If you’re looking online for information about Invisalign, you’ll find articles, blogs, and misinformation in abundance. There are people who claim that it didn’t work, or that their dentist gave them wrong information. Some Patients who claim that the trays gave them a speech impediment or intense teeth pain. There are conspiracy theories about the Align corporation, and blogs by disgruntled dental professionals who haven’t moved into the 21st century. But there are a few things you should know before committing to a 30 week treatment with a trained, certified Invisalign provider:
- In order for Invisalign to work, you have to commit to wearing it 22 hours a day. Complying with the treatment is the only way to set your teeth straight. To protect your investment in your dental health, you’ll need to wear the trays at night and through the day. Take them out for eating, drinking anything but water, and brushing or flossing.
- Cleaning is easy, but if you don’t clean the trays, they won’t stay invisible. You’ll need to brush them with a soft brush and toothpaste when you brush your teeth. It’s also a good idea to soak them daily with an effervescent denture cleaner. This will keep them clear, clean, and fresh.
- Not just the trays, but your teeth, too. Practicing exceptional oral hygiene is always important, but especially when you are wearing a plastic aligner over your teeth. Any food or drink particles left on or between your teeth before putting the aligner will cause plaque and tartar build-up, and can be the start of gingivitis leading to gum disease. Whenever you eat or drink you’ll need to brush, floss, and/or rinse your mouth.
- The trays cause a mechanical change to your speech habits. The minute difference in distance between the surface of the back of your teeth and the back of the tray realigns the tongue in the mouth and the course of the air that passes through the lips. This won’t be a permanent lisp; it may take a week or so to adjust to the change and be able to speak normally again.
- Invisalign can fix just about anything that braces can. The 3D imaging system we use to create the trays gives us the ability move, rotate, or lift your teeth. However, for some teeth, you may need a “button” to encourage the movement. The button grabs onto the tray, pulling the tooth into the correct position. The results are a healthier bite alignment, more even teeth, and a beautiful smile.
One of the best advantages to Invisalign is that you don’t need an orthodontist to provide the treatment. The technology is so advanced that all you need to get started is a virtual scan. At Raleigh Dental Arts, Dr. Agarwal will take the 3D images used to manufacture the trays. He’ll be able to show you the progression your teeth will make during the treatment plan, and will answer any questions you might have. Call our Raleigh office for a consultation today!