The First 6 Weeks with Invisalign: What to Expect
Invisalign has long been used to correct a range of orthodontic problems. If your teeth are crowded, crooked or otherwise misaligned, you may be looking for a method that does not utilize metal brackets and wires to correct your smile. Invisalign is virtually invisible and uses a system of clear aligners that are custom-made.
During the first six weeks of Invisalign treatment, you can expect:
Some Tenderness and Pain
Your teeth are beginning to shift into place. While this occurs, you may find that your mouth is tender, sore and even slightly painful, which gets better over time. This is completely normal when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Most often, an over-the-counter pain reliever can do wonders for relieving you of this pain and discomfort while your Invisalign is worn.
You’ll come back to the office for a checkup every 8-10 weeks to make sure you are on course.
People who are new to Invisalign may be surprised at how much they brush their teeth during treatment. Any time you eat something and before replacing the aligners, you need to brush your teeth. This prevents plaque and food particles from getting caught between the teeth and the aligners themselves, which can contribute to tooth decay.
Having to Meal and Snack Plan
Your Invisalign aligners need to be worn for about 22 hours every day. You should remove them whenever you eat a meal or snack. Because this only leaves you about two hours to eat and enjoy your favorite foods, you’ll find that it helps to meal and snack plan throughout the day. This prevents you from forgoing eating altogether or forgetting to remove your Invisalign when going to put something in your mouth.
Beginning of Your New Smile
During the first six weeks, you may notice that your teeth are beginning to shift. They may not look as crooked or crowded as they did before starting treatment. This is the magic of Invisalign, and it’s why so many people choose this orthodontic option over others available.
If you’re interested in Invisalign treatment, call us today and we will be able to get you in for an appointment for a consultation.