Just like your teeth, there are a few facts to get straight about Invisalign before you try it.
Since coming onto the market in 2000, Invisalign has been used to improve the smiles of more than five million people worldwide and its popularity doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. As a clear and convenient alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign offers a discreet way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. But before trying Invisalign there are a few things to consider.
1. For effective results, you’ll need to wear your aligners consistently
While the biggest advantage of Invisalign is its virtually invisible nature, it does mean that treatment can take longer than traditional braces. The average treatment duration for a full Invisalign treatment is around one year. However, every patient is different and even though the full length of treatment can take some time, many people begin to see results within two to three months. You’ll also need to wear your aligners for long periods each day – at least 22 hours to be precise. Without wearing them for the required amount of time each day, it’s unlikely they’ll have the necessary straightening effect on your teeth.
2. While they’re invisible, you may have difficulty speaking at first
As with anything you put in your mouth, it’s common for your speech to be affected as you get used to your new aligners. Many people describe having a small lisp shortly after receiving their aligners. However, this generally subsides after time.
3. Not everyone is suited to Invisalign
Invisalign aligners are one of the most accessible orthodontic treatment options that can fix a variety of issues – from crooked teeth, to over and under bites, as well as gaps. But for cases that are particularly severe, Invisalign may not be suitable. This is mainly because treating severe cases may take a substantially longer time with Invisalign compared to traditional braces or other orthodontic treatments. With these traditional treatments, results may come quicker than with Invisalign.
4. Along with your wallet, phone, and keys, you may need to add a toothbrush to your daily carry items
To take care of your Invisalign retainers properly, you’ll need to keep them and your teeth clean from any drink or food debris. That means that you’ll need to brush your teeth after every meal, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. If food is allowed to linger between your teeth and the aligners, it can stain them and they’ll likely lose their biggest advantage – they won’t be invisible anymore.
5. You may have to live without certain food and drinks
Keeping your invisible aligners invisible will also require you to avoid certain foods that are likely to stain them. This includes things like coffee, red wine, tea, and chocolate. That means that if you can’t live without drinks like coffee in your day-to-day life, you’ll have to figure out a way to consume it without it affecting your aligners. However, compared to traditional braces, the types of food you can eat are still much less restrictive.
6. They’re virtually painless
It’s common to feel a certain amount of pressure or tenderness while you’re wearing your retainers. After all, that’s what they’re designed to do. Compared to getting braces adjusted though, Invisalign clear aligners are virtually painless.
7. You’ll need to keep the clean, and not with toothpaste
As well as your teeth, keeping your aligners clear and invisible means keeping them clean. But it’s vital that you don’t use regular toothpaste, as toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that can cause a build-up in colour and odour. When you receive your Invisalign retainers, you’ll be provided with specialist cleaning solution which you can use for keeping your aligners clean and clear.8. They’re similar in cost to braces
Invisalign treatment typically costs about the same amount as traditional braces, although this can differ depending on a few factors such as geography and the complexity of treatment. It can also depend on your health fund details too. In some cases, traditional braces may be a cheaper option. However even in these instances, the advantages that come with Invisalign make them a clear favourite for most patients
Invisalign at City Smiles, Melbourne
At City Smiles, we’ve delivered countless Invisalign treatments to our patients over the years and are one of the leading Invisalign providers in Melbourne. If you have any questions regarding Invisalign, or would like to book an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact here at City Smiles today.