Looking for an Invisalign dentist in Thousand Oaks? Dr. Amy’s Dental is proud to offer Invisalign clear braces for our patients that are interested in orthodontic treatment without the metal, brackets, and wires. Wondering if Invisalign is the right option for you? Here are 10 things you should consider before starting your Invisalign treatment.
As the name sort of implies, these clear braces are almost invisible. This means that most people won’t even be able to tell you are undergoing orthodontic treatment while your smile is being perfected. There is a small downside to this, however, be sure you know where you are taking your aligners out at; you might end up losing one!
Unlike other orthodontic treatment options, Invisalign aligners can be removed to eat, drink and even brush your teeth. However, they must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day. If you don’t properly follow your treatment directions, your treatment could be prolonged or end with undesirable results.
Although you can take your aligners out while you eat, you still need to brush your teeth after every single meal (even snacks!). For some, this can be annoying. However, it is a precaution you should take to make sure you avoid staining or decay while trying to achieve the smile of your dreams.
Although Invisalign treatment may be shorter than orthodontic treatment such as traditional metal braces, results still take dedication and time. Much like traditional braces, a retainer of sorts must be worn following treatment. Your Invisalign dentist should be able to give you a timeline for achieving your dream smile.
When your dentist informs you that you can only drink water with your aligners, they mean it. Any other beverages can easily stain your aligners, making them far from “invisible.” Beverages that are too warm should also be avoided as they can warp your aligners, making them ineffective.
It may seem like a good idea to brush your aligners using the same thing you’d use on your teeth. However, the abrasiveness of toothpaste can actually damage your aligners. We recommend using a simple dish soap, or if you’d really like there are specific Invisalign cleaners you can invest in.
Although your aligners are crafted by a machine, the planning and design portion takes knowledge, experience, and skill. Your Invisalign treatment will only be as good as your dentist. We recommend you make sure you trust in a dentist with experience and knowledge when it comes to Invisalign.
Looking for an experienced Invisalign dentist in Thousand Oaks, CA? Get in touch with Dr. Amy today! We’d be happy to schedule an appointment to determine whether Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you.