Six Things You Should Know Before Getting Invisalign
Having crooked or out-of-place teeth is not uncommon.
Even still, most people with crooked or out of place teeth find it embarrassing, and their confidence lacks as a result of it.
And, teeth that are out of place can lead to health problems down the road.
However, the one thing that can correct crooked and out-of-place teeth, braces, can lower someone's self-confidence even more.
There aren't many people, kids especially, who feel confident walking around with the metal contraptions in their mouth.
Fortunately, there's a worthy alternative to braces: Invisalign.
Invisalign accomplishes everything braces do, but instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic retainers.
So when you use Invisalign, no one can see that you're wearing them at all, a vast difference from braces.
You get all the benefits of braces without feeling self-conscious.
In a recent blog post, we discussed four questions you should ask yourself before getting Invisalign.
If this sounds like something you're interested in, read on.
In the article below, we will discuss six things everyone should know before they get Invisalign.
- Adjust How You Speak
- Get Results Faster
- Wear Your Aligners
- Allow Extra Time For Dental Care
- Take Them Off To Eat
- Clean Your Aligners
- Hylan Dental Care
We'll start off by talking about one of the only drawbacks to Invisalign, and that is that Invisalign can affect your speech.
When you first put your retainers in, you might notice you have a bit of a lisp.
It's important to prepare yourself for this so it doesn't come as much of a shock when you talk.
Unfortunately, there's not much you can do to prevent this from happening because it's a natural reaction to having something new in your mouth.
Luckily, you won't have a lisp the entire time you wear them.
For most people, the lisp only lasts a few days until you adjust and get used to speaking with them in your mouth.
For this to happen, though, you need to speak with them in your mouth and don't be tempted to take them out to talk to people.
This is a case where practice makes perfect.
In most cases, one of the best things about Invisalign is that it doesn't take very long to start noticing results.
Most people will notice a change after just a couple of months if they are diligent and keep their retainers in as much as possible.
Your treatment will begin with a pre-arranged set of clear retainers that you wear.
Every two weeks you will swap them out with a new set that will help situate your teeth the way they should be.
Your dentist will know exactly how many different retainers you will need and how long your treatment will take.
We've touched on this already, but the most important part of Invisalign is wearing your aligners as much as possible every single day.
You only get results if you wear your aligners.
Over the first two days of wearing your aligners, you need to keep them in as long as you possibly can.
They do a lot of work over the first 48 hours, and it will also allow you to get used to them.
You should only take them out if you have to brush your teeth, eat, or drink.
Even after the first two days, you should still try to keep them in as much as possible.
The longer you keep them in, the more successful your treatment will be, and eventually, you won't even notice that they're in your mouth.
If you aren't wearing Invisalign, your daily dental routine should only take a couple of minutes.
Brush and floss, and you're done.
With Invisalign, you'll need to set aside a few extra minutes for your routine.
You have to brush and floss more often with Invisalign than you would without.
In a perfect world, you would brush and floss your teeth after every meal.
This is because once you're done eating and you put your aligners back in, anything that is stuck to your teeth becomes trapped until you take them off again.
Be sure not to miss any steps during your dental routine either.
It might take you longer to complete every day, but to protect the health of your teeth, it is necessary.
There's a diet you should follow while you have Invisalign.
Don't worry though, you aren't going to have to change your life or keep a food journal or anything, but there is a list of foods you can eat while you're wearing your aligners.
Luckily with Invisalign, unlike braces, you can simply take them off before you eat so you can eat whatever you want.
You should try to drink as much water as possible when you're wearing your aligners.
Your mouth gets dry quickly with Invisalign and it can be pretty uncomfortable at first.
It's nothing a little H20 can't fix though.
Drink a lot of water and drink it often.
This might seem obvious to some people, but this is the biggest tip we can give you about Invisalign.
You absolutely have to keep your aligners clean.
As well as maintaining the health of your teeth, you also need to take care of your aligners.
They should be cleaned multiple times every day, just like your teeth.
Cleaning is easy, though, and you can just brush them with your toothbrush and some toothpaste.
Do this every morning and even when you usually brush your teeth.
Every time you take them out and put them back in, you should give them a nice rinse to clean them off.
The Six Things You Should Know
If you're considering Invisalign, this article should have provided you with some much-needed information.
Invisalign is a great option for correcting your teeth, and it can bring confidence back to your smile sooner rather than later.
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