Taking Proper Care of Veneers

Veneers are a great option for people with stains or discolorations that do not respond to bleaching or other whitening treatments. They can also fix crooked teeth and cover gaps.

To prepare a tooth for a veneer, our dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel. This can make the underlying tooth sensitive to hot and cold food. Contact Boca Dental And Braces now!

Despite the fact that veneers are stain-resistant, it is still important to take proper care of them. This includes brushing them regularly with a non-abrasive toothpaste, flossing, and using mouthwash that does not contain alcohol. It is also recommended to avoid habits like nail biting, chewing on hard objects, and clenching or grinding your teeth. In addition, it is a good idea to protect your veneers when participating in any activities with the potential for impact and avoid foods that can damage or discolor them, including dark-colored soda, coffee, red wine, berries, and chocolate.

Those who opt for prepless veneers, which do not require any preparation of the underlying tooth surface, should note that they may be more sensitive to hot and cold liquids and foods for a short period of time.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a treatment for straightening your teeth that uses clear plastic aligner trays. These trays are custom-made for your mouth so they fit comfortably and apply consistent pressure to shift your teeth into their correct positions. You wear each set of trays for about two weeks, removing them only to eat and drink (except water). As you switch to each new pair of aligners, your teeth move a little bit more, until they reach their final position. Invisalign is a convenient, comfortable and effective alternative to traditional braces.

Aside from the aesthetic benefits of a straighter smile, Invisalign offers several other advantages over traditional braces. These include the fact that they are virtually invisible and do not draw attention to your smile, so you can feel confident while undergoing treatment. Invisalign also allows you to eat and drink whatever you want, with no restrictions on foods as you would be with conventional braces. It is also easy to maintain proper oral hygiene with Invisalign, as you can remove the trays to brush and floss your teeth.

You may experience some discomfort during the first few days after each tray change, but this is temporary and should resolve itself shortly after each change. Some people also experience enhanced tooth sensitivity with Invisalign, which can be eased by switching to toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth.

The Invisalign treatment process involves a thorough evaluation of your teeth and jaws by an experienced orthodontist. This is done through photos, X-rays and 3D digital scans to help determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. This evaluation also includes a detailed assessment of your medical history, to ensure you are safe to undergo the procedure.

If you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign, the orthodontist will devise an initial treatment plan and create a unique set of aligners for your smile. These trays will be made of transparent plastic, and are designed to be as discreet as possible, so you can be confident while wearing them. Invisalign is a popular option for adults and teens alike, and it is a great alternative to traditional metal braces.

How Does Invisalign Work?

During treatment, you will be provided with multiple sets of clear aligners. Each one is designed to move your teeth a small amount. These are worn for up to 22 hours a day and only removed for eating, drinking something staining and brushing your teeth. This is the key to ensuring that you get the best results. It is important to understand how invisalign works before undergoing the procedure, so that you will have a clear idea of what is expected from you.

The first step in the Invisalign process involves an initial assessment with your dentist to determine if it is right for you. They will take a 3D image of your mouth and then create custom aligners that fit your specific teeth and gum line. This allows the aligners to exert gentle pressure on your misaligned teeth, which in turn encourages them to shift into a more desirable position. This is a far more efficient method than having to visit your orthodontist and having them manually adjust the wires and brackets that are used in traditional train track braces.

Once your aligners are ready, you will come in to have them fitted. The dentist will check that they are comfortable and will perform any necessary adjustments. They will also be able to give you a timeline for how long the treatment will last. Once you have the aligners, you will need to replace them every two weeks with a new set. This will ensure that they are continually working to straighten your teeth.

As you wear your aligners, you may notice that your speech sounds different. This is normal and should disappear within a few weeks of wearing the trays. The trays are easy to clean, but you should do this before or after you brush your teeth. This will remove any bacteria buildup that could cause the trays to smell. It is recommended that you clean your trays with a dental cleaner tablet once a day.

There are some issues that Invisalign cannot correct, including severe overbite or underbite. They can also only straighten the upper and lower front teeth and are not suitable for closing gaps between the teeth or fixing an open bite. If you have these issues, you may need to choose another form of orthodontic treatment.

How Long Will Invisalign Take?

Unlike traditional braces that take a fixed amount of time to straighten, the duration of an Invisalign treatment plan can vary widely depending on the severity of misalignment. It may also be influenced by factors such as how long each aligner is worn, how often patients remove them, and how well they comply with their orthodontist’s instructions.

The first step in the Invisalign process is an initial consultation with your dentist or orthodontist, during which you will discuss your goals and determine whether Invisalign is a good fit for your needs. If it is, they will then scan your teeth using advanced 3D technology to create a digital model of your mouth. This will allow the orthodontist to accurately assess your alignment and design a customised treatment plan for you.

This plan will outline how many sets of aligners you’ll need, the duration of each set, and when you should change to a new one. The length of each aligner varies between patients, but it’s typically around 2-3 weeks before the next is required. It’s important to wear each aligner for as much of the day and night as possible, removing them only for eating and cleaning your teeth.

If you don’t wear your aligners for the full recommended duration, your teeth will not shift as expected and may even revert back to their original positions, invalidating your entire Invisalign timeline. This could increase the overall duration of your treatment and cost you more money than necessary.

A common reason why Invisalign treatments take longer than expected is due to poor compliance. If you don’t wear your aligners correctly, they won’t do their job and will not help you achieve the smile you desire. If you struggle to remember to wear your Invisalign trays regularly, it’s a good idea to invest in some compliance aids like sticky notes to remind yourself.

Lastly, it’s important to visit your orthodontist regularly during the Invisalign treatment process. This will ensure that your aligners are working as they should, and it will give you a chance to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have.