You deserve to have a smile that makes you feel confident. For many people, misalignment problems rob them of optimal aesthetic beauty as it pertains to their smile. Turned teeth, crooked teeth, overlapping teeth, gaps, and other alignment issues might cause you to hide your smile when this is a part of your personality you want to show off. Invisalign can help. You may have heard about this aligner system that has been straightening teeth for the past several years but questions whether or not it is suitable for you. The best way to find out is to schedule a visit with an Invisalign dentist. Before you do, it may help to get answers to some questions about this system.
How can Aligners Straighten Teeth?
The Invisalign system is built on the effectiveness of durable thermoplastic aligners. These look similar to the trays you would wear to whiten your teeth or like the mouthguards that athletes wear, only much thinner and clearer. Invisalign aligners are BPS, BPA, gluten, and latex-free. They are effective at straightening tooth alignment because each aligner fits over a row of teeth, placing pressure in the direction we want the teeth to move. With each set of aligners that is worn properly, the smile becomes increasingly straight, healthy, and attractive.
Is Invisalign Right for Everyone?
Most adults and many teens are good candidates for Invisalign teeth-straightening. The few situations in which a different type of orthodontia may be recommended include:
- The patient smokes
- The patient cannot wear aligners as directed by their treatment plan
- The jaw is not fully developed
- There are severe bite or misalignment problems
Invisalign dentists conduct a thorough consultation and examination to understand the extent of correction that is needed. Treatment is not recommended if we do not believe we can achieve the desired outcome.
How Will My Daily Routine Change When I Get Invisalign?
One of the reasons Invisalign is so popular is that it doesn’t require a major shift from normalcy. Patients can still attend meetings and special events without feeling self-conscious about their smiles. For the most part, patients can continue eating the majority of their favorite foods. Exceptions include hard candies, ice, chewy candies, gum, and popcorn. Minor lifestyle modifications that may be warranted include:
- Do not smoke
- Remove aligners before eating or drinking
- Rinse trays before fitting them over teeth
- Rinse the mouth with water after eating or drinking, then insert aligners
- Wear aligners all the time, removing them only to eat, brush, and floss