Traditional braces can often be considered unsightly for many adults. Spending months or years with metal discs and wires in their mouth is not their idea of paradise. Then came the invention of Invisalign – the clear retainer based correction system. In the years since its inception, our Kirkland family dentist practice has often been asked if Invisalign is the right choice for you.
We recommend speaking with a dentist or orthodontist trained in the Invisalign system, as they understand the process and have seen the results the system can achieve. Understand going in that you may not leave with a recommendation to use the system to fix your alignment issues.
To get you started, we’ve composed a summary of
what Invisalign can do and what’s best left to traditional braces.
What Invisalign treats (and doesn’t treat)
Invisalign has taken off with the adults and teens alike who want to forego the look of metal braces and the scratching that comes with them. When they first came out, they were used to treat only mild cosmetic dental corrections for adults. Now, they have systems to correct overbite, underbite, crossbite, gapped teeth and overcrowding.
However, there can be complexities involved in teeth that are severely rotated or tipped that make it difficult for this system to correct. Over the years, braces have been developed to the point that doctors can precisely control the repositioning of your teeth. While it is still a great system, Invisalign just isn’t as precise yet.
Eating and Drinking with Retainers
With the Invisalign retainer system, you can take out your retainer to brush your teeth, eat meals and drink whatever you want. However, removing the retainer is not as easy as slipping out whitening trays.
You’ll also want to make sure you carry a toothbrush (and maybe even floss) with you so you can brush your teeth after you eat. Otherwise, you risk food particles getting in the way or causing bacteria growth and cavities.
While you can eat or drink whatever you want with your retainer out at meals, with your retainer in you’ll want to limit consumption to cold water. Hot teas will warp your retainer since it’s made of BPA-free plastic and colored drinks, like soda, can stain the retainer.
Limited Dental Visits
If you’re looking for less visits to the dentist, Invisalign is a great option. For most treatment plans, progress check-ups are scheduled for every six weeks – that’s once every three trays!
Additionally, you do not have to have to come in for the orthodontist to tighten your braces or adjust placement of bands since you have each step of trays at home. Simply switch out your trays every two weeks (or however often is recommended by your treatment plan) and you’re good to go!
So if you’re looking for a way to improve your smile without the look of braces, give us a call to schedule a consultation! For more information about Invisalign, contact us today or visit Invisalign’s website.
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