Clear tray Invisalign aligners are an excellent way to straighten your smile without having o worry about brackets and wires breaking, or feeling embarrassed because of the clunky appearance of braces.
Beyond their nearly-invisible appearance, you can remove your aligners as necessary to clean them and your teeth.
To prepare you for your Invisalign treatment, we’ve put together a list of common issues and their juxtaposed remedies, starting with the most evident.
There’s food lodged between my teeth and my Invisalign aligners—while the aligners are invisible, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be damaged from eating. It is recommended that you plan when you are going to eat throughout the day. Allotting 30-minute time slots 3-4 times a day will help keep food and plaque off of your teeth and will prevent your aligners from cracking or chipping as you chew.
I’ve been wearing my aligners, but I’m still not seeing progress—if you have been wearing your aligners for the prescribed 22 hours per day and are worried they aren’t working, they most likely are. The way Invisalign aligners work is by gradually shifting each tooth until it is time to change to the next tray. These incremental changes are hard to notice on a day-to-day basis, but by the end of your treatment, you will be able to see the success in your new straight smile.
I started my Invisalign treatment, and now I’m speaking with a lisp—it is not uncommon for patients who are just beginning their treatment to have a slight speech impairment. As your body becomes accustomed to the clear tray, you will learn to enunciate clearly. If after the first week you are still noticing a speech problem, then it is likely that the fitting of your aligner is off. You should contact Dr. Platt immediately so he can help get your treatment back on track.
I’ve lost weight since I started using Invisalign aligners—since your trays must be worn for the majority of the day, it doesn’t leave you much time to eat. The trays are supertight and can be a pain to remove, which limits the amount of snacking patients are used to eating. Altering your eating schedule can cause your body weight to fluctuate until you get your eating habits in a routine. One tip is to introduce a protein smoothie into each meal, which will help your body maintain the correct caloric intake.
There’s a gap between my teeth and my Invisalign aligners—the gap between the teeth and Invisalign tray is called an incisal gap. An incisal gap can occur for many reasons including not wearing your aligners for the prescribed amount of time, and your aligners are moving at a different pace than your teeth. If the trays are seated, Dr. Platt might send you home with cotton balls or other innocent items to chew on that won’t damage your aligners. If the trays are not seated, then you should give it another week before contacting the Lasting Impressions office for further instructions.
Dr. Jeffery Platt closely monitors the entire Invisalign process. If you have any questions or concerns during your treatment, don’t hesitate to call us at 719-355-7420. You can also leave your information in the submission box, and we’ll get right back to you.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Platt
2465 Research Pkwy #100
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Monday: 7AM – 4PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 3PM
Wednesday: 7AM – 4PM
Thursday: 7AM – 3PM