At Advanced Dentistry of Butler, we get a lot of patients asking us about Invisalign treatment and especially about how it compares to traditional metal braces. To help clarify some of your questions before you visit us for an Invisalign consultation in Butler, PA, we’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign with complete answers for you to review first. If you still have questions after reading through our answers, we’re happy to answer them at your upcoming appointment with us!
What are the Disadvantages of Invisalign?
Not all patients can hold themselves responsible for wearing their aligners for 22 hours per day. Many patients also find it annoying to have to brush their teeth after every meal or drink that is not water. It really depends on the patient. Many think these small sacrifices are worth the benefits that come with Invisalign like the freedom to eat whatever you want, the ability to brush and floss with ease, and the comfort of wearing smooth clear plastic aligners.
Can Invisalign Make Your Teeth Fall Out?
No. During any orthodontic treatment, the bone in the jaw that holds your teeth in place becomes looser because the teeth are moving and it has to reform around the teeth. Until your teeth settle into their final position they might feel a bit loose but they will not fall out.
Do You Really Have to Wear Invisalign for 22 Hours?
Yes! For your teeth to move at the correct pace, you need to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. Failure to wear them for the recommended time can cause a delay in your results and extend your treatment time. You should only remove your aligners to eat, drink, or brush and floss your teeth.
How Often Do I Have to Brush My Teeth with Invisalign?
You should brush your teeth after eating, drinking, or smoking. If you don’t brush after any of those activities and pop the aligners back in your mouth, your aligners can become stained and begin to stink. Keeping your teeth clean at all times is essential during Invisalign treatment.
Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?
No. Invisalign works just as well as braces; it just uses a different method to straighten your teeth. Some patients prefer the benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces but one treatment isn’t better than the other. It’s entirely up to the patient’s preference.