You may have read about Invisalign on social media because it’s becoming very popular – but what is actually true? Can something almost invisible really straighten teeth?
If you’re still not sure if Invisalign is for you, here are ten top truths about Invisalign orthodontic treatment to help you make up your mind.
Truth 1 – Invisalign is all but invisible
If you know what you’re looking for and you’re close enough you will spot Invisalign. Otherwise, you’re unlikely to notice. Invisalign has been around for a few years and is already popular, but have you noticed anyone with it? Now who have you noticed wearing braces? Everyone wearing them, of course. Invisalign is as close as you’ll get to invisible orthodontic correction.
Truth 2 – Invisalign is not painful for most people
Most people find Invisalign has some temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. It’s usually described as a feeling of pressure. This is normal and a sign that Invisalign is working, gradually correcting the positions of your teeth. Some people have no discomfort at all.
Standard braces involve quite a bit of pain and discomfort.
Truth 3 – You need to clean your teeth after every meal.
And a meal is not just breakfast, lunch or dinner – it’s anything you eat, or drink, other than plain water. The good news is that you can continue to eat anything you like, you’re not restricted as you are with metal braces. Your aligners are removed before you eat and afterward you clean your teeth and your aligners and pop them back into place. You’ll need a toothbrush and floss with you any time you’re out.
Some people find it helps with weight control because they have to really think before they snack.
Truth 4 – You need to wear your aligners all the time
OK, you do get meal breaks, but they need to be on your teeth 22 hours or more a day. Wearing them for less than 20 hours can be counterproductive. You can’t kick back for an hour or two after a great meal, you need those aligners back on your clean teeth before you chillax.
Truth 5 – You can remove them for very special occasions
Sure, you can take them out if you’re really worried about a very special occasion – but if you’ve been wearing them for a while, you probably won’t bother – you already know they’re not noticeable. But having a choice, provided you’re diligent the rest of the time, is helpful for some.
Truth 6 – Invisalign is not for everyone
Invisalign can treat most common orthodontic issues. However, if you have a really complex case such as severely rotated teeth or a very deep overbite or untreated gingivitis, you may not be suitable. Contact your National Dental Care practitioner to see if Invisalign is the right treatment for you.
Truth 7 – Have realistic expectations
While Invisalign is almost invisible, much easier on your lifestyle than braces and tends to work faster than braces, it still requires time and diligence to work. You must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day, clean your teeth and your aligners as recommended, and allow time for results. Some people will need post-orthodontic retainers to be worn during sleep to maintain the corrected position of your teeth. They’re so much easier than braces, but not magic.
Truth 8 – It probably doesn’t cost as much as you think
National Dental Care are offering Invisalign across Australia for only $5,995 or less than $7 a day with our payment plan SmileFund. SmileFund is 100% interest-free. You can opt to pay with SmileFund at your consult and our team will walk you through the process, terms and conditions.
Truth 9 – Age is just a number
There is no age limit for Invisalign treatment if it’s suitable for your needs. Just because you didn’t get braces when you were young doesn’t mean you are stuck with what nature provided. Your National Dental Care practitioner can assess your teeth and you can improve your smile without anyone realising you’re having orthodontic treatment.
Truth 10 – Experience counts with Invisalign practitioners
Invisalign is very different from traditional braces treatments and specialist training and experience gives the best results. National Dental Care practitioners providing Invisalign orthodontic services are fully trained and regularly updated on developments in this specialist treatment.
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