Have you made the decision to use Invisalign to straighten your teeth? Are you just researching this alternative to braces and want more information? Well, you came to the right spot! As an Invisalign Preferred Provider in Wilmington , we have compiled a short list of things you should be know before considering them.
Invisalign is a series of invisible, removable aligners. They treat a wide variety of issues, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite or underbite. You wear each set of aligners for a couple weeks, and replace them as your teeth move closer and closer together.
They don’t solve all problems
As we mentioned above, they can treat many orthodontic issues. They are a great choice if you have spacing or crowding issues, a crossbite, an overbite, or an underbite. With severe cases or more complex problems, metal braces may be a better solution. Invisalign offers a Smile Assessment to see if they are right for you.
Make sure you are ready for the commitment!
This is one of the biggest worries of those considering Invisalign, but there is no way to get around it. If you are looking to get the best results, the aligners need to be worn 20-22 hours a day (basically when you aren’t eating or brushing). The great thing is, they are invisible and people can barely tell you have them on.
Your oral hygiene will most likely change
Be prepared to travel with a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, as you will be brushing and flossing 3+ times a day – every single day! In order to make sure your teeth are clean from lingering food, you will have to brush your teeth after each meal for as long as you are using the treatment.
Don’t worry about pain
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign will seem like a walk in the park! You wont have to worry about those trips to the dentist to get your braces tightened. You’ll be happy to know Invisalign is virtually pain-free.
Mindless snacking may disappear
After every meal, you have to brush your teeth. Because of this, you may stop and think twice before you grab that snack to munch on while bored during the day. Some could consider this a blessing in disguise. Limiting those snacks, may end up in your clothes fitting better!
It’s sooo worth it!
Not only will Invisalign help in the straightening of your teeth, but you may develop some great habits along the way. Like we mentioned above, your new hygiene habits could result in new, pearly white teeth. Also, mindless eating could be a thing of the past, so along with your new smile, you will have a trim figure.
Invisalign requires you to spend less time with your dentist than traditional braces do. You won’t have to worry about adjustments or broken wires. After the initial appointment, the follow-up appointments are typically every four to six weeks.
Call Salling & Tate General Dentistry today at 910.256.9040 to see if Invisalign is right for you!