Since its introduction in 1997, people who want to correct minor imperfections in their smile have chosen Invisalign® over traditional braces. You may be a good candidate to skip the wires and brackets, correcting your teeth through a series of clear retainers that align your teeth over time. One of the biggest draws to using this method over traditional braces is that they are almost invisible. People cannot tell that you're wearing them – and you may even forget too!


At Rutland Dental Centre, our dentists will conduct a thorough examination and consultation to help determine if you are an Invisalign® candidate. The next step is to create your unique treatment plan, starting with the use of a 3D scanner to make a model of your teeth. After the treatment plan is completed, the aligners are then fabricated and are made of flexible plastic and free from Bisphenol A (BPA). 


Invisalign® treatments contain a series of custom clear aligners that get replaced every 1-2 weeks. Every aligner is of a slightly different form, gently moving misaligned teeth into their proper position over a span of 4-12 months.


Invisalign can be successful in treating the following conditions:


· Crooked or crowded teeth

· Gaps between teeth

· Crossbites

· Overbites and Overjets

· Open bites


Invisalign® is an excellent investment for straighter teeth, better bite, and a better smile. But how can you make sure your investment in Invisalign® in Kelowna pays off?


Here are our top tips for ensuring the best possible result from your Invisalign® treatment:


Stick to the Schedule


One of the most significant advantages of Invisalign® is that the aligners can be removed. However, to maximize the success of your treatment as quickly as possible, we recommend wearing them for 22 hours every day or as prescribed by your dental clinic in Kelowna. Take them out to brush, floss, eat and drink. Otherwise, they should be worn at all other times so they can work their magic. Your dentist will monitor your progress and plan a schedule to switch from one aligner to the next in the correct order.


Keep talking


You may notice that you talk with a lisp at the beginning of your Invisalign® treatment. This may last for a few days and is completely normal. There is a little less space inside your mouth than there used to be which is temporarily throwing off your tongue. The best way to get past this is to keep talking!


Anticipate sensitivity


Your first aligner and each new aligner may cause your teeth, gums, and jaw to feel a bit tender. That is a normal and temporary sensation and a good sign that your teeth are shifting. Dealing with that sensitivity for the first couple days is as easy as sticking to soft foods or ask your dentist about taking over-the-counter pain relievers.


Remove your aligners


Not only can you remove your aligners, but you should remove them before eating or drinking liquids other than water. Coffee and tea, as well as other coloured drinks like wine, can also stain the plastic trays, so best to remove the aligners or use a straw when drinking these.


Refrain from eating while wearing your Invisalign® trays. Not only can food become trapped, posing a risk to the health of your teeth and gums, but it's also uncomfortable to chew with the aligners.


Use your case


On the one hand, you'll love that your aligners are nearly invisible. On the other, they're so clear that they're easy to lose! But you can keep your aligners clean - and safe – by always storing them in your Invisalign® case when they are not in your mouth.


Focus on your oral self-care


Brushing and flossing with traditional wire and metal braces is frustrating, and we can understand how many people skip this step from time to time. With Invisalign®, it's easy to stay on top of your oral care because aligners are removed when brushing and flossing, making it super easy. Good oral hygiene during aligner treatment ensures gums are healthy and teeth are healthy.


Keep them clean


If your clear aligners become stained, it profoundly affects the look of your smile. The "invisible" treatment you wanted will be visible to all. You're also stuck with a stained set of trays until you can switch to the next set of aligners. Stained aligner trays can also smell due to bacteria buildup. To keep your aligners invisible and odour-free, clean them daily by simply brushing them with a soft toothbrush and rinsing them with warm water. Retainer cleaner tablets can also be used for the extra sparkle.


Invisalign® aligners have high success rates and are used for even complex cases. It is an excellent option for people who want to straighten their teeth quickly, conveniently, and discreetly. It is an investment of time and money that can pay off with an ideal smile if you do your part.


If you are considering pursuing Invisalign® treatment, it is essential to determine if you are an ideal candidate for treatment. Don't hesitate to contact our dental clinic in Kelowna to schedule a consultation for Invisalign® in Kelowna. 



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