What to Expect During the Invisalign® Process
Will I Need a Retainer After Orthodontic Treatment?
Have questions about Invisalign® clear aligners? You’ve come to the right place! Our Invisalign orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, and surrounding areas would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Whether you’re new to orthodontic treatment, or you’ve had braces as a child, we’ll thoroughly evaluate your orthodontic needs during your consultation.
In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about Invisalign clear aligners.
What is Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign aligners are a type of orthodontic treatment that exerts gentle and controlled force on your teeth. The aligners move your teeth little by little until you’re able to see your dream smile reflected back at you in the mirror.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are clear and discreet. They’re also made out of a comfortable plastic material that fits snugly around your teeth.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign Aligners?
There are many benefits of Invisalign aligners, which is why they’re often sought after by our patients. The main advantages are that the aligners are clear and discreet. Whether you’re in the classroom or the office, no one will be able to even tell you’re wearing aligners unless you tell them. This can help you feel more confident during orthodontic treatment.
Another key benefit of Invisalign aligners is that they’re removable. This allows you to enjoy an unrestricted diet during treatment. In comparison, patients with traditional metal braces must avoid foods that are sticky and/or difficult to chew. Otherwise, they risk damaging the metal wires and brackets on their teeth. Removable aligners will also make your oral hygiene routine that much easier!
Do Aligners Require Special Care?
Invisalign aligners require minimal maintenance. However, it’s important that you maintain good oral hygiene during Invisalign treatment so that you don’t stain your clear aligners.
For this reason, we recommend that you brush your teeth after every meal and snack. That way, you don’t trap any food particles between your teeth and aligners. You should also remove your aligners when drinking anything but water.
twice a day. To do this, you’ll need to first rinse your aligners under lukewarm water, then brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste. Never clean your aligners in boiling water or attempt to clean them in the dishwasher. This will only damage your aligners, warping them out of shape.
When you’re not wearing your aligners, be sure to place them in their special protective case. This will help you avoid throwing them away by accident or having them crushed or bent out of shape.
Invisalign also sells cleaning products for their aligners. For recommendations, be sure to ask our Invisalign orthodontists during your next appointment.
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How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Last?
It’s important to remember that each patient is different. Ultimately, the length of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the complexity of your case and how well you follow instructions from our orthodontists.
It’s vital that you wear your20 to 22 hours per day so that your teeth can move on schedule and according to your treatment plan. Otherwise, you risk prolonging your Invisalign treatment.
Does Invisalign Treatment Hurt?
Invisalign aligners work by exerting constant, gentle pressure on your teeth. As a result, you will experience some minor and temporary discomfort during Invisalign treatment. The good news is that you can expect the discomfort to go away within a day or two of wearing a new set of clear aligners. You may also easily manage any slight discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
You may be a candidate for Invisalign if you have crooked or crowded teeth. Invisalign patients will also need the willpower to hold themselves accountable during treatment so that they wear their aligners as directed. For this reason, Invisalign is typically recommended for teens and adults.
To learn if you’re a candidate for aligners, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with one of our Invisalign providers.
Book an Invisalign Consultation
Our Invisalign orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, and surrounding areas are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call Parrish Orthodontics at (260) 447-2568. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.
This blog post has been updated.