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October 13, 2023

5 Facts About Invisalign You Should Know Before You Begin

An Invisalign kit with multiple aligners

Many people are finding Invisalign to be the superior method for straightening teeth. They’re discreet and allow you to eat whatever you want. This makes it easier to keep your lifestyle and continue to be social, even while undergoing orthodontic treatment. If you’ve been thinking about starting Invisalign, you might want to know some big things about it first.

Continue reading to learn more about Invisalign and what you can expect from the treatment.

1. There Can Be Tightness in Your Teeth

While Invisalign offers a more comfortable alternative to traditional braces, you may still experience some tightness or discomfort. This is entirely normal and means that the aligners are working to gently shift your teeth into their new positions. The discomfort is typically temporary and lessens as your teeth adjust to each new set of aligners.

2. Your Mouth Can Get Dry

Wearing Invisalign aligners for the recommended 20 to 22 hours per day may lead to increased mouth dryness. This is because the aligners cover your teeth, limiting the natural exposure to saliva. This can be especially true for Invisalign wearers who like to work out.

Staying well-hydrated and maintaining good oral hygiene practices like brushing regularly can help alleviate this common side effect.

3. It’s a Commitment

Invisalign requires dedication to achieve the best results. Consistently wearing the aligners and only removing them for eating, drinking, and oral care, is key to their success. The better you adhere to the guidelines, the more successful and quicker your results will be.

4. You May Need Attachments

Attachments are small tooth-colored buttons, that are sometimes necessary to help move certain stubborn teeth. While not everyone will require attachments, don’t be surprised if your treatment plan includes them. These additions allow your aligners to “grip” some teeth with more force to help them shift their alignment.

5. Results Are Faster Than Traditional Braces

One significant advantage of Invisalign is the relatively shorter treatment time compared to traditional braces. The exact duration of Invisalign treatment varies based on different factors. However, Invisalign can yield results in 12 to 18 months, making it a quicker option for a straighter smile.

Knowing what to expect from your treatment with Invisalign can help prepare you for the commitment. This, in turn, will ensure a smoother experience overall. If you have more questions or concerns about Invisalign, call your dentist and schedule a consultation. They can answer any lingering questions you may have, and get you started!

About the Author

Dr. James Olsen is a passionate dentist who loves getting to know his patients. His facility uses state-of-the-art dental technology to deliver quality dental care that is both convenient and affordable. Dr. Olsen graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and then continued his education through the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. To schedule an Invisalign consultation at James Olsen DDS, call (734) 996-0200 or visit the website to learn more.

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