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Can I Finish the Invisalign Process Faster?

If you’ve researched teeth straightening online, you’ve probably noticed plenty of links to information about Invisalign in your search engine results pages. Over the past few decades, Invisalign has emerged as a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. More discreet and patient-friendly than conventional braces, Invisalign is similarly effective at moving teeth into proper position over time.

People who get hung up on the words “over time” often find themselves wondering, “How long does Invisalign treatment take?” With every Invisalign treatment being custom-made to suit the needs of individual patients, there is no set timeline for the treatment that applies to every patient. While that’s the case, the treatment typically lasts 12-18 months.

Although 12-18 months isn’t long to achieve their best smile, some patients ask if there are things they can do to hasten their way through treatment. Luckily, there are some basic things you can do to speed up your treatment and enhance your results along the way.

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5 Things to Know Before Getting Invisalign

While you may already know that Invisalign is a discreet alternative to metal braces for teeth straightening, you may have some questions about this comparatively new treatment. Invisalign is as effective as traditional braces for fixing common problems like overbites, spacing, and teeth crowding. 

It would be a shame if you missed the opportunity to forgo braces in favor of Invisalign just because you didn’t know enough about the treatment. To prevent that from happening, we thought it would be a good idea to share some information everyone should know before they choose Invisalign treatment.

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What to do if a Doctor Says You’re Not a Good Candidate for Invisalign

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? You may notice your beautiful eyes or you might focus on your new, flattering hairstyle instead. If your smile is less than perfect, you may find yourself deliberately ignoring your teeth or focusing on your misaligned teeth exclusively.

No matter what you may think of your smile, we can assure you that every grin is beautiful. While that’s true, you may want to improve your smile by straightening your teeth. In years past, people had just one choice to straighten their teeth, metal braces. Although braces are still used quite often, you now have another option for achieving your best smile. And that option is Invisalign.

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What Are Invisalign Attachments?

Invisalign is widely recognized as being a perfectly comfortable way to straighten teeth in a manner that’s barely noticeable to anyone but the patient undergoing Invisalign treatment. While Invisalign treatment is meant to be undetectable to onlookers by its very design, the treatment is highly effective at giving patients their very best smile.

To achieve their best smile, some patients need more than Invisalign clear aligners. In addition to their aligners, some people will need Invisalign attachments to achieve the results they’re hoping for.

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Does Invisalign Hurt?

When they first look into it, many people ask us if Invisalign treatment hurts. While Invisalign isn’t typically as painful as wearing traditional metal braces can be, the treatment isn’t exactly pain-free.

As is the case with conventional braces, Invisalign treatment is intended to move your teeth into proper position. Because each set of Invisalign clear aligners you receive straightens and repositions your teeth, they can cause some pain. Although that’s true, most people describe the pain associated with Invisalign as a mild discomfort that’s usually fleeting.

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The History of Invisalign

In recent years, Invisalign has evolved into more than “just” an alternative to traditional metal braces. Today, Invisalign treatment is a full-fledged competitor to conventional braces for many people who want to improve the appearance of their smile.

While a lot of people have heard of Invisalign, far fewer are familiar with its origins. With Invisalign generating 22.5 percent more revenue in the second quarter of 2019 in a year-over-year analysis, bringing the company’s quarterly total up to a record $600.7 million, it’s no wonder why a large number of people are curious about the treatment’s humble beginnings.

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How Often Do You Need to See Your Orthodontist When Using Invisalign?

While some people obsess about the way they’ll look and complain about the dietary restrictions they’ll have to follow when they get metal braces, others find the idea of getting traditional braces off-putting for another reason. In many cases, that reason is the frequency with which they’ll need to visit their orthodontist.

Let’s face it—no matter how much you may like your orthodontist, it doesn’t mean you want to make office visits any more often than you have to. If you want an orthodontic treatment that yields results that are at least as pleasing as those produced by conventional braces but don’t want to be a too frequent visitor at your doctor’s office, Invisalign just might be the treatment for you.

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Food and Drinks to Avoid with Your Invisalign

What are some of your favorite foods? If you’re like many, hard tacos, popcorn, pretzels, corn chips, nuts, candy, hard breads, and pizza might make your list of preferred foods and snacks. How would you feel if you were told you couldn’t eat any of those things—and several other popular foods—for months or a year or more? If you need metal braces, that’s exactly what your orthodontist might tell you.

What would you think about orthodontic treatment that can produce results that are at least as good as those conventional braces yield while allowing you to eat and drink whatever you want? Believe it or not, there is such a treatment. And it’s known as Invisalign.

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Is Invisalign Actually Invisible?

Many people dread hearing their dentist or orthodontist suggest they need braces. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult the result is generally the same—images of metal and rubber bands announcing to the world that you’re trying to improve your smile start creeping into your thoughts. When you’re told you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods, such as pizza crust, hard bread and orange snacks like Cheetos, the images running through your head can become even more depressing…quickly.

Luckily, Invisalign is now widely available as an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign treatment doesn’t require you to give up any foods like you’d normally have to with conventional braces. In addition to being less restrictive, Invisalign is also more discreet.

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3 Tips to Make Your Invisalign Process Easier

Do you want to improve your smile? Are you looking for relief from the symptoms commonly associated with TMJ disorder, such as tension headaches and fatigue in your facial muscles? In either case, Invisalign treatment might be for you.

Many people prefer Invisalign over traditional braces because it allows them to achieve their best smile in a discreet manner. Invisalign treatment also doesn’t force patients to make radical lifestyle changes, like avoiding certain foods throughout the time they’re undergoing treatment. When you choose Invisalign instead of metal braces, you won’t have to visit your orthodontist as often, saving you valuable time.

Clearly, using Invisalign aligners is an easy process that gives people their best smile over time. While that’s the case, you can do a few things to make the process even easier.


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