Invisalign has become the gold standard for adult orthodontic treatment because of its proven track record of success over the last 20 years. There are several advantages to Invisalign vs. braces, and even more to Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club. But before you get started with your Invisalign treatment there are a few things you should know.
1. You may require interproximal reduction (IPR).
Interproximal reduction (IPR) is a procedure used to remove enamel between the teeth. This provides more room for teeth to move when correcting crowding with Invisalign or traditional braces. Based on the course of treatment with Invisalign, IPR may be required several times throughout your treatment plan. It’s painless and does not compromise the integrity of your tooth because it often only removes 0.2 mm of enamel.
2. Attachments may be placed on your teeth.
Much like traditional braces, Invisalign often requires that your dentist place small attachments on the teeth to help move them. However, unlike braces these attachments are small and clear and are not noticeable at a conversational distance. Invisalign attachments are like tiny handles on the tooth that help shepherd the tooth into the right place when the aligners are worn. The number of attachments you require will depend on your treatment course.
3. You MUST wear your aligners.
Invisalign can treat 75% of orthodontic cases. However, you must wear your aligners at least 22 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is non-negotiable. We’ve done many Invisalign cases and had great success in treating adult orthodontic issues. I can only think of a few cases where Invisalign did not produce the desired result and it’s because the patient was not compliant in wearing the aligners. If you’re going to do Invisalign, you must commit to the treatment plan.
4. Your retainer should be worn forever.
After you complete your Invisalign treatment, you’ll be given retainers to keep your teeth in place. For the first three months after your treatment, these should be worn at the same frequency as your aligners. After that, they should be worn every night. This will protect your investment and ensure that your teeth don’t slowly start to shift back into their previous place.
Interested in Invisalign?
To start your treatment plan, schedule an appointment with our dentist office in Brandon, FL. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and start designing your new smile.