Do you have crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth? Are there gaps in your teeth? Do you have a crossbite, underbite, or overbite? If so, there is a chance that you will be considered a good candidate for invisible aligners. Today, our oral health experts at Parkwood Dental in Bradenton, FL are taking a look at who may qualify for Invisalign to help you determine whether you should schedule an Invisalign consultation.
Are Invisible Aligners Right for You? Discover Invisalign
You may be considered a good candidate for invisible aligners if you have dental problems that are only mild or moderate in severity. However, the only way to find out for sure whether you are a good Invisalign candidate is to attend an Invisalign consultation. Also, be aware that you will only be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you can follow all instructions throughout the treatment.
Who Isn’t a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
You may be considered a poor Invisalign candidate if you are suffering from certain oral health problems, like cavities or untreated gum disease. During your initial Invisalign consultation, we will review your oral health to ensure that you don’t need to treat any other problems before you start your Invisalign treatment. Also, you may be considered a poor Invisalign candidate if you have a dental implant or bridge or suffer from temporomandibular joint syndrome.
What Instructions Will I Have to Follow During My Treatment?
One of the most important instructions you must follow during your Invisalign treatment is wearing your aligners for no fewer than 22 hours per day. While this may sound like a simple rule, you must understand that you will need to remove your aligners whenever you consume certain beverages, eat, or play sports that require you to wear a retainer.
Note, it is up to you when you eat, what you drink, and what physical activities you participate in. However, you should keep in mind that the longer your aligners are out for, the longer it will take you to achieve your desired results. In some cases, it only takes six months for ideal results to be achieved. Nevertheless, most of the time, it takes between 12 to 18 months for the final results to appear. It may take two years if you don’t wear your aligners often.
Drinking With Invisalign
Remember, you need to remove your aligners when consuming certain beverages. Specifically, it is imperative that you only wear your aligners when drinking cool water. You will need to take your clear aligners out if you would like to indulge in hot or iced beverages, like coffee, tea, or juice. Whenever you want to drink a glass of iced tea or sip on a cup of coffee, keep in mind that your results will take longer to appear the longer your aligners are out.
Snacking With Invisalign
You are certainly welcome to snack during your initial Invisalign treatment if you are feeling peckish. However, we strongly recommend that you drink eight ounces of water and wait 30 minutes before deciding whether you are really hungry or not. You also may benefit from taking an assessment of your feelings to ensure that you are not craving a snack because you are feeling stressed or bored.
Regardless of what you eat or how much you eat, you must take out your aligners if you are eating. Half of an hour after your snack, you need to brush your teeth, gums, and tongue and floss thoroughly. If you don’t, food can get stuck between your gums and teeth. In turn, this can result in such problems as gum infections, tooth decay, and cavities.
Caring for Your Aligners
It is extremely important that you care for your aligners throughout your treatment. When you’re not wearing them, you should keep them wet by storing them in a clean cup of cool water. In addition to keeping them wet when you’re not wearing them, you need to clean them twice per day. If you eat breakfast and dinner, you can make the aligner cleaning part of your morning and nightly routine.
If you don’t usually eat breakfast, clean your aligners after lunch and dinner. To clean your aligners, soak them in a denture cleaner that can be found at any pharmacy. Some people like to buy Invisalign cleaning crystals, but any denture cleaner you can find will work perfectly well. You should soak your aligners in the denture cleaner while you’re eating and keep them soaking for 30 minutes afterward.
What Should I Do After I Soak My Aligners?
Once your aligners are done soaking, you should brush them with a different toothbrush than you use for your teeth. Never soak your trays in hot water or mouthwash.
Schedule Your Initial Invisalign Consultation Today
There is a good chance that you will be considered a good candidate for invisible aligners if you have mild or moderate dental concerns. However, an initial evaluation is required to determine definitively whether Invisalign is the best treatment option for you. If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment, schedule your initial Invisalign consultation today at Parkwood Dental in Bradenton, FL.