Mita A. Parikh, DMD

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Learn 5 Tips You Should Know Prior To Starting Invisalign

removable teeth bracesInvisalign is a great technology that has numerous advantages over conventional metal and wire braces. It’s faster, it hurts less, and it’s far more invisible. However, no matter how gradual or gentle it might be, it won’t matter if your orthodontist or dentist isn’t up to par. If he or she knows what they are doing and they are passionate about their work, you’re likely to see benefits and a better smile. On the other hand, if patients are double-booked and you get told to come back later, or worse, you can’t get their attention when you’re in pain, then you need someone else as your service provider.

1) Have a qualified provider to use:

Not every dentist or orthodontist handles Invisalign, and even all the ones that do aren’t necessarily great at it. Some offer it to make more money, but then they aren’t available for the follow-up care, since maintenance appointments and new trays are necessary to keep the work going. Also, even if you’re using a cosmetic professional for the Invisalign, make sure you’re still seeing a general practitioner too if they don’t also offer that. Just because you’re getting Invisalign done doesn’t mean you can skip flossing, rinsing, brushing, and routine examinations and cleanings. Keep your mouth healthy as much as you are keeping it beautiful. There is overlap between the two, but they are not always the same thing.

2) Be sure to keep the aligners in your mouth:

They’re removable, sure, so many patients think they can pull them out whenever they want. However, the treatment is far less painful and goes much quicker if you just keep them in place. Some patients fall months behind their original timetable because they take their aligners out too often. You can take them out if you want, but don’t overdo it. Most dental professionals recommend 20 daily hours for Invisalign to work.

3) Your Invisalign aligners are going to have ‘buttons’:

These ‘buttons’ attach to your teeth and also the aligners themselves. They’re how the aligners stay in place and do their job. The back and sides of your mouth are where most get placed, but some aligners get attached to front teeth for further stability. That means aligners get a lot more visible, so consult your orthodontist about ways to avoid this. If there isn’t, don’t worry about it. It’s not horrible to see, as it’s just more visibility than you might otherwise have.

4) Regularly brush both your teeth and your aligners:

Your aligners can actually build up plaque rather badly, and a lot more than you might think. That means they won’t be invisible any longer. So, brush them. Avoid buying the cleaning tool kit Invisalign provides. It’s expensive, and there are honestly plenty of ways to clean the aligners with other things. One cheaper alternative is Efferdent or other denture-cleaning products for cleaning your aligners.

5) Have patience if you’re doing Invisalign:

If your mouth is really in bad shape, then it’s possibly going to be a drawn-out process. It’ll take even longer if you’re not patient. It’s a great product if it’s handled by a good orthodontist and you use it right, but it is designed to work gradually over time. Keep all this in mind if you look for a dentist that handles Invisalign.