Choosing Invisalign as a method for straightening your teeth is a great choice whether you are young or old, and it is becoming a very popular option due to the invisible nature of the aligners used for straightening teeth. If this is something you are planning on getting for your teeth, there are three important things you should understand before you get the aligners to begin treatment.
The Aligners Can be Tricky to Remove
With Invisalign, you will be required to wear aligners that are clear and almost impossible to see, unless you know they are there. These aligners are what force your teeth to shift, but they can be tricky to remove. While you will need to wear them most of the time, you will also have to take them out for certain reasons, which include for eating, drinking, cleaning your teeth, and replacing them.
To remove them, it will take some practice, and you should always begin by trying to pull them off from the teeth in the back of your mouth. You may need to work your way little by little across the tops of the aligners to loosen them, and this is likely to take practice and time. Once you figure it out, though, it will be a lot easier for you.
You Cannot Wear Them While Eating or Drinking Anything
The second thing to know is that you can never leave the aligners in your mouth while eating or drinking, unless you are drinking water. Water is the only safe beverage for the aligners, and you must take them out if you plan to drink or eat anything else. If you leave them in while drinking or eating, you take the risk of damaging the aligners. You also take the risk of allowing sugars and other ingredients to stick to your teeth. If you do this, it can lead to decay forming on your teeth.
Discomfort Is Part of the Process
The other thing you must realize is that discomfort is part of the Invisalign process. The discomfort you feel is pressure that is causing the shifting of your teeth, and you will feel this each time you get a new set of aligners. After wearing a new set for a couple of days, the discomfort will decrease as your teeth adjust to the pressure, and this process will repeat with each new set of aligners.
If you have questions about Invisalign or how it works, you can find out the answers by talking to an orthodontist.