There is nothing like being stuck between a rock and a hard place when the rock is your crooked smile and a hard place is painful metal braces. You want to feel more confident in your smile but don’t want all the negative things that come with braces. Luckily, there is a new technology in the orthodontic world called Invisalign. Here are five things to know about it.

Invisalign Custom Fit

The trays are made and molded to your teeth and then slowly changed by an Invisalign dentist. There isn’t a premade mold; he or she works with your teeth to get them to look great slowly and comfortably.

Removable Trays

The Invisalign trays should be taken out to eat, especially hot foods. So yes, no morning coffee with them in. Even though you should remove your trays to eat, remember you need to keep them in practically all day to get your desired results.

Invisible Look

Invisalign is just that invisible, which makes it a great option for adults or teens that need braces but don’t want the look of them. To keep the plastic as clear for as long as possible it is important to clean them throughout the day so there is no discoloring. Be aware of the foods you are eating and make sure you aren’t eating foods like coffee that will stain your liners. You want to brush your teeth after eating to minimize any staining and wash the liners with soap and water.

Slightly uncomfortable

As you switch out the trays every few weeks, at first it might feel uncomfortable because the new trays are immediately trying to force your teeth into a new position. This will only last a little bit as your teeth work towards moving to the new position. The slight discomfort when putting in the new trays is nothing in comparison to the pain caused by metal braces.

Extra Work

To get good results you need to go in to see your orthodontist regularly for about a year. This means every month or two you go in and get the new liners that you will wear between visits. If your problems are more complex, treatment takes more work. Decide if Invisalign is right for you by what work you are willing to put into it.

Invisalign is a new option that could work for you if you are willing to put in work of regular visits and cleaning for great results without the pain of braces.

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