Five things patients need to know about invisible aligners

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For many adults, when they look at photos of themselves smiling, something is a bit off.

Even if there is no serious misalignment that they can pinpoint, many people in their 20s and beyond notice that their front teeth are a bit misaligned, which can cause them to feel self-conscious about their smiles. Luckily, there is no need to employ braces all the time anymore with the invention of invisible aligners.

Invisible aligners, also known as clear aligners, have become an extremely popular alternative to traditional metal braces for straightening teeth. These aligners are clear, plastic trays that gradually shift the teeth into the desired position. 

So, If you’re considering invisible aligners as a treatment option, here are five things you should know. 

Invisible aligners require discipline and responsibility

Unlike traditional braces, which are affixed to the teeth and can’t be removed until treatment is complete, invisible aligners like Invisalign Wagga can be taken out for eating, drinking, and brushing. This flexibility can be appealing, but it also means that the success of the treatment depends on the patient’s discipline and responsibility. In order for the aligners to work, they must be worn for 22 hours a day, every day. If you do not follow this schedule, it can result in extended treatment time or unsatisfactory results.

So, try to keep them in for as long as you can per day. If you are struggling to do so, talk to your dentist or orthodontist.

Treatment time varies

Did you have a friend that tried invisible aligners, and it took a couple of months, and you are wondering why it is taking you much longer?

The length of treatment with invisible aligners varies depending on the severity of the orthodontic problems that are being corrected. Some patients may only need to wear the aligners for a few months, while others may need to wear them for a year or more. Your dental team or your orthodontist will be able to give you a better estimate of your treatment time after an initial evaluation.

Oral hygiene is crucial

Proper oral hygiene is crucial when wearing clear aligners. Food particles can get trapped between the teeth and the aligners, leading to decay and gum disease. Patients must brush and floss after every meal before reinserting their aligners. Neglecting oral hygiene can lead to prolonged treatment time and potential complications.

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Some discomfort is to be expected

When you first start wearing invisible aligners, you may experience some discomfort or soreness. This is a normal part of wearing aligners and should subside after a few days once the new aligners begin to fit. You may also experience some discomfort each time you switch to a new set of aligners as the teeth are being shifted into a new position. However, the discomfort is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Regular check-ups are necessary

Regular check-ups with your dentist or orthodontist are necessary when undergoing treatment with invisible aligners. They will monitor your progress and make adjustments as needed. It’s also important to let them know if you’re experiencing any discomfort or if the aligners are not fitting properly.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.