Top 8 Truths about Invisalign

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

In a lot of ways, Invisalign can be a great alternative for people who don’t want to go through the pain and process of braces. However, there are some important things to consider before you choose Invisalign as your teeth perfecting option.

  1. Invisalign is not for everyone

    Invisalign can treat most issues, including crooked teeth, gaps, and over/under bites, but some cases are too complicated for this solution. Patients with more severe cases may get quicker and more efficient results with traditional braces. This choice is up to your opinion and Dr. Zwier’s professional recommendation.

  2. Your oral hygiene routine will change significantly

    You will need to brush and floss your teeth properly after each meal before you insert your Invisalign aligners.  Dr. Zwier may recommend buying a traveling toothbrush and floss picks for convenient maintenance. However, keeping your teeth healthy and maintaining proper hygiene is significantly easier with Invisalign as compared to traditional orthodontics.

  3. Your eating habits may change

    Every time you eat, you have to take out your aligners unless the food is small or soft. However, it is critical to wear your aligners 22 hours out of the day to get the best results, leaving only a few hours for three meals, plus time for brushing and flossing.  Do not take out the aligners to sip on coffee or other beverages.  Keep your aligners in for small snacks.

  4. Cleaning your aligners

    When you get Invisalign, you’ll be informed on how to clean and maintain bacteria-free aligners for the health and appearance of your teeth.  To clean Invisalign, use a mild soap or detergent.

  5. It will take time to get used to

    Many patients feel, not discomfort, but weird with their Invisalign aligners in. Some patients feel they talk with a lisp or sound different with their aligners, but generally this is unnoticeable to other people. However, public speakers and singers have been able to do their jobs without the audience knowing they are wearing aligners. Your friends, family, and co-workers may not even notice you are wearing aligners, even up close. We can’t forget to mention, kissing with your aligners may feel awkward at first as well.

  6. Straight teeth may take a while to achieve

    Depending on your individual teeth qualities, it may take a long time to achieve your desired results. The average Invisalign treatment is one year, but there are additional steps to take if your teeth are still not perfect. Also, patients sometimes need a new set of “finishing aligners” for even more dramatic improvement.

  7. It is a painless process

    Compared to tightening and repairing braces, Invisalign does not hurt. It may make your teeth feel some pressure when you first put them in the first time you change to a new aligner every two weeks.  This pressure feeling is very short lived.  You usually forget they are in after less than an hour. However, it is an excellent, much more comfortable alternative to its metal counterpart.

  8. You’ll get outstanding results!

    Even though you may have to make some lifestyle changes around your new aligners, Invisalign has a high patient satisfaction rate where their teeth are no longer their cosmetic concern. They can be confident in their smile again without hiding any imperfections. Many patients have had traditional braces when they are younger and then experience significant relapse of their bite. They almost always say that they would never go through traditional orthodontics again, but are extremely happy to have Invisalign. Afterwards, several options exist in order to maintain and retain the excellent results which have been achieved!

With proper maintenance and care, Invisalign is an effective and painless way to perfect your smile and restore your vibrant appeal. If you aren’t fond of the idea of braces, contact us today to see what Invisalign can do for you!