What to Expect with Your Invisalign Treatment

What to Expect with Your Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign braces placement

With Invisalign, the days of cementing metal to teeth and adjusting wires (like with traditional braces) are over! Invisalign offers a treatment to give you the best smile possible and it’s nearly invisible. It is good to know a bit about the process before you can decide if it is the right treatment for you. With that in mind, we will discuss below what you can expect with your Invisalign treatment.

A Custom Plan Designed Just for You

Since every set of teeth are different, the doctors at the Invisalign Group will design a custom program for you to get the proper results from your treatment. This includes:

  • Photographs of your teeth
  • Digital xrays
  • Moulded impressions

The Invisalign Group will then use this information to predict how your teeth will move during treatment and design a customized plan of action just for you. With today’s technology, the Invisalign Group can have an accurate picture of how your teeth will look weeks and months from now, as well as the what your final smile will look like at the end of the treatment!

Aligners

Invisalign works by creating a custom set of aligners to fit your teeth. Once your aligners are ready, a special set of fasteners are bonded to the teeth in order to facilitate the aligner placement. The aligners clip into the fasteners. The fasteners are invisible as well and are removed after treatment is complete.

Aligners are switched out for new ones approximately every two weeks.

Each set of customized aligners are created to continue (in the process) where the previous set left off, moving your teeth along in the treatment.Every new set of aligners requires some adjustment, similar to traditional braces. Expect each new set to be a little uncomfortable at first. As your teeth move, the aligners become more comfortable as you continue to wear them. This shows you that the Invisalign treatment is working!

aligner for Invisalign braces

Wearing your Invisalign braces

You will be given several sets of aligners by Invisalign Group that you can replace yourself every two weeks.

Invisalign aligners should be worn every day and taken out only for brushing and for meals. You can expect to visit your Invisalign Group dentist about every six weeks. They can make any adjustments to your fittings or treatment as needed.

There are no real limitations as to what you can eat or drink during your Invisalign treatment. And the best part is no one will know you’re wearing them during treatment. Things have certainly come since the days of metal braces!

After your Invisalign treatment

After the conclusion of your invisalign treatment, there is always the possibility that your teeth may move back a bit. This is where a retainer can become useful. After treatment, a discussion with your Invisalign Group dentist will help you decide which retainer is right for you.

Please let us know if you have any questions about Invisalign or the Invisalign treatment process. We’d love to hear from you!

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Juicing and Your Smile

Juicing for your smile

So this juicing thing has caught on. As a certified health nut I’m glad that more people are becoming aware of their health and the wonders that nature can do for us. Juicing is a wonderful thing along with green leafy veggies, fruits and all kinds of assorted nuts and seeds.  Just a few tips to get the most out of your health journey:    

It’s best to let digestion start where it should – in your mouth  

Fresh Juices should be held in your mouth for a few moments before swallowing (not sugary processed stuff). The reason is that your saliva contains amylase, an enzyme which starts to break down starches and fresh juices contain a majority of complex starches.

Amylase starts the digestion of starches which helps convert them into sugars, healthy sugars, which then get digested and/or used in other parts of the body.

As good as juicing and eating lots of green leafy vegetables is for you, there is one little drawback. Vegetables have a very high content of chlorophyll, a very important biochemical which is essential for photosynthesis. Very good stuff and very healthy. But chlorophyll is a pigment, a very good one, so good that it is commercially used as a dye and as a food coloring. As such it is a potent stain producing substance. Therefore, you can guess what will happen to your teeth if you consistently drink vegetable juice or eat large quantities of raw vegetables. Yup, your teeth will get discolored especially in those hard to get spaces. Oh, you’ll be healthy, but you’ll have less than an ideal smile.

This however is no reason not to partake in the healthy lifestyle. I find that rinsing 2 or 3 times with water after drinking my juice eliminates most of the accumulation of staining. Try it. When you rinse you will spit out green water. That is the stain you are spitting out. Better in the water than on your teeth.

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Rinsing 2 or 3 times with water after drinking my juice eliminates most of the accumulation of staining

And if you’re really obsessive like I am, but I’m allowed cause after all I am a dentist, then you’ll carry a toothbrush with you for such occasions. You don’t need toothpaste for this, believe me. Just brush.  I recommend rinsing after drinking coffee or tea for the same reason.

So now you know, you can have an awesome body and an awesome smile.

Bon Apetit!