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7 Things You Should Know Before Getting Invisalign Clear Braces

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Wearing braces to straighten teeth, just like sleepovers and getting your driver’s license is like a rite of passage for lots of teenagers. It is common because those developing years are the most effective time for orthodontic treatment when the teeth and jaw are still developing. Adults can wear braces to achieve the same purpose, too, but it is best to do so at the earliest.

Braces can be uncomfortable, annoying, and even painful, but all that is changing in 2020, with the growing popularity of adults opting for clear braces such as Invisalign for orthodontic treatment.

For lots of people who wear braces, a severe blow is dealt to their confidence. However, technological development has led to the use of invisible aligners, making wearing braces almost impossible to detect.

Now, you could be speaking to someone and not realize that they are wearing braces because they are clear, practically invisible, and some are even removable. This is far removed from the uncomfortable train tracks that used to be the only choice. Also, clear braces take less to maintain, so you don’t have to go to the orthodontist clinic every time.

It’s a great deal.

Are you considering getting clear braces? Here are some crucial details and expert information from Dr. Krystyna Wilczynski, Dentist at White and Co dental clinic, and every Invisalign newbie should know.

1. Attachments

In anticipation, you might have researched about Invisalign several times. However, there is still some information that you might not find online until you get to the doctor’s office. One of them is attachments. These tooth-colored little hooks are used to hold the aligner in place by bonding it to specific teeth. They are fixed in such a way to ensure the active movement of the teeth.

They are practically invisible and would be of little discomfort until you get used to them.


2. Temporary Discomfort and Pain

There would be a little discomfort and pain when you first get Invisalign, but if you have previously experienced the pain and discomfort of train tracks, then this would be a walk in the park because Invisalign is much less painful. The pain and discomfort also ease as time proceeds.

3. Brushing your teeth often

One of the significant changes to your daily routine would be extra dental hygiene. You would have to regularly brush your teeth to avoid damaging your teeth if food gets trapped in your aligners.

4. Discipline and Strict.

Since the aligners are not permanently fixed to your teeth, you might remove them to eat, drink, or brush your teeth and then forget to wear them. This could disrupt your treatment process and progress because, according to experts, your aligners should stay on your teeth for at least 21 hours a day. After all, they will not work if they are not in your mouth.

Your checkups with your dentist would be to ensure that you are being disciplined, ensuring that you are wearing your aligners and that they are working correctly!

5. Not a Quick Fix

This is not a quick fix! One of the keys and crucial details that Dr. Wilczynski keeps stressing on is that; there are no quick fixes in orthodontics. Using Invisalign will not straighten your teeth faster. Any more rapid movements could cause nerve damage and severe pains to the teeth. So, it is best to take the time to move the teeth. The treatment time depends on every individual case and could be from four months to two years.

6. Invisalign Works for most people

It doesn’t matter whether your teeth have previously been moved, Invisalign would most likely work for you too. So, don’t rule yourself out. Clear braces are used to treat a lot of orthodontist cases, from issues of spacing, crowding, and overbites, and underbites and orthodontic relapses.

7. The end is not the end

Like most people know, the teeth have a memory system, and so after orthodontic treatment, they’ll want to move back to their original position. To avoid this, Dr. Wilczynski says, after the Invisalign process, they have to be retained with either removable or fixed retainers to prevent the teeth from moving back, which is known as relapse.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Loretta Osakwe Awosika

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