Choose the Right Dentist
Your dentist is the most important part of your Invisalign experience, so pick them with care. There are many dentists out there offering Invisalign, but you want one whose expertise you trust.
And just as important: it should be someone you get along with. You won’t be spending as much time in the office as you would with traditional braces, but you’ll still be seeing them a lot over the next year or so, so make sure you choose a dentist you like. And has a staff that makes you feel welcome and at home. You shouldn’t feel rushed or neglected. Every visit should make you happy, not just because of the progress you’re making, but also because you like visiting your dentist.
Another thing to consider is that you might want to get some additional procedures in addition to Invisalign. Many people want teeth whitening after Invisalign, but other times people find they don’t like the shape of a tooth and want to have it reshaped with a porcelain veneer or dental crown. Make sure your dentist could help you with that.
Enjoy Your Favorite Foods
You know what’s great about Invisalign ®? You can take your aligners out to enjoy all your favorite foods and drinks. You don’t have to skip popcorn, pizza, or crusty bread. You can chew gum without having to worry that you’ll be spending the rest of your day cleaning it out of your braces. Just take out your aligners, eat, drink, and be merry.
Keep Socially ActiveMany people become self-conscious and withdrawn when they get braces. Invisalign ® saves you from that. You will still be able to smile, talk, and laugh in public without anyone noticing or caring about your aligners.
You can even take your aligners out for some special up-close time with your BF/GF. Gone are the days when you had to worry about getting your braces twisted up together. You might keep them in because they’re comfortable, but if they’re in the way, you can take them out.
But Keep Aligners in Most of the Time
Sure, there are lots of times when you want to take your aligners out, but don’t overdo it. You have to keep your aligners in for 20-22 hours a day to get optimal results.
If You’re Sore, Take OTC Pain Relievers
The discomfort associated with Invisalign tends to be less than it is for traditional braces, but moving your teeth requires some uncomfortable pressure on your bones, so it’s no wonder it can make you feel a little sore switching to a new aligner.
But over-the-counter pain relievers can help you feel comfortable and enjoy your experience.
Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions
Yeah, it can seem like a bummer to have to follow the rules, but in this case, following the rules will help you get the results you’re looking for. This means taking care to brush and floss after eating, and always wearing your aligner for the right amount of time.
It also means not trying to rush your aligners. The time you wear each aligner is intended to give your bones enough time to reshape around your teeth. Rushing through your aligners won’t get your treatment done faster, it will lead to poor results.
Wear Your Retainer
You know what would really ruin your experience? If you went through all this and your beautiful results didn’t last. That’s what retainers are for: ensuring your results last. After your teeth have moved, they’re not quite set in their new places yet. Your retainer keeps them from drifting while the bone solidifies.
Are You Ready for a Great Invisalign Experience?
Is now the time when you’re finally ready to commit to getting a straighter, more beautiful smile? If so, then call (614) 848-5001 for an appointment with Columbus, OH cosmetic dentist Dr. Mike Firouzian at the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.