Invisalign aligners are an alternative to traditional braces for straightening the teeth and dental surgery to correct bite issues. Unlike the conventional braces that use metal wires and brackets, Invisalign London uses a series of clear plastic aligners custom-made for each patient to move the teeth. The aligners are also called retainers and are not as noticeable as braces.
Before you begin your Invisalign treatment, here are essential things to note.
You might get several attachments
Invisalign treatment mostly involves wearing clear plastic, but with recent advancement in Invisalign, you may need attachments to help move your teeth faster. Your orthodontist will fix the attachments on teeth that require extra pressure to move. The number of attachments you will need will depend on your level of misalignment. With the attachments, your aligners may become more visible or look like clear braces.
You need to have your aligners on for 22 hours
For your aligners to be effective, you need them on most of the time. You can only take out your aligners when you want to eat. It would help if you also had your aligner case and a travel-size toothbrush whenever you go out in case you have to eat out.
You may lose weight
During your treatment, you need your aligners on for 22 hours, so this leaves you with only two hours to eat every day. Your aligners also have to fit perfectly on your teeth, so it may be difficult for you to take out your aligners to eat, especially when your teeth are sore. The stress of always removing your aligners to eat then brushing after the meal before re-inserting your aligners may discourage you from snacking or even eating three times a day.
During your treatment, try to eat foods rich in calories whenever you can take out your aligners, but for some people, they may not be able to eat enough at a time, and this may lead to weight loss.
You may not wear lipsticks during your treatment
If you are using Invisalign, you may have to say goodbye to lipgloss and lipsticks. Your lipstick or lipgloss may stain your aligners and attachments. You may try using clear lip balm or gloss as an alternative.
You may have to avoid manicures
Removing and re-inserting your aligners need the help of your nails, but with manicured nails, you may find it challenging to take out your aligners comfortably.
Kissing is awkward
Since you need your aligners in your mouth for most of the time, you may have them in your mouth while kissing, and this may seem awkward. If you have a significant other that won’t mind the aligners, then you have no problem.
You’d have to brush often
With Invisalign, you would have to brush your teeth several times in a day like six times. After you eat, in the morning, and before you sleep at night, you would brush your teeth to remove plaques and food particles on your teeth. If you do not get rid of the plaques and food particles that may get stuck between your teeth and aligners, it may result in gum diseases and other dental problems.
Invisalign attachments stain easily
The Invisalign attachments are not stain-resistant, and drinks like coffee or tea may leave them with an orange-like colour. Ensure you brush your teeth properly after taking coffee.
You can only take cold water with your aligners on
When you have your aligners on, you can take only cold water or clear sparkling water. Hot water and drinks like tea can stain and warp your aligners, making them ineffective while sugary beverages can cause the build-up of plaques on your aligners.
Whitening is not an option
If you have attachments during your Invisalign treatment, you may not be able to whiten your teeth. Ensure you brush regularly and avoid beverages that can stain your teeth.
You may have a refinement period
After your last set of aligners, you may need refinement aligners to fix any stubborn teeth that are slightly off. It means that after your allocated treatment time, you may still wear aligners.
Generally, Invisalign offers comfort and shorter treatment time, so if you need to straighten your teeth, contact London Braces on 020 37457520 to book an appointment for your consultation.