Everyone deserves to have a beautiful and healthy smile. However, whether for personal or professional reasons, the idea of traditional metal braces is not always appealing. Furthermore, the pain associated with braces, from constant tightening and metal wires poking out all over your mouth, is far from pleasant. Don’t you wish that there were a method to straighten your teeth in a way that was less painful and virtually invisible? Introducing Invisalign, the answer to your family’s dental needs.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign (including: Invisalign for Adults, Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Express) is an orthodontic procedure that falls under the realm of cosmetic dentistry. Intended to straighten and properly align the teeth, Invisalign utilizes a series of clear, plastic aligners that are custom-designed to fit securely and comfortably while fixing your dental issues. This cutting-edge procedure is made using 3-D computer imaging technology to ensure and accurate and precise fit over your teeth.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Customized aligners fit directly over your teeth to gradually shift them into their proper place. Each time you visit the dentist, which will be roughly once per six-week period, your bite will be reassessed in order to design the next set of aligners. The teeth are slowly moved into the correct position through this series of incrementally changing aligners.
What Can Invisalign Help?
- Overcrowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps and spaces between teeth
- Alignment issues
How Long Does it Take to Get Results?
Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks. They should be worn when you are sleeping as well as throughout the entire day for a total of 20 to 22 hours. You can remove them only when you are eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. Your teeth move and shift positions bit by bit during these two-week periods until they reach the final position prescribed by your dentist.
Treatment times vary from person to person but often occur within 9 to 15 months. Most people are fitted with somewhere between 18 and 30 different aligners. Your dentist will be able to give you a more accurate timeline.
Is There a Quicker Way?
Yes! For slight corrections, such as minor crowding or relapses after traditional braces, Express Invisalign is a viable option. An express treatment utilizes only 10 aligners and can be completed in about six months. This is up to the discretion of your dentist.
What are the Advantages of Invisalign?
Invisalign is quickly outpacing traditional metal braces as the number one choice for straightening teeth. Here are some of the many advantages to choosing Invisalign for yourself or your children.
- Aligners are invisible and removable
- You can eat and drink whatever you want
- No complicated methods of brushing and flossing
- No cuts and abrasions that often result from metal braces
- Adjustments are quick and easy
- Shorter treatment time than braces
How Do You Care for the Aligners?
Caring for your Invisalign aligners is actually quite easy and quick. The best way to ensure consistency is whenever you brush your teeth, simply brush and rinse your aligners in warm water as well.
Since aligners are replaced every two weeks, staining is rare. However, if you’d like a deeper clean, soak them in a glass of warm water with some denture solution.
Always be sure that your teeth are clean before putting your aligners back in place.
Can My Teeth Be Whitened Simultaneously?
The aligners fit snugly over your teeth and are quite similar to those used for at-home whitening treatments. Talk to your orthodontist about the possibility of using whitening gel while Invisalign straightens your teeth for a smile that truly gleams!