A smile that you can be confident in can be great for your social life, your career, and your overall sense of well-being. When you can show off your dazzling teeth without reservation, you’re telling the world that you’re confident about yourself, and you’re demonstrating that you take excellent care of your health and your appearance. However, crooked teeth and bite alignment issues might leave you feeling less than eager to show off your teeth. With Invisalign®, we can correct your orthodontic issues without the need for metal braces and wires. Call our dental office today to set up a consultation and learn how Invisalign from our Dallas, TX cosmetic dentist can bring you the smile of your dreams.
At the start of the Invisalign® process, a number of clear plastic aligners are made. They’re designed based on impressions of your smile, and each one represents a small step towards your ultimate oral health goal. The aligners are made at a dental lab by skilled technicians. When you return to our dental office to receive your aligners, we will give you detailed instructions about what order to wear them in and how long you need to keep them in your mouth each day.
You need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day. If you don’t, it could end up delaying your treatment, and it may extend the process longer than expected. That said, you can take your aligners out when eating or brushing your teeth. It’s also recommended that you remove them whenever you drink anything besides water, as other liquids might stain or damage the plastics.
You’ll usually switch to a new aligner every two weeks unless your dentist tells you otherwise. It might feel uncomfortable for the first few days as your teeth start to shift in the new direction, but the discomfort won’t last for very long. If need be, you can take some medication over the counter to stay as comfortable while your mouth is still in the process of adjusting.
Treatment times are usually between 12 and 18 months, although the severity of the problem needs to be taken into account along with how often you wear your aligners. After your treatment is complete, you will be given a retainer to stop your teeth from returning to where they were before; we’ll give you instructions on how often to wear your aligner.
Invisalign® is generally considered most suitable for adults. It’s sometimes recommended to teenagers as well, but it’s usually best for individuals who have already completed their oral growth and development. There’s also the matter of compliance, as young children and teenagers are more likely to “forget” to wear their aligners or take them out of their mouths unnecessarily. You may be considered a candidate for Invisalign® if you are responsible enough to keep your aligners in your mouth for the requisite amount of time each day and if you have a mild to moderate case of crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, overcrowding, or other orthodontic issues.
So far, we’ve covered everything from how Invisalign in Dallas works to who is a candidate and what the benefits of clear aligners are. Of course, if you still have questions on your mind, that’s okay! If you’d like to speak directly with our team, then don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation. If you’d like to continue your research online, then keep reading!
While traditional braces come with some dietary restrictions (like no caramel apples and popcorn), the same cannot be said for Invisalign. In other words, since the aligners are completely removable, you can eat whatever you’d like! With that said, it’s a good idea to make a few adjustments to avoid breaking one of your attachments or developing a cavity. That includes keeping your consumption of added sugar to a minimum and exercising caution with extremely hard and sticky foods.
Since your teeth are being moved into entirely new positions, orthodontic treatment of any kind comes with some discomfort. The good news is that Invisalign is significantly more comfortable than traditional braces since the aligners are crafted from high-quality plastic, not metal. Plus, they are custom-made just for you, ensuring they won’t dig into your gums, tongue, or the soft tissue in your mouth. If you do experience any irritation, then you can use some dental wax to cover the sharp edge. As for any overall soreness, you can use a cold compress or take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Oftentimes, patients overcomplicate the process of cleaning their clear aligners. In reality, keeping them clean and clear is as easy as adopting a few new habits. First, always remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water. Second, rinse your trays each time you take them out of your mouth. Third, use water and a soft-bristled toothbrush (no toothpaste) to gently clean each surface of your aligners after each meal. If your trays need a deeper clean, don’t use mouthwash or a household product, like bleach. Instead, add your Invisalign cleaning crystals to some lukewarm water and soak your aligners in the mixture for about 15 minutes.
Since your aligners only work while you’re wearing them, it’s important to wear them as much as possible. Naturally, that’s hard to do if your aligners are broken! That’s why it’s so important that you act right away. The first step is to reach out to your cosmetic dentist in Dallas. Once they learn more about your situation and where you are in your treatment, they’ll be able to determine the next best steps. For example, if you just switched to that tray, then they may tell you to wear your previous one in the meantime.
If you’ve had braces in the past but your teeth have begun to shift back into their previous positions, you may be wondering if you’re a candidate for Invisalign. While your candidacy will be determined by your Dallas dentist, there is a good chance the answer is “yes!” So, don’t hesitate to schedule your consultation today and take a big step closer toward an even more beautiful smile.
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