When you begin Invisalign treatment, you might be surprised at how the trays feel, how you look wearing them, and what kind of feelings you’re experiencing. Know this: This treatment will take some adjustment time, but you can do it, and the result is worth it. Here is some of what you can expect on day one, and this knowledge will help you conquer every day after.
Anticipate Some Discomfort
When Invisalign trays are snapped onto your teeth, they fit snugly. This positioning can cause some discomfort and pressure, both feelings that are a good sign because this means the trays are working properly to align your smile. The first few days of wear could have you talking with a slight lisp, and you might feel like you have a bulky presence on your teeth, not to mention a constant dull ache. These feelings are normal and will fade. Until you switch to the next set of trays.
Remember Your Freedom
Any major change to your oral health is a big deal, but remember that Invisalign is temporary, and – especially – that you can take small breaks from the treatment whenever you need to. Removing the trays for meals and cleanings is required and if you just need a five-minute reprieve occasionally, you can take it. That makes every small and large milestone seem more achievable.
Accept a New Look
Yes, Invisalign is clear and practically invisible, but if you find yourself obsessing over how different your smile looks when the trays are in place, you are not alone. But also know that this perception is not permanent. This whole experience is brand new – after all, you don’t typically have a foreign object on your teeth for 20 to 22 hours a day, so your reflection will seem odd. But the aligners are clear and far less noticeable than metal braces. Give it a week or so, and Invisalign will blend into your life – and appearance.
Invisalign is a big deal. It’s a major commitment in time and energy. How you look, feel, and behave will all be affected by this orthodontic alternative. That isn’t a bad thing, it will simply take some getting used to. Be patient with yourself as you adjust to a different lifestyle. Invisalign will impact how you eat, when you eat, and what you eat. You will need to make time for extra cleanings and regular dental visits every six to eight weeks. Take this adventure one day at a time and it will pay dividends in the end.
Appreciate the Conveniences
Overall, the interference of Invisalign in your life is minimal. The inconveniences, like not being able to eat with the trays in place, are minor, and not that much of an inconvenience at all. Think about wearers of conventional braces who have brackets and wires adhered to their teeth – they can’t remove their braces and must endure the jabbing and poking of sensitive lips and cheeks. You don’t have any food restrictions and your trays are smooth and easy to wear.
Are You a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
You might feel like a different person when you have your clear aligners in your mouth, but that’s a good thing. It prepares you for the amazing straight smile that is on the horizon. Find out from your Fort Lauderdale dentist and certified Invisalign provider Dr. Charmaine Johnson if you are a good candidate for this revolutionary treatment. Contact us to schedule a consultation at Premiere Smile Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.