Invisalign has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates in dental care. It’s such an improvement on the old way of dealing with orthodontics. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you need to be aware of and prepared to deal with if one of them become an issue for you. It’s always better to be informed.
Solutions to Invisalign Issues
Invisalign Issue 1: Pain
While the clear aligners you get are much more comfortable than their metal cousins found with traditional braces, you are still moving teeth. There’s bound to be some uncomfortableness as your teeth are shifting into their new position.
With Invisalign, this discomfort hits its peak about 24 hours into putting on the next pair of aligners. Rarely, does it last more than a day or two. After the initial shifting is over, the next two weeks go by like a breeze.
That doesn’t mean you want to brush the pain aside. I would recommend taking an over-the-counter pain reliever on schedule starting an hour before you start your new aligners. Being proactive lowers the amount of discomfort you’ll have to deal with.
Invisalign Issue 2: Excess Saliva
This is another issue that passes very quickly. Our bodies are amazing. When your mouth senses there’s something there which isn’t a normal part of your anatomy, it tries to digest it. One of the ways it does that is by producing excess saliva.
Fortunately, this goes away quite soon. Practice speaking with them when you’re alone (preferably without spitting) and that should speed up the demise of this issue.
Invisalign Issue 3: Death Breath
Think about it. You eat food. Bits of bacteria get between your teeth and in your gums. If you don’t remove them pretty quickly with brushing and flossing, you’re going to have problems. If you also pin them down and let them stew in some clear plastic aligners, you’re going to have death breath.
It’s is very important you brush and floss after each meal before you place back in your aligners. This will keep your breath sweet smelling. It will also prevent you from developing decay and needing to get fillings on your soon to be straight teeth.
Invisalign Issue 4: Kiss Killer
There are two specific things people bring up when it comes to kissing and Invisalign. One is the breath issue. That one is easily solved by following our instructions above. The second one, however, is a bit different. Some people have complained that it feels bulky when they’re kissing.
If this becomes an issue for you, there are two potential solutions. The first is to take them out. You get two hours a day where you don’t have to wear your aligners. It’s up to you how you use those two hours. A second option is practice, practice, practice. Kiss enough where it’s easy to work around.
This blog is brought to you by Salem Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.