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7 Things You Must Know Before Getting Invisalign

Teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth without the appearance of braces may consider Invisalign as a treatment option. But there is some critical information you should be aware of before making the decision to use Invisalign. 

1. Always Stay mindful of what you eat

The foods you consume will have to be carefully considered. Keep in mind that if you want a snack in the middle of the day, it may not be worth it to take out your aligners, eat, and then spend the extra time brushing and flossing your teeth. Ideally, you'll want to try to consume sufficient calories throughout your main meals so that you don't have to go through this whole process too often!

2. You have to make sure you wear your aligners full-time

With Invisalign, you are committing yourself to a full-time schedule. Wearing your aligners for a minimum of 20-22 hours per day as suggested by your dentist on a consistent basis is essential for Invisalign to be effective. You should only take them out to eat or clean their teeth.

When things become rough, it might be tempting to take these aligners out, and it's even easier to forget to put them back in afterward. Instead of using Invisalign orthodontics if you fear you will have a desire to remove them more frequently than you should, you may want to consider other orthodontic procedures.

3. They are pretty comfortable

Invisalign aligners are generally considered to be comfortable to use. When you change trays every two weeks, you may experience some pressure and pain, although most patients report that this discomfort is mild.

4. You need to brush after every meal

Food particles will likely get trapped at the back of your teeth under your aligners if you don't brush and floss after eating and instead just put your aligners right back in. This provides a barrier that helps bacteria on your teeth to spread, perhaps leading to decay and foul breath. Consider purchasing a portable toothbrush or keeping one on your desk at work to avoid these issues.

5. Talking might be difficult at first

As with a lot of orthodontic appliances, talking might seem a little difficult at first. You may notice some mumbling and lisping. This is normal and should subside as you get used to your clear aligners.

6. Invisalign might not be the right move for you

Invisalign is often a fantastic option for those who have mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Depending on how severe your misalignment is, it might take an extremely long time to straighten your teeth using Invisalign. This means that conventional braces may be more effective for you.

7. Your clear aligners can stain

You may want to spend some of your two-hour window period in the morning sipping on a cup of coffee if you have Invisalign aligners. This is because they have the potential to stain when exposed to certain substances.

If you have more questions about Invisalign clear aligners, or if you think you'd be a good candidate, contact our Ottawa dentists today. Our dentists will help you make the best choice for your smile.

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