7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Invisalign

Are you thinking about getting Invisalign treatment to straighten your teeth and enhance your smile? With millions of success stories worldwide, Invisalign is the trusted option for discreetly transforming smiles, making it the go-to choice for most adults.

The process itself is incredibly convenient and simple. First, we will have an initial consultation with you, during which we will take an impression of your smile and create your personalised Invisalign plan. After that, every two weeks, we will send you sets of custom-made, clear aligners, which you will wear until you achieve the desired results.

Before beginning your Invisalign journey, it’s crucial to understand a few key aspects. Let’s delve into them in more detail below to ensure you’re well-prepared and can maximise the benefits of your treatment.

At Cliftonville, we have an expert orthodontist, Sama Ria. She has helped many of our patients achieve their dream smiles through Invisalign. During her consultations and follow-up appointments, she has gathered valuable insights by speaking to patients and understanding their experiences. Based on these insights, we have compiled a list of top takeaways to help you prepare for treatment. So, here are “7 things I wish I Knew Before Invisalign”.


1) Compliance is Key for Success:


Perhaps the most important thing to know about Invisalign is its effectiveness relies heavily on how well you follow the treatment plan. Unlike traditional braces, which are fixed to your teeth, Invisalign treatment depends entirely on wearing the clear aligners. For the best results, you should wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day, only removing them when you need to eat, drink (except water), and brush your teeth. Skipping or wearing the aligners for less than the recommended time can prolong your treatment and compromise the final outcome. For this reason, we may suggest traditional braces as a better option for teens who may forget to wear their aligners.


2) Initial Discomfort is Normal:


Don’t panic if your teeth hurt a little at the beginning. Initial discomfort is normal when you start wearing your aligners. You may also feel some soreness or pressure as your teeth begin to move, but this usually goes away after a few days. You can try drinking cold water to ease the pain or take over-the-counter pain relief medication. If the pain is severe, please get in touch with your orthodontist as soon as possible for further assistance and advice.


3) Brushing and Flossing Are More Important Than Ever:


Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial when wearing Invisalign aligners. Although these aligners can be removed, food particles and plaque can easily get trapped between your teeth and aligners, leading to decay and gum disease if not removed properly. Brushing and flossing after every meal before reinserting your aligners is recommended to keep your teeth and gums happy and healthy. Additionally, brushing your aligners daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and soap under warm water is essential to remove bacteria build-up and food particles. Invisalign has also designed specialised cleaning crystals for times when you need to deep clean the aligners before reinserting them.


4) Attachments and Buttons:


Sometimes, to help aligners grip better and facilitate tooth movement, we may need to attach tiny, tooth-coloured buttons or attachments to your teeth. However, there’s no need to worry, as these buttons are barely noticeable, although they may take some time to get used to initially. Once the treatment is complete, they will be removed without damaging your teeth.


5) Invisalign Isn’t Suitable For Everyone:


While Invisalign is highly effective, traditional braces might be preferable in certain scenarios. This often applies to cases requiring complex bite corrections or patients with TMJ concerns.


6) Patience is Key:


Patience is vital when it comes to Invisalign treatment. Although achieving a straighter smile may be exciting, it’s important to understand that the process takes time. Results vary from person to person, but on average, Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to complete. Stay committed to your treatment plan, follow your orthodontist’s instructions, and trust the process. The final results will be worth the wait!


7) Retention Phase:


After completing your Invisalign treatment (yay!), you will enter the retention phase. During this phase, you must wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new position. You can read our blog post on ‘How Long Should I Wear a Retainer After Invisalign?’ to learn more about this. We know it can be frustrating to have to wear a retainer after months of wearing an aligner, but this final part of the process is vital. It means you can enjoy your straightened smile for years to come without worrying about your teeth shifting back to their original position.


We hope that the points we’ve shared have given you a better understanding of what to expect during Invisalign treatment. We strongly believe in transparency and want our patients to have all the necessary information before making decisions about their oral health. However, please don’t let any of these points deter you – Invisalign treatment works wonders at discreetly straightening your smile for stunning results.


Invisalign in Northampton

Ready for Invisalign? If you are looking for a Northampton dentist nearby, reach out to our team at Cliftonville. We offer various orthodontic methods and systems that can cater to your lifestyle, budget, and preferences to give you a perfectly aligned and beautiful smile.

Aside from the cosmetic benefits, orthodontic treatment also brings many other advantages, such as improved confidence, easy-to-clean teeth, better bite alignment, and reduced risks of tooth decay. So, it is definitely worth the investment!

Contact us today to book a consultation with Sama and see how Invisalign in Northampton can transform your smile. We are open six days a week, including evenings, for your convenience. Take the first step and call us today – looking back, you will be happy you did!

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