Invisalign is one of the most popular and effective modern treatments for correcting dental misalignment and bite issues. Unlike braces, the treatment uses a series of transparent, plastic aligners which are worn over your teeth and apply the gentle, consistent pressure needed to encourage them to move into a new and improved position. The entire treatment uses cutting-edge technology, which maps the movements that your teeth need to make to bring them into alignment, and then creates the series of aligners needed for your specific smile.
The treatment itself requires a significant commitment from the patient, both during the process and afterwards to maintain your smile. Here are our top tips on how to get the most out of your Invisalign treatment.
When you choose Invisalign, you are provided with a set of different aligners and you are responsible for changing them and moving on to the next stage of the process yourself. This saves you making such regular trips to your provider but does mean that you need to keep track of your schedule so that you remember to change your aligners at the allotted times. Most Invisalign aligners are worn or between two and three weeks before moving onto the next in the series, but you should make sure you follow the specific intervals that are explained to you in your treatment plan. You can even download a mobile app that reminds you when it is time to move onto the next aligner in the series.
For Invisalign to be successful, patients must remember to wear their aligners for the recommended minimum of 22 hours per day. This is because Invisalign relies on consistent pressure being placed onto the teeth to alter their position. If you aren’t wearing the aligners, this pressure isn’t being applied to them and this will slow down the progression of your treatment. Not only that, but if you regularly don’t wear them as directed, it could be that when it’s time to move onto the next aligner in the series, your teeth haven’t moved enough during the current stage of treatment, putting the entire process out of synchronisation. In some instances, this can cause even more problems with the alignment of your teeth. Invisalign aligners should only be removed for eating and for the aligners and your teeth to be cleaned.
Just like adjustments to braces, putting a new aligner in can cause some discomfort at first. While this means that your Invisalign is working, it can make the first day or so of wearing your aligners quite unpleasant. Therefore, we recommend that you pop them in before you go to bed as this will enable you to sleep through the first few hours which are normally the most uncomfortable. Over the counter pain medications can also be taken to help ease any soreness.
While your teeth will be aligned and attractive at the end of your Invisalign treatment, this won’t mean a thing if you don’t take exceptional care of your oral health during and after your treatment. Unclean teeth are at risk of developing cavities, gum disease and other dental problems that will affect the way that your smile looks, and potentially, the longevity of your teeth. Fortunately, Invisalign makes it easy to take care of your teeth properly. Simply, take your aligners out and brush and floss your teeth as usual. You should also carefully clean your aligners, and your provider will give you specific information on how to do this.
While aligners are only to be taken out for eating and cleaning, it’s important than when you do remove them, they are stored properly. This will stop them picking up potentially harmful microorganisms and prevent them from being damaged or lost. Keep your retainer case with you for ease.
Once you have completed your Invisalign treatment, you will be given retainers to wear. These are similar to your aligners but will hold your teeth in their new and improved alignment, preventing them from slipping back and undoing the work you have put in to straighten them out. Make sure that you wear your aligners exactly as directed and if you have any concerns, don’t delay speaking to your provider.
If you would like to schedule a consultation or have any questions regarding Invisalign in Matteson, call Progressive Dental at (708)-980-0110!