What to Expect with Invisalign® Treatments

Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional braces as they are less noticeable while still being effective for treating a range of simple cosmetic orthodontic corrections. However, many patients are curious about what to expect while wearing Invisalign aligners.

1. Why a Sports Guard Can’t Play the Role of Aligners?

Sports guards are a great way to protect teeth while playing contact sports; however they are not designed to realign teeth, even if they are customised to your mouth. Sports guards simply absorb the shock of an impact, whereas Invisalign aligner trays gently but continuously apply pressure to the teeth and jaws to reposition your teeth.

If you play sports and are considering Invisalign aligners to correct your smile, it is best to remove your aligners before you play and swap them for a sports guard for the duration of the game; this protects both your teeth and your aligners.

2. How Aligners Affect Your Diet

One of the most significant benefits to wearing Invisalign is being able to remove the aligners for up to four hours per day. Because they can be removed, you can eat and drink what you like without worrying about food becoming stuck in brackets and wires as is the case with traditional braces.

However, be aware that your diet impacts your overall oral health and consuming food and drinks high in acid and sugar can deteriorate your teeth and cause decay and gum disease which not only is bad for your health but can also affect the appearance of your teeth.

3. Is It Possible to Play Instruments with Aligners?

It is recommended that you wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 – 22 hours per day to achieve the best results. Fortunately, this means that you can remove your aligners if you play an instrument that is difficult to play while wearing your trays. Rinse and store your aligners correctly when they are out of your mouth to prevent damage.

4. Is It Possible to Kiss?

Wearing orthodontic devices can negatively impact your self-esteem. However, because Invisalign trays are almost-invisible, patients report fewer concerns about their appearance, and it is likely your partner won’t notice them either.

Invisalign aligners are custom-fitted to your teeth to prevent them from moving or becoming dislodged even while kissing. Although you can remove your aligners for up to four hours per day, it is best to only remove them while eating or caring for your teeth, as continuous or prolonged removal of the aligners will not help you achieve the results you want.

5. Does Aligner Affect My Pronunciation?

Pronunciation requires the use of the tongue and teeth to create and manipulate sound. Many people do have some difficulty speaking clearly when they are first fitted with aligners because it can interfere with how your tongue presses on your teeth causing some people to lisp.

Your speech will return to normal as you practice and become used to wearing the aligners, but you may experience speech problems each time you change over your tray. If your trays continue to impact your speech, talk to your orthodontist about Invisalign in Staines.

6. How to Keep Aligners Clean?

Not caring for your aligners can cause them to become discoloured and no longer invisible. It can also allow bacteria and plaque to build-up in the crevices, causing them to smell bad and reintroduce those bacteria into your mouth increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Care for your aligners by rinsing them under warm water every time you take them out of your mouth and brushing them gently with your toothbrush when you brush your teeth to prevent bacterial build-up. Do not use toothpaste to clean your aligner as the abrasive particles can cause damage.

Invisalign also offer specialised cleaning crystals for soaking your aligner trays regularly to disinfect them. Alternatively, you can use clear antibacterial soap to cleanse your aligners.

7. Will Invisalign Be the Reason for Bad Breath?

One of the primary causes of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. Food particles become stuck in your teeth and bad bacteria feed on the particles producing unpleasant smelling waste products. Poor oral hygiene can also cause tooth decay and gum disease which can also cause foul smelling breath.

Invisalign aligner trays can be removed for eating and oral hygiene, so food particles do not become stuck inside the tray and decompose. Removable trays also allow you to brush and floss properly to remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums.

Final Thoughts

Invisalign aligners are a suitable and effective orthodontic device for correcting minor to moderate alignment issues. The removable trays offer you more flexibility and convenience to maintain your lifestyle, and the near-invisible construction has less impact on your self-esteem. If you are interested in getting Invisalign, call your local orthodontist in Staines for an appointment.

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