If you've been thinking about correcting your smile, you may be considering invisible braces, like Invisalign, so that you don't have the visible change to your teeth while they are being adjusted. Invisible braces are an effective and viable solution, but there are some things that you should know as you make the decision. Here are a couple of things to consider to ensure that they fit your lifestyle.
They Are Relatively Pain-Free
You've probably heard teenagers with traditional braces complain that their mouths hurt after the braces are placed or adjusted. This is a common problem because the pressure that traditional braces put on your teeth can hurt. With invisible braces, the design is different. You won't experience the same type of mouth pain with them as you do with traditional braces.
They Require A Time Commitment
Invisible braces require a significant time commitment in a few different ways. First, there's the long-term commitment you're making to adjust your smile. Be prepared for invisible braces to take some time to complete the adjustments. Further, you'll have to be ready to wear the braces for at least 20 hours a day, though most dentists recommend that you don't have them out for more than 2 hours each day. Finally, you'll have to brush your teeth more frequently. You cannot eat with your invisible braces in place, and you'll have to brush your teeth after eating every time before you put the braces back in place.
You'll Have To Adjust Your Eating Habits
Since you can only have your invisible braces out for a couple of hours a day, and you cannot eat with the braces on your teeth, you will have to make some changes to your eating habits. The length of time you spend eating must be counted toward the time that you have your braces off your teeth every day, so you may need to be faster about eating meals. You cannot linger over meals for an hour at a time, because that leaves you with your braces out far too long. In addition, you'll also need to account for any snacks in that time as well. It may mean giving up an afternoon snack time, or possibly foregoing dessert some nights because you cannot have the braces out any longer.
These are a few of the things you need to consider if you're opting for invisible braces. Talk with your dentist today about any other changes that you'll need to make to your lifestyle to get the best results from your braces.