Invisalign Is One Of The Most Convenient Ways To Achieve A New Smile. Learn The 10 Things You Should Know About Invisalign, Then Schedule Your Consultation!

10 Truths About Invisalign

10 Truths About Invisalign

10 Truths About Invisalign

At Lakewood Dental Arts, we're proud to help patients throughout Lakewood, CA and the surrounding areas achieve healthy, beautiful smiles through quality dental and orthodontic treatments. While braces are still the most popular choice for orthodontics, Invisalign offers an exciting alternative. If you've been considering straightening your smile with Invisalign, here are a few important things to know.


10 Things to Know About Invisalign

Interested in achieving a new smile through Invisalign clear aligners? Here are the ten biggest things you should know before starting treatment:


  • You Must Be Diligent: Invisalign aligners may be removable, but they only work when they're on your teeth. It's critical to wear them for the recommended 22 hours a day – otherwise, you risk slowing down or derailing your treatment.

  • Take Oral Hygiene Seriously: Your teeth are also more susceptible to dental decay during orthodontic treatment. Make sure you brush your teeth every time you eat anything or put your aligners back in. Otherwise, you risk compromising your treatment with a cavity.

  • Not Everyone Can Get Invisalign: While Invisalign has advanced to be able to treat a wide range of conditions, it's still not right for everyone. Invisalign may not be an option for patients needing extensive correction, particularly in cases involving jaw realignment.

  • You'll Need a Retainer: As with any other orthodontic treatment, you'll have to wear a retainer after the active phase of treatment. However, with Invisalign, you can simply wear a pair of "finishing aligners" which are basically identical to your regular Invisalign aligners.

  • Don't Use Toothpaste on Aligners: Toothpaste is abrasive and can scratch aligners. Instead, use a toothbrush with water or diluted soap to keep them clean.

  • You Might Sound Funny: As with most treatments, you'll go through an adjustment period when you first start wearing your aligners. You might notice a subtle lisp or change in your speech at first, but this should fade within a week.

  • You'll Drink a Lot of Water: With Invisalign, you'll have to brush your teeth after you eat or drink anything besides water, and that includes coffee and red wine.

  • You Might Lose Weight: As an added benefit, many patients find they cut down on snacking during treatment because brushing their teeth every time is too much of a hassle. For some patients, this makes it easier to lose a little extra weight.

  • They're Virtually Invisible – Really: Invisalign aligners truly are virtually invisible. For the most part, people won't notice them and you can feel confident smiling for pictures, social situations, or professional events.

  • It's Worth It: Despite the inconveniences of orthodontic treatment, practically every patient feels that Invisalign is worth it in the end. After all, the inconveniences are minor and temporary – but your new smile will stay with you for a lifetime.


Contact Your Lakewood, SC Orthodontist

Invisalign offers one of the most convenient options on the market for orthodontic treatment, and if you're ready to revitalize your smile with Invisalign, we'd love to help. Contact us today to learn more about how Invisalign can help you improve your smile and to schedule your consultation. We can't wait to help you achieve your dream smile through Invisalign!