Invisalign are clear plastic aligners or braces that straighten your teeth. Essentially they work the same way as conventional metal and wire braces that have been around for many decades. Metal braces are also still a treatment option and are often a bit less expensive than Invisalign braces. Your orthodontist can go over with you if Invisalign aligners would be a good option for straightening your teeth.
FAQs about Invisalign Braces
Do I have to avoid certain foods?
Not really. Since the aligners can be removed for cleaning, you don’t have to worry as much about food getting caught in them. However, extremely hard, sticky foods should be avoided because it can make it harder to clean the aligners.
Do I have to avoid playing sports to protect my braces?
No. It’s actually easier to protect you Invisalign braces because you don’t have brackets mounted on your teeth that can pop off even when protected with a mouth guard. However, remember to wear your mouth guard.
What about playing an instrument with Invisalign Braces?
Good news! There are no restrictions! Keep in mind that there will be an adjustment period. All that means is that you will have get used to playing the instrument with your braces. That’s an issue, sometimes, for players of wind instruments that have reeds, but some dental wax can help make things more comfortable while you adjust to wearing your Invisalign.
How long will I wear my Invisalign braces?
The treatment time varies with each person, but most patients were them for about 18 months.
Will I have to wear a retainer after Invisalign?
Yes. Retainers are routine for every person who has had braces. It doesn’t matter what kind. The retainer makes sure your teeth stay in the new alignment.
Will Invisalign braces do everything that traditional races can do?
No. If your teeth require more complex treatment, you may need conventional braces. It depends on the degree of misalignment of your teeth and also on whether you teeth require vertical alignment as well. If your teeth require a lot of vertical alignment, you may have to go with traditional metal braces.
Who usually chooses Invisalign braces?
They are popular among older teens and adults.
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