Braces have long been the accepted form of teeth straightening, but for those who do not want to have to deal with the clunky wires and diet restrictions, Invisalign® provides a quality alternative. Whereas regular braces are strewn together with invasive metal wires, this system's clear aligners appear invisible when placed in the mouth. Patients…
Invisalign is Clear Aligners Used to Straighten Teeth
There are a few different options these days for people who are looking to get their teeth straightened, and Invisalign is continuing to be a top choice. This system of clear aligners has become a favorite method for working professionals or those who have an active lifestyle. Not only can you avoid having bulky metal wires in your mouth, but you can get straight teeth without anyone noticing. If you are thinking of using Invisalign, keep reading to learn more about this treatment.
How does Invisalign work?
You likely already know that Invisalign is comprised of a series of clear aligners. These trays slowly shift your teeth into the proper position. They perform just as well as braces for correcting gaps in your teeth.
The most critical aspect of the Invisalign process is taking a computer model of your mouth, teeth and gums. After completing this computer model, the dentist will send it to a lab. Here, the technicians will forecast how your teeth will shift during treatment and create sets of clear aligners. The trays will be sent back to the dentist's office for you to start the process.
How long do I wear the trays?
Yes. You only have to wear your trays for at least 20 hours per day to get a better smile. There are no other special tools needed for this process. After two weeks, you will swap out the clear aligners for another set that will continue to straighten your teeth. Each set is designed to pick up where the previous one ended, so it is crucial that you wear these as directed. Invisalign treatment typically only takes between one year and 18 months to straighten teeth.
Are the trays removable?
You can remove the aligners whenever you like. The dentist will tell you to take them out when you eat meals or play sports. However, you can also take them out for other activities that they could interfere with.
Caring for the Invisalign aligners
Since the trays will only be used for two weeks, they should not get that dirty. However, you should take precautions to keep them clean. Allowing food or other sugary items to contact the trays could lead to bacterial growth. This will cause the aligners to turn yellow and can even give you bad breath.
To clean the trays, rinse them in water throughout the day. You can also soak them in a denture solution or use the official Invisalign cleaning crystals to remove bacteria. Do not forget to brush and flush your teeth after meals. This is essential since the food will be trapped under the trays. This residue can lead to tooth decay.
Have more Invisalign questions?
If you have more questions about the Invisalign process, feel free to call our office. We have extensive experience in helping people get their dream smiles. You can visit our dentist to see if you qualify for Invisalign or if another treatment would better suit you.
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