wear the aligners. During a typical Invisalign treatment, you’ll change aligners about once every two weeks. The aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning, but it’s important to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day. If you do not wear your aligners for at least 22 hours every day, you will not see optimal results — or you’ll extend your treatment time. Like any dental procedure, noncompliance can be a hassle — and extremely expensive.
3.) Correct dental issues before getting Invisalign. To be a candidate for our Invisalign treatment, you need to be in good oral health. That means free of gum disease and tooth decay. Of course, dental emergency can arise, but you’ll improve the success of Invisalign treatment if you correct any oral health issues before your treatment. The reason is simple. We have to make molds of your mouth, and restorations can alter the fit of your aligners.
4.) You may have higher risk of cavities. Cleaning your teeth and plastic aligners is more important than ever. You don’t have to worry about brackets or metal fixed to your teeth, but you still have to worry about tooth decay. Because Invisalign trays snuggly fit over your teeth, food debris and bacteria can get trapped underneath the aligners, so clean your teeth thoroughly. In addition to brushing and flossing, saliva works to remove food debris and combat bacteria in the mouth. The aligners obstruct saliva from reaching the teeth.
5.) Invisalign has more than 96 percent satisfaction rate. We obviously discussed a few limitations or rules about Invisalign above, but the treatment is widely satisfactory. Our patients have seen tremendous results using Invisalign. They appreciate the quick treatment time as well as the minimal discomfort. Additionally, patients don’t have to suffer through painful wire tightenings are be embarassed to smile during their treatment. The treatment is virtually invisible, which allows you to keep you treatment to yourself.
If you’re struggling with crooked teeth or gapped teeth, you should come to our office for a comprehensive Invisalign consultation. Call us today at 703-552-2530.