Here at Orthodontic Associates of New England, we are proud to provide Invisalign, which is a very innovative orthodontic treatment option that has become popular among teenagers and adults due to its many benefits. The series of aligners used with Invisalign are removable and are made of a clear plastic material that makes them virtually invisible, hence the name. If the idea of wearing metal or clear braces that show is something you would rather avoid, you may be interested in finding out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign!
Here are a few things you should know about Invisalign before seeing your local Nashua, Hollis, and Amherst orthodontists.
Invisalign May Not Be Right For You
Invisalign can treat many orthodontic problems like crooked and protruding teeth, overbites, underbites, open bites, and gaps between teeth. But patients with more severe or complicated orthodontic problems are often not considered good candidates for Invisalign, and may be better suited with a different orthodontic treatment.
No Food Restrictions
Because the aligners are removable, they are designed to be taken out when eating. This means there are no food restrictions to worry about as you can continue enjoying all the foods you love while you are going through your orthodontic regimen.
You Must Be Committed To Wearing The Aligners
Patients wearing Invisalign must be committed to wearing the aligners for the recommended 22 hours per day. If the aligners are not worn as directed, treatment can take longer and be more costly, as new aligners may have to be made.
You May Experience A Slight Lisp For A Day Or Two
When you first put a new set of aligners in, you may notice that you speak with a bit of a lisp for a day or two. However, your speech will return to normal quickly once you adjust to wearing the aligners.
Smoking Can Stain The Aligners
It is not recommended to smoke while wearing Invisalign, as it is possible for the aligners to become discolored. You would not want your invisible equipment to start showing itself!
Avoid Gum And Using Your Teeth To Open Or Tear Things
Because gum will stick to the aligners, you should not chew gum while wearing Invisalign. Additionally, you should not use your teeth to tear or open things, as it is not possible when wearing Invisalign.
You May Feel Some Discomfort
As with any orthodontic equipment, you may experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. Most Invisalign patients describe this discomfort as a feeling of pressure, but nothing serious.
Have A Question? Give Us A Call!
It is important to understand everything there is to know about Invisalign before choosing this treatment option. If you would like to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, contact us today to request an appointment. After your initial consultation, our doctors will recommend a course of action and let you know what treatment options would work best for you. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (603) 882-2101. We look forward to hearing from you soon!