3 Truths About Invisalign Braces
There is no doubt that Invisalign braces are one of the most requested dental procedures on the market. Most people are aware of the clear brace technology that has made Invisalign a popular orthodontic treatment for straightening teeth. The “invisible braces” as they are affectionately nicknamed – have certainly found a popular niche amongst adult patients who prefer a discreet alternative to traditional wire orthodontics, and they are also catching on with teenagers who are willing to be compliant. Perhaps due to its growing popularity, like many products enjoying a healthy buzz through social media outlets, the Invisalign treatment is shrouded in popular myths and urban legends. Premier Dentistry is proud to offer invisalign treatment to our patients!
For those of you still undecided about going for an invisalign treatment, here is a little information that will hopefully clear a bit of the confusion and provide more details about the modern braces of 2017.
Truth 1: The aligners need to stay on your teeth to work
One of the most attractive features of Invisalign braces – they are called aligners – is that they are removable. Unlike traditional wire-and-bracket type of braces, you can remove your aligner during meal times for eating, brushing and flossing. That means you won’t have to avoid certain types of food or clean with caution for fear of loosening or damaging the braces. However, for optimum results, you will need to keep your aligners on for 22 hours or more per day. Failing to wear the retainer like contraption for a minimum of 20 hours a day may be counterproductive to the treatment. Aligner wearers should be mindful of this during extended meal hours.
Truth 2: You will need to clean your teeth after every meal
Let’s just say a travel toothbrush will become your best friend. You will need to maintain proper oral hygiene to reduce the risk of infections or decay throughout the treatment period. Brushing and flossing needs to be thorough, in order to remove food debris trapped in the crevices and clean those areas where there is contact between teeth and aligners. That’s a lot of brushing so it may be wise to invest in a few travel toothbrushes and a Sonicare toothbrush.
Truth 3: The aligners are virtually invisible
Of course they are not invisible, invisible. Still, they appear invisible for all intents and purposes of the innovation – that is, others won’t notice them in your mouth, even when they are looking directly at you. Put it this way, Invisalign has been around for some time now. I doubt, however, that you have ever noticed anyone wearing the clear braces. Alternatively, I am sure you remember the last person you saw wearing traditional metal braces. That alone underlines the effectiveness of the clear brace technology that Invisalign offers.
Contact us today in Charlotte,Nc to learn more or schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign is a good fit for you!