The biggest reason people prefer Invisalign treatment as a great form of orthodontic treatment is that they are clear, which means no wires and no metal mouth. But should it be all?
There are a few things you must know before going for teeth straightening through Invisalign. So, here are the most common Invisalign questions answered to make your treatment smoother and more effective:
1. How Long Will the Invisalign Treatment Take?
It’s the general rule of thumb that the treatment will last from anywhere between 12 to 18 months. But since the Invisalign treatment, like any other orthodontic treatment, is tailored to your specific needs, the period of your treatment will depend on your unique case.
Hence, there’s no unique timeline for the treatment.
2. Do I Have to Wear My Invisalign Constantly?
One of the main advantages of Invisalign is that it is detachable. But don’t think you can run around without your aligners. For best results, you are expected to wear your aligners 22 hours a day. You can take them off to eat your meals, brush your teeth, and clean your aligners.
3. Do Invisalign Aligners Hurt?
Yes, though Invisalign aligners are the less painful, more comfortable alternative to braces, they might cause some initial discomfort. You may also experience some discomfort with every new pair of aligners.
They can cause a few minor cuts or blisters in the beginning because of the rough edges, but you can use dental wax there, and the blisters will go away after you’ve gotten used to your aligners.
4. Do Invisalign Aligners Have Attachments?
In some cases, your Invisalign aligners might need Invisalign attachments to help nudge your teeth in the right direction. Invisalign attachments are like little blocks of cement, which are made of the same teeth-colored resin that your dentist uses to repair minor cavities and chips in your teeth.
They’ll be hardly noticeable on your teeth and will help in straightening your teeth.
5. Do I Need To Change My Oral Hygiene Routine?
You’ll need to brush your teeth before you put your aligners back on every time. You’ll also need to clean your aligners before you adjust them back on your teeth. By being a little more careful with your oral hygiene routine, you will make sure that your Invisalign treatment goes smoothly without any road bumps of cavities or plaque.
6. Do I Need to Visit the Orthodontist Regularly?
Yes, when you are getting orthodontic treatment, you will need to see your dentist regularly. Especially when you are undergoing Invisalign treatment, you need to get a new pair of Invisalign aligners every fortnight from the orthodontist. You’ll also need to see your orthodontist every 8 to 10 weeks to make sure that your treatment is progressing in the right direction.
7. Will I Get a Lisp with Invisalign?
It is common to get a very small lisp when you first start treatment. However, aligners are thin and fit tightly on your teeth at first. So, once you get used to wearing aligners, your lisp will gradually disappear.
8. Will I Need to Wear Retainers/Aligners Post-Treatment?
You might need to wear post-treatment refinement aligners to make sure your teeth don’t snap back in their original place. They are necessary sometimes to correct stubborn teeth.
Remember that it is okay to have a few apprehensions about Invisalign, but it yields great results, straightens your smile, all the while being a discreet form of orthodontic treatment.