Invisalign is a teeth straightening method that has been gaining in popularity. They are part of a subset of orthodontic treatments known as ‘clear braces’.
Patients who choose Invisalign receive a series of custom-made aligners from a dentist like Sheen Dental Implants in SW14. The inside of each aligner is contoured so that some of the planes apply targeted pressure to the teeth in order to get them to move. The aligners are made of BPA-free plastic and so they are smooth on the outside and comfortable against the cheek. They are also see-through and fit snugly so that they do not move around when you talk or smile.
Invisalign in your life
When you receive your aligners, you also get a set of detailed care and usage instructions. It is important that you understand and follow them so that your treatment will work and you can maintain your oral health. Your dentist will probably talk you through the requirements before you are even fitted for your braces so that you are aware of the level of commitment involved when you choose Invisalign. It is not that there are any difficult actions that you need to perform but you do need to be disciplined.
To start with, Invisalign aligners need to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day. Any less that this and your teeth may not receive the consistent pressure they require in order to move. Practically speaking, this means you are wearing your aligner most of the time including when you sleep. However, you can still take them out for important moments and some patients feel more in control of this method of teeth straightening because of this.
You always take your aligner out to eat or drink anything other than water. Some people find that this makes them more aware of random snacking and, therefore, helps them to eat more healthily. You need to brush your teeth after any food before you put your aligner back in. This means you are likely to get in the habit of carrying a toothbrush and toothpaste with you.
Smoking is not advisable when you have Invisalign as it can discolour your aligners.