One of the most popular 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 limit my food or beverage options?
Invisalign will not in any way have affect your food options. This is one of the reasons why many choose Invisalign over metal braces. Those with braces can have sticky foods stuck in between their brackets, but you won’t have to worry about this when you use Invisalign. The device has become popular because of its ease of use; you can remove your aligners at any time. We recommend that take them off them before eating, and then make sure to 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 take off 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 affect how I talk?
You may notice a minor change in your speech during your first few days with Invisalign. After a few days, your mouth will get used to your aligners, and the minor lisp that you initially have will 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.