Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment using transparent aligners that are more comfortable and discreet than traditional metal braces. If you’re considering Invisalign® treatment, you’re sure to have plenty of questions. Here are the answers to some common questions patients ask about Invisalign®.
What are the stages of Invisalign® treatment?
The process requires that you wear removable aligner trays, which will be adjusted over time to progressively shift the alignment of your teeth. Here’s a general overview of the stages.
· Initial consultation. The Invisalign® process begins with a consultation to discuss your needs. Before you decide on starting treatment, your dentist will take a digital iTero scan impression of your teeth and show you what Invisalign® can achieve.
· Personalized treatment plan. Using the 3D scan of your mouth, your dentist can recommend a personalized treatment plan and will send your digital data to the Invisalign® laboratory, where your aligner trays will be fabricated.
· Switching trays. Invisalign® treatments require regular checkups with your dentist, who’ll give you new trays every couple of weeks. The trays will feel tight, and you may experience some soreness for a day or two as your mouth adapts.
Typical Invisalign® treatments take between six and 12 months to complete, depending on the severity of your orthodontic issues.
Does Invisalign® hurt?
Many patients ask, “How painful is the first week of Invisalign®?” You may feel mild tenderness and soreness during the first week as your mouth gets used to the trays. Moreover, each new tray will feel quite snug at first. Any discomfort should dissipate in less than a week.
During the initial period of wearing the trays, you may have trouble talking or have a slight lisp. Most people can speak normally after the first couple of weeks. Ensure you wear the trays for the recommended 22 hours per day, especially at night.
What should you eat with Invisalign®?
You may be wondering what to eat on the first day with Invisalign®. It’s best to stick to soft foods that don’t require chewing, such as:
· Scrambled eggs
· Ripe bananas
· Protein shakes
· Mashed potatoes
You can resume your normal diet after any soreness goes away. Remember to remove the trays whenever you eat.
How do you do oral hygiene with Invisalign®?
You should brush and floss after meals before putting your trays back in. Clean your trays with a soft toothbrush and mild, unscented soap. Your dentist will show you how to insert and remove your aligner trays and how to keep them clean.
Invisalign® treatment in London and the surrounding area
At Cosmo Dental Centre, we can take you through the process of Invisalign® treatment. In your free initial consultation, we can show you a simulation of how Invisalign® can improve your smile. Book your consultation today at our dental clinic in London.