15 Things to Know Before You Get Invisalign

Jan 24, 2018

Invisalign is a common orthodontic treatment option for those looking to straighten their teeth. However, Invisalign isn’t for everyone. If you’re considering either Invisalign or traditional braces, here are 15 things to know before you take the plunge.

  • Invisalign treatment can be more expensive than traditional braces, depending on the treatment you need and your insurance coverage.
  • Invisalign treatment is not painless. Your teeth will still feel uncomfortable as they shift.
  • Invisalign can affect your speech. It may sound like you have a slight lisp while wearing your aligners.
  • You may not be an ideal candidate for Invisalign. More severe cases are better served by traditional braces.
  • Your Invisalign treatment may not be as invisible as you hoped. The aligner trays are still noticeable from close up, although much less so than traditional braces.
  • While you use the aligners, you can only drink water. Any other liquid can get stuck under the aligner trays and damage your teeth.
  • Your aligner trays may be a little difficult to remove after moving on to the next set in the series.
  • You’ll have to maintain healthy oral care habits.
  • Your aligners should be cleaned regularly. You should clean your aligner trays at least every time you brush your teeth.
  • You may have to wear rubber bands or special small tooth-colored brackets (also known as buttons) in order to align your teeth properly.
  • Your teeth may feel more sensitive. As your teeth move, you might notice some pain and sensitivity while chewing.
  • Your eating habits will change. You might find yourself opting for softer foods or ones that will not get stuck in your teeth.
  • You will need to wear a retainer after your Invisalign treatment is over to maintain your results.
  • There are different levels of Invisalign providers, such as Premier, Elite, Diamond, or Platinum. Look into your dentist’s or orthodontist’s provider level to determine where you’d like to receive your care.
  • Invisalign treatment generally takes about a year to complete for the average adult but can differ depending on the case.

The best way to determine if Invisalign is right for you is to talk to your orthodontist about your treatment options. Varallo Orthodontics is an Elite Invisalign provider, and we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have. Give our office a call or stop in for an appointment today!