Orthodontists play a vital role in improving oral health by restoring smiles. One of the ways they do this is through Invisalign aligners, which are clear aligners patients wear for roughly 22 hours a day to perfect their smile in a subtle, practically invisible way. Before getting started with Invisalign, there are a few things you should know! Read on to identify five commonly asked questions to ask your orthodontist about Invisalign.
1. What Are The Different Levels of Invisalign Treatment?
Approximately 50-75% of the population can benefit from orthodontist services, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Orthodontists utilize Invisalign aligners for different lengths of time depending on the amount of movement required for that patient’s teeth in particular. There are three general levels of Invisalign treatment: light, moderate and intensive. The light option is for patients with minor crowding, while the more intensive option is for patients with more advanced and complex orthodontic needs.
2. Will Using Invisalign Trays Hurt?
When Invisalign aligners are switched out, there can be a minor amount of soreness, pain, and discomfort associated with adjusting to the next level of aligner therapy. This brief soreness is completely normal and is due to the temporary adjustment to increased pressure on the teeth, but it should quickly abate as your teeth adjust to the new aligners.
3. How Do You Take the Trays In and Out?
Your orthodontist till typically provide a little hook to help detach the aligners. When separating, start on the inside and back, then hook and pull the aligner away from the attachment. To put the aligners back in, begin at the front and work your way backward. To promote maximum aligner efficacy, massage the attachments when putting the Invisalign aligners back in.
4. Do the Trays Stain?
Unlike traditional braces that make teeth brushing and flossing a bit more difficult, Invisalign aligners are detachable, making them easy to clean and prevent staining. When you take the aligners out to eat and drink, you must brush your teeth before putting the Invisalign aligners back into your mouth. Also, use a clean toothbrush to brush the aligners as well before popping them back in to prevent bacteria from forming and minimize any chances of staining.
5. What other maintenance is involved with Invisalign Aligners?
Once your teeth are straightened with Invisalign aligners, keeping them in the correct positions using retainers provided by your orthodontist is essential. Your orthodontist may even advise using a bonded wire or plastic retainer placed on the back of the teeth depending on your unique needs. Additionally, after overnight soaking, use cleaning crystals or tablets to soak aligners in solution to disinfect them before wearing them again.
The smile specialists at Mint Hill Orthodontics are here to answer any additional questions you might have regarding Invisalign & to help you get started on the stunning, confident smile you deserve! Are you ready to rock your best smile? Give us a call at 980.243.8030 today to get your FREE Smile Consult on the books!