Deciding on the right orthodontic treatment for you is not easy. While Invisalign might seem like the easiest and most aesthetic treatment, it doesn’t suit everybody. This article will help you decide whether or not this particular treatment option is for you.
Can you commit to Invisalign?
Invisalign may mean:
- Wearing aligners for the right amount of time
- Altering your diet to avoid or limit items that can damage or stain your aligners and teeth
- Changing your lifestyle to keep your teeth clean
- Cleaning and maintaining your aligners.
As you may remember from this previous article, there are other things – like lipstick – that may not be feasible for you to wear.
You have to remove your aligners to eat
If you are someone who goes to a lot of dinners, or spends time with clients as a sales rep drinking coffee, you might want to rethink whether Invisalign is right for you. The Invisalign aligners are made out of a clear plastic which you have to remove prior to every meal. You also need to take them out if you drink hot drinks, coloured drinks, or, you guessed it, wine.
Because the aligners stops your saliva from clearing food and drink away from your teeth, you do have to brush them before you wear your aligners again. If you won’t have the ability in your daily life to do clean your teeth after every meal and drink (except for plain water of course), it’s a good idea to find out what other aesthetic treatment options are available.
You need to wear your aligners up to 22 hours every day
Unlike traditional braces, you can remove the aligners, which can be very appealing. No more worry about eating things that may will get stuck in your braces! But the truth is that you still need to wear them nearly all day, every day. For the best outcomes, we recommend that you wear them for a minimum of up to 22 hours a every day, which only really gives you the respite of meal and brushing times.
By extension, this means that you might have to will start living to live by your clock, and the nature of how and when you eat may change.
You won’t be able to enjoy wine with your aligners in
If you are someone who likes to enjoy some leisurely wines (or other drinks) during the week, then Invisalign may not be right for you. Wine can will stain your aligners. Yes, even white wine! So too will soft drinks, cordials, and other coloured drinks.
For many people, the motivation of having beautiful teeth is enough of a reason to temporarily give up some of these simple pleasures. But for others, it’s a deal breaker. Decide which one it is for you before you start your treatment.
Some types of people are better for Invisalign than others
Generally speaking, disciplined and structured people tend to have a better experience with Invisalign. They are often people who play sport, who are (or were) dancers, people with highly structured jobs, people with good attention to detail. If that’s you, then chances are that you will have a great Invisalign experience.
Discipline: Do you have it?
Having Invisalign puts a lot more of the treatment responsibility on you. At each of your appointments with us, you will receive two to five sets of aligners, depending on the interval between your visits. Besides having to wear the aligners for the minimum 22 hours a day, you will have to schedule your aligner changes and constantly check that they are fitting well.
What does ‘checking the fit’ mean?
Each aligner is made with a new position for your teeth to move into. By correctly seating your aligner, you are essentially pushing your teeth into this new position. Over the course of ten to fourteen days your teeth will start to become used to being in their new position. This is when it is time to change to a new aligner. The time period can be shorter if you are using an acceleration device such as the Propel VPro5,
Checking the fit of your aligners to ensure your teeth are ‘tracking’ is essential during treatment. Changing to new aligners before your teeth are in position can result in non-fitting aligners later on. Correcting this means a new set of impressions, and it may set back your treatment time while you wait for the new aligners to be made.
For some people, other solutions are better
If you are unable to remove your aligners when you need to, or are unable to clean your teeth or closely monitor your teeth and aligner schedule, take heart. There are a range of other treatments that may be better suited to you and your lifestyle.
For more information about Invisalign and whether it’s right for you, call one of our friendly orthodontic team members today »