An innovative approach to aligning teeth, Invisalign offers optimal effects in half the time of conventional braces but without the uncomfortable brackets and tedious metal wire tightening. Sometimes called “invisible braces,” the Invisalign process has been broadly adopted by Dallas, TX adults attempting to fix imperfections or make slight enhancements to their teeth without looking similar to their teenagers! However, Invisalign is even becoming increasingly popular with a separate group, and tweens and teens are becoming part of the movement to straighten their teeth without the obvious metal brackets impeding their overall look. Are you contemplating getting Invisalign? What could you do in order to gain the absolute most from your Invisalign experience?
At MINT orthodontics, our skilled Invisalign specialists currently offer this advanced treatment to align and straighten teeth without the use of metal braces. So, what can you do to achieve optimal results from your Invisalign investment when seeking to enhance your smile? Let's take a look at the strategies and recommendations for Invisalign to make certain you receive the best results and an improved, beautiful smile!
ALL THERE IS TO LEARN ABOUT THE INVISALIGN PROCESS
No one can debate that Invisalign has become more and more popular over the past several years, with a growing number of people searching out “invisible braces” in order to alter and improve the look of their smiles. This new approach to subtly align teeth has even had older adults excited to try it out, and now even younger adults and adolescents are learning about the "invisible braces" movement. The personalized trays have the same goal as traditional braces, which is to improve a patient’s smile with more aligned teeth with the extra benefit of Invisalign being removable and requiring just half the time of traditional braces. This exciting cosmetic method of improving teeth is catching on, and this is everything you should know about getting Invisalign in our Dallas, TX office.
You should wear your aligners as much as possible
The trays (or aligners) that are shifting your teeth into the right alignment can't function well if they're not worn properly. Research has found that patients who wear their trays 20 hours or fewer per day have less-than-ideal results, and it also prolongs the process. Invisalign is typically easier and much quicker in regard to receiving outcomes (in comparison with conventional braces), but patients have to be dedicated to using their personalized aligners for at least 22 hours a day and also a whole 48 hours the initial two days upon acquiring new ones for alterations. Sticking to using the aligners means that your teeth will most likely become straighter per your treatment schedule and possibly even finish quicker than originally anticipated.
Stick to your treatment process
Complying with your dentist’s instructions is a critical part of your Invisalign treatment. Staying on schedule, for example, when to replace your aligners with new ones and wearing them in the perfect order, is only going to benefit your smile. Allowing it to work as designed will help you obtain the best results effectively. Your dental professional will know when you should get new aligners, much like the modifications done with traditional braces, to be able to keep the Invisalign process on track and enhance the overall appearance of your smile. Invisalign aligners have a particular order to follow to ensure your teeth and bite are shifting in the right direction. Being on track with receiving your next pair of aligners in the right sequence is critical to receiving the best results.
Maintain your oral hygiene
Oral hygiene and proper care for the aligners are a crucial part of the Invisalign treatment. Brushing and flossing after every meal are crucial. The same as with traditional braces, you should avoid food or debris remaining on your teeth, which could directly cause tooth decay and swollen gums. With Invisalign, when you don't brush or floss following each meal, then food particles will sit in your teeth after you place your trays or aligners back in, basically trapping the particles, which may result in decay. Brushing and flossing once you eat is an important factor during the Invisalign treatment in order to preserve the health of your smile. Additionally, between your follow-up appointments, where you will get a new set of trays, the existing Invisalign trays need to be cleaned frequently using mild soap and water. You shouldn't use any toothpaste or a toothbrush to cleanse your trays. This is likely to damage them and won't really make sure they are clean. Cleansing your Invisalign trays frequently keeps them free of stains so that the “invisible braces” remain invisible!
Give yourself a period of time to get accustomed
The same as with conventional braces, there is an adjustment period to get adjusted to these new trays on your teeth. Initially, it will feel strange or cumbersome, and you might even feel slight discomfort, but after a while, your mouth will adjust to the trays. You could also see a slight change in the way you talk or a “lisp” when you first start wearing the aligners. It is referred to as the “speech learning curve,” and it may be challenging, but don't get discouraged. Additionally, it does not mean that you ought to take them out when you would like to speak! In order to keep with the 22-hour daily responsibility, leave them in to get used to talking. Your mouth should become accustomed to the trays, and your speech will improve enough that you won't realize you even have them in!
Understand that you have to wear a retainer following treatment
Individuals who don't wear the retainer after going through the Invisalign treatment might as well never start the treatment. Like with conventional braces, you'll be required to use your retainer during the night when you are done with Invisalign. We furnish the first year's worth of retainers included in the primary price. Patients who can't adhere to wearing their retainers on a consistent basis lose any progress that was gained, so using your retainer and going to your scheduled follow-up visits with your orthodontist are integral to your post-care process.
Invisalign is not ideal for everybody
Invisalign is not the best option for everyone. If you have severely misaligned teeth or a serious underbite/overbite, traditional braces or dental surgery may be the only alternatives. Invisalign can deal with the most frequently seen issues like gaps, slight underbites/overbites, and certain instances of tooth crowding; however, it is often not the most suitable choice for more severe orthodontic issues. Consulting with one of the Invisalign orthodontics dentists at MINT orthodontics is your most effective step in determining whether Invisalign is the optimal treatment for your smile.
GET STARTED WITH YOUR INVISALIGN JOURNEY TODAY
If you are considering cosmetically improving the appearance of your teeth, then Invisalign from MINT orthodontics could be your initial step! Invisalign is a wonderful option for obtaining a more even, healthier-looking smile without the care and attention required with traditional braces — and within less time. By adhering to these guidelines and suggestions, you'll get the gorgeous smile that Invisalign can offer, and most people won't see the devices that make it happen! If you want to find out if you are eligible for Invisalign, call our practice in Dallas, TX to set up a free smile evaluation today!