Invisalign was popular the moment manufacturers released a way for people to get straighter teeth without braces. Even in the early years of treatment, when the aligner system was perceived as a cosmetic enhancement only, adults rushed to their dentist to see how they could improve the appearance of their smile. Since that time, we have learned a lot.
Over the years, we have learned that Invisalign is not just about cosmetics; it is a viable solution for spacing, alignment, and certain bite issues. We have also learned that Invisalign does offer all those reported advantages over braces; advantages such as not being braces, and such as being able to eat whatever one would like. Amidst all of the celebratory high-fiving, though, we also need to remember the nitty gritty details of this treatment.
- To get straight teeth, aligners must be worn nearly all the time. The great thing about Invisalign is that the clear plastic trays used to straighten teeth can be removed. Hooray! The potential danger to treatment is that aligners can be removed. It’s a double-edged sword of sorts. To get the desired outcome in the shortest amount of time, it is necessary to make a strong habit of keeping aligners in place pretty much 24/7.
- To get straight, healthy teeth, brushing must become second-nature. Most patients realize that oral hygiene is important. This habit becomes even more crucial to teeth that are covered with aligner trays more hours than not. If brushing and flossing are not a solid routine, bacteria can accumulate on teeth, in between them, and on the aligners, too. Bacteria mean inflammation, cavities, and bad breath.
- Invisalign is comfortable, and it’s not. It’s easy to become interested in a method of teeth-straightening that is known for unparalleled comfort. However, this should not be taken to mean that you will not experience some soreness or other odd sensations throughout treatment. The fact is, when teeth have to be moved, they will need to push against the ligament that holds them in place, and this can be slightly uncomfortable.
- Invisalign is the initial phase of a straight smile. Treatment that moves teeth achieves one goal, to get teeth into proper position. From that point, though, we need to keep teeth in their new position. This means that Invisalign will be followed-up with a retainer.
The advantages of Invisalign stack up no matter how you look at them. Consult with your Shakopee dentist, Dr. O’Brien, about what Invisalign could do for you.