5 Things You May Not Know About Invisalign
Let’s talk about teeth, in particular the ones of the non-perfect variety.
Orthodontic work has come a long way, and still offers tried and true methods for straightening teeth.
But time moves on, and with it so does our motivation to explore other options.
After reviewing the limited choices available for straighter teeth, the welcomed introduction of Invisalign gave patients a new way forward.
It is the least invasive way to go about the correction of your smile.
While a lot has been said and even more read about this innovative way of teeth straightening, there are a few things you might not know.
1. History of Invisalign
In their day, metal braces were created to straighten the un-straightenable, and there was a great deal of applause for the technology.
Though as time went on and technology became better, we decided not to submit people to what was essentially an exercise in patience and discomfort. The search was on for something better.
A young Stanford University student and a few of his colleagues invented a new design, then a product that evolved into a series of what are essentially clear retainers, known as aligners.
Tada! Invisalign was born and ready to take on the metal wire-weary world.
2. A Faster Way to Straighten Teeth
Some things take time…and some don’t. One of the key areas of appeal is it generally takes less time to straighten teeth using Invisalign than through traditional metal braces.
Depending on your treatment, these clear aligners can take around six months.
The complexity of your needs will be the ultimate decider for the length of your treatment.
3. I Can Eat What?
Eating certain foods can create problems for traditional brackets and wires. Hard or chewy foods usually cause metal brackets to break, and sticky foods make brackets and wires harder to clean. This can lead to diseases like cavities and periodontal disease.
These problems are non-existent with Invisalign. It makes enjoying your favorite foods so much easier…and you can eat anything!
Simply take out the aligners, eat, brush, floss, and place them back in!
4. Treat Aligners with Respect
Cleaning and taking care of the aligners is just as important as brushing your teeth!
It’s simple. Rinse the aligner every time you take them out. This will help prevent any build-up of bacteria. Make sure to also clean the aligners daily by brushing them with anti-bacterial soft soap and a toothbrush.
You can even use denture cleaning tablets for an easier way to clean them.
5. You Still Need to See a Dentist
This is not a set-and-forget undertaking.
Just like with metal braces, your dentist is here to guide you and see how your Invisalign progress is tracking. The good news is that Invisalign check-ups tend to take less time than traditional orthodontic appointments.
Digital scans allow your provider to see exactly how each tooth is progressing, so you are more likely to finish your treatment on time.
Regular cleaning and care of your teeth are still important to ensure continued mouth health.
Remember that your mouth is the gateway to your body and the keeper of your health. Don’t forget to keep it clean and cared for!
With Invisalign, a new smile can help you on the road to happiness and well-being. Better dental health means your entire body has a chance to stay mentally and physically healthier for longer.
Contact us today to learn more about how Invisalign can help you get the smile you want to last a lifetime.
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