Invisalign is a modern alternative to traditional metal braces that has changed the game for many people. Invisalign allows patients to straighten their teeth without the hassle and chunkiness of metal brackets and wires. Not only is the treatment comfortable, but it is also virtually invisible! Contact our dentist near you if you’re interested in receiving Invisalign in Grande Prairie today!
What is Invisalign?
First off, what is Invisalign? Invisalign is a customized set of clear thermoplastic aligners. They are created using 3D scans and are fabricated in a lab. The 3D scans are also used to project your results and estimate treatment time, so you can see what your teeth will look like after the treatment before you even begin!
What Should You Know About Invisalign?
We will discuss seven things you should know and consider regarding Invisalign treatment.
- Invisalign is a full-time commitment.
Yes, Invisalign aligners are removable, which means you get more flexibility. However, while they are removable, it doesn’t mean you can leave them out all day. It’s important to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day. If you wear your aligners less than that, you risk prolonging your treatment. Invisalign may not be the right option for those who have difficulties remembering to wear them all day.
- Invisalign might not be the right option for your concerns.
Invisalign can address most orthodontic concerns but are more geared towards mild and moderate cases. Patients with more severe and complicated cases may not be eligible. Please speak to our dentist in Grande Prairie to determine if you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign.
- The aligners can stain.
Invisalign treatment is essentially invisible. However, the aligners are prone to staining if you do not take care of them. For example, coffee and coloured beverages can stain your aligners. It’s important to rinse and brush your teeth and aligners to prevent staining from occurring. In addition, try to drink beverages aside from water during your breakfast, lunch, or dinner when your aligners are off.
- Speaking of brushing, you need to brush after every meal.
Yes, EVERY meal. After each meal, it’s essential to brush your teeth to remove excess food particles. If you do not brush, the food particles get trapped between your teeth and aligners, which can cause potential decay and foul breath.
- It may be difficult to speak at first.
It can be difficult to speak in the first few days like any other dental appliance. Once your mouth gets used to the aligners and have adjusted, you will have no issues speaking.
- They are relatively comfortable.
Overall, Invisalign aligners should be very comfortable. You may feel increased pressure and discomfort in the beginning and in between each set, but the discomfort should be mild and disappear within a few days.
- You may not be able to snack in between meals.
This really depends on how diligent you are with brushing after you eat. The extra mid-day snack may not be worth the hassle of removing your aligners, brushing, and flossing your teeth. However, please keep in mind that if you are removing your aligners for a snack, that you are not removing them for more than two to four hours a day.
Looking for Invisalign Near You?
We are happy to provide Invisalign in Grande Prairie to correct your bite, realign your teeth, and help you achieve a beautiful smile. Contact our dentist in Grande Prairie to schedule a consultation today!