Benefits of Invisalign®:
- Invisibility – Invisalign® aligners are invisible to the naked eye since they are made from clear, medical grade plastic.
- Removable – Invisalign® aligners are removable. Removing them is required before eating and cleaning. You can also put your new aligners on yourself which saves you time since a dentist visit is not required.
- Cleaning – The removable aligners can also easily be cleaned. So they do not interfere with regular oral health maintenance.
- Cheaper than lingual braces – The Invisalign® aligners do cost more than the traditional braces but are still more affordable than lingual braces.
- Safety – Braces are made with steel wires, which may have sharp edges. Invisalign® are made with plastic and do not have sharp edges.
- Reduced Damage to Teeth and Gums – Metal braces may contribute to demineralization and/or gum disease due to the difficulty of cleaning. Invisalign® are easy to clean.
- Duration of Treatment – Invisalign® usually takes a much lower time period to complete treatment.
- You Know What to Expect – With Invisalign® you can view the outcome of your Invisalign completion in a screen simulation.
How to take Care of Invisalign®
Invisalign® aligners will give you a beautiful smile, if they are cared for. If not, they can carry bacteria and can cause cavities and/or gum disease. Caring for the aligners is simple – Remember to brush and floss and keep your Invisalign® aligners clean.
Here is a list of do’s and don’ts.
- Clean your Aligners – Remove your aligners before eating or going to bed and brush them gently. Dry saliva and plaque can build bacteria. There are solutions designed for sanitizing Invisalign aligners also. Just soak them and rinse them off. You can also wash them in room temperature water. Do not clean your aligners in boiling hot water, because it can warp them and they may not comfortably fit in your mouth.
- Oral Hygiene Maintenance – Brush and floss each time you want to put your aligners back in. This will avoid keeping particles under them that can cause decay and gum disease.
- Travel Precautions – When travelling, carry your previous set of aligners, and your next new set with you. You can use one of them if you lose or damage your current Invisalign aligner.
- Foods to Avoid – Do not eat or drink anything but water while wearing your aligners.
- Do not Use Toothpaste on Aligners – You should not use toothpaste when cleaning your aligners. Many toothpastes have abrasives them. Some also have whitening chemicals that can stain your aligners. Do not leave them exposed when eating or after taking them out. Soak them in the appropriate soaking solution.
- Don’t Drop Them – Invisalign® aligners are somewhat fragile, and can break or crack easily if they are dropped.You should make sure that they are kept in a safe place when you are not wearing them. Mouthguards may not be needed with Invisalign® aligners since they should be removed during sports activities.
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