A family dentist, Dr. Dominic Roppa will recommend orthodontics for patients if they are deemed necessary. For adult patients, Invisalign offers a more convenient treatment compared to traditional metal braces, which many patients hesitate to pursue due to concerns about appearance in a public setting.
Dr. Roppa is an Invisalign provider and offers treatments for patients of all ages with mild to moderate concerns including:
- Crowded teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Gaps between teeth
What Can I Expect with Invisalign Treatment?
The Invisalign process begins with an evaluation of your dental health and consultation to determine if Invisalign is the right option for you and address concerns and goals.
Your dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth that are used in creating a set of custom, clear aligners. The length of treatment and number of aligners will depend on the severity of the orthodontic issue.
During the consultation, there will be a discussion on all aspects of treatment, expectations, time, and goals. Removable aligners will be worn for a specified time as they gradually reposition your teeth.
Can Invisalign Damage Teeth?
The aligners will not directly damage teeth, but they can damage previously-placed appliances. You may need a new set of aligners if the replacement filling or crown alters your bite.
Some of the risks of this treatment include:
- Invisalign can affect the vitality of your teeth.
- Invisalign can also cause discomfort with your teeth.
- It is possible for your teeth to not maintain their straightness.
- The aligner can break.
- Some people can swallow or breathe in broken aligners.
- Higher risk of TMJ.
What Can I Eat/Drink While Wearing Invisalign?
Drinking sugary or alcoholic drinks while wearing your aligners can lead to plaque build-up. You should only drink cold water when wearing Invisalign.
The same goes for hot beverages. Don’t drink them while wearing your aligners. Invisalign trays can warp, become stained or discolored, and the temperature changes can cause them to break more easily.
If you remove your trays to drink another type of beverage (other than water) be sure to rinse your mouth out before putting them back in place. Cleaning your mouth out or brushing is especially important after eating and drinking when you are wearing Invisalign.
The trays can trap food, sugar, and bacteria against teeth where saliva would normally help wash them away. If you aren’t quite sure about a specific food item or drink, your best bet is to remove your clear aligners when eating or drinking to avoid damaging them.
If you have concerns about your smile or dental health, call or schedule online with Dr. Roppa.