Getting Used to Your Invisalign Aligners
By Frank Avason, DMD on January 16, 2019
Invisalign® clear aligners offer a discreet orthodontic solution that can effectively straighten your teeth. When you first put them on, the aligners fit tightly around the top and bottom rows of teeth. However, a tight but comfortable fit is necessary for proper alignment to occur.
At Avason Family Dentistry in Denver, NC, we want to make sure you receive the support you need while getting used to your Invisalign aligners. We are here to help provide adjustments and answer questions each step of the way.
How Long Does it Take to Get Used to the Aligners?
Getting used to each new aligner will take a few days. First, you may notice some tightness and discomfort. This typically goes away in one to three days.
To deal with discomfort, try inserting your aligner when you go to bed at night. Hopefully, by the morning, it will feel more comfortable.
You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen to reduce discomfort.
Try eating soft foods for a day or two when switching to a new aligner. This can reduce pressure on the teeth.
Is it Difficult to Speak with the Aligners In?
Some patients have a lisp when they put in their first aligner tray. After a few days of wearing the trays and practicing speaking, you should not have any problems with your speech while wearing the aligner trays.
The Proven Invisalign Process
Invisalign is the clear approach to straighter teeth. The Invisalign method is ideal for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile, but do not want visible brackets and wires on their teeth.
It is also a popular option for teens or adults who want alignment issues resolved quickly: the average treatment time with Invisalign is just one year.
Invisalign works through a patented plastic called SmartTrack; this unique material and design sets it apart from other popular aligners available on the market today.
The Invisalign method is:
- Fast: SmartTrack material speeds average treatment time for orthodontic aligners, up to 50 percent faster with weekly aligner changes.
- Comfortable: A close, tight fit keeps the clear aligners from coming loose during daily wear. Slipping or uncomfortable tightness that causes gum pain or bleeding is not normal. Always contact our office if you experience these issues.
- Gentle: The SmartTrack material moves teeth into their correct place with an effective but gentle force. Some discomfort is normal in the beginning of treatment, and when first wearing each new tray. However, discomfort should be minimal, and will fade with time.
- Controlled: Precise grooves more precisely guide the teeth into perfect alignment. This process has been improved through years of research and study. Though you may feel soreness or tightness initially, this feeling is normal, and is part of the controlled, efficient alignment process. Discomfort should subside after a few days of wearing each new aligner.
What to Expect during Treatment
Invisalign aligners can treat overbites, underbites, gapped teeth, crossbites, open bites, crowded teeth, and crooked teeth. Depending on your unique case, the types of aligners and specific treatment plan may vary.
However, the treatment process is fairly simple:
- At your first Invisalign treatment appointment, Dr. Avason and our staff will take impressions of your top and bottom teeth to aid in the creation of your aligners.
- At the second appointment, you will receive your series of clear aligners. Dr. Avason will outline instructions for wear. Usually, aligner trays are worn for two weeks before being switched out.
- Regular check-ups (and dental cleanings) will continue, and the length of your treatment depends on which alignment issues you have. Treatment length can vary from six months to two years.
- At your final appointment, once the desired results have been attained, Dr. Avason will fit you for a retainer which will maintain your straight, beautiful teeth.
Tips for Success
As a removable device, Invisalign works best for teen and adult patients who diligently wear each tray, and follow Invisalign best practices.
For successful results:
- Wear the aligners as much as possible (a minimum of 20 hours a day).
- Always place the aligners in their proper storage case when eating or drinking.
- Diligently change aligners, as instructed by Dr. Avason.
- Do not soak your aligners in mouthwash or clean them with boiling or hot water. A simple brush and rinse with cool water is enough.
Contact Us for Orthodontic Treatment
Dr. Avason and our team are experienced in Invisalign treatment, and can help you start your journey to straighter teeth today. Contact us online or call us at (704) 820-9797.
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