One of the most popular dental tools lately when it comes to straightening out crooked teeth is invisible aligners. They have many positive benefits; they’re not visible like metal wire braces and are less painful. These days, invisible aligners are much more comfortable. And with Invisalign aligners, the look and feel are all the more natural. So if you’re thinking about being fitted for your own invisible braces, here are some things you should know before you schedule a trip to the dentist:
Length of treatment may vary
Depending on the condition of your teeth, you might be told by your dentist may decide that you need anywhere from two to 20 different stages of alignment. In each stage, a new aligner tray will be fitted to your teeth.
You need to wear it for 20-22 hours
According to News Health, you’ll need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours if you want to see maximum results. If your lifestyle doesn’t agree, though, it’s safe to say that the minimum you can go is no lower than 20 hours.
Ladies, No more lipstick
You can forget about wearing lipstick. Colored lip-gloss, as well as lipsticks, show up on your clear aligners. And while you could certainly use clear lip-gloss and lip balms, they do leave an annoying waxy residue behind. In the end, it’s better to just stick to a no lip color policy.
You’ll lose weight
Since you’re wearing the aligners for 20 to 22 hours, this leaves about two to four hours of time to remove the aligners for meals and snacks. If you love to linger over your food, getting these aligners will definitely push you to eat faster. Also, while you could certainly eat with the aligners on, you might find it too much work to clean your aligners every time you eat.
The aligners stain easily
You can only drink cold water when you’re wearing your aligners. Coffee and hot tea will stain the aligners, while sugary drinks or alcoholic drinks will cause a buildup of plaque that’s a hassle to clean. So stick to water.
Finally: Talk to your dentist
You’ll want to consult your dentist at Levan Dental Group at 734-464-8020 or click here to see if you’re eligible for invisible aligners. That way, you’ll be sure that it’s the right treatment for you. Your dentist will work out a treatment plan and prepare the alignment trays from molds of your teeth. In just a few months, you’ll begin to see the results and enjoy a straighter, happier smile.