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July 14, 2021

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If you’re searching for a discreet solution to a crooked smile, look no further than Invisalign! It’s a popular orthodontic treatment known for its subtlety, comfort, and convenience. While it may seem like a no-brainer to choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces, there are a few things you should know before starting treatment. Read along to learn what to expect.  

It’s a Major Time Commitment

For treatment to be successful, you must wear Invisalign’s clear aligners consistently and as instructed by your dentist. The plastic trays use constant, gentle pressure to move teeth into their final position. If you don’t wear them for the mandatory 20 to 22 hours a day, you risk extending the length of treatment and hindering your results.

You Will Experience Changes in Your Speech

Like any other orthodontic or dental device, you will experience slight changes in your speech with Invisalign. Since your mouth isn’t used to the clear aligners, you will initially find speaking quite awkward. Luckily, any lisps or impediments you develop should go away as soon as you adjust to your plastic trays, which can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

More Attachments May Be Necessary

Depending on your case, you might receive more attachments than you are expecting. Recent Invisalign procedures include enamel-colored ridges that stick to your teeth to move them more effectively. Although they’re virtually invisible on their own, once you slip the aligners in it will look like you’re wearing clear braces.

You Might Experience Discomfort

There might be some degree of discomfort each time you move onto a new series of aligners. It’s the result of having constant pressure placed on your teeth to promote movement. While the feeling may uncomfortable, most patients prefer it over having metal wires and brackets in their mouths that irritate the gums and tongue.

They Will Need to Be Removed Before Eating or Drinking

Unlike traditional metal braces, there are no dietary restrictions during Invisalign treatment. All you have to do is remove the aligners before eating or drinking anything that’s not wearing. While that may seem simple, keep in mind that you are still required to meet the mandatory wear time of 22 hours per day. That means you will have to fit all your meals and snacks into only two hours!

You Will Need to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign Treatment

After completing treatment, you must wear a retainer to preserve your straight teeth. You might only have to wear a retainer all day, every day for the first few months. Afterward, it may only be required at night. The instructions vary from person to person, so make sure you ask your dentist what they recommend for your case.

Now that you know what to truly expect with Invisalign, are you ready to start your journey? If so, contact your dentist and ask about treatment – a straighter grin is only a call away!

About the Practice

Our team at P.A. Dental Arts focuses on providing high-quality, personalized, and compassionate dental care beyond what’s anywhere else. We offer several restorative, preventive, and cosmetic treatment options to help you achieve a smile you’re proud of. If you want straighter teeth without having a mouthful of metal, consider Invisalign! Visit our website or call (214) 383-5511 to schedule a consultation.