In the last few years, Invisalign has become an effective alternative to traditional braces for correcting malocclusions and misalignments. Invisalign is a perfect option for people who want to straighten their teeth without having to hide their smiles during treatment.
How Invisalign treatment works
Suppose you don’t feel confident about your smile and don’t want an obvious treatment. In that case, you can visit an Invisalign dentist for Invisalign treatment. Besides being an inconspicuous treatment, the aligners are custom-made for each patient.
Every patient also has a customised treatment plan. However, they all need a series of clear aligners. You have to wear your aligners for 20 – 22 hours every day during treatment. Each set of aligner trays will move the teeth to a specific position before switching to the next set of aligners.
Unlike traditional braces that people can see from a distance, people will hardly notice you are wearing aligners even when they are close. Adults and teens are suitable for treatment with braces.
Generally, Invisalign treatment lasts for several months to over one year. Regardless of how long your treatment takes, it will improve your smile, provided you follow your Invisalign provider’s instructions.
Demineralisation- a common side effect of Invisalign
While Invisalign has several upsides, like other orthodontic treatments, it also has some downsides.
Some people experience mild headaches at the onset of their Invisalign treatment. Others have sores in their mouth until they get used to the aligners. Over-the-counter medications are usually sufficient for these discomforts.
Besides mouth discomfort and headaches, which are temporary side effects, some people experience long-term side effects like demineralisation.
Demineralisation can lead to white spots on the teeth. It occurs when food remains in the teeth and react with plaque or bacteria. The interaction of food and bacteria on your teeth creates acid that wears off the phosphate and calcium, resulting in white spots. The white spots are usually sensitive and lead to cavities.
Demineralisation can affect anyone whether you use Invisalign aligners or not. Some people believe that demineralisation is more common in patients that use Invisalign because the aligners trap liquid and food on the teeth.
Demineralisation can occur in people using aligners because the aligners prevent saliva from buffering, cleaning and remineralising the teeth surface. Another risk factor for demineralisation during Invisalign treatment is the ability of the aligners to accumulate plaque.
Plaques usually build up in the incisal edge and cusp-tip of the aligners where demineralisation is common, especially for patients who do not clean their teeth.
How to avoid demineralisation during Invisalign treatment
Demineralisation can be a serious side effect of Invisalign treatment, but it is preventable. The first step is consulting your local Invisalign dentist about oral hygiene during treatment.
Taking proper care of your teeth can considerably reduce your risk of demineralisation. Brushing your teeth and flossing after meals is necessary to prevent demineralisation but more important for people using Invisalign aligners. Ensure you also use a fluoride rinse once every day.
You have to consult your Invisalign provider about foods and drinks to avoid during treatment. While Invisalign treatment does not have eating restrictions, you should avoid eating or drinking anything besides water with your aligners in your mouth.
You have to remove your aligner trays before eating or drinking anything, but sometimes you may feel embarrassed removing the aligners like during a business luncheon. Always opt for removing the aligners, but this is not possible, avoid acidic or sugar drinks, flavoured water, soft and sports drinks.
Ensure you rinse your mouth using clean water when you take anything besides water. Brush and floss your teeth, then clean the aligners before reinserting them in your mouth. Failing to do this will lead to decalcification and caries.
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