For those that are currently looking for orthodontic treatment options, visiting the orthodontist has often resulted and needing to make a decision between traditional metal braces or plastic aligners, also known as Invisalign. There are many reasons why Invisalign may be more suitable for you and your lifestyle, but there are a few things that you must take into account before getting your treatment. Let’s take a look at a few things that may pique your interest of whether or not to get Invisalign.
The great thing about Invisalign is that it’s perfectly fitted directly to your teeth. This can also mean that because there is a new and foreign, object sitting in your mouth, most predominantly on your teeth, this can result in speech problems. Many people initially report having a very slight lisp once they start wearing their aligners, but it does go away as you begin to get used to them in your mouth.
Invisalign also has the ability to stain your teeth. One good thing about our saliva is that it works throughout the day to wash and rid our mouths of unsightly bacteria, or even staining substances from the things we drink and the things we eat. With such tight wear with Invisalign aligners, the advantages of our saliva may not be seen, resulting in stains setting into our teeth.
Even after Invisalign treatment, the best course of action for your teeth, in order to ensure that there is no movement to be made, is wearing a retainer at night or during the day. Without using a retainer, the risk of your teeth going back to the position that they were originally in is high.
While Invisalign aligners may cause you to speak a little funny, they are extremely easy to care for. All you need to clean your aligners is water and toothpaste. For the days that you need extra cleaning, there are special tablets that your dentist can recommend that contain a mild, but diluted bleach solution ensuring that your aligners are squeaky clean.
If you still have questions about Invisalign or you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontic professionals, feel free to give us at Peak Dental in Austin, TX a call!