What to Know Before Getting Invisalign

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what you should know before getting Invisalign - Lyons OrthodonticsAre you planning on getting Invisalign? Starting your Just Smile journey can seem like a daunting experience, but at Lyons Orthodontics, we make orthodontic treatment fun for all ages! Before you start this exciting journey, here are a number of things that you need to know before getting Invisalign

Prepare to Wear Your Aligners

One of the benefits of choosing Invisalign clear aligners as your orthodontic treatment is the ability to take your aligners off and on. As Dr. Long Luu, an orthodontist in Fair Oaks will tell you during your no-obligation consultation, that the best smile transformations require at least 22 hours of wearing your custom aligners each day. This means that you only have two hours within which to eat, drink, brush, and floss each day. Consequently, for the good of your smile, you just might have to say goodbye to sipping your hot cup of coffee leisurely in the morning!

Your Toothbrush Will See More Action

Expect to spend more time on dental hygiene habits if you plan on getting Invisalign aligners. This is a good thing for your overall dental health, but it requires that you prepare to devote more time to brushing and flossing. Why will you be spending more time than usual brushing and flossing? Since you will be taking out the aligners when you are going to eat, it is recommended that you brush or at least rinse your mouth with plain water before putting the aligner back in.

We asked our good friend, Dr. Ben Kacos, a dentist in Shreveport, LA, about brushing and flossing between teeth with Invisalign aligners. Dr. Kacos says it’s necessary to prevent food particles from being locked in place between your teeth until the next time you take out the aligners. Brushing gets rid of those particles that could cause bad breath, cavities, and tooth decay. We want your smile transformation to be amazing! Make sure you brush and floss your teeth so that you can enjoy your smile. 

You May Need Other Components

Each patient is different, so don’t expect to wear Invisalign aligners only. We realize that every single smile is unique. Some people may have to get buttons (small brackets adhered to your teeth) or orthodontic rubber bands. If these additional components are recommended to you, use them as instructed so that you can achieve that beautiful smile!

Watch What You Eat or Drink

One big plus for Invisalign is that you can take the aligners out when you are going to eat or drink. However, this isn’t mandatory, as you can still eat or drink with the aligners in place. You just need to be selective about what you eat or drink while you have the Invisalign aligners in your mouth. For example, it isn’t advisable to take a hot drink without removing the aligners since this can warp the plastic.

Similarly, taking pigmented drinks, such as coffee or grapefruit juice, can stain the aligners. Don’t worry, you will not have to guess what to eat or drink with the aligners on. Dr. Long Luu and our team at Lyons Orthodontics in Fair Oaks will give you detailed instructions about the specific foods and drinks that are Invisalign-friendly. You can always call the orthodontic office if you have any questions. Our team is always happy to help!

Postpone Teeth Whitening

As already mentioned, Invisalign aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours each day. This means that you are unlikely to have enough time to take the aligners out in order to whiten your teeth at home. So, it’s better for you to be patient and wait for the treatment to be completed before you can whiten your teeth and get rid of any discolorations in the areas where the aligners made contact with your teeth. In the meantime, Dr. Long Luu recommends that you pay particular attention to dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing as earlier recommended so that you prevent stains from developing on your teeth.

Embrace the Post-Treatment Phase

When your treatment phase with Invisalign comes to an end, you will be expected to wear a retainer. This is so that your teeth can be kept in their new positions. This post-treatment phase is important for the long-term enjoyment of the benefits brought by the treatment phase. Your orthodontist in Fair Oaks will let you know what you can expect with your new retainers. 

Treatment Time Varies Between Patients

Orthodontic treatment using Invisalign can take a few months or even more than two years. The key determinant is the specific defect that is being corrected by this treatment. Orthodontist in Fair Oaks explains that closing a small gap between a few teeth may require that you wear the aligners for a few months. Comparably, correcting misalignment in several teeth could take more than 12 months. Dr. Long Luu will explain to you how long your treatment is likely to take, so keep that timeline in mind and do as you are advised so that the duration of the treatment isn’t extended beyond the initial estimate.

