Most people want to change something about their smile. For many, the changes are small and cosmetic, like wanting whiter teeth or fixing a chipped tooth. Other people may have problems like crooked teeth or discomfort because their teeth aren’t coming together correctly.
With orthodontic issues, people have a tendency to focus on the cosmetic aspects of getting a beautiful smile. There is more to it than the appearance of your teeth. People with orthodontic problems may have worn tooth enamel, difficulty chewing food, speech problems, and an improper bite.
If your teeth are misaligned, the biting force on improperly positioned teeth can strain the muscles of the jaw. The strain may lead to problems with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), jaw pain, or headaches. The team at Reston Serenity Smiles wants you to know Invisalign® changes more than your smile.
Deciding to get orthodontic treatment also improves oral health. When the teeth are in the proper position, the biting force is evenly distributed, and the teeth are easier to clean, which reduces the risk of damaged teeth, decay, and gum disease.
Sometimes people delay orthodontic treatment because they’re uncertain about the process involved. Or, they’re concerned about the appearance of traditional braces with wires and brackets. Invisalign® is an alternative to braces. However, it’s not the answer for everyone. Let’s take a look at the Invisalign® system.
Before you start treatment, you’ll need a consultation visit to find out if Invisalign® is a good fit for you. We need to do an examination, take x-rays, photos, bite registration, and impressions. If you’re a candidate, we’ll order your aligners.
The Invisalign® Process
Invisalign® relies on 3D technology to create a series of clear aligners to straighten teeth. Each set of customized aligners progressively shifts the teeth to a new position. The process continues until the teeth are in the correct position. The individual needs of the patient determine the length of treatment.
Every two weeks you’ll change aligners. During treatment, we’ll see you a few times to check your progress. Sometimes, a set of aligners may be worn for a shorter or longer period. Commit to keeping your appointments to stay on schedule with your treatment.
Maintenance and Oral Hygiene With Invisalign®
Always wash your hands before you insert or remove your aligners. Take the aligners out to drink, eat, clean them, and for oral hygiene. Since the aligners are removable, taking care of your teeth is easy. Brush your teeth and floss after each meal. For convenience, carry a kit containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and aligner case when you’re on the go.
When you remove the aligners, rinse them with warm water. You can clean them with clear antibacterial soap. Soak the aligners for at least 15 minutes a day in Invisalign® cleaning solution or a denture cleaning solution.
Compliance is the key to successful treatment. Wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily. Remember, only remove them for drinking, eating, oral hygiene, or to clean the aligners. To find out if Invisalign® is right for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Reston, Virginia, and the surrounding areas.