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10 Truths About Invisalign

10 Truths About Invisalign
Posted on 03/15/2018

A woman inserting InvisalignAt Loeb Orthodontics, we proudly provide effective, convenient orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages throughout Franklin Lakes, Oakland, and the surrounding areas. We offer a variety of treatment options to suit the diverse needs of our patients, but Invisalign is one of our most popular orthodontic treatments. If you are considering improving your smile with Invisalign, here are 10 key pieces of information to know before starting treatment.

Compliance Is Vital to Successful Treatment

Invisalign aligners provide the convenience of being removable, but it comes at a cost. The aligners only work when they're on your teeth, which means it's critical to wear them for the recommended 22 hours a day. Failing to do so can increase the length of treatment or compromise your smile.

Oral Hygiene Cannot Be Neglected

During Invisalign treatment, your teeth are at an increased risk of decay from food particles that get trapped under the aligners. It's important to brush your teeth after any food consumption or after drinking anything besides water. Otherwise, you risk derailing your treatment with a cavity.

Drink Only Water

Acidic, staining beverages like coffee and red wine can both stain your aligners and cause tooth decay. You'll only be able to drink water while wearing the aligners, and you'll need to brush your teeth after drinking anything else.

Prepare for Mild Discomfort

Roughly half of Invisalign patients experience mild discomfort for the first two to three days after switching to a new set of aligners. However, this is usually very mild, and a third of patients experience no discomfort at all.

Prepare to Show Off Your Smile

True to its name, Invisalign is nearly invisible when worn. You will feel confident showing off your smile for photos, social events, and other important milestones.

Some Patients Lose Weight

Because you must brush your teeth after eating anything, many patients find it easier to cut down on snacking during treatment and subsequently lose weight.

Never Use Toothpaste On Aligners

Toothpaste is too abrasive for aligners and may scratch them. Instead, brush your aligners with water or diluted soap.

Not All Patients Are Eligible

Advancements in treatment technology mean we can treat more patients than ever with Invisalign, but there are still cases where Invisalign is not an ideal treatment. If you require extensive treatment, particularly involving jaw realignment, Invisalign may not be an option.

You Will Still Wear a Retainer

As with all orthodontic treatments, you will need to wear a retainer after the active portion of treatment to help your new smile set into place. However, Invisalign patients can use a pair of "finishing aligners" that carry the same convenience as treatment aligners.

Only Trust an Expert

Not all Invisalign providers can provide the same quality of result. For the best possible smile, only trust a trained, board-certified orthodontist with extensive experience using Invisalign.

Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign in Oakland, NJ Today

Invisalign offers one of the most convenient treatment options for patients seeking a new smile, and everyone from teenagers to adult professionals are candidates. If you're ready to revitalize your smile efficiently and conveniently, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve a beautiful new smile with Invisalign.