Invisalign is an alternative to braces that lets patients live their life like it’s virtually orthodontics-free. But what exactly can you do while wearing Invisalign trays? Is it like braces, where food is more likely to get stuck in your teeth? Is it really invisible, or is it going to look like you’re wearing a night retainer 24/7? These are common questions your orthodontist can address, but it’s always a good idea to get as informed as possible before your consultation. Most deals that seem too good to be true are, but Invisalign is the exception to the rule.
Every patient and every mouth varies, but Invisalign is generally just as effective as traditional braces. It’s often required to be used just as long, too. However, also just like braces, you may need to wear a retainer afterward for a few hours per day (night is most common) for several years or even for life in order to maintain the straight teeth you achieve. Teeth can shift, and you want to make sure that doesn’t happen.
When it comes to Invisalign, can you really live like you’re not wearing orthodontics? Yes, starting with these perks:
1. Eat whatever you want:
You can remove your Invisalign for up to four hours per day, which is more than enough time to indulge, snack, go out to dinner and even have that spinach dip you’ve been eyeing. Since you can remove them to eat, the odds of getting something stuck in your teeth are the same as for people who don’t wear orthodontics.
2. Take worry-free photos:
Again, you’re more than welcome to remove Invisalign for a picture. This is especially important to teens with a strong selfie game. Just make sure you don’t leave out the aligner for too long, as it will extend your Invisalign time frame and may even redact the progress you’ve made so far. Plus, you might forget where you left it, though for teens, Invisalign allows for up to six free replacements.
It takes just a couple of days to get used to wearing Invisalign, and it doesn’t impact speech at all. You won’t suddenly develop a lisp or a slur. It’s kind of like wearing at-home whitening strips, but ones that have been customized to perfectly fit your teeth. Most people forget they’re even wearing the aligners.
4. Interact with confidence:
It’s normal to worry about people seeing your aligners, but don’t worry, because they truly are virtually invisible. Plus, most people aren’t overanalyzing you anyway. All they’ll notice is that, seemingly magically, your teeth are suddenly straighter and more beautiful. It’s your choice to reveal your secret or not.
5. Practice good oral hygiene:
Remove your aligners to clean them and to brush, floss and swirl mouthwash. No special skills are required, which can’t be said for braces.
This may be the ideal solution for patients of all ages. Contact Johnson Elite Orthodontics for an Invisalign consultation and to find out if this braces alternative is for you.