If you’re interested in having an invisalign treatment here are 14 things you need to know before starting invisalign. These are things number eight to fourteen.
Number eight: you can’t eat with them on.
It shocks a lot of people to know that there’s a diet you should follow when you use invisalign. Don’t worry, this isn’t some crazy diet that will completely change your lifestyle and make you lose tons of weight. It’s more of a list of foods you can and can’t eat while wearing your aligners. Keep in mind that metal braces also have food restrictions, but with invisalign you can always easily slip off your aligners while you eat, which means you actually can eat anything you want. Just don’t eat while you’re actually wearing them to take care of them. You can use a removal tool to get aligners off easily and hygienically.
It’s also important to drink lots of water during this treatment. Water is already the best liquid for your teeth but it’s also so needed when you wear aligners all day, your mouth gets dry quickly and can feel uncomfortable at first. But there’s nothing a little bit of water can’t fix. Drink regularly and you’ll find it a lot easier to straighten your smile with the aligners.
Number nine: invisalign can help whiten your teeth.
The main aim of invisalign is purely to help realign your teeth and get your smile looking straighter. But as a happy side effect, it can also help whiten your teeth. This goes back to what we said about invisalign keeping things on your teeth. If you brush with a whitening toothpaste, all the whitening agents will stick to your teeth and not get washed off thanks to the invisalign. Focusing on from this it can also help protect your teeth from cavities too. Again, this is because the fluoride in toothpaste will stick to your teeth and not get diluted down from drinking water.
Number ten: you can get attachments to speed up your results.
Sometimes you may be given attachments that can help speed up the results. These are commonly referred to as invisalign buttons. They’re not for everyone so your dentist will talk with you about them at your consultation to see if you need them. Essentially they’re little things that are attached to a tooth and the invisalign tray. The aim is that it helps speed up the movement of that particular tooth to get it in line with the rest a lot quicker. They don’t stand out so no one will notice them and they can help you see quicker results.
Number eleven: there’s no age limit for invisalign.
Some people think that there’s an age limit with invisalign treatment. However, there’s no evidence to suggest that this is true. People of all ages can enjoy the benefits of invisalign.
Number twelve: you’ll need a retainer.
Invisalign is a revolutionary treatment in that it can quickly yield results and hardly anyone will notice you’re wearing the aligners. However, as with braces the work doesn’t stop when the treatment is over. Invisalign will do an amazing job but it’s up to you to ensure that it stays that way. You’ll get a retainer fitted for your newly aligned teeth which you have to keep in every night afterward. Too many people forget to do this particularly after having braces. As a result their teeth slowly start shifting again. The good news is when you have invisalign trays in your mouth for a year, you tend to get used to the feeling so sticking a retainer in before bed really doesn’t feel strange to you and can actually be rewarding knowing your smile is going to stay amazing.
Number thirteen: adjustments may be made to your teeth.
It’s worth noting that some minor adjustments may be made to your teeth before your treatment. Again, this will be discussed at your consultation. If your teeth are too big, they can get filed down slightly so they can fit in a tray with the rest of your teeth. Don’t panic, this isn’t a painful procedure at all and it will only help you get more from your treatment and have a better looking smile.
Number fourteen: cost varies per person.
Knowing the exact price of your invisalign treatment can be difficult. It varies from person to person and is usually cheaper if you’ve had braces before. Most patients can get all of their desired results for just three to five thousand dollars. The results that patients enjoy after their treatment are so astounding that patients are always grateful that they had the opportunity to use them. Additionally many insurance providers cover invisalign treatments, so you’ll be able to enjoy your new mile easily and quickly.
Those are the 14 things you should know before having an invisalign treatment. Invisalign is a great treatment and it can help bring back confidence to your smile.