Dental treatment of crooked teeth has changed by leaps and bounds after the introduction of Invisalign aligners.
No longer do you need to wear hefty braces with levers and springs that make your mouth look like a metal scrapyard. Just a pair of clear, almost invisible plastic braces would provide you with the same effect and straighten out your teeth in a few short months.
Invisalign is made from transparent thermoplastic. The braces are custom manufactured for every patient. Your dentist would generate 3D models from scanning, and a unique tool would carve out your own pair of aligners.
It is not magic but the miracle of modern technology. However, to obtain the best effect in the shortest possible time span, you have to be careful about how you use it.
Your dentist would, of course, provide a detailed summary and instructions. We provide you with step by step guidance that would help you achieve the best long-term results.
The intended task of Invisalign is to correct your bite and make your teeth straight. Understanding the aftercare is important and essential.
Wear at least 20 hours daily
You have to wear the Invisalign aligners as per the doctor’s instructions. Usually, dentists recommend that you wear it for about 22 hours daily. Please understand that the moment you take them out of your mouth, the treatment stops. Therefore do not take them out unless absolutely needed.
It needs great commitment on your part. At first, the aligners feel foreign, and there is a tendency to take them out repeatedly. If your child is wearing the aligners, you have to keep an eye open. After all, there is an investment of time, energy, and finances in the treatment, and all of it would be wasted if the aligners are not where they should be.
There might be mild discomfort at the beginning
It is normal to feel mild pain for about a week. Of course, there is not supposed to be any pain at all after a week. It is the same discomfort you feel when you first wear eyeglasses. Something foreign in the body or on our skin feels strange at first. Ignore it, and soon you would be used to having Invisalign in your mouth.
Watch what you eat
During the break-in period, do not try out chewy foods such as roasted meat. Stay with food that is soft and pliable for a week while the aligners settle inside your mouth. Your pack could come with Invisalign chewies. Use them to get a better fit.
You might remove them while eating
Do not eat a large meal with the retainers in your mouth. It is not that the retainers cannot handle chewing pressure, but debris gets caught in the gap between aligners and teeth. This can cause cavity and periodontal problems.
If you feel awkward about taking them out of your mouth when you are with friends, it is safe to eat snacks with the aligners in place. As long as prolonged periods of chewing does not happen, there is no cause for concern at all.
No hot beverages
Do not drink hot beverages such as cocoa or coffee with the aligners in place. Heat causes Invisalign to expand slightly and can destroy its careful fit. Unless the aligners fit perfectly, there is little chance of it correcting your teeth misalignment.
The aligners are not supposed to become loose with use. They should always snap on and off. If that does not happen, visit your dental care provider immediately.
Clean them without fail
Clean the Invisalign aligners daily. Rinse them with warm water at least once a day. Cleaning the aligners makes them accomplish more and also allows you to brush your teeth carefully. Moreover, not cleaning would cause them to become stained over time. The effect is not pleasant, and your smile would suffer.
Do not throw the old pair away
Do not dispose of old aligners as soon as you get a new pair. If your current pair is lost or damaged, you could use the old pair for a short while till a replacement is fabricated. There is no cause for concern if you lose your pair. Your dentist has the images as a software file and would recreate a pair easily.
Keep your spirits up
Do not check yourself in the mirror daily for improvement. The change that happens is not visible. The teeth have to move a fraction of a millimeter over six months. It is best to take a self-portrait using a camera once every month. By the third month, the change would be visible.
Looking at the mirror daily would set you up for disappointment, and sooner or later, you would neglect to wear the aligners.
Get regular checkups
Visit the dentist regularly. Every four to six weeks, your tray would be changed slightly. At the same time, the dentist would assess how your teeth have moved into place. It is important that you take these visits seriously and do not skip them.
The first phase of the treatment ends when the dentist provides you or your child with a pair of clear braces. There is nothing more a medical professional can do in the next few weeks when another pair becomes due.
But this intervening period is of great essence. You would be doing a treatment that makes the teeth move. If you do not take responsibility, the following can happen –
Teeth move but incompletely. Some may move more than others.
The teeth return back to their crooked position to some extent.
Pain in the jaw due to misaligned bite.
Having to wear bulky metal braces for smile improvement.
At Natural Smiles, you get Invisalign treatment at affordable prices. With the help of the latest technology, any malformation in your teeth is treated easily and painlessly.
If your teeth do not require severe adjustment, you do not need braces. Invisalign satisfies the requirements of most patients. There has never been an issue with side effects.
If you are committed to the course of treatment, your dental problems would be resolved within a few short months. It is a gentle and easy option for treating dental occlusion that has been chosen by millions worldwideBack to Blog
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