You’ve had braces before, but you spent some years without wearing your retainer. While you know that it’s your fault that your teeth are much more crooked than they were when your braces came off, that doesn’t stop you from feeling self-conscious about your smile. Once your smile was gleaming and perfectly straight and now, you try not to smile because you incisors are crooked and your front teeth are trying to overlap one another. It’s embarrassing, you feel uncomfortable, and you just want to have a perfect smile like you used to.
This scenario occurs a lot in the world of cosmetic dentistry. Many people have come to us after having braces and want their previous straight teeth again. They want to feel good when they smile and dazzle people with straight pearly whites. At Lifetime Smiles, we understand this desire to have straight, gorgeous, and enviable teeth. We’ve had many patients who want to have teeth that are perfect and we’ve helped them meet those results. If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign, then schedule an appointment.
Questions To Consider Before You Get Invisalign
If you’re considering Invisalign, then you probably have some questions that you want to be answered. We compiled some questions that are probably at the forefront of your mind. From wondering about your diet to the pain you’ll endure, we have you covered when it comes to what you want to know about Invisalign. Keep in mind that the best way to have your questions answered is by consulting Dr. Arzegar at Lifetime Smiles.
Will Anyone See The Aligners?
This is one of the most popular questions that are asked about Invisalign because, like it or not, many people are concerned about their appearance. It’s understandable, especially if you’re around people for a majority of your day or you want to maintain a certain image. Our society is very focused on perfection and while there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s important to note that flawlessness is not always obtainable, especially if you’re going through an awkward phase in life.
However, to answer the question, Invisalign aligners sound like exactly what they are. They are meant to be invisible and very hard to see by the average person. Unless someone is staring at your teeth and is very close to your mouth, then they will not see them. For the most part, Invisalign is essentially invisible. Many people will not notice that you’re wearing them because they are meant to be see-through. They are designed to fit your lifestyle and that means not being able to be seen by the trained eye.
Can I Eat Anything I Want?
With braces, you have to avoid certain foods. Laffy Taffy, bagels, gum, caramel apples, anything that contains small pieces of food that will get stuck in your teeth, are all items that were on the no list when it came to restrictions to your diet. Instead of worrying about what you can’t eat, you won’t even be given a restriction list on what you can and cannot eat while you’re being treated. Instead, you’ll need to take out the Invisalign so that no food makes its way into it while you’re enjoying a meal. You don’t have to worry about what gets in between your wires and brackets or if they can be damaged because you took out the Invisalign before eating.
Can I Take The Aligners Off?
As we mentioned above, you’ll need to take the Invisalign off when you’re eating. So yes, you can take the aligners off when you need to. Occasions such as eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing are all occasions to take your Invisalign off. It’s important to remember to wear them for at least 20 to 22 hours a day to get the results you want. However, you can enjoy some special occasions without them such as weddings, job interviews, or a date.
Is It Painful?
Like many dental treatments, the question of pain will come up. Invisalign can be uncomfortable because your teeth are moving and constant force is applied to it, but for the most part, the pain level is normal. The first few days can be the worst because your teeth are adjusting, but you’ll also begin to see signs that your smile is transforming and becoming radiant.