1) Its Painless compared to conventional braces, Invisalign does not hurt. You might not be able to chew hard foods on the first day but nothing compared to metal braces. Invisalign involves wearing clear, plastic trays that are custom designed to fit your mouth which are more discreet in comparison to metal braces.
2) A travel toothbrush will become your new best friend. You will need to clean your aligners and teeth after every meal. Drink lots of water as the trays can dry the mouth which can encourage bacteria and bad breath. Don’t drink anything dark with them in as this will stain the trays. Also try and avoid fizzy drinks and sugary sweets.
3) You may lose weight as snacking will become a thing of the past! Because you have to brush after each meal, snacking will become a bit of an effort. Your clothes will start to feel more comfortable and there will be no more sugar rushes.
4) Patience is needed as it can take longer than you think. The average treatment of Invisalign is a year. However, as it relies on patient compliance it can take longer. Aligners are changed frequently and can be uncomfortable for the first few hours until your teeth get used to them.
5) The Aligners need to be worn for at least 20 hours a day otherwise the results won’t be good and can take longer. Try and wear your aligners continuously. The less you wear them the less affect they will have on your teeth. The more you wear them the more comfortable they become. You must be fully committed.
6) Don’t use toothpaste to clean your aligners. Toothpaste can contain abrasive ingredients that can cause a build-up and odour. It is best to use a mild detergent.
7) It might not be the right treatment for all orthodontic cases. Invisalign works best on less severe cases of crowding. Complex orthodontic cases may get quicker results with metal braces.
8) A Lisp might be possible in the first couple of days. Speech might be slightly impaired with certain syllables. This is only temporary until you get used to the aligners and will not have a long term effect on your speech.