What to Know Before Getting Invisalign

What to Know Before Getting Invisalign

Many of us have some degree of crooked or imperfectly placed teeth. This is only a reason for concern if it causes you discomfort when talking or eating, or has depleted your confidence of self. With the advancement of orthodontia, there is a way to straighten teeth for those who strongly oppose the idea of braces. Invisalign can be a great way to straighten teeth without worrying about visible brackets and wires when you smile. Invisalign uses plastic retainers that are transparent, and nestles around your teeth instead of having wire brackets over them. 

If you are curious about Invisalign, you are not alone! Many people appeal to the idea of Invisalign, and it is never too late to get started. Before getting Invisalign, here are some things you should know: 

Keep Aligners on Your Teeth 22 Hours a Day (Minimum)

The very first rule is fairly simple, all you have to do is keep these aligners on for 22 hours a day, or more. This may sound daunting at first, however, it is the only way you will see true, fast, and lasting results. New patients must keep their aligners in basically all day for the initial 48 hours. This will help you adjust to having them on your teeth as well. Refrain from taking them out during this period, unless you are eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. After these 48 hours, you should aim to keep these on for as long as you can each day. The longer you keep them placed, the quicker your teeth will straighten. 

You May Speak a Little Differently

Some patients express that they speak a little differently than they had before because of the Invisalign aligners. You may have a slight lisp when first using them, and it’s important to note here so that you aren’t as shocked if it does occur. This is a natural reaction to having aligners in your mouth. But, most people do not have a lisp the entire time they wear them. Usually, a lisp only occurs during the intro period when you are still adjusting to having them on. It is not advised to take them out when speaking with others, because it will only lessen how impactful they are in straightening your teeth. If you are insecure about how it makes you talk, practice at home with loved ones first. 

There is so much more to know before getting Invisalign. If you are interested in getting these clear aligners, consider talking with an orthodontist, similar to a seasoned dental professional from John Redmond Orthodontics.