Category: Tips and Advice

What happens after Invisalign treatment?

After having the Invisalign treatment you will be required to wear a retainer. This will help prevent your teeth from moving back into their original place.

Why do my teeth move back?

Once your teeth have been straightened out they will gradually begin to move back to where they were before. You will be able to see this happening within the first few weeks of finishing your Invisalign treatment.

Before using Invisalign some of your teeth would have leaned on another tooth. Now that your teeth are straight they will not anything to lean on they will begin to slowly edge towards another tooth to lean on.

Teenagers will find their teeth will move back. This is because their bone is still soft; as you grow older the bone, in you jaw, will become denser and less prone of your teeth moving back.

What are retainers?

Retainers are customer-made devices, which are normally made from clear plastic and will occasionally have wire in them too. Retainers will keep the position of your teeth after using Invisalign.

There are multiple types of retainers with the most common being vacuum-formed retainer. These are made from a polypropylene or polyvinylchloride material. Other types of retainers include:

  • Hawley retainers- these include a metal wire that will typically surround the six interior teeth and keep them in place.
  • Fixed retainers- these typically consist of a passive wire bonded to the tongue-side of the incisors. Unlike vacuum-formed and Hawley retainers, the patient cannot remove fixed retainers.

Invisalign produce their own retainers called Vivera Retainers these are recommended for every patient after they have finished their initial Invisalign treatment.

Why use Vivera Retainers?

Vivera retainers are used after your Invisalign treatment. These are similar to vacuum-formed retainers but are made from the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign aligners, making them 30% stronger than ordinary retainers. With most retainers you will be required to replace them often, with Vivera retainers the need to replace them is far fewer than ordinary braces.

What happens after your finish your Invisalign treatment is just as important as during your treatment. It’s recommended that you wear your retainers for 10-12 hours a day. As time goes on you are able to wear your retainer at night.

Deciding on an Invisalign Provider

Deciding on an Invisalign provider can be a difficult job. Its not just about fixing your smile, it’s also about increasing your confidence. This starts by having confidence in your provider.

Experience can vary widely between Invisalign providers.

There are several different types of Invisalign qualifications:

Bronze provider

A bronze provider is the minimum yearly requirement for any provider of Invisalign. They will have completed 10 continuing Invisalign classes every year.

Silver and Gold provider

A silver and gold provider will also have had to complete 10 continuing Invisalign classes either in person or online.

Platinum Elite provider

A Platinum Elite provider will have had to complete over 80 Invisalign treatment within 12 months.

Diamond Provider

This is the highest level you can get. I Diamond provider has to complete over 150 cases per year to maintain this qualification.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if the closest provider is only a Bronze or Gold provider, as long as they can accurately diagnose your problem and know the right course of action to take. Obviously, experience goes a long way, and a Diamond provider is in a lot better position to correctly diagnose problems and take the right course of action.

What to ask an Invisalign provider

It is important to schedule a consultation with an Invisalign provider. This is a great opportunity to get to know them and what they can do for you.

Some questions to ask include:

* How long have you been an Invisalign provider?

* What problems have you solved?

* Can you show me some examples of problems you have solved?

* Can you explain to process to me?

These questions are vital to know how the provider will work. You will also be able to see if they know what they are doing. You need to be comfortable around this person, as they will be correcting your smile. Invisalign isn’t a cheap option either.

If you feel comfortable with this person and believe they know what is the best course of action to give you the best smile possible, then book an appointment and begin your Invisalign journey.

Combating bad breath

Bad breath is something that affects us all and shouldn’t be something to be ashamed about. Roughly £285million is spent each year on tackling bad breath. There are a number of causes of bad breath but also numerous ways to combat it.

What can cause bad breath?

You can get bad breath a number of different ways, with some more serious than others. The leading cause of bad breath is remaining food particles, resulting in a build up of bacteria. Built up bacteria can cause inflammation.

More serious cases that lead to bad breath include; gum disease, diabetes and cavities.

People wearing Invisalign aligners will find they’ll develop bad breath if they have not cleaned their aligners. This would also be a result of built up bacteria.

How to solve bad breath

The majority of ways to combat bad breath are just changes to your lifestyle. The main ways are:

  • Brush, floss and rinse daily
  • Clean your tongue
  • Rinse your mouth with water regularly
  • Stay hydrated
  • Drink less caffeine- change from regular tea to green tea
  • Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid high protein and low carb diets
  • Stop smoking
  • Visit dentist and hygienist regularly

Many people believe that having mints or chewing gum will deal with bad breath. It does not. Having a mint or chewing gum will work as a quick fix, although you should only use sugar free mints/gum. Sugar would stick to your teeth and make the problem even worse.

