Clear aligners such as Invisalign are fast becoming a common orthodontic treatment alternative to traditional braces. You can have a perfect set of teeth with a skilled orthodontist within 12 months of using clear aligners. The best part is, people would barely notice you have an orthodontic device in your mouth and you can show off your teeth during your treatment.
However, like any other orthodontic treatment, Invisalign has a few, but mild side effects, you should know before your Invisalign treatment.
Common side effects of clear aligners
The common side effects of Invisalign and other clear aligners include:
Although clear aligner trays are smooth and custom-made to fit the teeth, they can cause lip, tongue, and gum irritation. The irritation usually occurs due to the body’s reaction to a foreign object in the mouth and subsides within a few days.
Attachments usually fitted during treatment with clear aligners may also cause a little discomfort. Attachments help move the teeth faster. They are small and clear bumps fitted in the teeth to grip and move them. The attachments may cause localised pain inside the cheeks and lips, and sometimes, cause an ulcer.
However, this occurs only at the initial stage of the treatment, and your mouth will gradually adjust to the aligners. Invisalign attachments are smaller, smoother, and flatter than those used for traditional metal braces.
Invisalign treatment involves wearing a plastic device on your teeth, and, this may cause lisping for some people, especially in the first few days of wearing the clear aligners. This may not affect some Invisalign patients, but it is a common side effect.
If you want to get over this side effect, you have to leave the aligners in for as long as you can while speaking. This helps your tongue get used to it as you speak. Your speech pattern would gradually adjust to having aligners in.
If you have an important meeting or call that requires you to speak clearly, you can take out your aligners, but ensure you put them right back in your mouth to prevent an extended period of your treatment.
Allergic reactions rarely occur, but there is still a possibility that you may be allergic to the aligner trays. If you are allergic to the clear aligner trays, you orthodontist may offer you a refund or transfer you to another treatment option.
Wearing aligner trays prevent saliva from doing its work in the mouth. When saliva can’t wash your mouth, you would experience bad breath and dry mouth. However, you can easily avoid these problems’ side effects by drinking a lot of water and brushing your teeth. Ensure your aligners are clean because accumulated dirt on aligners may also lead to bad breath.
It’s common for Invisalign patients to bite the inside of their cheeks because they are yet to adjust to a new bite, and they have not adjusted to the new position of the teeth. This side effect should improve as you get used to wearing the aligners and adjusting to your new bite.
The benefits of clear aligners
Although clear aligners have a few side effects, they also offer these benefits you should consider.
Clear aligners are virtually invisible, so they offer a discreet treatment. They are suitable for people who care about their appearance during their orthodontic treatment. With clear aligners, you are free to laugh, smile, and talk without feeling self-conscious about your look.
Clear aligners like Invisalign are removable, so you can take them out for about 2 hours daily to play sports, eat and drink anything besides water.
Within 12 months, most Invisalign patients get perfect-looking teeth, and in cases of mild orthodontic problems, the patient can get the desired result within six months. During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will advise you on the best course of treatment for you. If you get Invisalign, you will begin to notice changes in your smile in as little as six weeks.
Clear aligner treatments require fewer visits to the orthodontist for check-ups. The appointment time is also short, so you have more time to go about your regular activities during your orthodontic treatment. With a dental app that monitors your clear aligner treatment progress, the follow-up appointments you may only have to visit your orthodontist a few times.
Are you suitable for Invisalign?
If you have misaligned or crooked teeth and want to correct the problem without metal braces, you have to visit your orthodontist to check if you are suitable for treatment with clear aligners.
Clear aligners like Invisalign can give you the straighter teeth and brighter smile you need to boost your confidence, but it may not be the only solution. A consultation with an orthodontist will help determine the suitable treatment option for your orthodontic problem.
If you’ve decided to use Invisalign, there are different Invisalign offers in London to choose from. You can contact Chatfield Dental Braces to get a suitable Invisalign offer to get started on your treatment with clear aligners.