Things you should know before getting invisalign

woman with invisalign

If you’re self-conscious about the way your teeth look because they’re crooked, the last thing you probably want to do is get highly visible traditional metal braces. Though braces have always been acceptable and even cool for kids and teens, for adults, getting braces is a bit out of the ordinary.

Invisalign is the preferred choice for many adults in Sandy Springs and all over Atlanta when it comes to teeth straightening. But the question remains: is Invisalign worth it? Is it truly effective?

Choosing Invisalign for adults is a worthwhile decision for several reasons. First and foremost, Invisalign offers a discreet and almost invisible solution for teeth straightening, allowing you to maintain your confidence during the treatment process. Additionally, Invisalign aligners are removable, making it easier to enjoy your favorite foods and maintain oral hygiene without the constraints of traditional braces. With shorter treatment times compared to braces and fewer visits to the orthodontist, Invisalign provides convenience for busy adult schedules.

But before you get Invisalign, you should know that Invisalign treatment is a lot different from what your friends have experienced with braces. Here’s a handy list of three things you should know about Invisalign before you start treatment.

1. You don’t have to change what you eat 

With traditional braces, you’ve got to change your diet for the entire length of your treatment, which can be as long as two years! Because of the way traditional braces are constructed, with the metal or ceramic brackets cemented to the surface of the teeth, it’s important to avoid crunchy or sticky foods that could cause your brackets to pop off. That means no popcorn, apples, caramel, toffee, etc. for the entirety of your braces treatment.

But with Invisalign, you can eat what you want! All you have to do is simply take out your aligners before a meal or snack! Just remember to brush and floss before putting your aligners back in.

2. You may speak a little funny at first 

Talking while wearing clear aligners takes a little practice. Because the aligners cover the back of your teeth, where your tongue needs to move in speech, it can cause a slight bit of difficulty with enunciating words for the first few days.

At our Invisalign office in Sandy Springs, our patients always laugh about this, saying it wasn’t a big deal, but they’re sure glad they didn’t have to make a presentation at work the day they picked up their aligners! If you DO have to make a presentation the day you pick up your aligners, you can just take them out while you’re speaking!

3. You’ll have to floss, seriously this time 

If we had a dollar for every patient who told us, “I floss every day – honest!” but didn’t, we could close down our Sandy Springs Invisalign office and retire to the Caribbean.

Flossing might be a little inconvenient, but it is critically important during Invisalign treatment. Invisalign aligners fit right up against the teeth, gently pushing them into the proper position. If there is food debris stuck between your teeth, the aligner will keep that debris pushed tight up against your teeth all day, without the benefit of saliva to wash it away or neutralize bacteria. It’s critical to floss after every meal during your Invisalign treatment, because if not, you could end up with cavities.

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