5 Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Beautiful smiles have, for years, been a key part of beauty in human societies. Arguably, the straighter your teeth are, the better your smile is. But from 1819 till about the mid-1990s, braces were the only teeth straightening option.

In the mid-1990s, dental professionals invented clear aligners that have become very popular, especially these days. Many prefer to straighten their teeth without wires sticking out of their mouths.

So, what are the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign? 


What Issues Does Invisalign Correct?

Invisalign is a versatile smile correction option available for both adults and teens. Teens will especially love it because they do not have to deal with self-esteem issues that may come with braces. The best thing about Invisalign is that it can work for most of the bite issues that affect your smile. 

Invisalign can correct overbites, underbites, open bites, cross bites, crowded teeth, and gaps in your teeth. Note, however, that when a condition is too complex, you may need another option. For Invisalign to be effective, you will need to be committed to wearing them for as long as the dentist advises. 


How Do You Care for Your Invisalign?

Your clear tray aligners are the foundation of the Invisalign treatment. Unlike braces that cannot be removed, Invisalign allows you to remove the aligners when you eat or drink. Because they are made from clear thermoplastic material, they need to be cared for. It is essential to care for them to ensure they do their job correctly.

You first must ensure that you do not eat or drink with your aligners. The pressure from chewing can easily change the shape or impact the plastic negatively. Also, if you drink colored fluids like soda with your aligners on, they may stain. Take your aligners out and put them in your case when eating or drinking.


How Long Do You Have to Wear Invisalign?

The Invisalign treatment lasts about 12 to 18 months, depending on your condition. Compared to braces, they work much faster to correct bite issues. The dentists will analyze your bite when you are getting them fitted out. They will then create a sequence of trays you need to achieve your perfect smile. You will get a new set of trays every two to three weeks to match the shifting of your teeth.


What Are the Advantages of Invisalign Over Braces?

The main advantage of Invisalign over braces is that they are practically invisible. This is the feature that is most attractive to clients. However, there are other notable advantages of Invisalign worth mentioning. You can take them out to eat so that food will not stick to them like braces. Also, it is easier to care for your teeth with Invisalign. They are also more comfortable to wear than braces.


What Are the Disadvantages of Invisalign?

Braces do not require commitment or discipline; once installed, that’s it. It is not the same for Invisalign. You must remember to wear them each day. Also, taking out your aligners every time you eat or drink can be inconvenient. Also, braces are considered more effective than Invisalign in correcting bites. Sometimes, you may have to finalize your treatment with braces.

For additional questions about Invisalign, visit Reaves Dental at our office in New Hartford, New York. Call (315) 736-0139 to book an appointment today.

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