Most common bite irregularities respond to Invisalign, a top orthodontic option of today. Besides having clear aligners, this treatment is different from other braces in some other important ways. Here is what you should keep in mind if you are thinking about trying Invisalign.
You Share Responsibility for Your Results
Unlike metal braces, which basically only require patients to attend regular appointments, Invisalign requires a daily commitment. Every day, patients must wear their aligners for at least twenty-two hours total. The aligners must also be removed for meals, as well as brushing and flossing.
Daily Cleaning Is Necessary
Aligners have to be cleaned each day, and the right materials should be used to prevent damage. For instance, mild dish detergent should be used rather than toothpaste, which may contain abrasives that could scratch the aligners and ruin their clarity. A soft-bristled toothbrush and lukewarm, not hot, water should also be used to avoid damage.
Retainers Are Used Afterwards
Retainers, which resemble aligners, are a necessity after Invisalign just like after metal braces. How long the retainers have to be worn depends on the individual. Some patients only need to wear the retainers for a short time, but others may benefit from wearing their retainers overnight for life.
Some major differences distinguish Invisalign from other types of braces, and these differences apply to responsibilities as well as benefits. You can schedule a consultation with our Invisalign dentist to learn more about this treatment and find out if it is right for you.
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