Requirements for getting Invisalign

Invisalign in Weybridge is chosen by many because it gets great results.  It is a treatment that allows patients to have their teeth straightened without having to be self-conscious, which is especially valuable to those who have not had this opportunity in their younger years.  This is a guide on what it involves and the requirements for a successful outcome.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is also known as invisible or clear braces.  The braces are composed of transparent trays of super soft plastic that are worn as a discreet covering over the teeth.  These trays are called aligners.  Aligners are custom made to fit the teeth of each individual patient and are changed every few weeks.

Each set of aligners moves the teeth a little at a time until the teeth have been fully straightened and the treatment is complete.  It is usually recommended that the patient wears a retainer after treatment to help maintain the new position of the teeth.

Healthy teeth and gums

Before commencing treatment with aligners, it is important that the teeth and gums are in good condition.  If the patient has a build up of plaque on the teeth or even the early signs of gum disease, then these issues must be resolved before getting clear braces.  The dentist can help by giving the teeth a professional clean and offering treatment to return the gums to full health.

Stop smoking

no smoking sign

If the patient is a smoker, it is strongly advised that they quit the habit before opting for invisible braces.  There is lots of help available for quitting, including products that deliver nicotine replacement therapy.  These allow the smoker to gradually wean themselves off their nicotine dependency and can be very useful.

If it is not possible for the patient to stop smoking and they are still keen to get clear braces, it is possible to go ahead.  However, smoking with the aligners in is not advised, as the nicotine stains them and they lose their transparency.  This means that they will no longer be invisible, one of the great benefits of this treatment.  Smoking should be restricted to before or after mealtimes, when the braces are removed.

Drink mostly water

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of drinking mainly water for hydration and avoiding other types of drinks as much as possible.  This is because it is fine to drink water with clear aligners in, but it is not advised to consume other drinks like juices, coffee and wine.  These can stain the braces and affect treatment outcomes.

Be disciplined about eating

The braces are designed to be removed for eating, which is great as it means that there aren’t any restrictions on what the patient can have for mealtimes.  However, if they are to offer the best possible results, then the aligners should be worn most of the time every day.

This usually means 22 out of every 24 hours.  Frequent snacking would make that very difficult, so it’s a good idea to get into the habit of exercising some discipline about eating before starting the treatment.

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