So I'd like to share with you a little bit of my experience going through Invisalign. My teeth were a little bit tight together, and I started getting small starts of cavities, so my dentist suggested going through Invisalign to help me keep the hygiene a little bit cleaner, and flossing.
So I signed up to do Invisalign. It was a pretty cool experience. They're clear retainers that slowly move your teeth, probably millimeter by millimeter each tray. I went through 17 trays. You wear each tray for two weeks and then switch to a tighter one after that two weeks.
Some things I learned was they apply these buttons on your teeth that are little attachments, that are also on your retainers. So aesthetically, I would see these little buttons on my teeth, but what it does is actually shifts your teeth and puts pressure on those attachment teeth more so that they shift into better alignment.
You have to wear them throughout the day, so 22 hours a day. It helped me to not snack. Like, if somebody offered me a cookie, I really didn't feel like brushing and flossing afterwards. So that was kind of a good non-snacking habit.
You have to brush and floss, like I said, after eating, during lunch, breakfast, and dinner. And you can't really sip on beverages. Water is the best to sip on, but you don't want to wear the trays while you're sipping on other beverages. Then that could possibly increase your cavity risk, too.
Some benefits I've seen with my patients that have gone through Invisalign, it actually improves their overall health, because if your teeth are hitting together nicely, kind of like a puzzle piece, every tooth has a space to land, it actually helps your overall hygiene health. So I even suggested it to my patients that might be going though a disease process, just to offer that to them as a way to keep their mouth healthier long-term.