So, you’ve decided you have had enough of your crooked smile and you want to undertake adult orthodontics to correct it; good for you!
While there are many options to choose from in the area of adult braces, many people are understandably drawn to clear or invisible braces. Literally doing what it says on the tin, these aligners are either completely transparent or have a thin wire held in place by clear brackets, meaning complete discretion.
But, before you decide that these are the braces for you, there are a few things you should know about these aligners. Every year, many dental patients in the UK discover that they are not suitable for one type of aligner and therefore refuse treatment with any of the other braces available.
Indeed, when it comes to braces like Invisalign , there are a few things your dentist wants you to know before deciding that this is the only brace for you.
So, what does your dentist want you to know about Invisalign? Read on to find out!
You are likely to be a candidate
As mentioned earlier, while some dental patients discover that they are not a suitable candidate for Invisalign , it is more likely that your dentist will give you the thumbs up to go ahead with this brace.
Indeed, many patients are concerned that they will not be able to undertake treatment with invisible braces and therefore, they do not ask their dentist about them. The worst that can happen is that they will suggest a different brace, so what have you got to lose?
It is a time commitment!
Invisible braces require discipline and, although most invisible braces are removable, you will still be required to wear them for up to 22 hours a day.
That means you will have to wear them to bed, to work and, well everywhere else and, when you do remove them, you will need to put them back in promptly. The process will be worth it in the long-term.
When should you remove your invisible aligners?
Most dentists will tell you that you need to remove them when you are eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. In fact, most dentists will also recommend packing a small toothbrush and toothpaste in your work bag, as after you eat, your teeth will need to be cleaned before the braces are put back in.
Your oral health
When you go to your dentist about invisible braces, make sure your oral health is in top shape; a dentist is not going to offer you orthodontics if your teeth or gums are in poor shape. Therefore, make sure your check-ups are up to date and that you have been brushing, flossing and rinsing at least twice a day.
Retainers are required!
Once you finish your treatment with invisible braces, you will still need a retainer to prevent your teeth from relapsing.
Your retainer will be custom fitted and will slot over your teeth.