Invisalign’s clear aligners are an excellent way to straighten your smile without having to worry about the issues that come with metal braces. Beyond their nearly-invisible appearance, you can remove your aligners as necessary to clean them as well as your teeth.
Whether you’re preparing for your Invisalign treatment or have already started, you may have questions that come up. We’ve put together a list of common issues and their remedies below.
Your Invisalign aligners can become cracked or chipped by eating. We recommend you plan when you’re going to eat throughout the day, as allotting 30-minute time slots three to four times a day will help keep food and plaque off your teeth.
If you’ve been wearing your aligners for the prescribed 22 hours per day and are worried they aren’t working, they probably are. Your teeth are being gradually shifted by the trays, but these changes are hard to notice on a day-to-day basis.
It’s common for patients who are just beginning their treatment to have a slight speech impairment. As you become accustomed to the clear tray, you’ll learn to speak clearly again.
If you still notice a speech problem after the first week, the fitting of your aligner could be off. If that’s the case, contact Dr. Platt immediately so he can reevaluate your treatment plan
Since your trays must be worn for the majority of the day, you won’t be able to eat as frequently as you may be used to. The trays are often difficult to remove and many patients find themselves snacking less.
Altering your eating schedule can cause your body weight to fluctuate until you adjust to your new eating routine. We suggest introducing a protein smoothie into each meal to help your body maintain the correct caloric intake.
The gap between the teeth and the Invisalign tray is called an incisal gap. This gap occurs for many reasons, including not wearing your aligners for the prescribed amount of time or your aligners move at a different pace than your teeth.
If the trays are seated, Dr. Platt might give you some cotton balls to chew on that won’t damage your aligners. If the trays aren’t seated, then you should wait another week before contacting our office.
Getting used to using Invisalign aligners can be a difficult transition. Once you have adjusted to your aligners, your treatment will become part of your daily routine. Dr. Platt closely monitors the entire Invisalign process and can address any concerns about your treatment.
If you still have questions after looking through our list, feel free to call us at 719-355-7420 or fill out our online contact form for an answer. We’ll be happy to help 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