Invisalign® clear aligners transform the smiles of patients one day at a time. We’ve put together a guide to the 5 essential facts everyone should know before they try Invisalign.
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Invisalign: A Primer
1) Customized for You
Invisalign aligners are designed to straighten your teeth. After your dentist captures a complete 3D image of your teeth, the images are sent to be mechanically engineered into two trays for your top and bottom teeth — so you can trust you’re not receiving a mass-produced mold. Each Invisalign tray is even trimmed to match your gum line, so they are comfortable for all-day wear.
2) Require Commitment
The only way your teeth will become straighter with Invisalign is if you comply with the treatment. For the best results, your Invisalign trays should be worn 20-22 hours every day which can require patience and discipline.
The good news is, trays are comfortable enough that patients often forget they’re wearing them, and they don’t hold you back from the activities you participate in every day.
3) Require Maintenance
Just as you should brush and floss your teeth to promote a healthy mouth, routinely washing your Invisalign trays helps to keep your teeth clean. Quickly rinsing them before bed and throughout the day and scrubbing them lightly with a toothbrush can prevent bacteria from building up inside the trays.
4) Everything Braces Can Do and More
Braces are often the go-to option when it comes to fixing and adjusting teeth. However, braces can also be expensive, painful, and limiting. With braces, you might not be able to eat a juicy hamburger or play in a soccer game immediately following the installation procedure. Braces also often require routine visits to the orthodontist, especially when brackets and wires break and require fixing.
Invisalign aligners provide all of the benefits of braces but at a more affordable cost and without the frustrating limitations. Invisalign trays can easily be removed to enjoy a delicious meal or participate in a fun game — just remember to brush your teeth before putting them back in.
5) Can Alter Your Speech
It may take a few days or weeks to get used to, but Invisalign aligners have the potential to cause a slight lisp due to the placement of the trays and the natural movement of the tongue while speaking. The small lisp or change in speech often disappears after you get used to wearing them.