Everything You Need To Know About Invisalign
Did you know that humans have been attempting to straighten teeth for the past 300 years with many different techniques? The newest technique, known as Invisalign, is perhaps the most revolutionary and simple one yet. Invisalign is a form of braces consisting of sets of clear trays molded perfectly to your teeth. What makes Invisalign so revolutionary is that you almost can’t tell you’re wearing braces at all, and you can begin to see results in as little as a few weeks. If you’re considering getting Invisalign, or aren’t sure if it is right for you, read on for everything you need to know about Invisalign.
What is Invisalign & How Is It Different From Traditional Braces?
Invisalign is a new type of teeth straightening that doesn’t include metal wiring. In fact, Invisalign’s benefits are written in the name. Invisalign delivers a set of clear trays perfectly molded to your mouth and teeth that are more comfortable and less noticeable than traditional braces. Invisalign clear braces are made from SmartTrack Material specifically engineered for the Invisalign system.
The Invisalign Process
Getting fitted for your Invisalign liners is one of the most impressive parts of the process. Our office is equipped with an iTero Element Scanner, a revolutionary technology that allows 3D images to be taken of your mouth in order to map out your new smile and treatment plan. From there, your aligners will be created and molded specifically to your mouth and teeth, allowing for a perfectly snug and comfortable fit. Next, your dentist will determine your treatment plan, consisting of when and how long you’ll need to wear your aligners. Most treatment plans recommend wearing your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day, leaving time for eating and breaks. However, the best part of Invisalign is being able to wear your aligners and continue your daily routines like nothing has changed. Lastly, you will also periodically meet with your doctor to determine how the treatment is going.
What To Expect From Invisalign & Invisalign Maintenance
Depending on the complexity of your case, some people begin seeing results in as little as a few weeks, and complete the process in as little as 6 months. However, it will all depend on the teeth you’re targeting, how fast they move, and how dedicated you are to your treatment plan. For most treatment plans progress check-ups are every month or once every four trays which is typically fewer visits than traditional metal braces. Once your treatment plan is completed, you will receive a set of retainers. This will help keep your teeth from moving back into their original place, and keep your smile straight for many years to come.
Invisalign Tips and Tricks
You’re investing your time and money to improve your smile, so it makes sense to take the best possible care of your clear braces. Here are a few Invisalign tips and tricks to help you maximize your results:
- Practice good oral hygiene: It’s important to keep up with brushing, flossing, and rinsing during your treatment plan. Your aligners will encase your teeth, so make sure your teeth are clean each time you put in your aligners! This means brushing and flossing after each meal and before you put your aligners back in.
- Keep your old aligners. Even if you take good care of your aligners, accidents happen. If your current set is damaged, you can use your previous set to keep your teeth from shifting too much while you wait for a replacement.
- Switch aligners at night. When you first put in a new set of aligners, you may feel discomfort as your teeth begin to shift. Starting a new set at bedtime will allow the initial shifting to happen while you sleep so you can skip some of the pain. This also allows your teeth a longer period to to shift without being interrupted by mealtime.
If you’re looking to straighten your teeth but spend less time at the dentist, with a more comfortable and less noticeable aligner, Invisalign is the right choice for you. The technology is constantly improving, and can correct most of all orthodontic cases with Invisalign aligners. If you want to know if Invisalign aligners can work for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jack Bodie, DDS today to work out a treatment plan and bring confidence back to your smile. Your free Invisalign consultation will include a free dental scan and Invisalign Outcome simulator that show how your teeth will move and what your final smile will look like!
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