Braces aren’t the only solution for a straighter smile anymore. Over six million people have used Invisalign to correct crooked teeth, overbite and other orthodontic issues. But what’s it really like to live with clear aligners? Before you sign up for the treatment, take the time to learn the answers to these 6 common questions about what to expect with Invisalign.
1. Does Invisalign Affect What I Eat and Drink?
One of Invisalign’s biggest advantages is that unlike with braces, they don’t come with any diet restrictions. The aligners can be removed at any time (although you should wear them for at least 20 to 22 hours a day), so when you want to eat, you can simply take them out until you’re done. This means you can enjoy all the chewy and sticky foods that would normally carry the risk of damaging metal braces.
2. Will Invisalign Change How I Talk?
It’ll take your tongue some time to get used to speaking with the aligners, and at first, you’ll have a slight lisp. This is, however, temporary and will normally take care of itself in a few days.
3. How Do I Clean My Aligners?
You can clean Invisalign aligners with a few different methods. One way is to soak them in clear mouthwash, denture cleaner, a vinegar and water solution, or a water and hydrogen peroxide solution. There are also cleaning kits sold specifically for Invisalign.
Don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth after every meal; otherwise, food particles and bacteria could get trapped under your aligners, leading to cavities and gum disease.
4. Does Invisalign Affect My Breath?
As long as you’re cleaning your aligners on a regular basis, they shouldn’t affect your breath. If you do notice a funny smell, it might be a sign that you need to make changes to your oral hygiene routine. Don’t forget: with Invisalign, you’ll be brushing more often, which means your breath should actually be fresher than normal.
5. Can I Play the Flute with Invisalign?
While your aligners might get in the way while you’re playing a woodwind or brass instrument, you can simply remove them if they’re causing any problems. Just don’t forget to put them back in as soon as you’re done.
6. Can I Still Kiss Someone?
There’s no need to be nervous about kissing with Invisalign. Since the aligners are see through, there’s a good chance the other person won’t even notice them. And since they’re fitted so close to the tooth, you’ll find they won’t get in the way and are far more comfortable to kiss with than braces!
If you have any other concerns about how Invisalign will change your lifestyle, talk to your cosmetic dentist. That way, once you do get your aligners, you can be confident about straightening your teeth while still carrying on like you normally would!
About the Practice
At Pearl Dental Associates in Scituate, our team of three highly skilled dentists can provide your family with high-quality general and specialized services all under one roof. For adults and teens who are nervous about getting unsightly braces, we offer Invisalign as a much more attractive and convenient orthodontic treatment. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call (781) 545-9244.