Kemper Meadow – Invisalign – FAQ’s & Myths
Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners has become extremely popular over the past 10 years. As with any new treatment that offers such outstanding results, people have a lot of questions and misconceptions about Invisalign. As a long-time Invisalign provider in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kemper Meadow Family Dentistry hopes this blog helps to clear up some of the confusion.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Invisalign
Below are just three FAQs we typically receive.
What is Invisalign?
Treatment with Invisalign consists of wearing a series of clear, customized, and removable aligners that apply pressure on your teeth to move into the desired position.
The first step after meeting for a consultation at Kemper Meadow is for your orthodontist to create a digital treatment plan to map out the movement of your teeth. Each customized aligner applies just the right amount of pressure while still allowing you the comfort and flexibility you need. You switch one aligner for the next one in your set approximately every two weeks.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign Compared to Traditional Metal Braces?
Patients who receive traditional braces have metal brackets and wires affixed to their teeth for the duration of the treatment period. They have no option to remove the brackets and wires themselves and must wait for their orthodontist to remove them once they have completed treatment. The timeframe is typically two to three years. We have found that adult patients often prefer greater discretion, which Invisalign provides.
With Invisalign, you can remove your aligner to eat, brush your teeth, or whenever you need a slight break from wearing it. However, we urge you to keep each aligner in your mouth for 22 to 23 hours each day for the best and most efficient results. On average, people complete orthodontic treatment with Invisalign approximately six months sooner than with traditional braces. Just keep in mind that every patient is different, and you may not have the same results.
How Do I Care for My Aligners?
We recommend that you use the patented Invisalign cleaning system to keep your aligners clean. You can also scrub your aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste and then run them under warm water. Be sure to avoid placing aligners under hot water since the high temperature could cause the plastic to warp.
Common Myths About Invisalign
People also believe many falsehoods they have heard about Invisalign. This is unfortunate because it can prevent them from seeking treatment.
You Need a Referral from Your Regular Dentist to See an Orthodontist
This statement is both irrelevant and untrue here at Kemper Meadow Family Dentistry, since we offer general dentistry and orthodontic services. If you feel that you could benefit from orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, just request an appointment with the next available provider.
Invisalign Will Have a Negative Impact on My Speech
It is true that you may talk with a slight lisp when fitted with your first Invisalign clear aligner. However, this issue should disappear within a few days as you become accustomed to having something in your mouth most of the day. When fitted properly using a digital scan as a guide, your aligners can actually improve the way you produce speech sounds.
Invisalign Only Works with Minor Cosmetic Problems
The members of our skilled dentistry team can correct nearly any orthodontic problem using Invisalign. We will share more information about how we plan to do this after completing your initial examination and X-rays.
Are you ready for a better smile and improved oral health? Request a consultation with our Cincinnati orthodontists today to learn more about whether Invisalign is right for you.