Invisalign with Lyon Orthodontics

Now that you know what you should consider before getting Invisalign, you’ll now be able to decide if Invisalign is something you’re interested in. Invisalign is a great orthodontic treatment option that we offer at Lyons Orthodontics. If you are interested in this treatment, we highly recommend that you schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our orthodontists. You can visit either of our orthodontic offices in El Dorado Hills or Fair Oaks. We will give you all the information that you need to make an informed decision. Then you will soon be on your way to your best smile ever!

6 Stages to Invisalign Treatment

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6 stages to invisalign treatmentAre you ready to look into your options for braces on teeth that are misaligned? Invisalign is an awesome choice for those who are looking to straighten their teeth but would prefer not using traditional braces.

There are some key benefits to the Invisalign system, with the primary benefit being that the treatment is practically invisible! The aligner trays are also removable, which means that patients can enjoy eating many foods that they want compared to traditional braces. The trays also allow patients to brush and floss their teeth without any issue. Many of our patients at Lyons Orthodontics are happy they chose Invisalign for their Just Smile treatment. 

Invisalign is known to be a simple cosmetic treatment. In this article, we’ll discuss the 6 stages to Invisalign treatment. If you’re curious about Invisalign in El Dorado Hills, contact one of our offices! We’ll be happy to see you or your family for a FREE no-obligation consultation.

Stage 1 – The Consultation

Whether you’re looking for braces for teens or orthodontic treatment for adults, you’ll have the same experience during your consultation. During the consultation, our orthodontist will evaluate your smile to determine whether the Invisalign treatment is right for you. Invisalign can address a versatile number of concerns, but unfortunately, it does not work for everyone. 

It’s important that you meet with our Lyons team when you’re considering top braces or any orthodontic treatment. While many dentists are providers for the Invisalign system, they may not have the training that is needed to ensure the best in outcomes.

Stage 2 – The Treatment Plan

Once you and your El Dorado Hills orthodontist have made the design to proceed with the Invisalign treatment, impressions and images will be made of your teeth and your mouth. This data is sent to Invisalign so that the aligner trays can be made as per the specifications provided by your orthodontist. 

Stage 3 – Waiting for the Aligners

Once the plans for the aligners have been confirmed, it will take up to a month for them to be made and delivered.

Stage 4 – Wearing the Aligners

Once the aligners are ready, you’ll come into the office to pick up your first set. Each of the aligner trays is different and is designed to be worn in a specific order. Each of the aligner trays should be worn for two weeks at a time. You’ll need to visit our office to switch out your aligners. During that time, we can also see how your new smile is progressing. As the treatment progresses, each of the aligner trays will move your teeth into the newly aligned position, ultimately creating your new and improved smile! Aligner trays can be taken out to eat, drink and clean your teeth, but should otherwise be worn at all times during treatment. If you don’t wear them as they are meant to be worn, your teeth won’t progress in accordance with the plan established by your orthodontist.

Stage 5 – Refining your Smile

Once the very last aligner tray has been worn for its two weeks, you might find yourself done with treatment. You’ll want to visit Lyons Orthodontics to make sure that your treatment is all done! There may be some further adjustments that need to be made. But don’t worry, the end result is worth the wait. Your orthodontist will examine your teeth and may order additional refinement trays so that you can continue with your treatment. It can take up to another month for refinement trays to arrive, and there are typically no additional costs for refinement trays.

Stage 6 – Maintaining your New Smile

Once treatment is completed, you will need to wear a retainer at night. This is so your jawbones have ample time to adjust to the new placement of your teeth. It’s important to wear a retainer immediately after treatment, but it’s recommended that you continue to wear a retainer a few times a week for the rest of your life. This is because the teeth in your mouth are constantly moving and shifting about.

Are you ready to learn more about the Invisalign aligner tray system? Call Lyons Orthodontics to find out whether they are the right option to help you to meet your orthodontic goals.