If you are considering getting Invisalign, there are a few essential facts you should know about these clear aligners that may help make your decision easier. At Severn Orthodontics, we have chosen some of the most interesting facts about Invisalign to help you learn more!
They are more comfortable to wear than braces.
With Invisalign, no brackets or wires are rubbing against your gums or cheeks, causing irritation, making them more comfortable to wear than metal braces. While discomfort is expected with any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is less painful than other orthodontic treatment methods.
They are made from thermoplastic material.
Invisalign aligners are made from thermoplastic material, meaning that they were pliable at a high temperature and have now cooled and solidified. Thermoplastic material will hold its shape even in the warm temperatures of your mouth. This means you do not have to worry about the shape being altered as you wear them.
The aligners are removable.
The clear Invisalign aligners are removable, unlike traditional braces. You can remove the aligners to eat and drink whatever you would like. Being able to remove them also allows you to brush, floss and use mouth wash like normal. You do not need to make any changes to your diet or oral hygiene routine with removable aligners.
The aligners are worn all day.
Our orthodontists recommend that you wear your aligners for a minimum of 20 hours a day. This means you will also need to wear them while you are sleeping. This leaves 4 hours throughout the day where you can take them off to eat and clean your teeth. The aligners are more effective the longer you wear them, allowing you to complete treatment faster.
Not wearing the aligners for the correct amount of time every day will prevent you from achieving the results you want in the expected time frame.
Invisalign trays are easy to clean.
Invisalign aligners are much easier to clean than braces since you do not have to floss and brush between wires and brackets. To clean your Invisalign, you remove the aligners and use cold water and clear soap to brush them.
Some people prefer to clean their aligners by soaking them in white vinegar and warm water for 15 minutes, rinsing them thoroughly with cold water before putting them back in.
Avoid using mouthwash to clean your aligners. This can be too harsh on your aligners and can cause discoloration.
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At Severns Dentistry & Orthodontics, we are your top choice for experienced Invisalign treatment in Pittsburgh. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and begin your journey to a healthy smile!