Invisalign®, made from translucent, smooth plastic, is designed for comfort. However, there is a learning curve and an adjustment period like with any change or ongoing treatment. As you continue to wear your aligners, you acclimate to them and may even forget they’re there.
What Is Invisalign in Burnaby, BC?
Invisalign is a system of clear aligners worn over the teeth, usually for two weeks or on a specific schedule provided by your dentist. Then, according to your dentist’s plan, you change your aligner, moving through the system until you’ve exhausted your supply. When you have finished with your aligners, it marks the end of treatment.
As far as how Invisalign feels: when you switch to the next aligner in the series, you’ll notice a snugger fit for a few days, but this lets up as your teeth slowly shift into position.
After orthodontics, we fit you with a custom retainer, kind of a way to press “save” on your newly aligned smile. Like Invisalign, the retainer may take a few days to get used to.
What Orthodontic Issues Can Invisalign Correct?
Invisalign clear aligners may correct the following mild to moderate cases:
- Crooked, twisted, or generally misaligned teeth
- Gaps or unusual spacing between teeth
- Bite alignment concerns, including the overbite
Your dentist will talk to you about what to expect following treatment, which will help you decide whether to move forward with Invisalign.
Can Everyone Wear Invisalign?
Your Burnaby, BC dentist has you in for a consultation if you're considering orthodontics. This allows us to ensure that Invisalign is right for you and that it will correct your orthodontic issues. We will also talk to you about the cost and timeline.
Each patient has a different treatment timeline based on the complexity of their issues or orthodontic concerns. And some people are simply not good candidates for the system for various reasons, including underlying oral health concerns, jawbone issues, and more.
In some cases, your dentist recommends pretreatments to bring you into candidacy, including but not limited to the treatment of newly diagnosed cavities or extraction; the latter may be necessary if your jaw cannot accommodate a complete set of straight teeth. This type of extraction is not noticeable and does not impact your oral health or bite function.
Benefits of Invisalign and How the System Feels During Treatment
There are benefits to Invisalign both during and after treatment. Recall, Invisalign is designed for comfort, and unlike traditional braces, you’ll have no metal or wires to contend with. So, one benefit is a more comfortable fit.
Other advantages include removing aligners during meals or when cleaning the teeth. This is important to many patients because they fear food getting trapped in the orthodontic mechanism. And it is challenging to floss correctly with wires strung across your smile. Invisalign eliminates this obstacle for better oral care and health.
However, because Invisalign fits snuggly and is new to your mouth, there is an adjustment period for most patients, but this is typically not an ongoing issue.
You’ll also want to keep your aligners clean and brush and floss your teeth on a schedule. You don’t want to develop a cavity or other concerns while in treatment. And you never want debris to collect under your aligner. This can damage the system and make wearing Invisalign uncomfortable and even painful.
How It May Feel to Have a Straight Smile
Following Invisalign treatment, you’re likely to enjoy the benefits of straight teeth, which may include improved confidence when smiling and laughing.
Straight teeth and an even bite also promote healthy teeth by reducing stress and wear across the smile. You may also notice fewer cavities or a decreased risk for oral health issues like tooth fractures and chips due to wear and tear.
Finally, straight teeth are easier to take care of because there is no overlapping or twisting—fewer places for plaque and tartar to collect and hide from your toothbrush and dental floss.
For Invisalign in Burnaby, BC, Contact Our Dental Team
Like most people, you want to be happy with your smile when you look in the mirror. You want to feel confident as well. Invisalign can help.
To arrange your consultation, give us a call today.