What you need to know before getting Invisalign® orthodontic treatment
Are you considering getting Invisalign® orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth or fix other misalignment issues? If so, you are already on a great track towards achieving the smile of your dreams! The team at Knoxville Smiles at Malone & Costa Dentistry in Knoxville, Tennessee, is committed to offering patients a variety of effective yet affordable options when it comes to their smiles, including Invisalign® treatment for both adults and teens. Patients often ask us what they should know before starting their treatment – if you are curious about our answers, read on!
Invisalign® can be used to do more than just straighten teeth
Invisalign® is known for straightening crooked teeth, but it can also be used to treat several other misalignment issues such as:
- Open bite
Plan for a little extra dental care time each day
Most people probably wouldn’t let food stay stuck on their teeth all day. But if your Invisalign® trays are dirty, it is essentially doing just that! During Invisalign® treatment, it is important to brush and floss your teeth every time you eat and regularly rinse out your aligners to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free from decay.
You might have a lisp at first
Because the aligners fit over your teeth, there is an adjustment period for a lot of people when they first start Invisalign® therapy. Most people quickly adjust and are back to speaking regularly in no time.
Invisalign® can work more quickly than braces
After just a few months with Invisalign® treatment, most people start seeing results if they are diligent about wearing their aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Even better, since the aligners are removable, you get to witness the change in your teeth in a way that traditional braces hide. Many people can complete their Invisalign® treatment in a shorter period than braces, with an average treatment time of just one year.
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