Orthodontics has been practiced since ancient Egyptians used metal bands and catgut to straighten teeth. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Edward Angle, the Father of Modern Orthodontics, fine-tuned the art, and things got practical. Today, people are getting Invisalign or braces and other successful orthodontic procedures. Invisalign is a treatment for aligning teeth that uses clear plastic retainers, as opposed to metal brackets.
The retainers are invisible, so you do not have to be self-conscious when wearing them.
Wear the Aligners as Much as Possible
For excellent results, you need to keep your aligners most of the time. If possible, you should only take the aligners out when you are eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. At Baum Orthodontics located in Tustin, CA, Dr. Baum advises his clients to keep the aligners throughout the first 48 hours. This is where you get used to having the aligners in your mouth, which means less discomfort. Once the two days are over, you should strain to keep the aligners on, about 22 hours a day on the lowest side.
Treatment Varies for Each Person
Before you get Invisalign treatment, you should know how long it will be until you start getting results. On average, adults can have their teeth aligned in one year. However, this depends on the state of the teeth and how much work needs to be done. If the teeth are slightly misaligned, or there are just one or two crooked teeth, then the treatment might last for a few months. Likewise, if the teeth are not in good shape, it will last longer.
You Will Adjust How You Talk
Invisalign can affect your speech, and you will have slight lisping when you first put them on. You should prepare for this so that it doesn’t shock you when you talk. Unfortunately, there is less you can do to prevent lisp as it is a natural reaction to having aligners in your mouth. It is worth noting that you won’t be lisping the entire time of the Invisalign treatment. It will be there for the first few days until you get used to the aligners. Make a point to learn to talk with the aligners on. Do not remove them when talking to people.
Clean the Aligners
As much you will be looking after your teeth, look after your aligners as well. Just like your teeth, they need to be cleaned every day. The aligners are cleaned with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You should clean them in the morning and the evening, and give them a quick rinse when you take them out during the day. Most orthodontic clinics give you detailed instructions on how to take care of your aligners.
Most people have out-of-place or crooked teeth which affects their confidence. Traditionally, the solution to crooked teeth was braced, which led to bigger problems as people became even more self-conscious when wearing them. For people who are too concerned about aligning their teeth can have a sigh of relief with the new treatment, Invisalign.