Clear, removable Invisalign aligners provide a modern alternative to braces for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic problems. Dr. Shruti Chahal offers Invisalign in Calgary, AB, to help patients straighten their teeth for healthier, more balanced smiles. Here we will answer common questions for patients interested in Invisalign but wanting to know more about this orthodontic treatment. If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, Invisalign could be right for you.
FAQs: Invisalign in Calgary, AB
Learn more about Invisalign treatment at Foothills Dentistry with answers to these commonly asked questions:
What can I eat and drink with Invisalign?
Before eating, you must remove your Invisalign aligners to prevent staining and bacterial buildup. While Invisalign does not have hard restrictions against crunchy, chewy, or sticky foods, we recommend avoiding chewing on ice or hard foods. Some hard foods or candies can push teeth out of position. It would be best to avoid smoking during Invisalign treatment, as nicotine can easily stain teeth and aligners.
Who are the best candidates for Invisalign?
Before Invisalign treatment, we will ensure that you are in good oral health to prevent the spread of common problems like gum disease and tooth decay. We may not recommend Invisalign if you have severe orthodontic issues; metal braces or oral surgery may sometimes be effective.
How do you clean your teeth with Invisalign?
You can brush and floss your teeth normally after you remove your Invisalign aligners. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste after you floss between each tooth. After you brush and floss, clean your Invisalign aligners before placing them back on your teeth. Clean the aligners with mild soap and cool water. You can also use a mouthguard soak or Invisalign cleaning crystals.
Is Invisalign permanent?
As with other orthodontic treatments, you must wear a retainer following Invisalign treatment to keep your teeth straight. If you do not regularly wear your retainer, you can experience an orthodontic relapse when the teeth shift into their past positions.
Do I have to floss after each meal with Invisalign?
We recommend you brush and floss before placing your Invisalign aligners back in your mouth. Flossing, in particular, helps remove food debris from between teeth that can lead to bacterial buildup. While some patients skip flossing, flossing before brushing the teeth can provide a better clean and prevent problems like gingivitis or gum inflammation. In addition, cleaning your smile before placing Invisalign aligners back on the teeth can help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria that contribute to cavities.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Sometimes you may feel soreness as you switch to a new pair of aligners. However, this will fade once you get accustomed to your new Invisalign aligners. Compared to metal braces, Invisalign aligners can be less painful as they are contoured to prevent gum irritation.
Do you want to learn more about Invisalign? Call Dr. Shruti Chahal for Invisalign treatment today at (587) 410-0821. You can also request an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Shruti Chahal online.