One of the most effective alternative to metal braces is Invisalign aligners. A lot of our patients who opt for cosmetic dentistry were able to get the same results with Invisalign that they would achieve with wires and brackets. These clear aligners are easily removable and are unobtrusive.
If you are considering Invisalign, below are some quick answers to common questions.
1. Will Invisalign effect what I eat and drink?
Invisalign will not in any way have an impact on what you consume. This is one of the reasons why many choose Invisalign over other treatment options. A lot of treats like taffy and popcorn can get stuck in the wires and brackets of braces, but you won’t have the same concern when using Invisalign. With Invisalign, you can simply take off your aligners at any time. Just remove them before eating, then brush your teeth after mealtime before putting them back in.
2. What about my sports guard?
If you play contact sports, you should remember that Invisalign does not protect your teeth; it helps straighten them. Do not make a mistake of thinking that your Invisalign can replace your sports guard. It is best to remove your aligners before playing any form of contact sports and protect your teeth with a sports guard. This will also keep your aligners safe from damage.
3. Can I still play an instrument while using Invisalign?
You have the option to remove Invisalign, and you can remove your aligners if it makes it hard for you to play an instrument. You will most likely find it easier to remove your aligners if you play a brass or woodwind instrument. Just be sure to keep your Invisalign on for about 20 to 22 hours per day.
4. Will Invisalign change how I talk?
You may notice a minor change in your speech during your first few days with Invisalign. Your mouth, especially your tongue, would need to get used to the new device. The slight lisp that you may have at first will normally go away.
5. Will Invisalign smell or give me bad breath?
With proper care, Invisalign aligners should not smell. It won’t do anything harmful to your breath either. First, you should observe proper oral hygiene. If you skip brushing and flossing your teeth properly, plaque, food, and bacteria will contaminate your tray. Also, be sure to clean your aligners properly while it is out.
Living with Invisalign is easier than you might think! If you have any questions about our cosmetic dentistry services, feel free to get in touch with us.