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When it comes to dental care, you have to be super diligent or you might have to bear expensive dental treatments to fix it. Things like cavities and rotting teeth are your doing, but if you won the genetic lottery and need braces, I’m sorry.
This dental treatment is expensive and can often make eating and drinking more difficult. Some people even experience constant dull pain or discomfort with traditional braces.
Luckily, that is not the case with Invisalign Clear Aligners. According to many doctors, it is a much better and less painful treatment option. Just like traditional braces, you are required to wear your Invisalign aligners for multiple months or sometimes years and wait for the changes to gradually happen.
It takes time but it is so worth it, see why:
What happens in the beginning
When you visit your orthodontist for the first time, he will probably take some x rays and create a 3d model of your teeth. Once you both agree on how your teeth should look, they will place an order for your custom Invisalign aligners.
Unlike old school braces, these aligners are barely visible and can easily be removed whenever you want, states Dr. Bagheri of New York Total Dental. If you’re afraid of looking like a nerd, you need not fret with Invisalign aligners.
What do Invisalign aligners do
These aligners are specially designed for your mouth and have the capability to move your teeth with time. They can close gaps, realign crooked teeth and cure over and underbites.
People that don’t need a lot of work done, prefer this treatment for aesthetic purposes. After all, they are hardly noticeable and not at all painful. It’s way better than being a metal mouth.
What can you eat during the treatment
The best thing about Invisalign clear aligners is that you can easily remove them before you eat (which is something you should always do). This means you can pretty much eat anything you want, unlike other braces.
With normal braces, food is constantly getting stick in them causing you to spend countless amounts of time trying to avoid this. Still, according to the majority of the dentists, it’s probably a good idea to refrain from chewing gum and other sticky items while you are undergoing treatment.
In some cases especially early in your treatment, people might suffer from gum soreness. This is due to the constant readjusting and movement of the teeth. So during this time, you might want to go with soft food items that are easy to chew.
How long do you need to wear them
The timespan of your treatment varies from patient to patient. Some people just have to wear Invisalign aligners for 5 to 6 months and they are good to go. In other cases, people have to wear them for a year or two based on the condition of their teeth.
The most important thing is that you keep regularly visiting your dentist and have your progress monitored. This way adjustments can be made along the way, possibly speeding thing up.
How to take care of your Invisalign aligners
Once you’ve gotten your Invisalign aligners, you now need to be super careful while handling them since they are not only expensive but also take a lot of time to be reconstructed.
Immediately rinse off your aligners when you remove them from your mouth. You don’t want your old salvia drying on them as it is a great breeding ground for bacteria. And, make sure you always brush and floss your teeth before putting your Invisalign aligners back in too.
From time to time, brush your aligners with antibacterial soap and a toothbrush. Just be very gentle as they can scratch easily. Happy smiles ahead guys!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.