While wearing Invisalign aligners, it is important to clean them every chance you can. It is also vital that you brush your teeth before you put your aligners back in, this is help prevent the build up of bacteria in your aligners.

 

Your breath wont be minty fresh all the time but following these simple steps can help your breath improve over time. These are also steps that need to be continued regularly to prevent bad breath coming back.

 

Invisalign Tips

There are a number of top tips out there for Invisalign so we’ve whittled it down to our favourites.

1. Clean aligners regularly

Wearing aligners constantly can stain them and start to make your break smell. Cleaning them regularly can prevent this and keep them fresh. We also suggest that when removing your aligners to place them in some water to stop any particles sticking to them. It will also make them feel fresh when putting them back in.

2. On-the-go cleaning

With Invisalign it is important to not only keep your aligners clean but also keep your teeth clean too. Having travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste on your at all times will allow you to always clean your teeth. This is helpful for when you go out for a meal and will need to clean your teeth before putting your aligners back in.

Also have a place to store them while eating. The best item to have is a case. You can either buy an Invisalign case or a gum shield case will do the trick too!

3. Watch what you eat

It is said that the Invisalign treatment is a great way to become healthier. This is due to not being able to eat a lot of sugar food and drinks. Sugary food and drinks will help bacteria to develop on your teeth. This will damage the enamel on your teeth and make them very weak. Items that you should steer clear of are:

  • Wine
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Coffee
  • Sugary sweets

4. Changing your aligners

Changing aligners can be very uncomfortable for the first few hours, and for a bit after you take them out for the first time. To make them a little more bearable, rinse them in warm (NOT hot water- this will change the shape of your aligners).

You could also put your aligners in at night. You will be asleep for the first few hours of discomfort.

5. Wear them all the time

The most important tip for having a successful Invisalign treatment is to wear your aligners continuously. The less you wear them the less affect they will have on your teeth. The more you wear your aligners the more comfortable they will become. This is because your teeth will soon start to adjust.

There are hundreds of top tips out there for you to use during your Invisalign treatment. Book a free consultation to find out more about Invisalign and how it can improve your smile.

Tips for sensitive teeth

While wearing Invisalign aligners, your teeth can become sensitive and painful. There are many different levels of sensitivity from anything from a mild twinge to having severe discomfort for several hours. If your teeth start feeling sensitive then it is time to do something about your oral health.

What causes sensitive teeth?

Sensitivity can be caused by loss of tooth enamel. The less tooth enamel there is the less your tooth is protected. There are a number of different causes of sensitivity. The main causes are:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Dental erosion
  • Loss of tooth enamel
  • Gums naturally receding
  • Cracked tooth or filling
  • Teeth bleaching and whitening

Change how you brush

With one of the main causes of sensitivity being brushing too hard, the first step to make is buying yourself a new softer brush. Another step is to not brush too vigorously; this will wear away the substance called Cementum, which protects the roots of your teeth.

Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth

There are multiple toothpastes for sensitive teeth on the market. Any of these will do the trick. You must remember that you will still need to brush your teeth twice every day to make sure the toothpaste has it’s full effect. If during the day your teeth begin to feel a little sensitive then you can rub a little of the toothpaste onto the sensitive area. Do not get too excessive with using this toothpaste and never put any in your aligner, as this will ruin them.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water in varying amounts. The main benefit to fluoride is helping to reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Fluoride will help protect your teeth by encouraging better quality enamel to form that’s more resistant to acid attack. With children it can change the structure of developing enamel, making it more resistant to acid attack. These changes will occur if a child consumes fluoride during the time enamel develops, which is up to the age of seven.

Not only can you find fluoride in water but also it has been put into many oral products such as toothpastes and for a higher amount of fluoride, in a gel your dentist can brush onto your teeth.

Watch what you eat

Diet is another cause of sensitive teeth. Sugary foods and drinks along with hot and cold drinks can irritate sensitive teeth, making the problem even worse. If you can cut out acidic food and drinks this will help to reduce the risk of tooth decay resulting in sensitivity.

If your teeth are continually being sensitive then the best option is to go to your dentist and discuss what they believe would be the best treatment for you. This could be from prescribing your some fluoride toothpaste or giving you a fluoride gel coating when you leave.

