The Results Are Up To The Patient
Most San Francisco and Embarcadero patients want to know what kind of results they can expect to receive with Invisalign, and how long the results will last. These patients are sometimes surprised when Dr. Skoulas says their habits will play a large role in the results. When Dr. Skoulas makes a complete initial evaluation of the patient’s oral situation, she can estimate a timeframe and expected results. However, those results depend mostly on the patient wearing the aligners as directed. Patients who wear the aligners as directed experience great results at the end of the treatment.
But what happens after the treatment has ended? Dr. Skoulas almost always recommends San Francisco and Embarcadero patients wear a retainer to avoid a relapse and have the teeth shift back to their original misaligned position. This relapse can happen immediately at the conclusion of the Invisalign treatment and will slowly continue for many years. Simply wearing a retainer can help maintain the beautiful results for many years. After spending the time and effort to align the teeth properly, wearing a retainer is usually welcomed to maintain the results. And the good news is most patients should only have to wear a retainer for their top teeth and may just have to wear it at night.
Are There Any Restrictions With Invisalign?
Everyone has hobbies they enjoy. As such, another question patient’s in the Embarcadero area of San Francisco have is whether Invisalign will get in the way of the things they enjoy doing. Activities like playing sports can still be done as patients get Invisalign treatments. However, Invisalign is not a substitute for a traditional mouthguard that’s used for contact sports. Anyone who plays sports requiring a mouthguard can remove the Invisalign trays during the event.
Even hobbies like playing musical instruments don’t have to be restricted with Invisalign. Simply remove the trays while playing the instruments and put them back in afterward. If it seems like a hassle to have to remove the trays for these activities, think about the inconvenience of traditional braces. Patients would have to alter the way they go about their activities, get a specially-made mouthguard to compensate for the braces, or avoid participating in the activity completely. Invisalign allows people to continue doing the things they enjoy, while still getting straighter teeth along the way.
Patients also want to know how their eating and drinking habits have to change with Invisalign. When it comes to eating, it’s highly recommended to remove the trays beforehand. The pressure on the trays when chewing can crack them. Not to mention the possibility of food particles getting stuck between the teeth and the trays. If food particles get trapped for an extended amount of time, decay and bad breath could occur.
Drinking water is never an issue with the Invisalign aligners. However, dark drinks like coffee, soda or wine can stain the aligners as well as the teeth. Drinks with a high sugar content also present a risk of cavities, since the sugar can get trapped between the teeth and the aligners. Hot tea or coffee could also cause the aligners to warp and require a replacement. For these reasons, it may be best for patients to remove the aligners if drinking anything other than water and brush the teeth before inserting the aligners again.