You have done the research and know the benefits of Invisalign technology, and are ready to begin your own treatment. But what else should you know?
The Real Deal about Invisalign: Tips, Tricks, and Issues
It is a fact: Invisalign is a fantastic dental technology, a groundbreaking form of treatment that has forever changed the orthodontic world. Invisalign aligners are relatively invisible, comfortable, and easy to clean and take care of as opposed to fixed orthodontic appliances, such as braces. That means that Invisalign allows patients to feel confident, comfortable, and free to continue living their lives as they normally would, with or without the use of an orthodontic appliance.
However, for all the good that Invisalign treatment does, and for all the benefits that this form of orthodontic appliance truly does possess, it is important to still acknowledge, and understand, that there are certain things you will have to do in order to help ensure that your Invisalign aligners provide you with the most optimal treatment possible by taking proper care of them. We have compiled a list of ways in which Invisalign can affect a patient’s life, in order that our patients may be able to have the proper idea of the treatment plan they are pursuing. Read on to discover the real deal about Invisalign treatment.
The Dos and Don’ts of Invisalign, and What You Should Know Before You Begin Treatment
Depending on your treatment plan, you may need some attachments.
Attachments are small, enamel coloured ridges that are placed upon your teeth to help keep your aligners in place. Depending on the severity of your malocclusion, and the design of your treatment plan, you could require from zero to upwards of twenty attachments for your Invisalign aligners. The attachments work by clicking into the Invisalign aligners and assisting the aligners in the effective movement of the teeth. While Invisalign aligners are relatively invisible, but do be aware of the fact that attachments are not. This is, to many patients, still a better option than obtaining metal braces, for the reason that it is still more aesthetically pleasing.
You may lose weight.
You must keep your Invisalign aligners in for at least twenty-two hours a day. That does not leave much time for eating, and that is why it is advised that you plan your meals, and your eating times carefully. By taking the time to create a meal plan, you help ensure that your body is able to get all the nutrients, proteins, and healthy fats it needs in order to thrive.
Some patients like to add a protein smoothie to each meal of their day, in order to help make sure that they stay full, satisfied, and healthy in a way that is convenient while completing their Invisalign treatment.
Take a break from manicures.
It is impossible to remove your Invisalign aligners without the aid of your nails. Therefore it is recommended that patients stay away from manicures while they are undergoing their treatment, as constant removal of Invisalign aligners can chip away at manicured nail art.
Cold water only.
Hot tea, coffee, and other beverages will stain and warp your Invisalign aligners. That is why, while undergoing Invisalign treatment, you must be sure only to consume cold water and stainless beverages while your aligners are in your mouth.
Your treatment plan may involve a “refinement period”.
Many patients’ Invisalign treatment plans may require that the patient use more than one set of Invisalign aligners. Depending on the severity of your malocclusion, you may be fitted with a second set of aligners after you have finished the first round of your treatment. These second and subsequent sets of aligners will work to straighten out the teeth that were not adeptly targeted by the initial treatment.