The importance of flossing

It can be easy to get into the habit of brushing your teeth twice or more each day, but getting used to flossing daily is another story. Many people will put this process off for longer than they’d like, which is easy to understand.

There are many benefits to flossing and it is one of the most important and effective ways to care for your teeth. The benefits of flossing will only be noticeable when you have begun flossing on a daily basis.

Make brushing more effective

Brushing your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste is great for cleaning the surfaces of your teeth, but your toothbrush will not be able to clean in-between your teeth. This is where some of the worst plaque and bacteria live. Brushing alone will not reach these parts, which can lead to the plaque and bacteria to build up over time. Some research had lead to suggest that flossing before brushing your teeth can make brushing more effective. This is because it will bring more of the tooth into contact with the fluoride in your toothpaste.

Saves you money and makes trips to the dentist easier

A box of dental floss is inexpensive and will last you months. A trip to the dentist will cost an arm and a leg for major procedures.

Most people hate when their dentist will scrape their teeth to remove any plaque. Dentists and hygienists haven’t found a way to stop this being uncomfortable but you can. By flossing daily you can cut down the build up of plaque and reduce the amount your dentist will need to scrape your teeth.

Flossing and Invisalign

There are a number of Invisalign treatments all of which you will still be able to continue with your regular oral hygiene routine. This is one of the advantages to using Invisalign over regular wire braces. You will still be able to brush the entire surface on your teeth and floss in between your teeth.

Flossing daily while you are using an Invisalign treatment is a good idea. It is important to keep your teeth as clean as possible to reduce the amount of bacteria that will cause your aligners to smell.

The Importance of Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is one of the four major tissues that make up the tooth. It is formed while the tooth is developing in the gum. Tooth enamel is also the hardest substance in the human body and contains the highest percentage of minerals, the primary mineral being hydroxyapatite, a crystalline calcium phosphate.

The main purpose of tooth enamel is to protect your teeth while chewing on crunchy foods and drinking acidic beverages.

Signs of tooth enamel loss

Recognising the signs for tooth enamel loss and will help you adjust your oral care routine to prevent any further problems. These signs can include your teeth:

  • Looking discoloured and yellow
  • Being rough and jagged around the edges
  • Becoming sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
  • Becoming painful when eating certain foods
  • Becoming sensitive to sweet and acidic foods
  • Showing indentations on the surface

How to prevent tooth enamel loss

As soon as you notice any of these signs its time to start altering your oral care and prevent any further damage. A lot of the preventive measures include your diet.

  • Limit the amount of acidic foods and drinks.
  • Cut down on snacking. No matter what you eat, the acidity level in your mouth is elevated for a few hours after you finish eating.
  • Drink more water and drink water frequently.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is found in many types of toothpaste although your dentist can prescribe it to you.
  • Do not rinse your mouth out at night after brushing your teeth. This gives the fluoride time to work.

 

You cannot avoid tooth enamel loss but you can try to limit the amount of damage it does. If you have Invisalign braces it is vital that you either brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after eating or drinking acidic products. Failing to do this will expose your teeth to acid and cause tooth enamel loss.

Why We Should Smile More – The Science of Smiling

Did you know that children smile an average of 400 times a day whilst adults smile just 20 times? Interestingly, smiling is an inbuilt ability rather than a learned behaviour so why does this diminish, as we get older?

It seems that when it comes to smiling our adult worries and inhibitions often get in the way. In the UK, many of us our self-conscious about our teeth and quickly get out of the habit of smiling. However, studies have revealed that by remaining tight-lipped, we could be seriously losing out.

The benefits of Smiling

First and foremost, smiling makes us feel good. Even when we are feeling down, smiling can bring a noticeable lift to our mood. This increased feeling of positivity can help us to be more resourceful and productive.

Smiling also helps to make a positive first impression. If we have the confidence to flash a broad smile, it can help people to warm to us instantly. In a study conducted for Invisalign in the US, 88% of respondents said that they remember people with beautiful smiles. Smiling also helps to infer trust and encourages others to smile too.

Research has shown that smiling offers some positive health benefits. It can help us to reduce anxiety and stress, even lowering heart rate. In addition, it has been shown to strengthen our immune system by making our bodies produce white-blood cells that help fight off illness.

What happens in our body when we smile?

When we experience a positive situation, neurons travel from the cortex of our brains to the brainstem. The cranial muscles then carry the signal to the facial muscles, allowing us to smile.

