When most people think about correcting orthodontic problems, they assume that traditional braces are their only option. Invisalign® provides another solution for many orthodontic concerns. Fredericksburg Orthodontics shares these frequently asked Invisalign® questions that will help you make a decision about the right orthodontic solution for you.
Question #1: Why opt for Invisalign® instead of traditional braces?
Invisalign® offers several key advantages that traditional braces don’t. This includes:
- Discretion: Most of the time, no one can tell you’re wearing an Invisalign® appliance, whereas traditional braces are always visible.
- Oral hygiene: The appliances come out, so you can brush and floss your teeth normally.
Question #2: Does Invisalign® limit what I can eat?
When you have traditional braces, the foods you eat can be severely limited. You can’t eat anything too hard or too sticky–and that makes many teens’ favorite foods off limits! Invisalign®, on the other hand, can be removed so you can eat, which means that there are no dietary restrictions when you’re wearing these appliances.
Question #3: What problems can actually be corrected with Invisalign®?
Invisalign® can correct many of the same problems that are usually corrected with braces; overcrowding, bite issues like an overbite, underbite, or crossbite; extra gaps between your teeth; and other common issues.
Question #4: Can you get the same results with Invisalign® that you can get with traditional braces?
Yes! Invisalign® offers almost identical results to the ones you would get if you opted for traditional braces. There is no noticeable difference between the two procedures once they’re completed.
Question #5: How often do the Invisalign® trays have to be worn?
The Invisalign® trays should be worn 24/7 except when you’re eating and drinking. This constant wear will help correct the problems with your teeth more quickly and effectively.
Question #6: How often do I have to get new trays?
Often, trays are changed as often as every 2 weeks. It’s important that you work regularly with your provider to ensure that you’re changing your trays at the right pace for your specific treatment.
Question #7: Is Invisalign® a new type of orthodontic treatment plan? Why hasn’t it been available longer?
Invisalign® is a comparatively new treatment plan for one simple reason: prior to recent changes in technology, it wasn’t possible to offer the kinds of mass customization options that are now available to patients. Patients using Invisalign® need to have their treatment mapped ahead of time, with custom trays made for every step of the process. However, the use of orthodontic trays is not new; this type of solution has been used in many orthodontic practices for a long time.
Question #8: Who can use Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an appropriate orthodontic solution for both adults and teenagers. It does, however, require more responsibility than traditional orthodontic options since it’s necessary for the patient to keep the trays in their mouth throughout the day and remember to put them back in after eating. Talk with your orthodontist to decide whether or not Invisalign® is appropriate for you. If you have a teenager who is considering Invisalign®, make sure that they are aware of the responsibility necessary to choose this method of treatment.
Invisalign® is a great option for many patients who are eager to avoid the discomfort and appearance of braces but need orthodontic treatment to have the brightest, best smile possible. It’s a fantastic solution for many adults who don’t want the stigma of braces at an older age or teens who are responsible enough to remember to wear their trays as directed. If you’re thinking about Invisalign®, contact Fredericksburg Orthodontics to schedule a complimentary consultation!