Invisalign clear aligners are an alternative to traditional metal braces, and work in much the same way. If you are contemplating having your teeth straightened, of course you will want to know as much as possible before deciding on a course of treatment. Your Charlotte dentist can help you to make the right decision, and the following Invisalign FAQs should be helpful as well.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
First and foremost, Invisalign clear aligners can correct most bite defects and give you a better smile. Another benefit is that they are hardly noticeable. They can also be removed, so you do not have to give up your favorite foods, and you will be able to brush and floss your teeth without having to worry about food particles being trapped in your braces. There are no brackets, and no wires, so your mouth will not be irritated. Also, you will change your aligners at home on a schedule devised by your dentist so trips to the dentist office will be less frequent.
If I Am Wearing Metal Braces, Can I Change Over to Invisalign?
Much of the time, you can. If you want to change to Invisalign, see your Charlotte dentist so you can be evaluated to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
Will Invisalign Clear Braces Affect the Way I Speak?
There is always a bit of a learning curve when you are getting used to having something in your mouth, so in the beginning, you may find that you lisp a little or slur your words. Usually, this will pass in a couple of days.
Can I Chew Gum?
Anytime you want to eat or chew gum you should take out your Invisalign clear aligners.
Does the Treatment Hurt?
There could be some discomfort when you switch to a new aligner, but it will be considerably less severe than with metal braces, and it will pass in a couple of days
Do I Have to Wear the Aligners All the Time?
In order to get the most benefit from the treatment, you should wear your Invisalign aligners for a minimum of 20 hours per day. Take them out only when you want to eat, brush or floss.
These Invisalign FAQs should answer most of your questions. If there is anything else you are wondering about, contact Dr. Robert Lowe in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can arrange an appointment by phoning us at 704-450-3321, or using the form on our Contact Us page.