However, the process doesn’t stop here. When the smiling muscles in our face contract, a positive feedback loop goes back to the brain reinforcing the good feelings. So we smile when we feel happy and we feel happy when we smile.

This means, that if we smile in the absence of something positive, we still experience euphoric feelings.

So how can we learn to smile more?

Becoming comfortable with our smile is the first step to smiling more and experiencing the benefits. Whilst there are a number of treatment options for improving your smile, conventional metal braces often prolong feelings of self–consciousness.

Invisalign gives people the confidence to smile both during and after their dental treatment. The system works using a series of aligners that gradually move your teeth towards their final position. Aligners are comfortable and removable, allowing for easy cleaning.

Invisalign aligners are also almost undetectable, allowing patients to carry on their lives without being self-conscious. What is more, the aligners do not affect or interfere with speech like many alternatives. The system can be used for a whole host of cosmetic dentistry issues, transforming your smile whilst easily fitting into your lifestyle.

They say that, ‘A smile is worth a thousand words’. However, smiling is also a quick and easy way to feel better, be healthier and improve your mood. So invest in your teeth, and learn to smile with confidence!

 

How much does Invisalign cost?

Many people do extensive research on Invisalign clear braces. But, the main concern for those interested in the treatment is the cost. Invisalign Doctor has created the infographic below to help you visualise the the cost of Invisalign, we hope you will find it useful and can share it with your friends and family who could also benefit from the treatment.

 

What is the cost of Invisalign

For more information on the cost of Invisalign please look at our Invisalign costs page.

Invisalign Reviews: What the customers think

There are many reviews and testimonials on Invisalign, which are mostly positive, a mixture of different cases but with a satisfying outcome for clients either way.

As mentioned repeatedly, Invisalign are a great alternative to metal braces, as they are clear, can be removed and do the exact job of straightening teeth.

Though there have been a few negative reviews for Invisalign, they are nothing that can be compared to the positives, for examples reviews for the treatment on realself have a 78%, 4 star rating for Invisalign our of 1174 reviews.

But we have a look at the pros and cons of Invisalign reviews from customers around the net talking about their experience.

Pros of Invisalign

  • Discreet appearance:

Wishwishwish.net blog: “Until I tell people, they usually don’t notice my aligners at all. People might notice that something is slightly off, as wearing bits of plastic around your teeth isn’t exactly natural, but the more you get used to them, the easier it is to hide them.”

  • Removable:

Comment on Yelp by Alex B: “My least favorite thing about braces is seeing people get their braces off after a year or so and then find out that the braces prevented them from brushing or flossing their teeth properly so now they have a bunch of cavities. It happens way to often. With invisalign you can just remove it to clean your teeth. Awesome.”

  • Great for gaps and crooked teeth:

Comments on bracesinfo.com “I have had spaces in my lowers all my life and didn’t want to get braces, so I found an Invisalign premium provider who has handled cases like mine by the hundreds. The process was very easy and I’m glad it over. It is a bit painful when teeth move, but it was worth it. I’m wearing my retainer now every night to hold my teeth in place as my orthodontist was very clear that if I didn’t the spaces could open back up again.”

Bracesinfo.com “Amazing treatment and the result well I can’t stop smiling. I have hated my teeth all my life now I love them. I was one of those typical people who dint smile because my teeth we misaligned and crooked”

Cons of Invisalign

  • Pain:

Kate on realself.com says: “I just got my first tray put on today and it hurts like hell. I’ve had them on now for around 5 hours and I feel the pain is just getting worse…” But later updated her primary comment by saying, “So I’m a week in and the pain is pretty much gone. I can still feel pressure and bulky ness but it’s much better. Also my speech is not 2 bad.

  • Cost:

Foreveramber.com “The expense. Oh my holy hell, the expense. This obviously differs from person to person, but most dentists seem to quote a starting price of around £1,500. Yeah.”

Realself.com “How good an investment Invisalign is depends very much on your teeth and how much you need done and how quickly you want it done :)”

Conclusion

In conclusion, for everyone, his or her situation will be different. No one has the same teeth structure, shape or colour so the end result will completely depend on your Invisalign process and how well you look after your aligners and follow Invisalign rules. With regards to the negative reviews on people experiencing pain from Invisalign, this is generally down to getting used to them and feeling the shift in teeth rather than constant pain.

In addition, the cost of Invisalign though can be seen quite high for some people, mostly people see the worth in it when their treatment is complete. There is also insurance schemes that can pay a certain amount of the costs, or you can pay for Invisalign in instalments and try and have a look out for deals and offers!