Helpful Information about Invisalign

To learn more about this innovative teeth straightening alternative and help you make an informed decision, please read on.

Facts about Invisalign

Here are some interesting facts about Invisalign:

1. Versatility

Traditional metal braces cannot be removed at any time during treatment. Not so with Invisalign. The aligners can be easily removed for eating and brushing.  

2. Comfort and Wearability

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. This is because they are made of a strong, transparent material that makes them both comfortable and effective.

3. Treatment Time

Teeth straightening with traditional braces usually takes longer to complete. The duration of an Invisalign treatment is flexible and varies from patient to patient.

4. No Harmful Toxins

Invisalign aligners are made of BPA-free plastic, which does not contain ingredients considered dangerous to your health.

5. Easy Care

Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are easy to clean. Simply pop them out, brush and floss your teeth, brush and rinse your aligners, and pop them back in.

Misconceptions about Invisalign Braces

1. Invisalign is not 100% Invisible

The biggest misconception about Invisalign is that no one can see the aligners. In truth, they are virtually invisible from afar, but upon close examination, yes, the aligners can be seen.

2. Immediate Results

Invisalign and traditional braces work in a similar fashion. They are both straightening devices and both take time to straighten and align your teeth. Some people have been lead to believe that, because Invisalign is so advanced, they are some sort of magical dental treatment. 

It is possible to straighten your teeth with Invisalign, but this process takes time and the length varies from person to person.

3. Everyone Can Use Invisalign

Our dentist is the one who knows how to work with your teeth's condition and the one who can determine if Invisalign is the most appropriate option for you. A preliminary evaluation with our dentist is important as Invisalign is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. For instance, patients allergic to the material Invisalign is made of may not be able to use it.

4. Dietary Precautions

Staining is a major issue when using traditional braces. This is because some foods and beverages may stick to your teeth, the brackets, and the wires. Mustard, peanut butter, red wine, tea, and coffee are some of the food items you may need to avoid during treatment with metal braces. With Invisalign, you get to eat and drink everything you like and not worry about staining your teeth. Simply remove your aligners before consuming anything and you'll be good to go.

5. Need for Retainers

Whether your teeth are straightened with metal braces or Invisalign, you will still need to use a retainer after the straightening phase is complete. A retainer helps protect your teeth's new alignment by keeping them from shifting and moving.