One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your smile is with Invisalign. Even if you’ve never used it, you know the name. That’s how easy it is to recognize the brand — people who’ve never used it still know it when they see it or hear it. At Zeifman Orthodontics, our Florham Park and Mattituck locations have engineered hundreds of Invisalign trays. For Invisalign to produce the best results possible, it’s imperative that you follow Dr. Zeifman’s guidelines. Here’s how to get the most out of Invisalign treatment.
Separate Myth From Fact
Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance. Like any other appliance, what you hear about it isn’t always true. If you don’t hear it from us or read about it in any literature we provide, approach anything you hear about Invisalign with a grain of salt. Here are a few examples of myths about Invisalign we’ve listened to over the years.
Myth #1: Invisalign is the same as braces.
Invisalign’s purpose is to straighten teeth over a period of time. Like traditional braces, a patient may have to wear Invisalign for an extended duration. In those ways, Invisalign is similar to conventional braces. But to call them the same would be inaccurate. Braces have brackets and wires.
Additionally, Braces may be more efficient in certain situations and Invisalign may be more efficient in others. That said, patients may eventually transition from braces to Invisalign to help them further hone their smile or vice versa. Nevertheless, Invisalign and braces are distinctly different for that reason.
Myth #2: Invisalign is permanent.
This misunderstanding is similar to myth #1. Braces are affixed to the teeth. The wires and brackets help pull the teeth into position over a while. If Dr. Zeifman did fit you with braces, she might give you a list of food and beverages to abstain from. You might have to temporarily say goodbye to some of your favorite snacks and drinks. But with Invisalign, that’s not the case. Invisalign is 100% removable. That’s one of the features that makes it so convenient and ideal for treatment.
Myth #3: Invisalign is outside my price range.
Zeifman Orthodontics understands budget constraints. In any circumstance, patients come first. Dr. Zeifman will only offer treatment plans a patient will actually benefit from. We don’t believe in surprise charges or hidden fees.
With that in mind, sometimes people are intimidated by anything described as “state-of-the-art.” To many folks, that’s just another word for “expensive.” In reality, the price for Invisalign isn’t that different from traditional braces.
Speak with your insurance company about coverage for Invisalign. In addition, we can discuss payment plans to fit your budget.
Care For Your Invisalign Trays
Dr. Zeifman recommends wearing your Invisalign clear aligner for 22 hours a day. It’s completely removable, and thus you can take it out as you like. Most people will wear Invisalign anywhere from 6 to 15 months. Here are a few tips to help you keep your aligner intact:
- If you’re not wearing it, put it in its case.
- Clean your Invisalign as directed (more on that below).
- Bring it into our office if you drop, break, or damage it. Don’t try to fix it yourself.
- Your Invisalign is yours. You’re the only one who should be wearing it (we’ve seen it before).
How To Clean Your Invisalign
Invisalign clear aligners are just as easy to clean as your teeth. Within a few tries, you’ll know exactly how to clean yours. Make sure that whatever you use to clean your aligner is designed for that purpose. Dr. Zeifman can advise you of specific cleaners to use. Soak your aligner in the appropriate cleaning solution for about 20 minutes daily. If all else fails, opt for a gentle soap. That said, using an additional soft bristle brush doesn’t hurt to keep your aligner clean.
We suggest cleaning your aligners at least three times a day. After all, that’s how often you brush, right? Many patients find it easiest to clean their aligners once after breakfast and again after dinner. Do what works best for you and your schedule, but try to clean your aligner three times daily.
Don’t Forget Your Teeth
Among all this talk about our Invisalign aligner, we must remember our teeth! That’s the whole intent behind the aligner in the first place — taking care of your teeth! On that note, always follow Dr. Zeifman’s guidance. Brush your teeth at least twice daily. Brush thoroughly but not too hard.
Furthermore, pay attention to floss. Flossing helps reach the tiny nooks and crannies between your teeth that your brush simply can’t. Rinse with fluoride mouthwash. Keeping your teeth clean will make it easier for your Invisalign to do its job.
Get Invisalign Treatment with Dr. Z
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