3 Facts You May Not Know About Invisalign
When it comes to teeth straightening treatments, Invisalign® is growing in popularity. These clear tray aligners can address crooked teeth, gaps, and even overbites, without anyone knowing.
You may know the benefits of Invisalign, and that they’re removable. There are, however, some facts about the clear aligners you may not know.
Invisalign facts you may not know
AACD accredited dentist Dr. Roberto Palmieri and his expert team at Palmieri Dentistry, offer these three facts about Invisalign.
1. Beverages can stain Invisalign aligners
Invisalign trays are clear and, like your teeth, are highly susceptible to staining. Therefore, you may need to avoid certain drinks while wearing your trays. Try to avoid consuming:
- Soft drinks
- Red wine
- Dark tea
- Acidic drinks
If you can’t survive without your morning cup of coffee, remove your aligners and thoroughly brush them before putting them back in. Better yet, remove your aligners before drinking your favorite beverage.
2. Invisalign aligners promote good oral hygiene
Traditional braces can make brushing and flossing much harder because of the wires and brackets. With Invisalign, the ability to remove the aligners makes cleaning your teeth easy, convenient, and irritation-free.
3. Three-dimensional projections predict tooth movement
Invisalign uses a system called computer-aided design (CAD) to create your aligner trays. Each tray is designed to shift your teeth in small increments of around .25 to .33 millimeters.
Dr. Palmieri takes dental impressions of your teeth to create a mold of your mouth. Invisalign’s system then uses your impressions to create your aligners. You must wear your aligners in the order they’re provided, and you need to keep them in for about 22 hours each day.
Why you should consider Invisalign
There are many reasons teens and adults are choosing Invisalign to straighten their teeth:
- Less pain
- More comfort
- Fewer office visits
- Ease of brushing and flossing
- Discrete treatment
Many patients who use Invisalign also report that after a few weeks, they can see a noticeable difference in their teeth positioning. With all of these advantages, it’s easy to see why Invisalign is popular.
Find out if you qualify for Invisalign
Certain problems that go beyond mild to moderate teeth straightening may require traditional braces. Spacing that exceeds five millimeters, for example, requires braces. Problems that form from skeletal or joint issues in your jaw also can’t be corrected with Invisalign.
To learn more about Invisalign and if you qualify for treatment, call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Palmieri today.