Braces aren’t just for teenagers. Adults too can get a brighter smile. There are countless grown-ups with braces on their teeth and they don’t care in the least what others think. There isn’t an age at which you can say that braces won’t be effective. Adults who have missed this opportunity in childhood or have experienced teeth shifting can get braces.

These days, orthodontists design natural-looking, beautiful smiles. Grown-ups who don’t want braces have another option. We’re talking about Invisalign. They strengthen the teeth and the best thing of all is that they’re invisible. Patients who want to get started on their new smile as discretely as possible should consider Invisalign. 

An ever-increasing number of patients are treated with Invisalign. If you’re planning to go to the dental practitioner for treatment with Invisalign, you must become familiar with the following facts. 

It’s necessary to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours/day 

Invisalign is removable, meaning the patient doesn’t have to wear them all the time. Nevertheless, it’s recommended to wear the clear aligners at least 22 hours a day. The orthodontic treatment is effective only during this timeframe when the aligner trays are in direct contact with the teeth. 

The 22 hours per day rule might seem strict, but it’s better to keep the clear aligners in for as long as possible. Otherwise, you might not get the best results. Patients need to be committed to wearing the Invisalign for the recommended number of hours. 

If you doubt that you’ll be able to wear braces for a long time, find out as much as you can before making the decision to wear Invisalign. If you don’t wear the custom-made aligners for the specified period of time, you risk compromising the treatment. What is more, it may take longer to correct the misaligned teeth. 

Make time for extra dental care 

Proper dental care is essential when you wear braces. This means that patients have to take really good care of their teeth. When you’re not wearing your Invisalign, you have to: 

  • Brush & floss – Take off the removable parts of the orthodontic device and brush. The rules don’t change when brushing your teeth with Invisalign. Use a soft brush and make sure to cover all the surfaces of the teeth. With flossing, it’s not a completely different story. Curve the floss around the base of each tooth and go beneath the gum. 
  • Clean the aligner trays – Make sure to remove plaque and debris. Rinse the clear aligners each time you take them off. This will prevent saliva from building up. If you want the Invisalign to smell great, soak them in a cleaning solution. You need an extra toothbrush for the orthodontic device. 

it’s paramount to incorporate these steps into the daily routine. Adequate dental care might take longer, yet it’s necessary for the protection of the teeth. Invisalign isn’t like traditional braces in the sense that there is no bulky metal or wires. So, it’s not that difficult to clean the teeth and gums. 

Additional attachments may be required 

Patients who have serious orthodontic issues may need additional attachments. Rubber bands and other appliances are used because additional force is necessary. It’s precisely this force that drives tooth movements and anchor points. Using attachments isn’t uncommon. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of patients have serious orthodontic needs. 

The attachments are placed in certain locations on the teeth to help the clear aligners do their job. Invisalign attachments are so small that they’re barely noticeable. The attachments are hidden by the aligners. 

Most importantly, they make the orthodontic treatment more effective. The overall number of attachments is determined at the beginning of the treatment. What happens is that the surface of the tooth is prepared for bonding and attaches the tooth-coloured bumps. 

Patients often complain that Invisalign attachments hurt. That doesn’t mean that something is wrong. It simply means that some people find the attachments uncomfortable. This is due to the patient’s teeth. Even if you experience discomfort, after a couple of days, you won’t feel the pressure of the attachments anymore.

Snacking isn’t encouraged 

Invisalign is an interesting alternative to normal braces. Not only is it faster, but also better. Patients have the freedom to eat whatever their heart desires and the orthodontic device doesn’t interfere in their everyday lives. However, snacking isn’t recommended. The reason for this is that it’s necessary to take out the clear aligners, clean them, and then put the aligners back in your mouth. All this takes time. 

As you can remember, you have to wear the Invisalign for about 22 hours. There may be many opportunities for snacking, but don’t take advantage of them. If you eat sugary foods, for instance, the sugar will stay in contact with your teeth for a long time. The point is that it’s not only a problem of cleanliness

Wear the Invisalign for 22 straight hours to get a bright smile. Snacking will disrupt tooth movement and extend the orthodontic treatment time. You can eat snacks every now and then. However, make sure to respect the eating window. It’s a good idea to avoid snacking altogether. This way, you won’t be tempted to take out the aligners. 

Invisalign is only the beginning 

Hard as it may be to believe Invisalign is only the beginning. after finishing the orthodontic treatment, patients can continue to work with the dental practitioner. The teeth might continue to shift throughout adult life, which is why it’s essential to continue seeing the orthodontist. 

Patients commonly wear a retainer after treatment with Invisalign. This is a custom-made device that holds the teeth in position. All in all, as an Invisalign patient, it’s paramount to continue seeing the dentist. Only a professional is capable of evaluating dental health and identify issues that require immediate attention. 

Invisalign isn’t the final stage of orthodontic treatment. Other measures are necessary to correct the smile and improve dental bite.

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