7 Questions to Ask Our Invisalign® Dentists
® can straighten your teeth in as little as 12 to 18 months. Yet, we understand if you’re hesitant about starting treatment.
Our Invisalign dentists in Shelby Township, MI, want to make sure you know what to expect before trying out these clear aligners. Continue reading to find out how our Invisalign dentists answer some of the most frequently asked questions they get from patients.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign are clear aligners that fit over your teeth. Over time, these aligners exert pressure on your teeth so they move into place. In fact, many patients are able to complete Invisalign treatment in as little as 12 to 18 months.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
Many patients prefer Invisalign because they are removable and discreet. Unlike traditional metal braces, you won’t have to avoid foods that are sticky or hard to chew. Instead, you’ll be able to enjoy an unlimited diet. It’ll also be easier for you to brush and floss your teeth.
Does Invisalign hurt?
You’ll notice some pressure on your teeth within the first few days of wearing new aligners. This discomfort is normal and will go away on its own as your teeth move into their new positions. In the meantime, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers. Most patients feel the discomfort is worth having a straighter, more attractive smile.
How many hours a day should I wear my aligners?
It’s a myth that you only need to wear Invisalign at night. The truth is that you need to wear yourat least 20 to 22 hours a day. It’ll take longer to straighten your teeth if you don’t wear your aligners as directed. Only remove your clear aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
How soon do you see results from Invisalign?
Most patients notice a difference in their smiles within 10 to 12 weeks of Invisalign. Yet, it’s important to remember that each patient is different. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t notice a difference in your smile right away. It takes the average patient 12 to 18 months to complete Invisalign treatment. One of our Invisalign dentists will plan out your treatment so you have a better idea of what to expect.
Does Invisalign make you lisp?
Very few patients lisp while wearing Invisalign trays. Those that do are able to adjust in a short period of time. Over time, you’ll get used to speaking around your Invisalign braces. Our dentists take digital x-rays and scans of your mouth so your aligners are a perfect fit. This helps prevent any lisping.
What foods should you avoid with Invisalign?
You are free to eat whatever you want during Invisalign treatment. In fact, this is an advantage of choosing Invisalign over traditional metal braces. Patients with metal braces have to stay away from foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew. Since Invisalign braces are removable, you won’t have this limitation.
Before eating, you’ll need to take out your clear aligners and store them in your case. Don’t put your aligners on a tray or napkin. Otherwise, you might throw them out by accident. Once you’re done with your meal, brush your teeth so you don’t stain your clear aligners. It’s important that you wear your Invisalign braces at least 20 to 22 hours a day. Otherwise, you won’t see the fast results you want.