It’s not hard to see why. Even though the end result is a beautiful smile, traditional wire braces bring their fair share of issues. Irritation, limitations on your diet, regular maintenance and of course, how they look. Thankfully, there is an alternative to traditional braces, called Invisalign, and most 123 Dentist member clinics offer it. In this blog, we’re going to explore common questions about Invisalign and tell you everything you need to know before consulting a dentist.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a modern solution to straightening your teeth without wires. Clear, smooth and durable plastic is custom moulded into a set of nearly invisible aligners that snap into place over your teeth. Every two weeks, you exchange your aligners for a new set that slowly straighten your teeth to their correct positions.
How do I get started?
The first step is to make sure if Invisalign is right for you. In most instances, it will work just as well as traditional braces, but for severe straightening or re-spacing, traditional braces may still be preferable. Many of our clinics offer Invisalign promotions and free consultations, so be sure to check with your local 123 Dentist member clinic. One of our experienced dentists will work with you to customize your Invisalign program. Invisalign provides software with 3D Imaging Technology that lets you virtually preview how your own smile will adjust to Invisalign over the course of the treatment. This is a valuable incentive and shows you what you can expect before committing to Invisalign.
Locate the nearest 123 Dentist Clinic with Invisalign or speak to your Dentist about a referral to a 123 Dentist Clinic that does offer Invisalign.
Once you decide to go forward with Invisalign, your 123 Dentist will attach fixtures to your teeth that Invisalign clips into. A mould of your teeth is made and Invisalign aligners are professionally fabricated for each stage of your treatment.
How do I use Invisalign day to day?
The best part of Invisalign is that nobody else needs to know you are straightening your teeth. You wear Invisalign 22 hours a day, including while you sleep. Invisalign treatments can be completed in as little as 20 weeks for many patients.
When you have Invisalign, you take off your aligners to eat and clean your teeth. Because you are removing your braces, you can continue to eat what you want, with only a few exceptions. If you are a heavy coffee drinker or smoker, you will notice Invisalign aligners yellow over time along with your teeth, making the invisible plastic less conspicuous. To avoid this, practice good normal dental care and limit your coffee and cigarette consumption whenever possible.
A visit to your 123 Dentist should be planned every 4-6 weeks to review your progress and allow for modifications if necessary. At the end of your treatment, your fasteners will come off and your friends and family will only notice that your teeth somehow seem healthier and that you seem more confident as a result.
One advantage to Invisalign is that you can remove your aligners for cleaning. Remember to floss and brush daily to avoid cavities and to keep your smile as white as it is straight.
Is Invisalign Better than Traditional Braces?
When weighing the pros and cons of Invisalign, you will need to consult with your 123 Dentist to discuss what is best for YOU. That being said, Invisalign offers several advantages over traditional braces.
- Invisalign is Invisible – It bares repeating, because the number one advantage to Invisalign is that your employer, friends, partner and family will not see a mouth full of metal when you smile in front of them.
- Invisalign is Comfortable – While Invisalign can cause mild discomfort at first, most patients find it much more comfortable to wear than traditional braces, which can cause abrasions and sometimes make eating more painful.
- You can Remove Invisalign – The fact that you can take off Invisalign for meals and dental care is another big reason patients choose it over traditional braces.
On the other hand, there are a few reasons why traditional braces might be the better option for you, and you should consult with your 123 Dentist to make sure Invisalign is the best treatment option:
- Traditional Braces Are Affordable – While it does work, Invisalign is typically more expensive than traditional braces. Looking great while you straighten your teeth does cost more, but our 123 Dentist Member Clinics often offer discounts on Invisalign, so talk to your local clinic now.
- Some Treatments Require Traditional Braces – Invisalign works well for many patients, but in severe cases traditional braces work best. Our dentists tend to prefer traditional braces for severe overcrowding, for instance.
- Lifestyle Choices – Depending on your personal habits, you might not want to adjust how much coffee, smoking or red wine you consume. If this is the case, Invisalign is less effective because the adhesive used to bond your aligners and your aligners themselves can become stained, removing a key benefit of Invisalign.
What kind of side effects are there with Invisalign?
Earlier in this article we mentioned mild discomfort that can occur when you first start wearing your Invisalign aligners. Like a night guard, Invisalign aligners are artificial and fit overtop of your teeth. Naturally they will take some time to adjust to, and you may even find yourself removing the aligners subconsciously when you sleep. After some time though, you will adjust and forget you’re wearing them at all.
In some cases, the fasteners our dentists attach to your teeth at the beginning of treatment can cause prolonged irritation to the patient’s cheek or lips (soft tissue). This isn’t too common and most patients will adjust over time, but if you are feeling pain you can discuss options with your dentist and adjust accordingly.
In rare cases, the plastic used to create the Invisalign aligners can cause an allergic reaction. The reaction is usually mild and causes irritation to the gums. If after several days you are not adjusting to the Invisalign aligners and are experiencing irritation, you can consult with your dentist and adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
Can you switch to Invisalign from Traditional Braces?
Yes, you can switch to Invisalign from traditional braces, but before you make the decision, consult with your dentist to determine the best treatment plan for you. Since Invisalign is a separate treatment plan, the cost of switching treatments will be higher and depending on how long you’ve been wearing your braces, Invisalign may not be as efficient as continuing with your existing treatment plan.
Can Anyone Get Invisalign?
No matter your age, if your adult teeth are fully grown, Invisalign is an option. Whatever the barrier, Invisalign can help you straighten your teeth without the embarrassing visual of traditional braces.
Consider the average teenager navigating the hallways of high school or a career minded graduate looking to make their mark in a cut-throat market place. Traditional braces are distracting, uncomfortable and ultimately create a psychological barrier to success for many patients. You want your employer to see you the way you see yourself; confident and professional. You want your friends at school to look past your smile. Invisalign offers everyone the chance to live their lives fully, with no hassle, no embarrassment and free of the barriers of traditional braces.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
If you are seeking a way to correct crooked or misaligned teeth without the hassle or barriers of traditional braces, Invisalign is the ideal solution in many cases. Ask yourself if you would like to see yourself smile brighter, be more confident and improve your confidence without the need for wires