How Do I Take Care of My Invisalign?

Invisalign

 

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that was established in 1998 by Align Technology and is becoming an increasingly popular method to straighten and improve the appearance of teeth. It consists of a custom-made thin clear aligner that covers your teeth and gently moves them into the proper position over time. They are less noticeable than the traditional braces which are reflected in their popularity. The aligners have to be changed every 2-5 weeks with each different one straightening a different part of your teeth. 

Benefits of Invisalign 

The benefits of getting Invisalign include: 

  • It’s almost invisible meaning that it’s not noticeable (people can feel confident wearing them)
  • Easy to remove when eating or brushing your teeth
  • Requires fewer visits to the dentist 
  • More comfortable than braces (made from smooth plastic which has been custom-made for your mouth)  
  • No problems with broken wire/bands (a common problem with braces) 
  • They’re easy to clean (take them out and rinse/brush them with a toothbrush and water)
  • Gives people their dream smile and boosts their self-confidence 
  • Can fix facial, jaw and neck pain by helping to stop teeth grinding 
  • Reduces risk of gum disease (Periodontitis) (crowded teeth provide less protection against bacteria and infections) 
  • Fixes bite issues (overbite, underbite and open bites) 
  • Fixes the problem of overcrowded teeth which can cause tooth decay and gum disease 
  • A pain-free and relatively quick procedure 
  • You can continue to eat the foods you love without worrying about food getting stuck in your aligners

Cons 

Some downsides of Invisalign include: 

  • It is expensive 
  • Can get lost or damaged once they’ve been removed from the mouth 
  • Treatment can be time-consuming (the average Invisalign treatment time can take up to 12 months)
  • Takes a lot of willpower and discipline – Invisaligns have to be worn for 22 hours per day (they can be removed to eat and brush your teeth) 
  • They can stain easily so it’s best to avoid drinking coffee, tea, and wine while wearing Invisalign 

Invisalign Procedure 

The Invisalign procedure includes:

  • Initial appointment: Your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth, ask you questions and determine whether you’re eligible for the Invisalign treatment. A treatment plan will be created. 
  • Customised treatment plan and molding process: The dentist will take x-rays, photos, and a 3D impression of your teeth. These are sent to the Invisalign laboratory where your customised aligner trays are completed. (This step can also take place during your initial appointment, depending on time). 
  • Fitting the first tray: When your Invisalign trays are ready, your dentist will fit them into your mouth and go over an aftercare plan with you. 
  • Follow-up appointments: A few weeks after your first tray is fitted, you will need to return to your dentist for more appointments where your dentist will check how your Invisalign is doing and put in a new set of aligners. Each new set of aligners controls the force on different parts of your teeth. Your treatment plan will outline the timeline of the new aligners being placed. You will start to see your teeth become straighter after every visit/new aligner. 
  • General checkup: A final appointment will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is going well and will give you the opportunity to ask any follow-up questions. 

Types of Invisalign 

The different types of Invisalign treatments include: 

Invisalign Express: A new Invisalign treatment that cuts down the treatment time to around 6 months. Perfect for patients who have minor orthodontic issues like mild spacing, crowding, and orthodontic relapse. 

Invisalign Lite: The Invisalign Lite treatment time is around 7 months long. Best suited for people who have mild overcrowding or alignment issues. 

Invisalign Moderate: The treatment time for Invisalign Moderate takes up to 18 months and is best suited for people who need medium corrections. Has 36 aligners. 

Invisalign Comprehensive: The treatment time for Invisalign Comprehensive-time is up to 36 months. It is flexible and best suited for patients who suffer from crowded teeth, gap teeth, and bite issues. Has 48 aligners. 

Why Get Invisalign? 

People who get Invisalign treatments usually suffer from: 

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Gap teeth 
  • Crowded teeth  

How Do I Take Care of My Invisalign? 

The best ways to take care of your Invisalign include: 

  • Clean them daily: Clean them daily by using a soft toothbrush and water to scrub them. This will remove any food buildup and bacteria. 
  • Rinse them: Every time you remove your aligners, make sure you rinse them thoroughly otherwise they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. 
  • Soak them: Soaking your aligners regularly keeps them odour-free and clean. Drop your aligners into a cup of lukewarm water and let them soak for about 15 minutes. 
  • Take them out when you eat: Be sure to take out your aligners whenever you eat or drink anything other than water. This prevents your aligners from becoming stained. 
  • Store them properly: Make sure to store your aligners in their case whenever you take them out of your mouth. This keeps them safe and ensures that you don’t lose them. 

At Advanced Dental Cammeray, we have almost 20 years of dental experience and take pride in offering the highest quality service with state-of-the-art equipment, pain-free techniques, and personalised attention to each of our patients. 

If you are in need of Invisalign treatment, please contact us at (+612) 9922 6022 or smile@advanceddental.com.au. We are always more than happy to help you make an informed decision about your treatment options.