Your Guide To Invisalign
What’s The Best Way To Clean My Aligners?
You can keep your aligners clean and clear by following a few simple measures. First, brush your aligners every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap. Take care to fully clean them afterward. You should also clean your aligners at least once a week with Invisalign-specific cleaning crystals. Soaking your aligners in the crystals for 15 minutes can assist in eliminating any plaque or germs that have accumulated. Lastly, brush and floss your teeth after each meal before putting your aligners back in. Invisalign aligners can easily become stained if they are not cleaned regularly, so be sure you’re consistent in your oral hygiene routine.
Do I Still Need To See My Orthodontist During Treatment?
Despite the fact that Invisalign treatment requires fewer in-office visits than traditional braces, you will still need to see Dr. Garlock on a regular basis during your treatment. During these visits, he will ensure that your Invisalign aligners are correctly fitted and that your teeth are progressing as they should. Typically, you will need to replace your aligners every 1 to 2 weeks.
While you may not need to visit the office as frequently as you would with traditional braces, you must still attend all your scheduled appointments. By doing so, you can ensure that your orthodontic treatment is on track and that you are well on your way to a straighter smile.
How Long Does Treatment Last?
Treatment times for Invisalign vary based on the needs of each individual patient. If the misalignment is minimal, one year or less may be sufficient. More severe cases of misalignment, on the other hand, need prolonged treatment, which can take up to 24 months to complete.
To find out how long your specific orthodontic treatment plan will take, contact Garlock Orthodontics to arrange a consultation. We will talk about your orthodontic needs and develop a strategy that enables you to attain your dream smile while greatly enhancing your oral health.
How Will Invisalign Affect My Lifestyle?
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces that provides a variety of benefits in terms of comfort and convenience. Most significantly, the aligners are nearly invisible, so you may straighten your teeth without bringing attention to your treatment.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners may be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, though Invisalign aligners do need to be worn for at least 20 hours each day in order to be successful.
Invisalign is an excellent choice for active adults and athletes who do not want to risk breaking their braces while engaging in their favorite hobbies. They can be removed for activities such as swimming or participating in contact sports. Overall, Invisalign is a terrific, non-intrusive choice for people who want to straighten their teeth quickly and discreetly.
Is Invisalign Painful?
While Invisalign is not painful, some patients may experience a little discomfort every now and then during treatment. The good news is that this discomfort is usually minor and only lasts a short time. Many patients describe feeling pressure on their teeth as their aligners progressively shift into position. This pressure is often modest and subsides after a few days of wearing the aligners. Some patients may have discomfort in their jaws or gums for the first few days. This may generally be eased by using over-the-counter pain relievers or applying cold packs. Overall, Invisalign is a wonderful approach to creating a straighter smile while causing the least amount of discomfort.
Who Can Get Invisalign?
Invisalign can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic issues such as crowding, spacing, and bite concerns. If you have more serious orthodontic concerns, such as a significant under or overbite, intrusions, extrusions, or if your teeth have rotated too much, Invisalign may not be the most effective option for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Garlock to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign. During your appointment, he will examine your teeth and bite thoroughly and establish a tailored treatment plan.