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4 Things to Know About Invisalign Before Starting Treatment

December 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — grandnaperville @ 8:48 pm
woman holding an Invisalign aligner

Invisalign in Naperville is an ideal alternative to traditional braces, and many patients appreciate the subtleness and flexibility these clear aligners offer. Unlike metal appliances that can cause irritation, discomfort, and prolonged care, Invisalign makes straightening teeth easy, discreet, and quick. But before a patient moves forward with treatment, there are a few key factors that should be discussed during an initial consultation.

Brushing is Required More Frequently

Teeth brushing is still required in the morning and at night before going to bed; however, it is necessary for patients to also brush their teeth after every meal. The reason for this is that food particles can easily burrow into the crevices of teeth and gums, causing cavities to develop and bad breath to form. The more plaque and bacterial accumulations, the more difficult it becomes for teeth to move. Brushing teeth, though, will help keep smiles moving in the right direction and free of potential problems.

It Is Possible to Lose Weight

Snacking should be minimal during Invisalign treatment. Because aligners must be removed each time a person eats, this can negatively affect the amount of time spent wearing the trays. Every time they are taken out, teeth miss out on moving just a little bit closer to their final destination. By cutting back on snacks throughout the day, not only will teeth continue to shift, but it’s also possible for patients to lose a little bit of weight.

Wear Time is 20-22 Hours a Day

Before committing to Invisalign, individuals should plan to commit to the process. This means agreeing to wear the clear aligners for 20-22 hours each day. Although that means only 2-4 hours are spent sans aligners, this is necessary in order to keep teeth moving in the right direction. Without continuous pressure placed on a person’s pearly whites, better alignment cannot be achieved. Patients who choose Invisalign should remain dedicated to adhering to this “rule” if desired results are the ultimate goal.

Cold Water Only While Wearing Aligners

It is recommended that patients wearing Invisalign remove their trays before drinking any beverages; however, if a person wants to have a bit of water and continue to wear their aligners, it must be cold. Any kind of warm or hot beverage will not only warp the plastic but can also stain the aligners, causing them to become more visible to others. Also, beverages that contain sugary can cause plaque to accumulate and transfer onto teeth.

There are many guidelines that come with wearing Invisalign aligners. However, knowing the details and expectations can help any eager patient to feel more confident and ready for an effective treatment that leads to a straighter smile.

About the Practice
At Grand Dental – Naperville, our team is committed to helping individuals achieve straighter smiles. By offering Invisalign clear aligners, people can pursue a more discreet method of treatment without compromising their daily appearances. To schedule a consultation and learn more about Invisalign, visit our website or call (630) 576-9970.