Invisalign has gained popularity in recent years as a less-noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces. Orthodontists use clear trays to straighten your teeth, making them less visible to others. These trays can be removed from your mouth, unlike metal braces, and many people prefer the flexibility they offer versus other teeth-straightening options.
If you are considering Invisalign treatment, you may have questions about the system and whether you should go ahead with it. Read on to learn more about what you should know before signing on for this method of teeth straightening.
You Can Remove the Trays, But You Shouldn’t Do It Too Much
You must take out your trays when you eat or drink something other than water. This keeps the trays from getting caked with food, which encourages bacteria growth.
Some people mistake this requirement for license to remove the trays at will. But Invisalign will only work if you keep them in your mouth for a minimum of 22 hours a day. Meal breaks should be brief and you should return your trays to your mouth immediately after eating.
The Invisalign Trays Can Stain
If you drink a lot of coffee or tea, it may be time to kick your caffeine habit. Drinks that stain your teeth can also stain your Invisalign trays. What’s more, staining isn’t limited to what you imbibe. You can also stain your trays by wearing lipstick, which rubs off on the clear trays.
You May Experience Dry Mouth
Some people who use Invisalign say their mouths become dry with the trays in place day after day. You can combat this issue by drinking more water.
You may also notice you feel more dehydrated. This can be a side effect of drinking fewer non-water beverages throughout the day. Many people stop drinking tea, coffee, soda and juice because they are not supposed to consume anything but water with the trays in, and they want to keep the trays in as much as possible to get the treatment over with faster.
Invisalign Takes Less Time Than Traditional Braces
One thing that draws people to Invisalign is the promise of shorter overall wear time than traditional braces. If you are diligent about wearing your trays and only take them out briefly at meal times, the treatment should indeed take less time than metal braces. Many people complete their course of treatment in a year.
The appointments are less time-consuming, too. You can just swing by our office to grab your next set of trays instead of having to sit for an adjustment, as you do with metal braces.
Is Invisalign Worth It?
While there may be things you need to get used to and precautions to follow when you get Invisalign, it’s still completely worth it. You can finish your treatment in less time than it would take for traditional metal braces and the end result is a smile you will love showing off. Contact Uniquely You Orthodontics to learn more about our Invisalign options.