In 2021, many dentists are seeing a boom in adult and teenage patients seeking orthodontic treatments.
And we believe that this is due to the availability and affordability of one of the world’s most popular orthodontic appliances; the invisible aligner. Now able to correct more extreme and complex cases of misalignment, this device has changed the world of orthodontics forever and is now more suitable for a wider range of patients looking to straighten their teeth.
When you come to Kooringal Dental to get a straighter smile, our team will assess your suitability for Invisalign Wagga. We have extensive experience with using this aligner technology and know how to keep it working and to get your smile straight. Great news!
So, what do our patients really want to know about Invisalign Wagga? Read on for our answers to their most frequent questions.
Do invisible braces hurt?
There isn’t an orthodontic procedure to date which does not come with some degree of discomfort and Invisalign Wagga is no different.
When you are changing between the aligners, the first 2 days of the new aligner are predicted to be the most uncomfortable, as the aligner is at its tightest. To alleviate the discomfort you may feel, we recommend using over-the-counter pain relief like ibuprofen.
If you have concerns about the level of discomfort you are in with this aligner, talk to our team for advice.
How do you keep the aligners clean?
Made from clear plastic, it is important to many patients to keep these aligners clean to keep them invisible.
So, our team at Kooringal Dental advises that you rinse them under a cold tap and remove any debris with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Do not rinse them in hot water, as this can cause warping. Also, if you want to keep them invisible, do not use mouthwash to clean them.
How long per day will I need to wear them for?
To gain the most benefit from this aligner (and to keep your treatment schedule on time), our team recommends that you wear them for no less than 22 hours per day.
This means that for the first few weeks, you will live by your watch, timing when you take them out to eat, brush your teeth or to attend a dental check-up with our team.
How long does the treatment take?
This will depend on the condition being treated, how complex it is and how dedicated you are to keeping the aligners in your mouth!
For most cases involving this aligner, the average treatment period is 3-6 months. However, instances of this aligner taking 9-12 months are not uncommon with conditions such as overbites, underbites and crossbites.
Will I need a retainer afterwards?
Yes, you will.
As is the way with all orthodontic treatments, it is important to wear a retainer once the treatment with the aligner or brace is completed.
This is to prevent your teeth from relapsing into their previous positions until they set in their newer ones.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.