Posted on June 27, 2023
Are you ready to finally have your teeth straightened? If so, you should consider Invisalign treatment. These clear aligners have treated over 14 million people so far. If you’re interested in becoming one of them, here are some ideas about what you can expect from treatment.
The first step to getting Invisalign treatment is having a consultation with your local orthodontist. At this time, your orthodontist will check your teeth and see if you’re a good candidate. However, if your problems are too severe, they may recommend traditional braces.
Getting this treatment involves a series of clear aligners. You’ll have to make frequent visits every couple of weeks to your orthodontist to get a new aligner that you’ll wear for up to 22 hours a day. Each new aligner works to move your teeth little by little.
According to the Journal of Orthodontics, a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan may take about two years for the average person to complete. However, with Invisalign treatment, your treatment time is normally much shorter than that. In general, most Invisalign patients go through a treatment program for about 12 months. Based on the severity of your issue and how well you follow directions, you may see results in as little as three months, according to Healthline.
One of the best things about using these clear aligners is comfortable eating. You don’t have to worry about getting food stuck in your device. You’re supposed to remove the clear aligners to eat and drink. You may have to be mindful of your eating time so that you’re not constantly removing your aligners. At least you can still eat the foods that you normally love, like crunchy fruit, popcorn, and certain sticky treats, as long as you brush your teeth afterward.
Even after you’re finished with any orthodontic care used to straighten your teeth, such as traditional braces or aligners, the work isn’t over yet. Once Invisalign has worked its magic to straighten your teeth, you’ll have to wear a retainer for several months to ensure your teeth don’t shift back to their old position.
Now that you understand what goes into using Invisalign, you can take the next step to have straight teeth. Contact our local orthodontist’s office today for a consultation.